SIOUX CITY | Athletes, business leaders, entertainers, politicians and even a Soviet spy once called Sioux City home.

Here is a partial list of famous people who either were born in Sioux City or lived here at one point:

Esther Pauline "Eppie" Friedman Lederer and Pauline Esther "Popo" Friedman Phillips: The twins were born July 4, 1918, and grew up at 1722 Jackson St. They separately became famous syndicated newspaper advice columnists. Eppie's pen name was Ann Landers, while Popo's pen name was Abigail Van Buren or "Dear Abby." Landers died in 2002 at the age of 83. Van Buren's family reported she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Tommy Bolin: Rock legend and guitarist who played with a number of jazz-rock bands, including Deep Purple; died in 1975 of a drug overdose at the age of 25.

Macdonald Carey: Actor on Broadway, movies and television; best known for his role on the soap opera, "Days of Our Lives"; died in 1994 at the age of 81.

George "Bud" Day: The country's most-decorated living military veteran who served in the Marine Corps and Air Force during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, and was a prisoner-of-war in North Vietnam. He received the U.S. Medal of Honor. 

Sharon Farrell: Actress best known for starring in the 1969 movie "The Reivers" opposite Steve McQueen.

W. Edwards Deming: Entrepreneurial businessman who formed an innovative manufacturing model; died in 1993 at the age of 93.

Peggy Gilbert: Pioneer woman jazz saxophonist and bandleader; died in 2007 at the age of 102.

Fred Grandy: Former actor best known for his role of "Gopher" on TV's "The Love Boat." Elected to Congress to represent Northwest Iowa in 1986, serving four terms. In 1994, he lost the Republican nomination for Iowa governor to Terry Branstad.

Kirk Hinrich: Played basketball for the Chicago Bulls, then the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks and returned to the Bulls earlier this year.

Harry Hopkins: Member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's brain trust and oversaw the administration of nearly $9 billion in national work-relief programs during the 1930s; died in 1946 at the age of 55.

Ryan Kisor: Jazz trumpeter who plays with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Jerry Mathers: Best known for his role in the television sitcom "Leave it to Beaver," which ran from 1957 to 1963.

Wesley Pedersen: In 1950, he joined the U.S. State Department, where he wrote articles and books under pseudonyms putting a pro-American spin on the news and often predicting what would happen in Russia and China.

Paul Splittorf: Pitcher with the Kansas City Royals; died in 2011 at the age of 64.

Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers/George Koval: Both spies. Myers and husband, Walter Kendall Myers, were sentenced to prison in 2010 for spying for years for Cuba. Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Koval a Hero of Russia medal posthumously in 2007 for passing on nuclear secrets in the 1940s.

Ted and Norm Waitt: Co-founders of Gateway Inc., the computer giant. Norm Waitt left the company and formed Gold Circle Entertainment.


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