Growing Up in O.C.: Gwen Stefani Was an Orange County Girl

Gwen Stefani
b. 1965, raised in Anaheim
No Doubt lead singer, fashion designer, reality-TV judge

From the west side, Anaheim, a small world after all

Hangin’ at the hotel, selling make-up at the mall

Makin’ out to “Purple Rain,” just like everybody else

Dame un beso, no stop, I’m trying to save myself

Ordinary common girl way back in the 7-1-4 days

Trying to figure out what I wanna be

Hangin’ in the garage, me & N.D.

—lyrics to “Orange County Girl” from Stefani’s 2006 album “The Sweet Escape”

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