In a recent Thread, someone linked to Topol’s Wiki Page and I did a double-take seeing his place of birth listed as Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine.
Yes, it made sense on the double-take, but it tripped a double-take nonetheless since I am only used to seeing “British Mandate of Palestine” in an historical context. (Yes, I suppose Topol’s birth is “historical”, but the discussion was about the current guy.)
So, what other celebrities were born places that no longer exist?
To arbitrarily narrow the list*:
[li]People currently alive and preferably active in their field- again this Thread was inspired by the still professionally active Topol, he’ll be our model.[/li][li]Leave out Political figures, just because, in the nature of changes of government/country name, those active through the change tend to become “political celebrities” by default. Just seems that allowing political figures broadens the discussion such as to change the nature of the Thread as intended by the OP.[/li][li]Focus on Celebrities who have done some noteworthy work in English language projects. It seems there would probably be a lot of German actors who were born in East Germany, there are probably lots of Czech actors who were born in Czechoslovakia. So, again, it seems to broaden the discussion quite a bit.[/ul][/li]To start the ball rolling, both singers of the duo pop group t.A.T.u were born in The Soviet Union.
*Parameters set to narrow the list are entirely arbitrary, if pressed I can’t defend the parameters with any great passion, should those responding think my arbitrarty parameters are nonsense, feel free ignore them.