Famous People

Famous People

Laguna Beach has been home to many famous Hollywood stars over the years.

Past and present residents include:

  • Hobie Alter, surfboard and sailboat designer
  • Casey Reinhardt, Owner of Casey’s Cupcakes; Winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars; Star on the MTV reality show, “Laguna Beach, The Real Orange County
  • John Steinbeck wrote “Tortilla Flats” while living in Laguna at 504 Park Avenue.
  • Timothy Leary, psychologist and LSD advocate
  • Greg MacGillivray, filmmaker
  • Lee Rocker, bassist, The Stray Cats
  • Lindsay Davenport, tennis player
  • Janet Evans, swimmer
  • Roger Kuntz, painter
  • Edgar Alwin Payne, muralist and founder of Laguna Beach Art Association
  • Robert Englund
  • Rock Hudson
  • Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson
  • Edgar Payne, artist
  • Charlie Chaplin, comic actor
  • Bette Davis, actress
  • Judy Garland, singer and actress
  • Mary Pickford, actress
  • Mickey Rooney, actor
  • Rudolph Valentino, actor
  • Diane Keaton, actress
  • Victor Mature, actor
  • Heather Locklear, actress
  • Richie Sambora, musician
  • Bette Midler, actress
  • Wyland, artist
  • Taco Bell CEO sells Laguna Beach home for $3.375 million in July 2015


  • Last week Justin Bieber stayed at Montage Laguna Beach and was spotted at Treasure Island Beach.
  • Avicii tweeted about his stay at Montage Laguna Beach in April 2014 – He rested and prepared for his second album.
  • Whitney Port of ‘The Hills’ stayed at The Inn at Laguna Beach last year and Instagrammed her adventure.
  • Film star Val Kilmer played “Citizen Twain” at The Laguna Playhouse in November 2013.
  • Keanu Reeves was spotted dining at the former Cottage Restaurant about 3-4 years ago.
  • The former stars of the MTV reality show, “Laguna Beach, The Real Orange County,” continue to frequent Laguna Beach.


  • In 2009, Sports Illustrated selected Laguna Beach as the only domestic location to shoot their swimsuit issue.