Musicians

A musician is a person who plays one or many musical instrument and is also referred to as an instrumentalist. History has given us some really notable music composers and performers the likes of which include names of people like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Just like everything else, music too evolved through the ages to churn out various genres. The most noticeable evolution took place in the last 50 years. There was the Rock ‘N Roll era, which preceded the music of the 1980’s. Music underwent yet another slight change and evolved into the music of the 1990’s which was followed by pop music, house, club, trans and many others. To say that the hall of fame is reserved only for the classical musicians would be folly because even the new age music has given us people who have become legends in their own right. We have seen guitarists like Jimmy Hendrix and Jimmy Page (of Led Zepplin), drummers like Mike Portnoy (of the band Dream Theater) and John Bonham (from Led Zeppelin) and even disk jockeys like David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, and DJ Tiesto. All of them have led very interesting live which deserves a read through. Therefore without further ado, here are the biographies of these famous men and women, along with a few details about their life stories, timelines, trivia, including information about their personal and professional lives.

 1 Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen
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Listed In: Guitarists
Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: January 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch, American
Died: October 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen was an American songwriter and guitarist. The co-founder of the popular rock band Van Halen, Eddie is widely considered one of the greatest guitar players in the history of rock music. He is credited with popularizing the tapping technique, which is now used extensively by guitarists all over the world.

 2 Selena

Selena
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 1995

Known as the queen of Tejano music, Selena became the most famous Mexican-American entertainers during the late 20th century, thanks to her contributions to fashion and music. She is one of the most influential Latin artists ever. Her rags-to-riches story, which includes struggle, fame, and finally death at the age of 23, was showcased in the 1997 film, Selena.

 3 Billie Eilish

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

A young singer and songwriter who rose to international fame while still in her teens, Billie Eilish is blessed with a soprano vocal range and an ethereal voice. Already the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Grammy awards, she was named in Time magazine’s  inaugural "Time 100 Next" list in 2019.

 4 William J. Clinton

William J. Clinton
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 5 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 25, 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

 6 John Lennon

John Lennon
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Famous As: Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: December 8, 1980

John Lennon was part of the hugely successful and popular music band, Beatles. It became the first British band to break out big in the US. However, they eventually broke up. Subsequently, Lennon went solo, with 1971 album, Imagine, being his most successful and acclaimed post-Beatles efforts. Sadly he was shot dead by a deranged fan in New York.

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 7 Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American pop and country music singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift is a multiple Grammy award winning artist who has inspired a number of hopeful musicians. A talented artist since a young age, she achieved success with her first single and debut album in 2006. Since then, the Fearless star has not looked back and also made her acting debut in 2009.

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 8 Freddie Mercury

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: November 24, 1991

Legendary singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, Frederick Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury which aptly suits his on-stage vibrant and exuberant persona. A four-octave vocal range musician, Mercury owned every stage he set foot on as much with his vivid performance as with his superhuman voice modulation.  

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 9 Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

The co-founder of the popular band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani is a famous singer, songwriter, and record producer. One of the most decorated singer-songwriters, Stefani was ranked 13th in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, she is also one of the most successful female artists.

 10 Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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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 11 Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 8, 2019

 12 Eminem

Eminem
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Amongst the biggest rappers of all time, Eminem gained worldwide popularity with the release of albums like The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. His subsequent albums became huge successes further making him a bigger sensation and one of the bestselling music artists of all time. His fame greatly inspired other white rappers to succeed in popular music.

 13 Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey
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Listed In: Blues Musicians
Famous As: Street artist, Musician
Birthdate: April 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 22, 1939

 14 George Michael

George Michael
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: December 25, 2016

George Michael is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham and later went solo. His first solo single Careless Whisper reached number one in over 20 countries. He came out as gay in 1998. He was often in news for his personal life and legal troubles.

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 15 Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney
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Listed In: Composers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

English singer-songwriter and musician, Paul McCartney, is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the rock band, the Beatles. He also enjoyed a successful solo career. Besides music, he has been actively involved in humanitarian causes and animal rights issues.

 16 Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Stevie Nicks is a songwriter and vocalist with the British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac. She also performs solo and is known for her unique voice. She has numerous hits to her credit and her records have sold in millions. She has won many awards, including the Grammy and was named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time by the Rolling Stone magazine.

 17 Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian, American

 18 Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes
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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: August 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes is known for catchy and soulful folk-pop songs. Stitches, Treat You Better, There's Nothing Holding Me Back, In My Blood, If I Can't Have You and Senorita are some of his popular and chartbuster songs. He was named by the Time Magazine in 2018 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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 19 Wolfgang Van Halen

Wolfgang Van Halen
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Listed In: Bassists
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

The son of famous guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen is a musician and bassist. He is currently the youngest member of the popular rock band Van Halen, which was founded by his father. Over the years, Wolfgang Van Halen has contributed immensely to the success of his band.

 20 David Bowie

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: January 10, 2016

English singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by Rolling Stone magazine, he rose to international prominence in the 1970s with his innovative style of music. Deeply dedicated to his profession, he remained musically active until his death in 2016.

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 21 Phil Collins

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 22 Elton John

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.
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 23 The Weeknd

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

One of the most successful Canadian recording artists, singer-songwriter, the Weeknd, holds several chart records and has won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards. Despite a difficult childhood marred by drug abuse and violence, he persevered and worked hard to emerge as a beloved music star. He is actively involved in philanthropy.

