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  • It's easy to see why television and movie stars would choose to live in Southern Oregon over Los Angeles.
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  • It's easy to see why television and movie stars would choose to live in Southern Oregon over Los Angeles.
    Our traffic issues pale in comparison to Hollywood's and, for the most part, big-time actors can walk our streets without being hounded by overzealous autograph seekers or paparazzi.
    The problem with attempting to track down the movie stars in our midst is that these people probably move here to get away from the pressures of fame. They are not easy to find or get a hold of for a newspaper story.
    There are rumors aplenty that Johnny Depp lives in Kirstie Alley's former home in the Applegate. Could it be true? Maybe, but a search of the property's tax records show Alley still owns the house.
    Alley is making headlines again for her appearance on "Dancing With the Stars." Alley is proving to be a crowd favorite, and as of press time had made the cut every time she competed.
    There are whispers that William Shatner — Capt. James T. Kirk himself! — has a getaway home around these parts. Again, it's entirely possible, but we don't know for sure. (A search of Jackson County property records turns up no Shatner, William or otherwise.)
    We will avoid rumor and speculation here and report the most famous people we know have lived or currently live in the beautiful Rogue Valley.
    Rogers was the personification of Hollywood royalty. She is widely credited with helping create the modern Hollywood musical.
    She did this while managing to keep up step for step with the legendary Fred Astaire in such classics as "The Gay Divorcee," "Roberta" and "Top Hat" in the 1930s.
    Rogers bought a 1,000-acre ranch in Jackson County near Shady Cove in 1940. The ranch supplied dairy products to Camp White during the war years.
    Rogers moved to Medford in the early 1990s. She helped in the fundraising efforts to restore the Craterian Theatre, where she had performed in 1926 while on a vaudeville tour. The theater was renamed in her honor in 1997.
    Elam had one of the most recognizable mugs in movie history. He cut his teeth playing bad guys in westerns in 1950s and never looked back.
    Elam granted the Mail Tribune an interview in 1997, just after he was inducted in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
    In the interview he guessed that at least 300 of his movie and TV appearances had been westerns. He'd appeared in 97 feature films throughout his career.
    Among his most memorable performances were co-starring with James Garner in the western comedies "Support Your Local Sheriff" in 1969 and "Support Your Local Gunfighter" two years later.
    He also made an impression in the largely dialogue-free opening act of Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West." This film, which passed quietly through U.S. theaters when it was released in 1968, has since been hailed by critics as one of the best westerns, if not one of the best films, of the last 50 years.
    Campbell is the ultimate cult movie star. Had he made but two movies — 1981's "Evil Dead" and its 1987 sequel, "Evil Dead II" — his name would be cemented forever in the heart of cinema geeks worldwide.
    However, Campbell has maintained steady work in a variety of roles since the early 1980s. Most are of the offbeat variety, including roles in "Maniac Cop" and "Bubba Ho-Tep," but he also has appeared in several Coen Brothers pictures such as the modern classic "Fargo."
    Campbell lives in Jacksonville and is frequently seen around town and in Ashland.
    Currently, Campbell co-stars in the hit USA series "Burn Notice" as a former covert agent Sam Axe and friend to the series' star.
    Duffy has lived along the Rogue River near Eagle Point for several years and is routinely spotted around the area and has a reputation for being very friendly to fans.
    Of course, Duffy is best known for his role as Bobby Ewing, the brother of J.R. Ewing in the primetime soap opera hit "Dallas."
    Duffy has worked steadily ever since, mostly in television, with a long-running part as the husband starring with Suzanne Somers in the sitcom "Step by Step."
    Novak, star of the silver screen who's probably best known for her role in "Vertigo" opposite Jimmy Stewart, lives with her veterinarian husband on a ranch along the Rogue River where the couple raise llamas and horses.
    She sees several plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival each year, as well as concerts at the Britt Festivals. In 2010, Novak created a pastel artwork, "The Magic of Music, " which served as the Britt poster for the season.
    Novak was one of a handful of property owners who sued the state of Oregon after its 2008 declaration that the 89-mile stretch of the Rogue from Lost Creek Dam to the mouth of Grave Creek was a navigable waterway and belonged to the public. The property owners so far have prevailed in Jackson County Circuit Court, where Judge Ron Grensky ruled this year that the state doesn't have ownership rights, but that decision likely will be appealed.
    O'Toole has worked steadily in film and television for more than 30 years. She now lives atleast part of the time in Ashland with her husband, actor McKean, of "Spinal Tap" fame.
    O'Toole started in television before landing roles in hits such as "48 Hours," co-starring with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. She also played Clark Kent's boyhood girlfriend in 1983's "Superman III."
    She went on to star in several TV movies and accepted a large part in "Smallville," which tells the story of Superman's younger days growing up on the farm. She played Superman's mother for six seasons.
    McKean probably is best known for his legendary part David St. Hubbins, the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for Spinal Tap.
    McKean has appeared in close to 100 movies and television shows, including as Lenny on "Laverne and Shirley."
    He and O'Toole are an acclaimed songwriting team. They were nominated for an Academy Award for best song in "A Mighty Wind."
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