Frank Duveneck - painter born in Covington, KY in 1848 who influenced a generation of painters.
Harriet Beecher Stowe - author of Uncle Tom's Cabin - lived in Cincinnati, across the river from Civil War border-state Kentucky, and drew from these experiences for her book.
Hiram Powers - began his career as an artist in Cincinnati.
James Levine - conductor and pianist born in Cincinnati - debuted with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 10.
Jim Dine - major American artist of the second half of the 20th century born in Cincinnati in 1935. Attended Walnut Hills High School, the Cincinnati Art Academy and the University of Cincinnati College of Applied Arts.
John Henry Twachtman - painter, born in Cincinnati in 1853, who studied under Frank Duveneck and is considered a leader in the Impressionist movement.
Robert S. Duncanson - prolific artist of the Hudson River School style raised in Cincinnati.
Suzanne Farrell - had early training at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in addition to being born in Cincinnati.
Thomas Worthington Whittredge - artist who lived in Cincinnati, best known for his Hudson River School scenes.
Tom Wesselmann - Cincinnati artist born in 1931 whose work was included in the American Pop Art exhibition at the Whitney Museum, New York.
Nikki Giovanni - Grammy-nominated poet, activist and author, was commissioned by NPR to create an inaugural poem for President Barack Obama. Grew up in Lincoln Heights an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, OH.
Tony Snow - A nationally known journalist, born in Berea, Kentucky and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, became a White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush.
Andy Williams - singer, attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati.
Antonio "L.A." Reid - three-time Grammy Award-winning record executive, songwriter, record producer, and co-founder of LaFace Records from Mt. Auburn, attended Hughes High School.
Bootsy Collins - Legendary funk bass guitarist, composer and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, born William Collins in Cincinnati, Oh.
Carmen Electra - actress, born Tara Leigh Patrick in Cincinnati, attended Princeton High School.
Doris Day - actress, born Doris von Kappelhoff in Cincinnati in 1924.
Drew Lachey – singer with "98 degrees"; winner of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Graduated from School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.
George Clooney - actor born in Augusta, KY
Jerry Springer - talk show host, was once Mayor of Cincinnati and later anchor on WLWT-TV news.
Nick Lachey – solo artist started with Cincinnati-based "98 Degrees"; led Team Cincinnati to victory on NBC's "Clash of the Choirs". Graduated from School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.
Randy Crawford - born Veronica Crawford, jazz and R&B singer from Evanston, attended Courter Tech High School.
Rosemary Clooney - singer, actress and aunt of George Clooney born in Maysville, KY.
Roy Rogers - popular singing cowboy, born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati in 1911.
Ruth Lyons - television hostess broadcast her show on WLW-TV from 1947-1967
Sarah Jessica Parker - attended School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Steven Spielberg - innovative filmmaker born in Cincinnati.
Ted Turner - media mogul born in Cincinnati.
The Isley Brothers - R & B group from Cincinnati who had a major hit with "Twist & Shout", later re-recorded by the Beatles.
Theda Bara - silent film star, born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati in 1890.
Todd Louiso- actor, attended School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.
Tyrone Power - movie star born in Cincinnati in 1914.
Cincinnati-Style Chili – Between Skyline Chili, Goldstar Chili and other Cincinnati chili restaurants (more than 140 in all!), Cincinnatians eat more than 2 million pounds of chili each year topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese.
Cincinnati chili sauce contains finely ground beef, seasoned with a mixture of spices. Some aficionados report a distinct hint of cinnamon and sometimes even chocolate. It is characteristically served over spaghetti or as coney sauce, with oyster crackers on the side.
Ice cream – Cincinnati is home to Graeter's ice cream. Graeter's, founded in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, is a Cincinnati tradition with Graeter's French Pot ice cream, handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods found at locations all over the city. Today, the Graeter family, consisting of three grandchildren and three great-grandsons of Louis Graeter, still faithfully use the over one-century old recipes and methods of production in the Reading Road plant.
Barbecue – Greater Cincinnatians will eat ribs, chicken, Saratoga chips, or anything covered in Montgomery Inn Barbeque Sauce. Three locations in the area cater to the cravings of locals and visitors alike: Montgomery Inn, located in Montgomery (a northeastern suburb), Montgomery Inn Boathouse, downtown on the Ohio River, and just across the river in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Place an order for home delivery or view menus at www.montgomeryinn.com.
Goetta - Primarily composed of ground meat and steel-cut oats and flavored with bay leaves, rosemary, salt, pepper, and thyme, this dish originated with German settlers who emigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century. The modern popularity of goetta in Cincinnati has led to it being called "Cincinnati Caviar". Glier's Goetta, the largest commercial producer of goetta, produces more than 1,000,000 pounds annually, around 99% of which is consumed locally in greater Cincinnati