Top 10 Hudson Valley celebrity Twitter accounts

Vanessa Williams, Howard Stern and Rosie O'Donnell are Vanessa Williams, Howard Stern and Rosie O'Donnell are three of the top 10 celebrity Twitter users from the Hudson Valley. Photo Credit: Newsday.com composite

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Not all Hudson Valley celebrities are created equal, especially when it comes to Twitter.

Sometimes, stars will barely tweet at all; take Beyoncé, who owns a home in Scarsdale and posted all of four tweets total as of early November, despite more than 6 million followers. Other famous folks don't even bother with Twitter; northern Westchester resident Glenn Close once told Newsday Westchester that "because of our instant communication and tweeting and hashtags and all that ... we're in a danger of becoming a people who don't know how to reflect anymore."

While some would consider Close's stance admirable, many celebrities not only do tweet, but also do it right. They're the ones who go above and beyond plugging their projects and narrating their lunches to give us funny, thoughtful and interesting commentary. They're the ones you'll see on this countdown of the Top 10 Hudson Valley celebrity Twitter accounts.

10. Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial)

Hudson Valley connection: Chappaqua resident, Horace Greeley High School grad

Follower count: More than 200,000

Why you should follow: In addition to showing love for Newsday Westchester, Williams is a fun, funny follow, who's a bit of a shutterbug. She makes the most of the medium to make it a visual one, so fans feel a little like they're living the Hollywood lifestyle through their iPhones.

Sample tweets:

-[Picture of Williams in] 6th grade at 1975 Robert E. Bell Middle School. Yikes! #ThrowbackThursday (Link)

-Ok @NewsdayNY you just showed my 6th grade pic. Here's 1 from Horace GreeleyHS Chappaqua NY #throwbackthursd (Link)

-My cousin Sean sitting at my booth in the Long Island @BurgerKing with leopard seating now less! Werk! pic.twitter.com/on1igrOh (Link)

You might also like: Williams' "666 Park Avenue" cast members with Hudson Valley connections, namely Suffern native Dave Annable (@DaveAnnable10) and Yonkers native Erik Palladino (@ErikPalladino).

9. Max Greenfield (@iamgreenfield)

Hudson Valley connection: Born and raised in Dobbs Ferry

Follower count: More than 200,000

Why you should follow: Greenfield seems like an upbeat guy, and isn't afraid to post a photo as a payoff for a pun. Whether he's live-tweeting the movie version of "Parenthood" or showing love for the show "The League," the Emmy-nominated star's enthusiasm is infectious and shines through on Twitter.

Sample tweets:

-bi polar [photo of a polar bear that appears to be waving good-bye] (Link)

-my favorite candy [photo of John Candy] (Link)

-SPOILER ALERT: Mike is NOT a an actual magician nor are any of the other hot dudes in this movie. #magicmike (Link)

You might also like: Greenfield has good taste when it comes to funny Twitter follows, which include the accounts of "Eagleheart" executive producer and Pelham High School grad Jason Woliner (@jwoliner) and former Vassar College student Justin Long (@justinlong).

8. Carole Radziwill (@CaroleRadziwill)

Hudson Valley connection: Suffern native

Follower count: More than 90,000

Why you should follow: One of the more congenial "Real Housewives" in series history, Radziwill proves why she landed a book deal with a Twitter account that's equal parts clever, funny and gossipy.

Sample tweets:

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-I don't kiss and tell but if I did tell I'd say Clooney was a very good kisser. #RHONY (Link)

-I miss *69. I used to catch bf's in all sorts of lies. It was amazing. Why doesn't *69 work on cell phones? (Link)

-I lost my phone yest'day. Remember when u never lost ur phone? It was always in the exact same place & attached by a wire to the wall. (Link)

You might also like: Penny Lane (@MsPennyPuppy), a dog who belongs to Pound Ridge homeowner Susan Sarandon and often "talks" to Radziwill on Twitter; fellow reality-TV royalty in Jermaine Paul (@JermainePaul) and Carly Rose Sonenclar (@CarlyRoseMusic).

7. Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain)

Hudson Valley connection: Attended Vassar for two years; graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park

Follower count: More than 1.1 million

Why you should follow: TV's most entertaining chef certainly has "No Reservations" about being brutally honest (and equally amusing) with his unfiltered commentary on Twitter.

Sample tweets:

-No hamburger has ever been improved by a brioche bun. (Link)

-Daughter said she wanted a bunny. So I'm making braised rabbit with pappardelle. (Link)

-Perfect way to leave a place: sunburned, hungover and freshly inked. (Link)

You might also like: Fellow notable CIA alumni, including "Top Chef All-Stars" victor Richard Blais (@RichardBlais), "The Restaurant" superchef Rocco DiSpirito (@RoccoDiSpirito) and the "Ace of Cakes," himself, Duff Goldman (@Duff_Goldman).

6. Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers)

Hudson Valley connection: Larchmont native

Follower count: More than 1.3 million

Why you should follow: Comedy royalty, Rivers knows how to land a one-liner, and there's no better social-media platform for that than one that limits you to 140 characters for your setup and punch line.

