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The Fab Five: Stars with roots west of Boston

A sampling of international stars with local roots

Late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien discusses his life and work, and the art of comedy at the JFK Presidential Library.
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Late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien discusses his life and work, and the art of comedy at the JFK Presidential Library.

Some of the greatest performing artists, writers, and directors have called communities west of Boston home. In choosing which stars to profile, we considered their significance in the genres they represent and their influence on popular culture, and drew on a range of sources to make the final cut. Let the debate begin as we present our “Fab Five.”

Conan O’Brien

Julie Taymor

David E. Kelley

Steve Carell

Olympia Dukakis