How were local celebs Jordin Sparks, Steven Spielberg and David Hallberg shaped by Arizona?

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Celebrities. You love ’em or you hate ’em. Or, you love to hate ’em. We on the Valley 101 podcast team have a few we just absolutely gush over. 

We’re sure we’re not swayed by the fact that they’re from Arizona.

This week, Katie O’Connell, Maritza Dominguez and Taylor Seely each share their favorite celebrity with local ties, plus stories of how the Valley inspired or shaped them.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How growing up in Arizona turned David Hallberg into a resilient world-class ballet dancer.  
  • How Jordin Sparks became an “American Idol” winner and took to the stage on Broadway.  
  • The story of Steven Spielberg’s first movie premiere, which happened in Phoenix when he was 17 years old

Listen to the episode:

The best way to listen is to subscribe to Valley 101 on your favorite podcast app, but you can also stream the full episode below. 

NOTE: Valley 101 is intended to be heard. But we also offer a transcript of the episode script. There may be slight deviations from the podcast audio

Read more: 

Valley native Steven Spielberg likely to grace Phoenix Theatre (sort of)

Jordin Sparks: The ‘American Idol’ from Phoenix

15 Arizona actors who made it to Broadway

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