Famous People From Mississippi

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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Elvis Presley
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Icons of the 20th Century and 'The King of Rock and Roll')
Elvis Presley
250
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 16, 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.
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Britney Spears
(Singer-Songwriter)
Britney Spears
183
Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Internationally recognised American singer, songwriter and actress, Britney Spears entered the entertainment industry at an early age and later became highly successful as a solo artist with her albums, Baby One More Time, and Oops!…I Did It Again. The Princess of Pop has since released a number of albums and dabbled with acting. Her personal life has also garnered frequent media attention.

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Oprah Winfrey
(Best Known for Her Daytime Syndicated Talk Show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show')
Oprah Winfrey
173
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

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James Earl Jones
(One of the Greatest Actors in American History)
James Earl Jones
55
Birthdate: January 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn

A veteran actor with a career spanning more than seven decades, James Earl Jones has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors. He initially aspired to be a doctor but fate had other plans for him. He began his career as a stage actor and soon joined films as well.

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Brett Favre
(Former American Football Player Who Played as a Quarterback)
Brett Favre
51
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra

Brett Favre is a former American football player who spent the majority of his National Football League career with the Green Bay Packers. Apart from being a retired player with several achievements and records under his belt, Favre is also a philanthropist; in 1996, he set up the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation, which has donated over $2 million to charities.

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Sam Cooke
(Singer-songwriter)
Sam Cooke
52
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 11, 1964
The King of Soul Sam Cooke is best remembered for his hits A Change is Gonna Come, You Send Me, and Wonderful World. He began singing gospel as a child and later joined The Soul Stirrers. He was shot and killed by a motel manager in Los Angeles. 
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Jim Henson
(Puppeteer)
Jim Henson
40
Birthdate: September 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 16, 1990

Jim Henson was an American animator, puppeteer, cartoonist, inventor, actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and composer. He is credited with creating The Muppets, an ensemble cast of puppet characters, for which he achieved worldwide popularity. He is also credited with co-founding Muppets, Inc. in 1958, which eventually became The Jim Henson Company. In 2011, Jim Henson was named a Disney Legend.

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Rick Ross
(Rapper, Songwriter)
Rick Ross
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Named the "Hottest MC in the Game" in 2012 by MTV, Rick Ross soared to fame with his first single, Hustlin. He launched the label Maybach Music Group and once owned several Wingstop restaurant outlets. He is also known for his feuds and legal issues with other artists.
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Jerry Rice
(American Former Professional Football Wide Receiver)
Jerry Rice
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra

Jerry Rice is a former American footballer. He played primarily for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. Thanks to his several records and accomplishments, Rice is considered one of the greatest players and the greatest wide receiver in the history of NFL. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked him second on its Football's 100 Greatest Players list.

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B.B. King
(Singer-songwriter)
B.B. King
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 14, 2015
Known as “The King of the Blues,” legendary musician B. B. King introduced a signature style of soloing using string bending and vibrato. His song The Thrill is Gone won him a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. He was featured on Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time” list.
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Robert Johnson
28
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 16, 1938

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson is remembered as a Delta blues legend. Lack of proper documentation of his early life led to various legends surrounding him, such as one that claimed he had made a deal with the Devil to excel in music. He also inspired an award-winning biography. 

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Walter Payton
(One of the Greatest American Football Players of All Time)
Walter Payton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 1, 1999
NFL running back Walter Payton, nicknamed "Sweetness,” played for the Chicago Bears for 13 seasons, winning titles such as the Super Bowl. He was named the NFL MVP in 1977 and was a nine-time Pro Bowl. Before dying of bile duct cancer, he became an advocate for organ donations. 
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Tammy Wynette
(American Music Artist Who is Known as the ‘First Lady of Country Music’)
Tammy Wynette
25
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 6, 1998
Country singer Tammy Wynette, named the First Lady of Country Music, is best remembered for the track Stand by Your Man. She remains one of the best-selling female country artists of all time. She was also married to country singer George Jones, which made them a musical power couple.
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Lacey Chabert
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Claudia Salinger’ in the TV Series ‘Party of Five’)
Lacey Chabert
45
Birthdate: September 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Lacey Chabert initially gained fame as a child actor who played Claudia in Party of Five, a role that won her the YoungStar Award. Fans loved her in Mean Girls and The Lost Tree. She also voiced Eliza Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys and has appeared in 18 Hallmark movies.
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Brandy Norwood
(Singer-Songwriter and Actress Know for Her Single ‘The Boy Is Mine’ and Her Role in the Sitcom 'Moesha')
Brandy Norwood
53
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

