Famous People From Mississippi

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As the name suggests, this state is situated along the famous Mississippi river. There are several other famous celebrities who also belong to this American state. The abundance in natural resources, especially its thick forest cover and water sources, made it a popular haven for trade since the times of the great American civil war. Legendary musician Elvis Presley, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, popular playwright Tennessee Williams and Leanne Rimes are a few famous people from Mississippi. Oprah Winfrey, who has got American television viewers glued to their television sets since many years now, is undoubtedly one of the richest and most influential citizens of the United States today. Although the legendary Elvis Presley passed away years ago, his music continues to be popular among the masses even today. Tennessee Williams is an inspiration for every aspiring playwright and his path-breaking efforts in performance art are praised even today. Want to know who they are? Scroll down to put an end to your curiosity.
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 1 
Elvis Presley
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Icons of the 20th Century and 'The King of Rock and Roll')
Elvis Presley
126
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 16, 1977
 2 
Britney Spears
(Singer-Songwriter)
Britney Spears
144
Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 3 
Oprah Winfrey
(Best Known for Her Daytime Syndicated Talk Show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show')
Oprah Winfrey
117
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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James Earl Jones
(One of the Greatest Actors in American History)
James Earl Jones
44
Birthdate: January 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Brett Favre
(Former American Football Player Who Played as a Quarterback)
Brett Favre
36
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 6 
Sam Cooke
(Singer-songwriter)
Sam Cooke
33
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 11, 1964
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Jim Henson
(Puppeteer)
Jim Henson
27
Birthdate: September 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 16, 1990
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 8 
Rick Ross
(Rapper, Songwriter)
Rick Ross
33
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jerry Rice
(American Former Professional Football Wide Receiver)
Jerry Rice
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 10 
B.B. King
(Singer-songwriter)
B.B. King
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 14, 2015
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Robert Johnson
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 16, 1938
 12 
Walter Payton
(One of the Greatest American Football Players of All Time)
Walter Payton
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 1, 1999
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Lacey Chabert
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Claudia Salinger’ in the TV Series ‘Party of Five’)
Lacey Chabert
35
Birthdate: September 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 14 
Brandy Norwood
(Singer-Songwriter and Actress Know for Her Single ‘The Boy Is Mine’ and Her Role in the Sitcom 'Moesha')
Brandy Norwood
27
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Tammy Wynette
(American Music Artist Who is Known as the ‘First Lady of Country Music’)
Tammy Wynette
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 6, 1998
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 16 
LeAnn Rimes
(Country Music Singer Who Topped the Charts at age 13 for Her Single ‘Blue’)
LeAnn Rimes
22
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Hayley Williams
(Pop Singer)
Hayley Williams
19
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 18 
Tennessee Williams
(One of the Finest American Playwrights of the 20th-Century Best Known for His Work ‘The Glass Menagerie’ )
Tennessee Williams
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 25, 1983
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William Faulkner
(Regarded as One of the Most Significant American Writers of All Time)
William Faulkner
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 6, 1962
 20 
Fred Armisen
(Actor & Comedian)
Fred Armisen
13
Birthdate: December 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Eric Roberts
13
Birthdate: April 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 22 
Conway Twitty
(Country Singer-Songwriter Known for His Hit Songs 'Hello Darlin' and ‘You've Never Been This Far Before’)
Conway Twitty
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 5, 1993
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Muddy Waters
(Musician)
Muddy Waters
14
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 30, 1983
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 24 
Diplo
(Co-Creator and Lead Member of the Electronic Dancehall Music Project ‘Major Lazer’)
Diplo
11
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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DK Metcalf
(American football player)
DK Metcalf
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 26 
Ida B. Wells
(Women's Rights Activist and Civil Rights Leader)
Ida B. Wells
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 25, 1931
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Faith Hill
(One of the Most Successful Country Music Artists of All Time)
Faith Hill
14
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 28 
Jimmy Buffett
(Musician)
Jimmy Buffett
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Ruby Bridges
(Philanthropist)
Ruby Bridges
27
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
 30 
Lance Bass
(American Singer Who Became Famous As the Bass Singer for the Pop Boy Band ‘NSYNC’)
Lance Bass
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Diane Ladd
(Actress, Film Director & Producer)
Diane Ladd
6
Birthdate: November 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Tig Notaro
(screenwriter, actor, podcaster)
Tig Notaro
9
Birthdate: March 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
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Steve McNair
(American Football Player)
Steve McNair
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 4, 2009
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 34 
Laura Bailey
(Voice Actress)
Laura Bailey
9
Birthdate: May 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
 35 
Medgar Evers
(American Civil Rights Activist Who Was Assassinated by a White Supremacist)
Medgar Evers
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 12, 1963
 36 
Bo Diddley
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Bo Diddley
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 2, 2008
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 37 
Gerald McRaney
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series ‘Simon & Simon’, ‘Major Dad’ and ‘Promised Land’)
Gerald McRaney
6
Birthdate: August 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 38 
Archie Manning
(American football player)
Archie Manning
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 39 
Charley Pride
(Country Singer and One of Three African-American Members of the 'Grand Ole Opr')
Charley Pride
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 12, 2020
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 40 
Candice Patton
12
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 41 
David Ruffin
(Singer)
David Ruffin
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 1, 1991
 42 
Gardner Minshew
(American football player)
Gardner Minshew
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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John Lee Hooker
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer)
John Lee Hooker
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 21, 2001
 44 
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘The Waitress’ in the FX Sitcom ‘It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’)
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
5
Birthdate: May 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 45 
Ray J
(Singer)
Ray J
22
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 46 
Dana Andrews
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Fred Derry’ in the Film ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’)
Dana Andrews
4
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 17, 1992
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 47 
Richard Wright
(Novelist)
Richard Wright
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 28, 1960
 48 
Newton Knight
(Military Leader)
Newton Knight
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 10, 1829
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: 1922 AD
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Alejandro Villanueva
(American Football player)
Alejandro Villanueva
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 50 
Lorenzen Wright
(Basketball player)
Lorenzen Wright
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 19, 2010
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)