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Ohioans in the Arts

Not only does Ohio offer hundreds of venues and performing arts organizations, there are several accomplished actors, directors, singers, authors and artists who call Ohio home.

Actors Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Dorothy Dandridge, Bob Hope, Paul Newman and Debra Winger all hail from the Cleveland area. One of the popular culture's most famous characters also has Cleveland roots- Superman, whose creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, attended Glenville High School in Cleveland together.

Singer John Legend hails from Springfield. Restauranteur and Iron Chef Michael Symon is from Cleveland. Food Network personality Ted Allen is from Columbus.

Award-winning director Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison is originally from Lorain, and accomplished lyric-soprano Kathleen Battle hails from Portsmouth. Ernest Ball, who composed the music for When Irish Eyes are Smiling, was born in Cleveland and wrote many American standards.

John Lithgow (Yellow Springs), Sarah Jessica Parker (Nelsonville), Katie Holmes(Toledo), Phyllis Diller (Lima), Annie Oakley (North Star), Ray Wise (Akron), Clark Gable (Cadiz) and Dean Martin (Steubenville) are just a few of the other actors and entertainers from Ohio.

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