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Tennessee Williams
(One of the Finest American Playwrights of the 20th-Century Best Known for His Work ‘The Glass Menagerie’ )
Tennessee Williams
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 25, 1983
Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams is regarded as one of the most significant playwrights of the 20th century, and had also written short stories, essays, and poetry. He is best remembered for his plays A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
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LeAnn Rimes
(Country Music Singer Who Topped the Charts at age 13 for Her Single ‘Blue’)
LeAnn Rimes
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Birthdate: August 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Two-time Grammy-winning country singer LeAnn Rimes gained fame for her cover of the Bill Mack track Blue at 13. Apart from her multi-platinum debut album, Rimes is also known for the track How Do I Live, which was declared the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard
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Hayley Williams
(Pop Singer)
Hayley Williams
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Hayley Williams is best known as a vocalist of the Grammy-winning pop punk and rock band Paramore. She also contributed to the soundtrack of Jennifer’s Body and released the Billboard-charting singles Airplanes and Airplanes, Part II. She owns a hair-dye company and has launched the online beauty/music series Kiss-Off.
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William Faulkner
(Regarded as One of the Most Significant American Writers of All Time)
William Faulkner
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 6, 1962
Nobel Prize-winning Southern author William Faulkner is remembered for works The Sound and the Fury, A Rose for Emily, and As I Lay Dying. He immortalized Mississippi as the fictional "Yoknapatawpha County" in his works. He also won two Pulitzers, one each for A Fable and The Reivers.
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Jawaharlal Nehru
(American Chef)
Jawaharlal Nehru
85
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini

Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the central figures of the Indian independence movement along with personalities like Mahatma Gandhi. He became the first prime minister of India and left behind such a legacy that his direct descendants continue to play an important role in Indian politics.

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Muddy Waters
(Musician)
Muddy Waters
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 30, 1983
Grammy-winning blues singer McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, is considered the father of modern Chicago blues. He is remembered for his tracks Hoochie Coochie Man and Rollin' Stone, with the latter inspiring the name of the band The Rolling Stones. He shaped the rock and roll genre.
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Conway Twitty
(Country Singer-Songwriter Known for His Hit Songs 'Hello Darlin' and ‘You've Never Been This Far Before’)
Conway Twitty
28
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 5, 1993
Country singer Harold Lloyd Jenkins, better known as Conway Twitty, gained fame with his duets with Loretta Lynn. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee released chartbusting singles such as Hello Darlin. He constructed an entertainment hub in Hendersonville, Tennessee, called Twitty City. He was also a skilled baseball player.
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Ida B. Wells
(Women's Rights Activist and Civil Rights Leader)
Ida B. Wells
21
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 25, 1931
Civil rights and women's rights activist Ida B. Wells is remembered for speaking up against the lynching of Blacks in the U.S. She was born a slave and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. She later co-founded the NAACP. She also co-owned and wrote for Memphis Free Speech and Headlight.
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Eric Roberts
20
Birthdate: April 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries

The oldest of the popular Roberts siblings, Eric Roberts is an acclaimed American actor. In a career spanning more than four decades, Eric Roberts has gathered more than 596 credits, one of few actors to do so since the 1970s. Eric Roberts has been on the wrong side of the law on a couple of occasions for possession of drugs.

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Fred Armisen
(Actor & Comedian)
Fred Armisen
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Birthdate: December 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Diplo
(Co-Creator and Lead Member of the Electronic Dancehall Music Project ‘Major Lazer’)
Diplo
16
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Rapper, producer, and DJ Diplo is part of the duo Jack U, with Skrillex, and of the supergroup LSD, with Labrinth and Sia. He is also a co-creator of the electronic dance-music trio Major Lazer, with DJs Ape Drums and Walshy Fire. He owns a record company and a non-profit.
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Faith Hill
(One of the Most Successful Country Music Artists of All Time)
Faith Hill
26
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Country music legend Faith Hill is best known for her hits This Kiss and Breathe. Her track There You'll Be was part of the Pearl Harbor soundtrack. She has won five Grammys and 15 ACM Awards and has appeared in movies such as Dixieland and The Stepford Wives.
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Jimmy Buffett
(Musician)
Jimmy Buffett
18
Birthdate: December 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 1, 2023

Jimmy Buffett is an American musician, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and businessman. Buffett, who owns the Margaritaville Cafe chain of restaurants, is one of the richest musicians in the world. Also known for his charity work, Jimmy Buffett is credited with founding a non-profit group called Save the Manatee Club, which works towards the conservation of manatees.