 24 David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Record producer, Radio personality, Composer,
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 25 Cherilyn Sarkisian

Cherilyn Sarkisian
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 26 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 2020

 27 Claire Elise Boucher

Claire Elise Boucher
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: March 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

Claire Elise Boucher is a musician whose music incorporates elements of various genres like electronic, hip-hop, and R&B, which reflects her hard-partying and volatile lifestyle; she once tried sailing down the Mississippi River in a houseboat built by her and a friend before the boat was impounded. Open about her drug use in the past, Boucher now advocates against hard drugs.

 28 Post Malone

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Much appreciated for his introspective songwriting, singer-songwriter, Post Malone ,is the first-ever solo artist to top both the Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts as a lead artist. His music covers a range of genres including country, grunge, rap, and R&B. He has been accused of  "appropriating" African-American culture and has been called a “culture vulture".

 29 John Belushi

John Belushi
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Listed In: Actors, Comedians
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 1982

One of the original cast members of the popular TV show Saturday Night Live, John Belushi was known for his great comic skills. Unfortunately, he struggled in his personal life with drug addiction and eventually died of combined drug intoxication at the age of 33. He posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 30 George Harrison

George Harrison
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: November 29, 2001

Gaining fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band, the Beatles, English musician, George Harrison, helped broaden the scope of popular music in the Western world. He was also successful as a solo performer and released many best-selling albums. He was named in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

 31 Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: July 23, 2011

 32 Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
The multiple award winning actor, composer, lyricist, singer and playwright, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has transformed Broadway musicals like never before by combining classic musical theatre with modern musical forms like hip-hop and salsa. His creation Hamilton, a hip-hop musical on Alexander Hamilton, is one of the biggest musicals of all time.

 33 Chris Pérez

Chris Pérez
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 34 Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 5, 1994

Gaining fame as a member of the rock band Nirvana, singer-songwriter and musician Kurt Cobain was often heralded as a spokesman of Generation X. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock. He enjoyed tremendous professional success, but his personal life was troubled. He died of suicide at just 27.

 35 John Legend

John Legend
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, actor, film producer and theatre director and his song All of Me from his fourth studio album was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit. He has released a host of successful albums. He has also won many awards, including an Oscar and a handful of Grammys. He is also an actor and a TV personality.

 36 Lenny Kravitz

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

A well-known singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz won the Grammy Award for four consecutive years from 1999 to 2002 under the same category - Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. In 2003, he founded a New York City-based company called Kravitz Design Inc. From being an award-winning musician to a successful entrepreneur, Lenny Kravitz is truly a multi-talented individual.

 37 Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven
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Listed In: Composers
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 16, 1770
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Austrian, German
Died: March 26, 1827

German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven, remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music even two centuries after his death. Born into a musical family, he was initially tutored by his father. He found success early as a pianist and went on to become an admired composer despite suffering from hearing-impairment.

 38 A.B. Quintanilla

A.B. Quintanilla
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: December 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 39 Sia Furler

Sia Furler
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 40 Daniel Dumile

Daniel Dumile
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Birthdate: January 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 41 Mac Miller

Mac Miller
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Famous As: American Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: September 7, 2018

Before his death at the age of 26, Mac Miller had a major impact as a rapper and songwriter. Blue Slide Park, his studio album, became the first independently distributed maiden album since 1995 to top the US Billboard 200. His personal life was marred by depression, substance abuse, and legal issues. He died of drug overdose.

 42 Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell
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Famous As: musician
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 18, 2017

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chris Cornell rose to fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. One of the key figures of the 1990s grunge movement, he also had a successful solo career. Unfortunately, he suffered from depression and died of suicide at the peak of his career.

 43 Jamie Foxx

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Listed In: Actors, Comedians
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Actor, singer-songwriter, and comedian, Jamie Foxx became internationally famous for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biographical film Ray, a role that earned him an Academy Award. He is also known for hosting his own television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show. Besides acting, he is also a Grammy Award-winning musician who has released four albums.

 44 Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

American singer and actor, Nick Jonas is one of the three members of the popular American pop rock band Jonas Brothers which has released five studio albums and worked in two successful Disney’s television films. When the band disbanded for sometime, Nick released solo albums, founded a record label and furthered his acting career with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

 45 Andy Gibb

Andy Gibb
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: March 10, 1988

 46 Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Demi Lovato rose to fame with the television film Camp Rock, but became highly successful as singer when she released her pop rock debut album, Don't Forget in 2008, which was followed by many more albums seeing millions in sale. Her health issues like bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa and drug and alcohol addictions have received significant media attention.

 47 Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Tom Fletcher, lead vocalist and guitarist of the band McFly, has also written for several artists and bands, such as Busted, One Direction, and The Vamps. A successful YouTube vlogger, too, he has documented and shared all three pregnancies of his wife, Giovanna. He has also written several children’s books.

 48 Noah Reid

Noah Reid
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 49 Joe Pesci

Joseph Frank Pesci
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Listed In: Actors
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 50 Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Mary Steenburgen is an American actress and musician. Also an active humanitarian, Steenburgen has been involved with several groups that work towards the welfare of people and the environment. In 2005, she inspired students at the Clinton School of Public Service with her lecture on students' role in public service.

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