Oh how I love Madison, Wisconsin; it is truly a city that possesses a sublimely quaint combination of the traditional with cosmopolitan beauty.
As the capital of the state, it is a bustling hub of cultural activity. In fact, Madison is recognized across the state for its “museum mile,” a region of the city rife with a Children’s museum, Norwegian Historical Center, a contemporary art center, and a veteran’s museum.
With Madison ranked as one of the happiest and healthiest cities (Number 8; Prevention Magazine-2014) in the country and ranked number 3 in Livability’s Top 100 Places to Live for 2016, it should be no surprise that there are some amazing people who have called Madison home at some point in their lives. These special people include entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, actors, and artists, to name just a few.
So who are some of the most notable of these special individuals? Read on to discover ten amazing people who have lived in Madison, WI.
9. Chris Farley
Chris Farley was an American actor and comedian born in Madison, Wisconsin on February 15, 1964. In 1986 he graduated Marquette University in Milwaukee with a degree in theater and communications.
Soon after graduation, he joined Chicago’s popular Second City Theatre group, which set him up for future success on the sketch show Saturday Night Live. As a comedian, Farley was boisterous and energetic, a perfect complement to his SNL costars.
This boundless energy also led to success in 90’s movies such as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. Unfortunately, Farley never reached his full potential. He died of a drug overdose on December 18, 1997.
8. Amy DeJong
As a contestant on The Amazing Race; 25, Amy DeJong and her partner were Ph.D students of Food Science at The University of Wisconsin, Madison. Together they broke through the defenses of the competition to win the million dollars at the end of the season, and became one of only a few all-female teams to win the game in the finale.
DeJong is researching phase transitions of the bulk sweeteners in confections. She also serves as President of the Institute of Food Technologists, a position that puts her in the forefront of advances in how food is prepared and presented to consumers.