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List Rules Celebrities born in countries that have since dissolved or had their names changed

They say you can never go home again. That's especially true if your home no longer exists. This is a list of famous people born in countries that don't exist anymore, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Through the years, several countries have ceased to exist. They either merge with surrounding countries, divide into smaller countries or change their name to represent their modern values. Some countries cease to exist after long drawn out wars, while others peacefully merge for the betterment of the people.

Who is the most famous person born in a country that doesn't exist anymore? Mila Kunis tops our list. The “Black Swan” beauty was born in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1983. The USSR divided into the different countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldovia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan in 1991. Other famous people born in the USSR include Milla Jovovich and Olga Kurylenko.

Several famous people lost their birth countries when East and West Germany unified to form Germany in 1990. Bruce Willis was born in West Germany in 1955. The “Die Hard” star's father was serving the American military in Germany at the time of his birth. The family moved back to New Jersey when Willis was two years old.

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Paulina Porizkova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30+ Famous People Born in Countries That Don't Exist Anymore
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Model Paulina Porizkova was born in Czechoslovakia in 1965. Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.

Age: 52

Birthplace: Prostějov, Czech Republic

Profession: Model, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Credits: America's Next Top Model, Arizona Dream, Thursday, Her Alibi

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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30+ Famous People Born in Countries That Don't Exist Anymore
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Musician Nick Drake was born in Burma in 1948.  Burma officially changed its name to Myanmar in 1989.

Age: Died at 26 (1948-1974)

Birthplace: Yangon, Asia, Southeast Asia, Myanmar

Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer

Credits: The Royal Tenenbaums, Garden State, Seven Pounds, The Lake House

Also Ranked

#31 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

#78 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#56 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

#39 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

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Katarina Witt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30+ Famous People Born in Countries That Don't Exist Anymore
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The Olympic figure skater and model was born in Staaken in the German Democratic Republic in 1965. East Germany was dissolved and reunited with "West Germany" in 1990.

Age: 51

Birthplace: Germany

Profession: Businessperson, Figure Skater, Model, Actor, Artist

Credits: Jerry Maguire, Ronin, The Ice Princess, Carmen on Ice, Figure Skating Superstars: Katarina Witt and Friends, + more

Also Ranked

#15 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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Jonathan Ke Quan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30+ Famous People Born in Countries That Don't Exist Anymore
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Child actor Jonathan Ke Quan was born in South Vietnam in 1971. South Vietnam existed from 1954 to 1976 when they merged with the northern portion of Vietnam. The unified country is now known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Age: 45

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Profession: Child Actor, Actor

Credits: The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Encino Man, Head of the Class, Second Time Around, + more

Also Ranked

#81 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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