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Reese Witherspoon
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Birthdate: March 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Acclaimed actress, Reese Witherspoon, shot to fame with her film Legally Blonde and continued her successful journey working in films and television shows like Walk the Line, Wild and Big Little Lies. In process, she became one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and also one of the world’s highest paid actresses. Witherspoon has her own production company too.
 2 
Lil Wayne
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
Lil Wayne
162
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra

Rapper, singer and songwriter, Lil Wayne, is said to be an influential hip hop artists of his generation. Initially he was a flagship artist of Cash Money Records and then went solo. His albums are hugely popular and he has sold more than 120 million records worldwide. He has served an eight-month jail sentence for criminal possession of a weapon.

 3 
Peyton Manning
(One of the Greatest Quarterbacks of All Time)
Peyton Manning
93
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries

American football quarterback Peyton Manning played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with each, thus becoming the only person to achieve the feat. Also known as “The Sheriff,” the talented player has NFL records for passing yards and touchdowns.

 4 
Louis Armstrong
(One of the Most Influential Figures in Jazz)
Louis Armstrong
52
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 6, 1971

Louis Armstrong was an American trumpeter and singer who played an important role in the development of jazz. Thanks to his playing, trumpet became known as a solo instrument and jazz, which was previously known as a collectively improvised folk music, became a soloist's art form. Not surprisingly, Louis Armstrong is widely accepted as the embodiment of jazz. 

 5 
Truman Capote
(Known for His Novella “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and Non-Fiction Novel “In Cold Blood”)
Truman Capote
23
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 25, 1984
Truman Capote is best known for his novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, which was made into a movie that starred Audrey Hepburn, and the non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. His short story Shut a Final Door won the O. Henry Award. He was a lifelong friend of author Harper Lee.
 6 
DJ Khaled
(DJ and Record Producer Known for His Album 'We the Best Forever' and Single 'I'm on One')
DJ Khaled
58
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Founder of We the Best Music Group record label, DJ Khaled is an internationally acclaimed DJ and record producer. He has won prestigious awards, such as the Grammy and American Music Award. Apart from music, Khaled is also known for his acting and writing skills; his book, The Keys, was named in New York Times Best Seller list.

 7 
Tyler Perry
(Creator and Performer of 'Madea' Character & Developer of the Sitcom 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne')
Tyler Perry
61
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo

The amazingly talented, Tyler Perry, is an American actor who topped Forbes list of highest-paid man in entertainment in 2011. Perry is most known as the creator of the boisterous, African-American grandmother character, Madea, which he himself performs with great skill and artistry. From a homeless playwriter to having his own studio, Perry has surely achieved the evasive American dream.

 8 
Anthony Mackie
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Birthdate: September 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra

Anthony Mackie is an American actor who achieved international recognition after playing Sam Wilson / Falcon in a series of superhero films produced by Marvel Studios. A self-made man, Mackie graduated from the Juilliard School and worked hard to establish himself in the American film and TV industry.

 9 
Eli Manning
(Former American Football Quarterback)
Eli Manning
38
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn

NFL quarterback Eli Manning, brother of Peyton Manning, is one of only five players to have won multiple Super Bowl MVP honors. He initially played for the University of Mississippi and eventually led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories. He is known for his match-winning Helmet Catch.

 10 
Pauley Perrette
(Television Actress, Activist, Singer)
Pauley Perrette
48
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries

Pauley Perrette is a former actress, singer, and writer. Perrette is best known for portraying Abby Sciuto from 2003 to 2018 on the popular police procedural TV series NCIS. Also an activist, Pauley Perrette supports several animal rescue organizations, LGBT rights organizations, and civil rights organizations. Over the years, she has been an ardent supporter of the American Red Cross.

