Oklahoma City has had its share of performers and politicians end up becoming big names. Here are the neighborhoods they once or still call home. In the interests of privacy, The Oklahoman is not publishing addresses.© THE OKLAHOMAN FILE Singer Conway Twitty is shown displaying his awards in this 1972 photo taken when he lived in south Oklahoma City. © THE OKLAHOMAN FILE Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne home, shown in this 2010 photo, is in the same Classen-10-Penn neighborhood where he spent his youth.
Wayne Coyne, singer
Coyne's home in Classen-10-Penn is a two-story red-brick structure with a yellow-brick trim, sandstone chimneys and a flat roof that doesn't look too different from other homes in the Depression-era neighborhood.
Coyne stayed in the neighborhood, now transitioning from what was considered blighted into a hip area attached to the Plaza District. The inside of the home is as weird as Coyne and his band, The Flaming Lips. The home, once featured in the New York Times, is a living art gallery with a psychedelic mix of 1950s sci-fi.
Coyne grew up in Classen-10-Penn and once told The Oklahoman he spent his youth with four brothers and a sister playing bloody, no-holds-barred games of sandlot football and learning how to paint and draw like Frank Frazetta. It was where he fell in love with the Beatles, the Who and Led Zeppelin — and picked up the guitar at age 14.
Vince Gill, singer
Gill, long a country music star, discussed in 2008 how he made his musical debut in the Cleveland Elementary auditorium across the street from his family's home, a brick house built in 1936 by the same homebuilder who developed Warr Acres.
"The playground is our front yard in a sense, so it's a big picture of me thinking about home," Gill told The Oklahoman. "It was my view from my window."
More than four decades after that first performance, he returned to play a sold-out benefit concert for Cleveland Elementary Arts and Science Specialty School and raised $95,000 to refurbish the auditorium.
Conway Twitty, singer
From 1963 to 1975, Conway Twitty lived in Oklahoma City. During a few years within this timeframe, he lived with his family in a modest home in the Hillcrest neighborhood backing up to the Hidden Trails Golf and Country Club. The 1956-built house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Twitty once told The Oklahoman he had just moved to Oklahoma in the mid-1960s and was playing a concert in a Seminole nightclub when he made the most important decision of his career. He scored several No. 1 hits while living in south Oklahoma City before moving to Nashville.
James Marsden, actor
Warwick Estates was still under construction when James Marsden’s parents bought a two-story home in the northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood. The two-story home, built in 1977, was part of the initial wave of construction that, according to the neighborhood association, was done in four sections over 11 years.
The neighborhood includes a pond, fountains and walking trails and the association reports many of the homes back up to greenbelt common areas.
"There’s like a creek down by my mother’s house and a little play area, and I just lived down there,” Marsden said in a 2010 interview. "That’s a necessary thing for kids to have that. To me, it felt like Mark Twain — I was in that world. It allowed me to dream.”
Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator, presidential candidate
Elizabeth Warren was 11 when her family moved from Norman to the Shepherd Historic District for her to attend better schools. The family bought a 1,400-square-foot, white brick, two-story home that has a pair of large columns at the entrance.
A profile by the Associated Press reported the neighborhood was deliberately designed without through streets, and the 300-plus homes could cost no less than $4,000 when they were built.
The family lived around the corner from a three-story, brick Sears, Roebuck & Co. store at NW 23 and Pennsylvania Avenue. It had opened in 1954 as the area's first retail location with escalators.
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This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Oklahoma City houses where some celebrities got their start, where others still call home
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