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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?”
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
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Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve drew attention. By 1952 she had her first leading role in Don't Bother to Knock and 1953 brought a lead in Niagara, a melodramatic film noir that dwelt on her seductiveness. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as ...more

Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
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Charles Robert Redford Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010, he was awarded French Knighthood in the Legion d'Honneur. Redford's career began in New York. He started his acting career in 1959 as a guest star on numerous TV programs, including The Untouchables, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Twilight Zone, among others. He earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of ...more

Age: 80

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

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Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
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Paula Julie Abdul is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era. Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for sixth among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the ...more

Age: 55

Birthplace: San Fernando, California, United States of America

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Van Nuys High School Alumni
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Natalie Wood was an American film and television actress best known for her screen roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, and West Side Story. After first working in films as a child, Wood became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three Academy Award nominations before she was 25 years old. Wood began acting in movies at the age of four and at age eight was given a co-starring role in the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street. As a teenager, her performance in Rebel Without a Cause earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in the musical films West Side Story and Gypsy, and ...more

Age: Died at 43 (1938-1981)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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