Famous People

Amanda Seyfried was born in Allentown and was a 2003 graduate of William Allen High School. In 2004, Seyfried achieved a breakthrough when she was cast as the most dimwitted of the 'Plastics,' Karen Smith, in the popular teen film 'Mean Girls' alongside Lindsay Lohen, Rachel McAdams and Lacey Chabert. Seyfried is also a main character, Sarah Henrickson, in the highly touted HBO original series 'Big Love.' (Courtesy of Home Box Office)

Allentown Area

  • Michaela Conlin, actress on Fox's "Bones."
  • Keith Dorney, former professional football player, Detroit Lions.
  • Peter Gruner, professional wrestler known as Billy Kidman.
  • Lee Iacocca, former chairman of Chrysler Corporation.
  • Keith Jarrett, jazz musician.
  • Carson Kressley, fashion consultant on Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."
  • Michael Johns, health-care executive and former White House speechwriter.

  • Lara Jill Miller, actress best known for her role on the 1980's NBC show, "Gimme a Break."
  • Matthew Millen, a football executive in the National Football League, where he is president and CEO of the Detroit Lions.
  • Andre Reed, former professional football player, Buffalo Bills.
  • Amanda Seyfried, actress and model known for roles on CBS's "As the World Turns" and ABC's "All My Children."
  • Dana Snyder, voice actor on the television program "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," broadcast on the Cartoon Network.
  • Christine Taylor, actress and wife of actor Ben Stiller.
  • Lauren Weisberger, author, "The Devil Wears Prada."
  • Cindy Werley, former Olympic field hockey player.

    Bethlehem Area

  • Michael Andretti, professional racing team owner, former professional race car driver and son of Mario Andretti of Nazareth, also in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Stephen Vincent BenĂ©t, author who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1929.