Gresham, OR

3 Famous People From Gresham, Oregon

Matt Lillywhite
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It's no secret that Gresham is an incredible place to live. After all, there's so many incredible things to do and beautiful scenery around the local area.

In my opinion, it's certainly one of the greatest places in the country to live. And clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks that. Here's a list of several famous people who have called Gresham home:

Shannon Bex

Pamela and Marshall, Bex's parents, raised her in Gresham, Oregon. Marshall Lee, Bex's older brother, ran a video production firm that worked with brands including Nike, Gatorade, and Verizon. She began dance lessons at the age of six and began performing at the age of six. A year later, she performed in the Oregon Ballet Theatre's production of The Nutcracker, directed by James Canfield. Bex did not begin training in other genres of dance, such as lyrical, modern, hip hop, and jazz, until she was twelve years old.

For five seasons, Bex was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, where she performed and sang. She was a contestant on the 2003 series Fame, where she came in second to Harlemm Lee. Johnny Wright said in the finale that he will sign her. Before joining the group, she was featured as a possible "gang" member on MTV's Make the Band 3, Season 2 in 2005. Danity Kane's debut album, Welcome to the Dollhouse, debuted at No. 1 on August 22, 2006, and their second album, Danity Kane, debuted at No. 1 on March 18, 2008. Shannon was also a member of the Danity Kane group's Dumblonde duo with another Danity Kane member. Danity Kane's only married participant was Bex. She was dubbed "the mother of the group" because she was the band's oldest member.

Bex left touring in 2019 to focus on her job as co-founder and Chief Communications Director at Vooks (a streaming platform bringing storybooks to life for children around the world).

Katie Harman

She was named Miss Multnomah County in 2001 and went on to win Miss Oregon in 2002, helping her to qualify for Miss America. She was crowned Miss America on September 11, 2001, the Saturday after the terrorist attacks on the United States. At the behest of journalist Janet Langhart Cohen, she made her first public appearances as Miss America at the World Trade Center site and the Pentagon to meet rescue personnel. Harman said in her speech: "This is an opportunity for Miss America to rally the hopes of the American public. I want to make sure that this tragedy does not bring America down."

She played Kathie in The Student Prince with the Gold Coast Opera in Florida after finishing her duties as Miss America. In Le nozze di Figaro, she also played Barbarina. She also collaborated with the Shreveport Symphony and others as a vocalist with pianist André Watts. In 2002, Katie made an appearance as herself on an episode of the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Jess Hartley

Hartley is the author of White Wolf Publishing's Exalted: In Northern Twilight and Mind Storm Labs' Little Yoshida, a book written as an electronic serial. She's written and contributed to nearly forty role-playing games and game books for White Wolf Publishing/CCP North America and Margaret Weis Productions, as well as serving as the publisher for many Steampower Publishing and Rogue Games projects.

Hartley worked with Renaissance Magazine from 2002 to 2005, producing the recurring feature article Forsoothly Spoken as well as book reviews. Hartley launched One Geek To Another, an insight, ethics, and etiquette blog for the geek community, in August 2009. One Geek To Another was nominated for an ENnie Award in the Best Blog for Geeks category in 2010.

Gresham is a lovely place that has produced countless amounts of famous people who have impacted the world in a meaningful way. Let's hope that in the future, Gresham can continue being absolutely incredible.

Who's your favorite person who lives in Gresham? Let me know in the comments below.

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