Bethesda is home to many famous features including, but not limited to, the company behind Elder Scrolls Skyrim. However, there are a ton of famous folks who grew up in or were born in Bethesda, and we’re going to be taking a look some of them today.
It’s hard to remember the CBS evening news in the 80’s without thinking about Connie Chung alongside her co-anchor, Dan Rather. She reported huge events like the Watergate Scandal and the Oklahoma City bombing, the latter of which got her into some hot water.
Her interview style was largely gentle, but her aggressive interviews with Kathleen Gingrich and a firefighter from the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, caused her to lose her place on the CBS news due to public outcry. Though the continued to report for other new outlets like ABC and CNN, she’ll always have a place in the hearts of American citizens.
Patricia Richardson is best known for her time on Home Improvement with Tim Allen which ran from 1991 to 1999. She got her start in Angela Lansbury’s revival of Gypsy as an understudy to Gypsy Rose Lee. After appearing on Home Improvement, she played roles in various small movies, The West Wing, and Strong Medicine.
Most recently, she appeared in two episodes of Tim Allen’s recent sitcom, Last Man Standing.
She was born in Bethesda back in 1951.
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Spike Jonze has had a very interesting career that includes credits for directing, producing, writing, and acting. He is probably best known for his work on Being John Malkovich and the film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. He also directed Her, a love story about a man and an AI. He also worked on the Jackass movies as a writer, actor, and producer.
He was born in Rockville, but was raised by his mother and two siblings right in Bethesda. At a local community store, Mike Henderson, the store’s owner, gave him his iconic nickname.
Though he may not be a household name, on Broadway, Michael Ceveris is widely-celebrated. He has starred in several amazing Sondheim revivals including Sweeney Todd, Assassins, and Passion. He has won two tony awards during his amazing career, one for playing Johns Wilkes Booth in Assassins and one for his work as Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home.
Though he has participated in television and film roles, his work on the stage is what truly sets him apart.
Michael was born in Bethesda before he took off in the Big Apple. Here is a clip from the 2006 Tony Awards Sweeney Todd performance with an introduction from Neil Patrick Harris and Joanna Gleason. Cerveris starred alongside Patti Lu Pone.
We saved the best for last with this icon and legend. She is one of the most successful and influential women in Hollywood today.
Julie Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is best known for her work on Seinfeld as Elaine and her amazing work on the Emmy-sweeping Veep. She also starred on The New Adventures of Old Christine where she both starred and produced. She received six consecutive Emmys for her work on Veep from 2012 to 2017, which is currently the record held for actress in a comedy series.
She graduated from the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda back in 1979.