Laguna Beach is home to some of the best and brightest. Our beautiful community attracts fascinating people who tend to stay once they visit. Notable native and newcomers alike flock here in 2016, just as they have in the past. This February, we've listed just a few of the many well-known residents to have graced our beaches.
- Charlie Chaplin
- John Steinbeck
- Buzz Aldrin
Several early Hollywood film stars hailed from Laguna Beach, but Charlie Chaplin's mustached face is familiar even to younger cinephiles in 2016. Like Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and other area actors of his time, Chaplin began his career in the silent film era. Famous for his physical comedy, the English actor enjoyed a 75-year career and a very colorful life. Luxurious hotels and restaurants sprang up as Charlie Chaplin and other celebrities began maintaining homes here.
Although best known for his stories about migrant farm workers, author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas to a county treasurer and a former teacher. The writer lived in a cottage at 504 Park in the early 1930s while writing Tortilla Flatsand formulating ideas for Pastures of Heaven.
We have one out-of-this-world Laguna Beach resident on our February list. New Jersey-born Buzz Aldrin piloted the first manned moon landing in 1969. As the second man to walk on the moon, it should come as no surprise that the astronaut still has an affinity for the extraterrestrial. Aldrin was president and founder of the now-inactive Starcraft Enterprises in Laguna Beach.
With so many accomplished present and former residents, Laguna Beach is clearly a magnet for the cream of the crop. We had a hard time choosing names to include on our February list; we could write reams about the subject. For now, we'll just revel in the glamour and sheer genius that still permeate the atmosphere in 2016.