The “American Dream” has brought many a person to this wonderful country. And a remarkable number of them have lived and continue to live the dream life. Famous personalities who were born outside of the U.S. but later became U.S. citizens include Nobel Prize winners like Albert Einstein and Martin Karplus. Here is a list of politicians, entertainers and other notable naturalized U.S. citizens who were not born on U.S. soil.
Actor Pierce Brosnan
Actor Pierce Brosnan, the former James Bond is a very famous Irish-American actor and a film producer. He received his American citizenship in 2004 and he now has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland. He says that though he found a new life and identity in the U.S., his heart and soul will always be Irish.
Madeleine Albright, the first woman to be U.S. Secretary of State, obtained her citizenship in the U.S. in 1957. The Czech-born diplomat has been a U.S. citizen for more than 50 years.
Pamela Anderson became a U.S. citizen in 2004. The former Canadian-American “Baywatch” star said in a written statement that she chose become a U.S. citizen because she wanted to vote in elections and take part in the civic life.
Mischa Barton, who is well-known for her role in “The O.C.” was born in London and was brought up in the U.S. She has citizenship of the U.K and of the U.S. Though she moved to the U.S. at a very young age, she says that she feels more comfortable in London, her birth place.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the greatest Russian-American ballet dancers of the 20th century, was born in the Soviet Union. In 1974, he defected from the Soviet Union and moved to Canada. Later he applied for and gained political asylum in the U.S. He then obtained U.S. citizenship in 1986.
Albert Einstein, the 1921 Nobel Prize recipient, is a renowned German-born physicist. He renounced his German citizenship and became a Swiss citizen in 1901. He became a U.S. citizen in 1940 and remained a citizen of both Switzerland and America till his death in 1955.
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