Mel Gibson is many things, few of them complimentary…but one thing he is not? Australian. Ben Widdicombe rounds up 9 celebrities commonly—and mistakenly—thought of as Aussies, on PopEater:
- Mel Gibson: He was born in Peekskill, NY, and didn’t move to Sydney until he was 12. He moved back to the States 16 years later.
- Nicole Kidman: This “Australian” beauty was actually born in Hawaii, and lived there until she was four.
- Olivia Newton-John: Though she’s “considered by many to be the quintessential Australian celebrity,” she was born in the UK and lived in Australia only briefly. Her career got its start in Britain.
- Russell Crowe: Though he is a naturalized Australian citizen, he’s actually from New Zealand (where, by the way, he apparently launched a music career).
For the complete list—including the one rare Aussie celeb who’s actually, but just barely, an Aussie—click here
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