You Probably Forgot Illinois’ ‘Biggest Star’ Was Born Here
I love weird lists like these, and this one is no exception.
Titled "The Biggest Star From Every State", it highlighted all 50 states and the biggest star from each.
That said, I have no idea what the criteria are in order to find "The Biggest Star From Every State" so I'm guessing the folks who put it together, Wonderwall, were probably doing the same thing, and just taking a guess.
So as I scrolled through the list trying to find Illinois' "Biggest Star" I was surprised to see Harrison Ford. Not because Ford isn't a huge star but because I forget the guy is actually from Illinois.
Harrison Ford was born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. The A-lister moved to Los Angeles in 1964 where he found fame in hit franchises like "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars." Harrison has been nominated for an Academy Award and is one of the highest-grossing box office stars around: His flicks have earned more than $9.3 billion worldwide.
After processing the news I remembered I went to the same high school as Ford, Maine East Township High School in Park Ridge.
Jami Gertz went to Maine East too. Gertz didn't make the list, but she was named the 43rd Greatest 80s Teen Star in a Ranker poll.
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