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The 10 Coolest Celebrities from Arizona

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8. Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper's name has almost become synonymous with Arizona, even if it isn't his real name. Between his restaurant, haunted houses, and Christmas shows, all named after him, it would be hard to escape him. Although he was born in Detroit, Michigan, Cooper ended up in Phoenix after battling a series of illnesses as a child. He went to Cortez High School, and eventually was awarded an honorary doctorate from Grand Canyon University in 2004. One would be hard-pressed not to think fondly of the shock rocker, despite his history of cringe-inducing performances and the infamous Chicken Incident. Everybody loves a comeback, and Cooper certainly experienced one of his own, after winning his war with alcoholism. Cooper even managed to save his marriage, after his wife, Sheryl Goddard, filed for divorce during his most tumultuous years battling the booze. Cooper and Goddard are still married to this day, and have three children. Cooper has famously claimed that he never cheated on his wife in all the time they've been together, and that the secret to a successful relationship is continuing to go on dates together.

7. Chester Bennington

Bennington was born in Phoenix in 1976, and our guess is his blue-collar parents had no idea their son would become a member of the wildly successful band, Linkin Park. Linkin Park was a ubiquitous force during this writer's teenage years, and the same could probably be said for everyone considered a Millennial or Generation Y'er. It would be difficult to separate one's youth from this band who exploded onto the music scene in 2000 with their debut album Hybrid Theory. The lyrics provided something for everyone to grasp on to, and the album eventually went to Diamond status, selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. Phoenix teens were proud that their favorite band hailed from their hometown. Bennington went to Centennial High School before transferring to Greenway High School, where Bennington and his friend started the band, Grey Daze. Linkin Park released a new album last year, after a hiatus where the members pursued other projects. The heyday of the Linkin Park era may be over, but those of us who grew up with the band will always think we're a little bit cooler for our state being the same as Chester Bennington's.

6. David Spade

Spade was born in Birmingham, Michigan, but moved to Arizona when he was four, living in Scottsdale and Casa Grande. Spade attended Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State University, receiving a degree in business. Spade performed standup at the university and around the valley, including Greasy Tony's in Tempe. Spade is one the great comedians, perhaps even underrated in reputation, and we think it's pretty sweet that he called Arizona home before leaving us for Tinseltown.

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