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DK Metcalf
(American Football Wide Receiver)
DK Metcalf
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Ruby Bridges
(Philanthropist)
Ruby Bridges
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
American civil rights activist Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to attend an all-white educational institute when she joined the Louisiana-based William Frantz Elementary School in November 1960. She was the subject of Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With and the TV movie Ruby Bridges.
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Diane Ladd
(Actress, Film Director & Producer)
Diane Ladd
10
Birthdate: November 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Diane Ladd is an American actress, author, and filmmaker. Over the years, Diane Ladd has contributed immensely to the success of several films and TV series. Perhaps, her greatest contribution to Hollywood is guiding and mentoring her daughter and Academy Award-winning actress Laura Dern. Both Ladd and Dern received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for the film Rambling Rose

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Steve McNair
(American Football Player)
Steve McNair
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 4, 2009
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Bo Diddley
(American Guitarist and Singer)
Bo Diddley
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 2, 2008
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 34 
Laura Bailey
(Voice Actress)
Laura Bailey
9
Birthdate: May 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini

Laura Bailey wanted to become a biologist but ended up being one of the busiest voice actors of the US instead. She was 18 when she debuted as Kid Trunks in the anime Dragon Ball Z and never looked back. She later appeared in the web series Critical Role and Dungeons & Dragons.

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Medgar Evers
(American Civil Rights Activist Who Was Assassinated by a White Supremacist)
Medgar Evers
17
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 12, 1963
American civil rights activist Medgar Evers was the NAACP field secretary of Mississippi state. He has also served the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked toward securing voting rights for all and to end racial segregation. He was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith in 1963. 
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Gerald McRaney
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series ‘Simon & Simon’, ‘Major Dad’ and ‘Promised Land’)
Gerald McRaney
8
Birthdate: August 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo

Gerald McRaney is an American actor best known for contributing to the success of television shows, such as House of Cards, Simon & Simon, Promised Land, and Major Dad. Having played a Marine Corps officer and a veteran on-screen, McRaney has always been supportive of soldiers and veterans. He has also been a part of the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Archie Manning
(American football player)
Archie Manning
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 38 
Charley Pride
(Country Singer and One of Three African-American Members of the 'Grand Ole Opr')
Charley Pride
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 12, 2020
Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, guitarist, and singer. During the 1970s, Pride became the best-selling singer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In his illustrious career, Pride won many awards including three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2000, Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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John Lee Hooker
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer)
John Lee Hooker
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 21, 2001
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Ray J
(Singer)
Ray J
28
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn

American rapper, singer-songwriter, and controversial figure Ray J made headlines for reasons other than what he is usually known for when he introduced a line of electronics to the US market after founding Raytroniks Inc. Among the products, the Scoot-E-Bike brand grew exponentially and had an impact on the American bike market. 

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Candice Patton
17
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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RJ Mitte
(Actor)
RJ Mitte
15
Birthdate: August 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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David Ruffin
(American Soul Singer and Musician)
David Ruffin
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 1, 1991
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Gardner Minshew
(American football player)
Gardner Minshew
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Mary Elizabeth Ellis
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘The Waitress’ in the FX Sitcom ‘It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’)
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
10
Birthdate: May 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Mary Elizabeth Ellis is best known as The Waitress from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and as Lisa Palmer from Santa Clarita Diet. Ellis has also appeared in Perfect Couples and The Grinder, and in stage productions such as The Tempest. She also co-wrote the movie A Quiet Little Marriage.
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John Kennedy
(Senator)
John Kennedy
17
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Dana Andrews
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Fred Derry’ in the Film ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’)
Dana Andrews
8
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 17, 1992

Dana Andrews was an American actor who achieved popularity during the 1940s. His film career declined in the 1950s, partly due to alcoholism, which he eventually overcame by working with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Later in his life, he started focusing on his real estate business. He died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure in 1992.

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Richard Wright
(Novelist)
Richard Wright
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 28, 1960
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Newton Knight
(Military Leader)
Newton Knight
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 10, 1829
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: 1922 AD

Newton Knight was an American soldier, farmer, and Southern Unionist in Mississippi. He is best remembered for leading a band of Confederate army deserters known as the Knight Company, who opposed the Confederacy during the American Civil War. His life and work have inspired films, such as Tap Roots and Free State of Jones.

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Stella Stevens
(American Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’, ‘The Nutty Professor’ & ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’)
Stella Stevens
9
Birthdate: October 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra

Stella Stevens is an American actress best known for playing important roles in popular films, such as Girls! Girls! Girls! and The Nutty Professor. Renowned for her good looks, Stevens was one of the world's most photographed women during the 1960s. She also appeared in Playboy pictorials and was adjudged Playmate of the Month in January 1960.