Sample tweets:

-Justin Bieber is being sued for $9 million by a woman who says she went deaf at his concert. I'd pay DOUBLE that to not hear him sing again. (Link)

-Beyonce said that she delivered her baby naturally, which for her meant no wind machine or backup dancers. (Link)

-Today, an old man in my apartment building said to me, "I think my wife died. The sex is the same, but the laundry's starting to pile up." (Link)

You might also like: Fellow stand-up stars in northern Westchester resident Nick Di Paolo (@NickDiPaolo), Tarrytown-raised Greg Fitzsimmons (@GregFitzShow), and Rye native Nick Kroll (@NickKroll).

5. Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward)

Hudson Valley connection: Owns a home in Armonk

Follower count: More than 440,000

Why you should follow: Not only is Howard one of Hollywood's most respected directors, he's considered one of the nicest guys in show biz. On Twitter, you'll see his congeniality on display, as well as plenty of pictures of his many projects, including narrating the long-awaited return of "Arrested Development."

Sample tweets:

-My Halloween outfit [of Vincent Van Gogh]. I messed up and cut off the wrong ear....that's why I need researchers 4 my movies pic.twitter.com/lT56m7WY (Link)

-Andy Griffith; His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life; I'm forever grateful; RIP Andy (Link)

-Got to my LA office and was met by this gift [of a poster that says, "There's always money in the banana stand."] pic.twitter.com/cUgN2pPp (Link)

You might also like: His "Arrested Developement" colleagues, including Rye native Jason Bateman (@batemanjason) and former Mahopac resident Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real).

4. Lauren Caltagirone (@MrsRupertPupkin)

Hudson Valley connection: Cortlandt Manor native

Follower count: More than 68,000

Why you should follow: Caltagirone's hilarious Twitter alter-ego is a cat-loving, single lady who's desperate to get married. Yes, she really does have cats named Harris and Austin, but she's far from the loser persona her Twitter account conveys -- she's a writer for the Jimmy Fallon-produced sitcom "Guys With Kids."

Sample tweets:

-The first time sleeping over a guy's place is always awkward 'cause I have to explain who I am, how I got in, & why I'm crying. (Link)

-All the guys at this party must be too shy to ask for my number. I'll just yell it. (Link)

-My cat tried to knock over my TV this morning. WHY ARE MY BEST FRIENDS FIGHTING?! (Link)

You might also like: Caltagirone's celebrated cat, Harris (@VerifiedHarris), who often wonders why "Mom" is so infatuated with him.

3. Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon)

Hudson Valley connection: Grew up in Saugerties

Follower count: More than 6.8 million

Why you should follow: Fallon not only promotes the Twitter hashtags (like #halloweendisaster and #mycampaignpromise) that generate funny user-submitted content, but often gets the ball rolling with a few of his own.

Sample tweets:

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-Beyonce & Jay-Z are expecting a baby. Man, that kid is gonna have everything! Except a last name. #FallonMono (Link)

-I was bobbing for apples when the kid in front of me threw up in the bucket. #halloweendisaster (Link)

-I promise to make One Direction go in two, possibly three, directions. #mycampaignpromise (Link)

You might also like: The official "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" account (@LateNightJimmy); Westchester resident and "Late Night" showrunner Mike Shoemaker (@shoemakermike).

2. Rosie O'Donnell (@Rosie)

Hudson Valley connection: Lives in Nyack

Follower count: More than 540,000

Why you should follow: You just never know what she's going to say. In addition to live-tweeting hurricanes from her Nyack home and weighing in on awards ceremonies, she's been known to reference major Rosie-related news items, like the tumors of her then-fiancée, Michelle Rounds, who's now her wife.

Sample tweets:

-- my heart attack -- http://rosie.com/ (Link)

-@realDonaldTrump well thank u donald [for get-well wishes after the heart attack]; i must admit ur post was a bit of a shock ; r u trying to kill me? ; xx (Link)

-Met Ralph Lauren last night -- walked past me in my row " hello -- I have ur sheets" ... He smiled (Link)

You might also like: New York Military Academy grad Donald Trump (@RealDonaldTrump), in case the two start sparring again.

1. Howard Stern (@HowardStern)

Hudson Valley connection: Kicked off professional radio career in Briarcliff Manor

Follower count: More than 1.3 million

Why you should follow: Whether he's showing off his photography skills, live-tweeting his own movie or drunk-tweeting fans on New Year's Eve, the self-proclaimed King of All Media seems to have conquered yet another medium with tweets that are as honest, funny and interactive as his legendary radio show.

Sample tweets:

-I'm liking twitter. Just filed the papers to divorce my face book. (Link)

-A talking facebook car? can't wait to hear a message from a girl who wouldn't [date] me in high school as I crash into a wall. (Link)

-Yes, the show must go on. We are planning on doing a radio show tomorrow [despite Hurricane Sandy]. (Link)

You might also like: Stern favorite Stony Point comedian Tom Cotter (@TomCotterComic), who was the runner-up when Stern judged his first season of "America's Got Talent."

Which Hudson Valley celebrity has the best Twitter account? Vote in our poll. Did we miss your favorite? Tell us in the comments section. And don't forget to check in every Friday for our Hudson Valley tweets of the Week blog post on Hudson Buzz.

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