Kinston’s Jaime Pressly leads group of famous actresses from NC; three others may surprise you

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Actress Jaime Pressly (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Race To Erase MS)

Anyone who wants to admire and envy the world’s biggest stars needs only to look on Instagram.

From A-list movie stars and major musicians to pro ball players and comedians who landed their own sitcoms, there’s no shortage of evidence of just how good the good life is. They post pictures of themselves with other big shots on rooftop bars, at exclusive clubs, at backstage parties, and at restaurants where regular people can’t get a reservation.

But the vast majority of these celebrities were born and raised outside of Hollywood, finding their way to the bright lights and big money of superstardom from obscure beginnings in regular small towns and cities across the country.

Stacker compiled a list of actresses that were born in North Carolina from IMDb’s most popular list. Movie poster images are from OMDb. Keep reading to see which of your favorite actresses are from your home state.

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Ava Gardner

– Born: Grabtown, North Carolina (12/24/1922)
– Died: 1/25/1990
– Known for:
— Maxine Faulk in “The Night of the Iguana” (1964)
— Moira Davidson in “On the Beach” (1959)
— Eloise Y. Kelly in “Mogambo” (1953)

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Bellamy Young

– Born: Asheville, North Carolina (2/19/1970)
– Known for:
— Mellie Grant in “Scandal” (2012-2018)
— Rachael in “Mission: Impossible III” (2006)
— Catherine Metsker in “We Were Soldiers” (2002)

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Britt Robertson

– Born: Charlotte, North Carolina (4/18/1990)
– Known for:
— Casey Newton in “Tomorrowland” (2015)
— Aubrey Miller in “The First Time” (2012)
— Katie Kampenfelt in “Ask Me Anything” (2014)

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Chyler Leigh

– Born: Charlotte, North Carolina (4/10/1982)
– Known for:
— Janey Briggs in “Not Another Teen Movie” (2001)
— Molly Reins in “Brake” (2012)
— Alex Danvers in “Supergirl” (2015-2021)https://5fd7d2dc509d9e32a089f41f620ac0c8.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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Darby Camp

– Born: Charlotte, North Carolina (7/14/2007)
– Known for:
— Kate in “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two” (2020)
— Chloe Mackenzie in “Big Little Lies” (2017-2019)
— Kate in “The Christmas Chronicles” (2018)

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Emily Procter

– Born: Raleigh, North Carolina (10/8/1968)
– Known for:
— Debbie in “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995)
— Calleigh Duquesne in “CSI: Miami” (2002-2012)
— Leah Fuller in “Big Momma’s House 2” (2006)

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Evan Rachel Wood

– Born: Raleigh, North Carolina (9/7/1987)
– Known for:
— Tracy Freeland in “Thirteen” (2003)
— Melody Celestine in “Whatever Works” (2009)
— Dolores Abernathy in “Westworld” (2016-2020)

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Jaime Pressly

– Born: Kinston, North Carolina (7/30/1977)
– Known for:
— Joy Turner in “My Name Is Earl” (2005-2009)
— Priscilla in “Not Another Teen Movie” (2001)
— Denise in “I Love You, Man” (2009)

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Jennifer Ehle

– Born: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (12/29/1969)
– Known for:
— Jessica in “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012)
— Vinnie Dickinson in “A Quiet Passion” (2016)
— Kathy Jardine in “Little Men” (2016)

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Jill Wagner

– Born: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1/13/1979)
– Known for:
— Polly Watt in “Splinter” (2008)
— Stephanie Braven in “Braven” (2018)
— Kate Argent in “Teen Wolf” (2011-2017)

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Julianna Guill

– Born: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (7/7/1987)
– Known for:
— Jessie Nevin in “The Resident” (2018-2019)
— Stark’s Assistant in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)
— Becca Riley in “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” (2014-2018)

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Julianne Moore

– Born: Fayetteville, North Carolina (12/3/1960)
– Known for:
— Cathy Whitaker in “Far from Heaven” (2002)
— Jules in “The Kids Are All Right” (2010)
— Alice Howland in “Still Alice” (2014)https://5fd7d2dc509d9e32a089f41f620ac0c8.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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Mackenzie Mauzy

– Born: Greensboro, North Carolina (10/14/1988)
– Known for:
— Rapunzel in ” Into the Woods” (2014)
— Abigail in ” Forever” (2014-2015)
— Linda Kasabian in ” Manson’s Lost Girls” (2016)

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Maddie Hasson

– Born: Wilmington, North Carolina (1/4/1995)
– Known for:
— Chloe in ” God Bless America” (2011)
— Jo Masterson in ” Twisted” (2013-2014)
— Henrietta ‘Henry’ Coles in ” Impulse” (2018-2019)

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead

– Born: Rocky Mount, North Carolina (11/28/1984)
– Known for:
— Michelle in “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016)
— Ramona Flowers in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2010)
— Lee in “Death Proof” (2007)

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Meredith Hagner

– Born: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (5/31/1987)
– Known for:
— Portia Davenport in “Search Party” (2016-2021)
— Katelyn Stuben in “Hits” (2014)
— April’s Friend in “Irrational Man” (2015)https://5fd7d2dc509d9e32a089f41f620ac0c8.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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Pam Grier

– Born: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (5/26/1949)
– Known for:
— Jackie Brown in “Jackie Brown” (1997)
— Delores ‘Jacks’ Jackson in “Above the Law” (1988)
— Commander Helena Braddock in “Ghosts of Mars” (2001)

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Sharon Lawrence

– Born: Charlotte, North Carolina (6/29/1961)
– Known for:
— A.D.A. Sylvia Costas in “NYPD Blue” (1993-1999)
— Margo in “Shameless” (2016-2019)
— Brenda in “The Ranch” (2017)

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Sierra McCormick

– Born: Asheville, North Carolina (10/28/1997)
– Known for:
— Fay Crocker in “The Vast of Night” (2019)
— Emma in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2007-2009)
— Tar Pits Kid in “Land of the Lost” (2009)

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