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26 Celebrities Who Are Quakers

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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. 

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  • Zooey Deschanel has Quaker heritage on her father's side and one of her ancestors was an abolitionist.
    • Born: 1980-01-17
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Are Quakers
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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.
    • Born: 1913-01-09
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
    • Birthplace: Yorba Linda, California, United States of America

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  • Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Are Quakers
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    When she was a child, Joan Baez's family converted to the Quaker faith, which she reportedly still follows today.
    • Born: 1941-01-09
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Are Quakers
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    Kevin Bacon learned about his Quaker heritage when he appeared on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots."
    • Born: 1958-07-08
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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