Who is the most famous expat? Mila Kunis tops our list. The “Black Swan” actress was born in the USSR and at age seven she moved to Los Angeles with her family. She said that she felt "blind, deaf and dumb" her first year in the states, as she spoke very little English. Johnny Depp has lived in France for many years. He began dating the French actress Vanessa Paradis in 1998 and the couple remained together until 2012.
Some famous people became expats to avoid going to jail. Chess legend Bobby Fischer turned his back on the United States in 1992 after they forbid him from playing a chess match in Yugoslavia, stating that he was violating sanctions. Fischer disregarded this and played the match. He became a fugitive in the United States and he lived all over the world for the rest of his life. He died in Iceland in 2008.
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Although she was born in Chicago, Gillian Anderson currently resides in London. Her family moved to London when she was very young, so it has always felt like home.
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Profession: Activist, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: The X-Files, Princess Mononoke, The X Files, The Last King of Scotland
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American actor Kevin Spacey moved to London in 2003. He originally moved there to be the Artistic Director at a theater, but he fell in love with the city.
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America
Profession: Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more
Credits: American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Moon
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Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland since 1994. In 2013, she officially became a Swiss citizen. Turner has also owned homes in London, Los Angeles and France.
Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Choreographer, Author, Actor Singer, + more
Credits: GoldenEye, Tina Turner: Live in Amsterdam, What's Love Got to Do with It, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
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In 1962, American film director Stanley Kubrick moved to England to film Lolita. He loved it there and lived there the rest of his life, although his friends say that he remained a New Yorker at heart.
Age: Died at 71 (1928-1999)
Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor Voice acting, + more
Credits: A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Johnny Depp has lived in France for many years. He began dating the French actress Vanessa Paradis in 1998, and the couple remained together until 2012. In 2011, he became a US resident again, because France wanted him to become a permanent resident, which he said would require him to pay income taxes in both countries.
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America
Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Restaurateur Actor, + more
Credits: Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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Mila Kunis was born in the USSR and at age seven she moved to Los Angeles with her family. She said that she felt "blind, deaf and dumb" her first year in the states.
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted, Friends with Benefits
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American-born director Sofia Coppola lives in France with her French husband Thomas Mars.
Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Film Director
Credits: Somewhere, Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette
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Charlize Theron was born in South Africa, and she moved to Italy with her mother when she was 16 years old to pursue modelling. She moved to New York a year later to train as a dancer.
Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor Film Director
Credits: Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus, Monster, Hancock
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