 11 
Fats Domino
(Singer-Songwriter, Pianist)
Fats Domino
22
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 24, 2017
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 12 
Carl Weathers
(Actor and Former American Professional Football Player Known for His Role as ‘Apollo Creed’ in ‘Rocky’ Film Series)
Carl Weathers
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Carl Weathers began his career as a football player, playing for the NFL team Oakland Raiders and the CFL team B.C. Lions. He stepped into acting with Arthur Marks’s blaxploitation films. He is best known as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films and as Greef Karga from The Mandalorian.

 13 
Kevin Gates
(Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Known for His Album ‘Islah’)
Kevin Gates
55
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Kevin Gates is an American singer, rapper, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his debut studio album Islah, which peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Over the years, Kevin Gates has had many brushes with the law. He was first arrested at the age of 13 when he was found inside a stolen vehicle.

 14 
Clyde Drexler
(Basketball player)
Clyde Drexler
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 15 
Harry Connick Jr.
(American singer)
Harry Connick Jr.
17
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo

Grammy-winning singer-actor Harry Connick Jr. was born to a lawyer mother and an attorney father, who also owned a record store. He mastered the piano as a child and formed his first jazz band at 10. He later soared to fame with the multi-platinum soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally...

 16 
Patricia Clarkson
(Actress)
Patricia Clarkson
20
Birthdate: December 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 17 
Master P
(Rapper)
Master P
27
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 18 
John Larroquette
(Actor played the role of Dan Fielding on the television series, Night Court before later having his own sitcom.)
John Larroquette
6
Birthdate: November 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 19 
Cokie Roberts
(Journalist)
Cokie Roberts
15
Birthdate: December 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 17, 2019
 20 
Ken Thompson
(Computer Scientist)
Ken Thompson
11
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 21 
Leonard Fournette
(American football player)
Leonard Fournette
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 22 
Mahalia Jackson
(Singer, Television Personality)
Mahalia Jackson
20
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 27, 1972

Mahalia Jackson was an American singer. During her career, which spanned four decades, Jackson played a major role in popularizing gospel blues in black churches across the United States. Regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential vocalists, Mahalia Jackson is credited with inspiring rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul singing styles.

 23 
Wendell Pierce
(Actor)
Wendell Pierce
17
Birthdate: December 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 24 
Anne Rice
(American Author Best Known for Her Series of Novels ‘The Vampire Chronicles’)
Anne Rice
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 25 
August Alsina
(Singer, Songwriter)
August Alsina
38
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo

A singer-songwriter whose music generally falls into the Alternative R&B category, August Alsina is a young man who is applauded not just for his musical talents but also for his zest for life. He suffers from an autoimmune disease that attacks his liver, and he is constantly fighting to live a normal life.

 26 
Cooper Manning
(American football player)
Cooper Manning
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 27 
Marshall Faulk
(American football player)
Marshall Faulk
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 28 
Richard Simmons
(American Fitness Instructor and Public Figure)
Richard Simmons
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer

Richard Simmons is a semi-retired American actor, fitness instructor, and video producer. Renowned for his energetic, flamboyant, and eccentric personality, Simmons has promoted several weight-loss programs. Over the years, he has been helping thousands of Americans lose weight through his aerobics videos. Often parodied for his eccentricity, Simmons has also appeared in TV shows like Late Show with David Letterman.

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Tyrann Mathieu
(American Football Player)
Tyrann Mathieu
21
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
Romeo Miller
(Rapper and Actor Known for His Albums: ‘Lil' Romeo’, ‘Game Time’ and ‘Romeolan’)
Romeo Miller
14
Birthdate: August 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo

Romeo Miller soared to fame with the single My Baby and his Billboard 200-charting album Lil' Romeo. He also worked on the soundtrack of the movie God's Gift. In 2007, he accepted a basketball scholarship from the USC Trojans. He had his own show and has starred in films, too.

