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10 famous people from the Grand Strand and Pee Dee

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - From humble beginnings…here are famous 10 people who were born and/or raised in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

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10. Shane Carruth - The director of the award-winning independent film Primer was born in Myrtle Beach, according to IMDB. He’s set to direct The Modern Ocean, a film about international shipping, with a cast including Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves and Daniel Radcliffe, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

9. William Gibson – The author known as father of cyber-punk fiction has been called “probably the most important novelist of the past two decades” and was born in Conway in 1948, according to the bio on his website. He’s perhaps best known for his debut novel “Neuromancer."

8. Jeryl Prescott – The actress known for her role as Jaqui in the first season of AMC’s The Walking Dead was born in Washington D.C., then adopted and raised in Hartsville, SC, according to an article in the Winston-Salem Journal. 

7. Kelly Tilghman – Tilghman was a golf pro before she became a long-time on-air personality for The Golf Channel and the first full-time female play-by-play commentator in the history of the PGA Tour, Tilghman grew up in North Myrtle Beach, where her family owned and operated a golf course for 22 years, according to her bio on GolfChannel.com.

6. Armstrong Williams – Williams was born in Marion, and has been called "one of the most recognizable conservative voices in America,” by the Washington Post. He is a political commentator, entrepreneur, author of a nationally-syndicated newspaper column, and host of a daily radio show and nationally-syndicated TV program: The Right Side with Armstrong Williams.

5. Mark L. Walberg – The familiar face from the Antiques Roadshow and the host of several network and cable game shows hails from Florence, South Carolina, according to his IMDB bio.

4. Leeza Gibbons – Gibbons was born in Hartsville, and is best known as a co-host for Entertainment Tonight from 1984 to 2000. Leeza won the Celebrity Apprentice in 2015, raising $714,000 for her charity, Leeza’s Care Connection, according to an online bio. 

3. Vanna White – Before she began turning vowels and consonants on Wheel of Fortune in 1982, the 59(!)-year-old White was born in Conway and grew up in North Myrtle Beach.

2. Ben Bernanke – The former Chairman of the Federal Reserve was born in Augusta,Georgia, and raised in Dillon, South Carolina. WMBF News spoke to some of his family, friends and former classmates back in 2013.

1. Aziz Ansari – Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari is known for his role as Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” and recently won an Emmy for his Netflix original series “Master of None.” Ansari is a first-generation American born in Columbia, but grew up in Bennettsville, where he attended the Marlboro Academy.

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