Did you grow up in Lynwood with someone who is now famous?
In honor of Women’s History Month, we are celebrating famous women who got their start in Lynwood.
Do you recognize:
Leslie Jones – She is a comedian and actress who was a Saturday Night Live cast member, starred in the 2016 version of Ghostbusters and is the current host of ABC’s Supermarket Sweep. Did you know she was a star basketball player at Lynwood High School? Go Knights!
Ava DuVernay – She is one of Hollywood’s top filmmakers, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “13th” and directed “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” as well as directed and produced several critically acclaimed television shows.
Patty Rodriguez – If you listen to KIIS-FM, then you’ve heard Patty Rodriguez. She started working there when she was a senior at Lynwood High School (Go Knights!) and worked her way up to be on-air and a producer. But that’s not all! She’s also a jewelry designer under the name MALA and the founder of Lil’ Libros, a popular bilingual children’s book publishing company.
Louella Daetweiler – She was a catcher for the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (the movie “A League of Their Own” was based on this league). After her baseball career, she coached and officiated for 39 years at Compton College.
Violet Palmer – The first female NBA referee was born in Lynwood. Violet Palmer made history when she refereed the April 25, 2006 match between the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets.
Criseida Serpas – This former Lynwood resident is the fashion designer behind Criseida Couture. You’ve likely seen her line of beautiful dresses being worn by top Los Angeles television personalities like Christine Devine and Alanna Rizzo.
Who could be the next famous Lynwood resident? It could be your neighbor, schoolmate, family member or you!