Westchester County Touts A Star-Studded Roster Of Residents

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Clockwise: Martha Stewart, Bill Clinton, David Letterman and Mary J. Blige
Clockwise: Martha Stewart, Bill Clinton, David Letterman and Mary J. Blige Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County is 2,800 miles away from Hollywood, but you'd never know it considering how many celebrities call it home. 

More than 50 famous actors, musicians, writers, TV personalities and politicians cite the county as their hometown, or have bought property here later in life. The latter have cited Westchester's prime luxury real estate, close proximity to the city and suburban charm as major draws to the area.

Though these celebs have found homes all over Westchester County, Yonkers and Bedford both sport the highest concentration of famous neighbors both living and deceased.

Kate and Rooney Mara, Richard Gere, Bea Arthur, Chevy Chase, Michael Douglas, Felicity Huffman, Ralph Lauren, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Martha Stewart, Rob Thomas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the late Mary Kennedy all call or have called Bedford home. 

Yonkers' star-dazzled roster includes Mary J. Blige, Jadakiss, Styles P, DMX, Outasight, Jon Voight, Steven Tyler and the late Sid Caesar, Linda Lovelace and Ella Fitzgerald.

Just west of Yonkers, the Rivertowns have seen the likes of Jane Alexander, Meredith Viera and Debra Winger.

In Northern Westchester, Chappaqua's best-known residents are former U.S. president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton. However, Vanessa Williams is also from the area.

The famous Rockefeller family's estate is in Mount Pleasant's Pocantico Hills.

The Kennedys have also called Westchester home. Joseph Kennedy Sr. owned a home in Bronxville. Robert and Ethel Kennedy lived in Larchmont and Rye. 

Now divorced, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins once called Pound Ridge home.

CBS "Late Show" host David Letterman resides in North Salem, where former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg also has a home.

Stanley Tucci of "Devil Wears Prada," and "Julie and Julia," fame was born in Peekskill and recently sold a home he owned in South Salem. Actor Mel Gibson, who moved to Australia at age 12, was born in Peekskill.

Then there's Bruce Jenner, perhaps now best known as step-father of Kim Kardashian. Jenner, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics, was born in Mount Kisco and played football at Sleepy Hollow High School.

Broadway star and vocal powerhouse Audra McDonald lives with her husband in Croton-on-Hudson.

Comedian and interviewer to the stars Joan Rivers formerly lived in Bronxville. 

I'm sure we missed some of Westchester's famous neighbors. What celebrities have you seen around town? 

@suzannesamin

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Y'all forgot Stone Philips in Dobbs Ferry and Stan Getz in South Tarrytown. Don't know if Stone P. is still there though. I think some Yankees live here too.

I think the confusion comes from the fact that his is a case of apples and oranges. The article stated that it was about current residents. But some deceased celebs and notables names came up, both from the author and some posters.

I actually liked this article. It's always interesting to find out all the famous people that live in our area as well as important pieces of history. You can't forget Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor who also lives in Chappaqua but is part of the Yorktown School District!!

Arlene francis lived here. As did Bennet Cerf (in Mt. Kisco); and let's not forget the property once called "The Cenicle" which was Billy Rose's estate. and Ron howard just sold his home in North Castle to the tune of 27 mill or close. And Bernie Williams. And Ernie Anastos still lives in Armonk. And Renata Scotto.

This was just such a poorly written bit of non-news. Was the writer assigned a total fluff piece?

Glenn Close lived up here, too. And Tommy Mattola; and ...

so it goes.

Arlene francis lived here. As did Bennet Cerf (in Mt. Kisco); and let's not forget the property once called "The Cenicle" which was Billy Rose's estate. and Ron howard just sold his home in North Castle to the tune of 27 mill or close. And Bernie Williams. And Ernie Anastos still lives in Armonk. And Renata Scotto.

This was just such a poorly written bit of non-news. Was the writer assigned a total fluff piece?

Glenn Close lived up here, too. And Tommy Mattola; and ...

so it goes.

Two famous classical pianists from White Plains: Garrick Ohlsen and William Wolfram, as well as Pulitzer prize winner author Alison Lurie - and from the Town of Greenburgh came Cab Calloway, Gordon Parks and Moms Mabley!

Two famous classical pianists from White Plains: Garrick Ohlsen and William Wolfram, as well as Pulitzer prize winner author Alison Lurie - and from the Town of Greenburgh came Cab Calloway, Gordon Parks and Moms Mabley!

WHY DIDN'T YOU MENTION ED SULLIVAN WHO LIVED IN PORT CHESTER?

Joan rivers is from Larchmont, not Bronxville

Granted, it's not the greatest piece if journalism that you'll come across but good grief you guys need to chill out.

Totally agree with you Gorgoose...they have nothing better to do.

Why is this news? I was born and raised in Westchester and lived there for 60 years before moving. Westchester has always been home to the rich and famous, given its proximity to Manhattan. Are we supposed to be impressed? The Clintons are carpetbaggers, only living in Chappaqua so the "broke" Hillary could run for Senate and eventually president. Vanessa Williams actually grew up in the Town of New Castle (Millwood) and her parents were educators. Nothing to brag or be impressed about. Zzzz...

PS Do a bit more research, dear .... into the 30s and 40s and the Big Band era too ... many are buried in Westchester cemeteries. You also forgot the Cheevers, Hume Cronyn/Jessica Tandy, Colleen Dewhurst, Moms Mabley, Cab Calloway, Ozzie Davis/Ruby Dee, the Delaney Sisters, Denzel Washington, composer Aaron Copland. The list goes on and on and on.

Clintons do live in Chappaqua and the community is great so why wouldn't they get out of Arkansas or even Washington? Clinton has an office in Harlem.

This is so poorly written that even as a pulp piece it's worthless.

Agree! Incomplete and ancient history anyway.