This list contains information about celebrities who are Quakers, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Quakerism is a predominantly Christian faith, which promotes freedom and pacifism. Several famous actors, musicians, and politicians are Quakers. Some of these celebs are only Quakers through ancestry, while others still practice the faith today.
Who is the most famous person who is a Quaker? Zooey Deschanel tops this list. The New Girl actress has Quaker heritage on her father's side, and one of her ancestors was an abolitionist. Rebel Without a Cause star James Dean was raised in a Quaker home by his aunt, Ortense, and her husband, Marcus Winslow, from the time he was nine years old.
Bonnie Raitt wrote about her Quaker faith in an editorial for O Magazine. She says, "I grew up in Los Angeles in a Quaker family, and for me being Quaker was a political calling rather than a religious one." Other notable women who are Quakers include Judi Dench and Joan Baez.Do you think that being Quakers helped these celebrities to succeed in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Zooey Deschanel has Quaker heritage on her father's side and one of her ancestors was an abolitionist.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
Profession: Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor, + more
Credits: Elf, (500) Days of Summer, Yes Man, Almost Famous
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Richard Nixon's mother was a Quaker and his father converted from Methodism to the Quaker faith. He was raised to follow the conservative practices of the Quaker faith.
Age: Died at 81 (1913-1994)
Birthplace: Yorba Linda, California, United States of America
Profession: Politician, Military Officer, Author, Lawyer
Credits: All the President's Men, The Nixon Interviews
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When she was a child, Joan Baez's family converted to the Quaker faith, which she reportedly still follows today.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Pacifist, Activist, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
Credits: Woodstock, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Dont Look Back, Taking Woodstock
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Kevin Bacon learned about his Quaker heritage when he appeared on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots."
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more
Credits: Footloose, Apollo 13, Mystic River, X-Men: First Class
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