 31 
Garrett Morris
(Actor & Comedian Who Was Part of the Original Cast of the Sketch Comedy Program 'Saturday Night Live')
Garrett Morris
7
Birthdate: February 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Garrett Morris is best known as part of Saturday Night Live, where he played characters such as Chico Escuela and the News for the Hard of Hearing translator. He also played Uncle Junior on The Jamie Foxx Show and Earl Washington in 2 Broke Girls.
 32 
Phil Anselmo
(Musician)
Phil Anselmo
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 33 
Marie Laveau
(American Voodoo Priestess and Herbalist)
Marie Laveau
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 15, 1881

Occultist and herbalist Marie Laveau was known as the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans. Though a hairdresser, she was chiefly known for her spiritual practices which she used to heal the sick and the poor. She has inspired several books, such as Robert Tallant's The Voodoo Queen.

 34 
Delphine LaLaurie
(New Orleans Socialite and Serial Killer Who Tortured and Murdered Slaves in Her Household)
Delphine LaLaurie
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 7, 1849
Delphine LaLaurie, also known as Marie Delphine Macarty or Madame Blanque, was a socialite from New Orleans who tortured and killed countless slaves in her Royal Street mansion. Her crimes were discovered after a fire at her mansion. An outraged mob subsequently destroyed the house, while she left New Orleans.
 35 
Kelly Oubre Jr.
(Basketball player)
Kelly Oubre Jr.
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 36 
Katherine LaNasa
(Actress Known for Her Roles in the Sitcom ‘Three Sisters’ and Films: ‘The Frozen Ground’, 'The Campaign')
Katherine LaNasa
13
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: December 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Katherine LaNasa is an American actress known for her starring roles in films like The Campaign and Jayne Mansfield's Car. A former ballet dancer and choreographer, LaNasa started dancing at the age of 12. During the late-1980s, LaNasa assisted choreographer John Carrafa for the 1989 crime and dance drama film Rooftops.

 37 
Aaron Neville
(Singer & Musician)
Aaron Neville
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 38 
Louis Prima
(Singer-songwriter)
Louis Prima
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 7, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: August 24, 1978
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 39 
De'Aaron Fox
(Basketball Player)
De'Aaron Fox
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 40 
Bryant Gumbel
(Journalist, Sportscaster)
Bryant Gumbel
9
Birthdate: September 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 41 
Jay Electronica
(Rapper, Record producer)
Jay Electronica
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
 42 
Lillian Hellman
(Dramatist and Screenwriter)
Lillian Hellman
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 30, 1984
 43 
Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.
(Grammy Award-winning musician and singer-songwriter who incorporated jazz, blues, zydeco, and funk into his music)
Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 6, 2019
 44 
Birdman
(Rapper and Member of the Hip-Hop Duo 'Big Tymers')
Birdman
22
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Rapper Birdman, also known as Baby, co-founded Cash Money Records and later merged it with his protegé Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, to form YMCMB. Birdman also formed the hip-hop duo Big Tymers and the supergroup Rich Gang. He previously owned an oil business and launched a clothing line.
 45 
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
(Actor)
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
29
Birthdate: July 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is an American actor best known for playing Black Manta in the 2018 superhero film Aquaman. He is also renowned for portraying Doctor Manhattan in the superhero drama limited series Watchmen for which he was honored with the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award in September 2020.

 46 
Eric Bieniemy
(American Football Coach and Former Player Who Played as the Offensive Coordinator)
Eric Bieniemy
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo

Eric Bieniemy is an American football coach, currently working as the offensive coordinator for National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. A former player, Eric Bieniemy stirred controversy while representing the San Diego Chargers in 1993; he harassed a female parking attendant by grabbing her by the neck, for which he was arrested in Boulder, Colorado.

 47 
Derrick Lewis
(American Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Derrick Lewis
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 48 
Amy Coney Barrett
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Amy Coney Barrett
46
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 49 
Allen Toussaint
(Singer, Composer, Jazz musician, Record producer, Pianist, Songwriter)
Allen Toussaint
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 9, 2015
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 50 
Mark Duplass
(Director)
Mark Duplass
9
Birthdate: December 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)