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Famous People Who Once Called Milwaukee Home

When most people think of the city of Milwaukee, WI, the first things that come to mind are baseball and beer. While these are closely associated with the city, this is also a place that some of your favorite celebrities have called home at one time or another.

Eric BenetEric Benet

When most people think of him, the first things that come to mind are his great singing and the fact that he was once married to actress Halle Berry.

Benet was born and raised in Milwaukee and is the youngest of five siblings. While he has not released any music since 2016, there are many who have some of his tunes on their playlists.


Pamela Britton

If you are a fan of classic television, there is a chance that you have watched one or more episodes of “My Favorite Martian.” Pamela Britton, whose birth name was Armilda Jane Owen, played Lorelei Brown on the show. She was born in the city in 1923, but she was laid to rest in 1974 at a cemetery in Hollywood Hills after succumbing to complications involving a brain tumor.

Charlotte Rae was born in MilwaukeeCharlotte Rae

The stage/screen actress and singer was born in Milwaukee in 1926. Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who worked hard to provide for Rae and her two sisters. After attending Northwestern University briefly, she decided to move to New York City and pursue a career in entertainment. Most people remember her best for playing the part of Edna Garrett on the TV series Diff’rent Strokes and its spin-off, The Facts of Life.

Every city has a story and these famous people are part of the tale of Milwaukee. While you may still only think about this place most often while talking about cities that are known for breweries, remember that this is where all three of these famous people had their start.