12/16/2010 06:02 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Los Angeles Magazine's 50 LA Stories

Text by Los Angeles Magazine

In a city famously filled with so many people from elsewhere, it's the locals who are exotic. They've grown up here, seen the city evolve, and share what more recent transplants often lack: a sense of place. To celebrate the magazine's fifth decade, we talked to 50 people who found their footing (and many their calling) right here.

To read the full stories from all fifty stars, check out Los Angeles Magazine's 50 LA Stories.