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10 Celebrities You Forgot Were Lebanese
5 years ago

Author: Kelly Sadek - LAU Tribune

If there’s something that 90% of  Lebanese people possess, it’s pride. This is especially true when they find out that an internationally famous celebrity originates from Lebanon and it just so happens that said celebrity is their mother’s second cousin’s classmate (we all know you’re lying Tante Janine).


Anyway, to increase your ‘general’ knowledge on Lebanese culture, here’s a list of 10 international celebrities you forgot were Lebanese, or at least have Lebanese roots:



10. Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Best known for her work in the movie Step Up and being married to the beautiful man known as Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan’s father is of Lebanese-Polish descent and her mother is of German-English descent. Now that is quite the exotic mix!



9. Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn

Yes, the Wedding Crashers star has Lebanese roots and they come from his paternal grandmother. Vaughn’s grandmother actually comes from the Saba family of Innabet. Do you know anyone from there? Akidddd you do.



8. Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

The sexy Avatar starlet was born in the Dominican Republic, but has admitted to MBC that she is part Lebanese and enjoys Lebanese cooking. Sa7ten!



7. Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

This name may not sound familiar to you, but you would recognize his voice! Casey Kasem was actually the voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo! Sadly, however, Kasem passed away in June 2014. RIP Shaggy.



6. Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

His name may not sound Lebanese, but the Prison Break actor is actually of Syrian and Lebanese descent mixed with African American blood.



5. Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader

This guy ran for President of the United States 7 TIMES and will be running for the 8th time in 2016 for the Green party, as usual. Nader was born in Connecticut to Lebanese immigrants and was raised to speak both Arabic and English.



4. Shakira


Shakira Mebarak was born to a Lebanese father and a Spanish-Italian mother and my guess is that she gets her hot dance moves from the Lebanese side of the family. W yallaaaaa!



3. Rima Fakih

Rima Fakih

Speaking of beautiful Lebanese women, here is one who actually won the Miss America Pageant in 2010. Fakih was born in Lebanon but moved to the States when she was 8 years old.



2. Shannon Elizabeth (Fadal)

Shannon Elizabeth (Fadal)

Do you remember Nadia the hot exchange student in American Pie? (It’s kind of hard to forget, if you ask me), Well she’s Lebanese! This sex symbol was born to a Lebanese-Syrian father.



1. Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

It’s kind of difficult to forget that Salma Hayek is Lebanese, well because her name gives it away but that’s besides the point; the point is that LOOK AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE IS LEBANESE, LOOK! YA MAMA TA3E!!![ArabicPages]




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