"People's" 25 Most Intriguing People Of 2018

Who made the list?

December 6, 2018
Shawn

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People Magazine put out their annual list of the 25 most intriguing people of the year. Once again, I didn;t make the list, but that's because it's actually a good list of names you'll know.

Here's the list, along with quick takes on why each one is intriguing.

 

1.  Michelle Obama . . . Within days of publication, her memoir, "Becoming", became the best-selling book of the year.

2.  Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie . . . Because they've done very well in the ratings in the wake of the firing of Matt Lauer.

3.  Chip and Joanna Gaines . . . They retired "Fixer Upper" last year to recharge, but are already planning to return to TV on their own network.

4.  Melissa McCarthy . . . She's getting Oscar-buzz for her role in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

5.  Idris Elba . . . He's the 'Sexiest Man Alive,' but they also note that he can do so many acting genres, including comedy and musicals.

6.  Aly Raisman . . . She came forward to testify against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

7.  Meghan Markle . . . She went from being on the show "Suits" to marrying Prince Harry and becoming a member of the Royal Family.

8.  The Parkland Teens . . . They went from everyday students to nationwide activists for school safety after surviving a deadly mass shooting.

9.  Ariana Grande . . . She's had quite the year, with ups and downs.

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10.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus . . . She's back after a breast-cancer treatment that required three rounds of chemo, which she documented on social media.

11.  Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga . . . "A Star Is Born"

12.  Cardi B . . . She released a double-platinum debut album and became a new mom.

13.  Chadwick Boseman . . . Black Panther was arguably the superhero of the year.

14.  Carrie Underwood . . . She struggled through three miscarriages since 2017, had a scary tumble that required stitches to her face and put out a great new album, "Cry Pretty."

15.  Julia Roberts . . . She embraced the streaming phenomenon and starred in the Amazon's thriller "Homecoming".

16.  Ruth Bader Ginsberg . . . She was celebrated in two movies, the documentary "RBG" and the upcoming "On the Basis of Sex."

17.  Constance Wu . . . She was the "perfect modern Cinderella" in "Crazy Rich Asians."

18.  Jamie Lee Curtis . . . She returned to "Halloween" again, 40 years after doing the original, and opened up about her 10-year opioid addiction.

19.  Jada Pinkett Smith . . . She's really opening up about her personal life on her Facebook show "Red Table Talk."

20.  Serena Williams . . . She had a very scary time with some serious blood clots while giving birth and then spent the year fighting sexism in tennis.

21.  Busy Philipps . . . She wrote a bestselling memoir and launched her E! talk show "Busy Tonight."

22.  John Krasinski . . . He directed a horror hit, "A Quiet Place" and landed a big action role on "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan."

23.  Meghan McCain . . . Because of her eulogy at the funeral for her father John McCain.

24.  Shawn Mendes . . . He now has three #1 albums!

25.  Jennifer Garner . . . She's become a fun social media star and has a Facebook series where she simplifies other people's recipes for kids.