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Famous People from Tennessee
Biographies, Famous People from Tennessee
James Agee (1909 - 1955) Writer, poet;
born in Knoxville.
Davy Crockett (1786 - 1836)
Frontiersman; born in Limestone.
Lester Flatt (1914 - 1979) Bluegrass
musician; born in Overton County.
Aretha Franklin (1942 - ) Gospel
singer known as the "Queen of Soul;" born in
Morgan Freeman (1937 - ) Famous actor
who has appeared in movies such as Driving
Miss Daisy, Lean on Me Amistad and others.
Born in Memphis.
Al Gore, Jr. (1948 - ) 45th Vice
president of the U.S.; raised in Carthage.
Benjamin L. Hooks (1925 - )
Executive director of the NAACP, attorney, and
clergyman; born in Memphis.
Dolly Parton (1946 - ) Country
singer and actress; born in Sevierville.
Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) One of the
most famous singers of all time that helped
develop rock and roll; moved to Memphis in
Cybill Shepherd (1950 - ) Actress made
famous from televisionís Moonlighting and
Cybill; born in Memphis.
- Tina Turner (1939 - ) Singer. She
won a Grammy award in 1972 and starred in the
movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome; born in
Alvin York (1887 - 1964) World War I
hero; born in Pall Mall.
More Famous People of
- Eddy Arnold singer, Henderson
- Chet Atkins guitarist, Lutrell
- Hattie Caraway first elected woman
- Jack Garnet Carter miniature golf,
- Jack Curtis screenwriter, Stony
- Sam Davis confederate scout, Smyrna
- Mark Dean inventor, Jefferson City
- David G. Farragut first American
- Tennessee Ernie Ford singer,
- Abe Fortas jurist, Memphis
- Nikki Giovanni poet, Knoxville
- Red Grooms artist, Nashville
- Isaac Hayes composer, Covington
- Barbara Howar broadcaster, writer,
- Cordell Hull secretary of state,
- Estes Kefauver legislator,
- Sandra Locke actress, Shelbyville
- Minnie Pearl singer, comedienne,
- Grantland Rice sportswriter,
- Carl Rowan journalist, Ravenscraft
- Wilma Rudolph runner, St. Bethlehem
- Sequoia Cherokee scholar, educator
- Dinah Shore actress, singer,
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