PORTLAND – Anna Kendrick, 31, actress and star of the “Pitch Perfect” movies and an Oscar nominee for “Up In The Air,” is from Portland and has family and friends here. She comes for regular visits and hangs out with friends and former singing coaches and teachers. So you never know when you might spot her. She began her career as a child actor in theater productions. Her first prominent role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Most recently, her voice is recognized as the character Poppy in the movie “TROLLS.”
ISLEBORO – The star of the CBS crime drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Robin in two “Batman” movies spends summers on Islesboro with his wife and five children. He has commented that he gets “Maine fever” at the beginning of each summer. He has mentioned his Maine home in several interviews. Since he only gets eight weeks off from filming his TV show, he turns down other projects to make sure he has time in Maine with his family. His favorite activity is sailing to other Maine islands and having a picnic lunch.
CAMDEN – The two-time Pulitizer Prize winner (for “Truman” and “John Adams”) is probably the country’s best-known historian. Not only are his books best-sellers, but for years he was the host of “American Experience” on PBS and the voice of several Ken Burns’ documentary films. McCullough has had a summer home in Camden for more than a decade. He and his wife bought it to be near their daughter and grandchildren, who live there year-round. McCullough always looks forward to summers in Maine, but says he doesn’t spend as much time there as he’d like.
SEAL HARBOR – The domestic diva known for her magazine and TV shows about cooking and home decor, feels at home in tiny Seal Harbor, south of Bar Harbor. Her summer retreat is Skylands, the former estate of Edsel Ford, son of Henry and himself a president of Ford Motor Company. The home was built in 1925 and Stewart has owned it for some 20 years. Stewart can still be seen on TV often, including her PBS series “Martha Bakes.” In Seal Harbor, she is known for periodically opening her gardens to the public. She also posts pictures of the home and gardens, often with housekeeping or gardening tips, on her website, www.MarthaStewart.com.
BAR HARBOR – The 63-year-old character actor has been coming to the Bar Harbor area for many years. Like a lot of famous folks who have regular summer digs in Maine, locals are protective of his privacy. But a few have confirmed recently that Morse is still a summer Mainer. He first gained fame on TV in the ’80s in the medical drama “St. Elsewhere” and has been in many movies. He played a memorable brutal prison guard in “The Green Mile,” based on the writing of Mainer Stephen King. And he played George Washington in the film “John Adams,” based on the book by part-time Camden resident McCullough.
FREEPORT – Drew Taggart – Is in the pop music duo The Chainsmokers. He’s had a very big year, scoring several Top 10 radio hits, including “Closer,” “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay and “Paris.” He too comes home to see family and friends, so keep an eye out.
NAPLES – From 1980 to 1997, Lunden’s face welcomed millions of people as they woke up, as a host on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Lunden, 66, began summering in Maine more than a decade ago after marrying Jeff Konigsberg, owner of Camp Takajo, a boys summer camp in Naples. For several years, she ran a women’s fitness retreat at the camp, known as Camp Reveille.
BUCKFIELD – Patrick Dempsey, 51, is from Buckfield and comes back to Maine often to help promote and raise money for the Dempsey Center in Lewiston, a cancer care facility which he founded. The actor is best known for TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and films, including “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” He had a house in Harpswell for many years but sold it a few years ago, after his mother died. Still he shows up in the state often.