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  • 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 Benét, author who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1929.
  • Chuck Bednarik, former professional football player, Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Hilda Doolittle, known by her initials, H.D., was a writer in the early 20th century.
  • Jonathan Frakes, actor best known for his portrayal of Commander William Riker in the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
  • Dwayne Johnson, A.K.A. "The Rock," a professional wrestler and actor who went to high school in Bethlehem.
  • Gelsey Kirkland, ballerina, who joined the American Ballet in 1974 as a principal dancer opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov.
  • Daniel Roebuck, actor known for his roles on "Matlock" and most recently on ABC's "Lost."
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas, actor best known for his role on the popular 1990's ABC show, "Home Improvement."Easton Area
  • Chuck Amato, college football coach, North Carolina State University.
  • Larry Holmes, boxing's former world heavyweight champion who fought under the nickname "The Easton Assassin."
  • Daniel Dae Kim, actor best know for his role on ABC's "Lost."
  • Sally Jessy Raphaël, television talk show host.
  • Harry Clay Trexler, prominent industrialist and businessman known as General Trexler. To this day, the Harry C. Trexler Trust supports the City of Allentown's park system and many Lehigh County charities.
  • Bob Weiss, former professional basketball coach, Seattle SuperSonics.Source: Wikipedia, Lehigh County Historical Society, The Morning Call
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