Fourth of July 2019: Celebrating foreign-born stars who became American citizens

The Fourth of July is a great opportunity to celebrate not only born-and-raised Americans, but those who made the choice to officially join the U.S. of A. And among those many people are a collection of famous faces, from Nicole Kidman to Wolfgang Puck.

While some celebrities opted to gain citizenship for work purposes, others had more meaningful reasons for the process, which can often be lengthy and complicated. Ireland-born Liam Neeson revealed in 2009 that the outpouring of public support after the death of his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, motivated him to obtain U.S. citizenship: "America's been very, very good to me," he said.

Salma Hayek was, for a period of time, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, while late "I Love Lucy" actor Desi Arnaz arrived in Florida as his family fled turmoil in Cuba decades back. See more stars who became American citizens in the gallery below.

Stars who became U.S. citizens
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Stars who became U.S. citizens
Liam Neeson's late wife, Natasha Richardson, died in 2009, and he was so moved by America's emotional response to her passing that he decided he wanted to legally become an American citizen himself.
Born in Jerusalem, Natalie Portman obtained dual citizenship as a child growing up in the United States.
Born in Cuba, Desi Arnaz's family fled to Florida when he was a teenager. He improved his English in a Tampa-area prep school before pursuing an acting career. He gained citizenship in 1943 to serve in the army during World War II.
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck was born in Austria, and although he moved to the United States in 1973, he didn't officially become an American citizen until 1999.
Pamela Anderson was raised in British Columbia, but she decided to become a U.S. citizen in 2004 in order to lobby for PETA.
Canada-born Jim Carrey received his U.S. citizenship in October 2004, making him a dual citizen.
Salma Hayek arrived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. She became a U.S. citizen in 2006.
Australian-born Nicole Kidman holds dual citizenship with her home country and the United States.

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