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Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Van Nuys High School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Van Nuys High School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Van Nuys High School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Van Nuys High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Van Nuys High School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Van Nuys High School.

Alumni include Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many additional graduates as well.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Van Nuys High School?” and “Which celebrities are Van Nuys High School alumni?”
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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Actor

Age: Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she ...more

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist

Age: 81

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Charles Robert Redford Jr. (born August 18, 1936) is an American retired actor, director, producer, and businessman. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Redford began acting on ...more

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Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Choreographer

Age: 56

Birthplace: San Fernando, California, United States of America

Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American dancer, choreographer, singer, actress, and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the ...more

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Actor, Singer

Age: Dec. at 43 (1938-1981)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Natalie Wood (born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko; July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American actress who began her career in film as a child and became a Hollywood star as a young adult. ...more

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Theatrical producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

Age: 38

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (born February 17, 1981) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, and entrepreneur. As a child, Gordon-Levitt appeared in the films A River Runs Through It, Angels ...more

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Erika Eleniak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: USA, Glendale, California

Erika Eleniak (born September 29, 1969) is an American actress, Playboy Playmate, and former model best known for her role in Baywatch as Shauni McClain. Her film debut was a small part in E.T.: ...more
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Jane Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: Dec. at 90 (1921-2011)

Birthplace: Bemidji, Minnesota

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) was an American film actress and one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s. Russell moved from the ...more

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Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Baseball player, Actor, Sports commentator

Age: Dec. at 57 (1936-1993)

Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Donald Scott Drysdale (July 23, 1936 – July 3, 1993) was an American professional baseball player and television sports commentator. A right-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers for his ...more

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Stacy Keach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 77

Birthplace: Georgia, Savannah, USA

Walter Stacy Keach Jr. (born June 2, 1941) is an American actor and voice actor. He has played mainly dramatic roles throughout his career, often in law enforcement or as a private detective. ...more

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Stanley Gold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 76

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Stanley Phillip Gold (born September 10, 1942) served as President and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, Roy E. Disney's private investment company from 1985 to 2013 and is currently serving as Chairman ...more
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James Dougherty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Police officer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1921-2005)

Birthplace: Texas, United States of America

James Edward "Jim" Dougherty was an American policeman, best known for being the first husband of Marilyn Monroe.
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Bill Paparian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Bill Paparian Politician

Age: 70

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, Van Nuys, Contiguous United States, United States of America, + more

William Mihrtad "Bill" Paparian (born 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is an American politician, a former mayor of Pasadena, California, serving from 1995 to 1997. He was also a ...more
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Harlee McBride is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
Secretary, Actor

Age: 70

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Harlee McBride (born November 20, 1948) is an American actress. She is best known for the role of Cynthia Chatterley in Young Lady Chatterley and Young Lady Chatterley II.
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Shelby Flint is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
LeeMellinger added Actor, Singer

Age: 79

Birthplace: North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Shelby Flint (born September 17, 1939 in North Hollywood, California) is a singer-songwriter who had two top-100 hits, "Angel on My Shoulder" in 1961 and "Cast Your Fate to the
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Diane Warren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
LeeMellinger added Songwriter, Lyricist, Composer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Diane Eve Warren (born September 7, 1956) is an American songwriter. She rose to prominence in 1983, and has since written songs for and co-written songs with multiple singers, as well as for ...more

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John K. Singlaub is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
LeeMellinger added

Age: 97

Birthplace: Independence, California

John Kirk Singlaub (born July 10, 1921) is a highly decorated former OSS officer, a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and a retired major general in the United States ...more
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Gen. John K. Singlaub is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
LeeMellinger added Gen. John K. Singlaub