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Famous People from Mississippi
Biographies, Famous People from Mississippi
James Earl Jones (1931 - )
Entertainer, possesses one of the most
instantly recognizable voices in entertainment
history; born in Arkabutla.
Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977)
Popular rock-and-roll singer; born in East
Jerry Rice (1962 - ) Football player,
considered the greatest wide receiver ever to
play in the NFL; born and raised in Crawford.
Hiram R. Revels (1822 -
1901) Clergyman, first African American to sit
in the U.S. Senate (1870 - 1871).
Sela Ward - (1956 - ) Star of the
1990's sitcom hits Sisters and Once
& Again; born in Meridian.
Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983)
Playwright, received Pulitzer prizes for A
Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin
Roof; born in Columbus.
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) Talk-show
host; born in Kosciusko.
- Jimmy Buffett (1946 - ) Singer,
songwriter; born in Pascagoula.
Bo Diddley (1928 - ) Guitarist; born
William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897 -
1962)Author, famous for works such as The
Sound in the Fury and Go Down, Moses; born in
Elizabeth Lee Hazen (1885 - 1975)
Inventor, developed the world's first useful
antifungal antibiotic, nystatin.
Faith Hill (1967 - ) Famous singer;
grew up in Star.
B. B. King (1925 - ) Guitarist, often
called the King of the Blues; born in
More Famous People of Mississippi
- Red Barber sportscaster,
- Lance Bass singer, Laurel
- Theodore Bilbo public official,
- Craig Claiborne columnist,
restaurant critic, Sunflower
- Brett Farve football, Kiln
- William Cuthbert Faulkner author,
- Shelby Foote historian,
- Richard Ford author, Jackson
- Barry Hannah author, Clinton
- Beth Henley playwright, actress,
- Jim Henson puppeteer, Greenville
- Simbi Khali actress, Jackson
- B. B. King guitarist, Itta Bena
- Willie Morris writer, Jackson
- Brandy Norwood singer,actress,
- Walter Payton football player,
- Charley Pride country singer,
- Leontyne Price soprano, Laurel
- William Raspberry columnist,
- Jerry Rice football player,
- LeAnn Rimes country music,
- William Grant Still composer,
- Conway Twitty country music,
- Muddy Waters singer, guitarist,
- Eudora Welty author, Jackson
- Richard Wright author, Natchez
- Tammy Wynette country music star,
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