Famous People from the Twin Cities
The Minneapolis-St. Paul is blessed with a number of famous personalities that have brought a huge amount of pride to not only the cities, but the entire state of Minnesota. Here are a few of the biggest names that the Twin Cities have produced:
A music icon, sex symbol, and fashionista all wrapped into one, Prince is arguably the most famous Twin Cities export of all time. His recent untimely passing shook the entire state of Minnesota and all of the United States along with it. Born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Prince set the music world on fire with titanic hits such as “Purple Rain”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Raspberry Beret” and many more. He performed on the biggest of stages, including Super Bowl XLI. An indication of his stardom; upon his passing Prince was mourned by the likes of Barack Obama, Saturday Night Live, and the United States Senate.
While you may not be totally familiar with the Coen brothers, you’re almost guaranteed to have watched at least one of their movies. Some of their biggest claims to fame include Raising Arizona, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and the cult classic The Big Lebowski. Joel and Ethan were born and raised in St. Louis Park to an art historian mother (St. Cloud State University) and an economist father (University of Minnesota). The brothers have brought home quite a few Oscars in their day, and with them hovering around their 60’s, there’s a good chance they’ll be bringing home more.
The Arizona Cardinals’ superstar wide receiver and nine time Pro Bowler, Larry Fitzgerald is a special football player that continues to perform at an insanely high level despite his ancient (in NFL years) age of 32. He was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul to a sports writer father (also named Larry) and attended high school at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota. While we wish all of those touchdown catches could have been for the Vikings, it’s hard not to respect the achievements that this Twin Cities native has accomplished.
While not quite on the level of the others on this list, you could argue that Rose Totino should be. After all, she’s the entrepreneur and pizzeria owner behind the frozen pizza company Totino’s. Rose would eventually go on to sell the company to Pillsbury, and later became its first female corporate vice president. So, the next time you’re eating some pizza rolls take a second to thank Rose!