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List of famous people from Mississippi, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Mississippi, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Mississippi you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Mississippi, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Mississippi?" or "Which celebrities were born in Mississippi?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Oprah Winfrey age 63 - Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, ...more

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Lacey Chabert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Lacey Chabert age 33 - Lacey Nicole Chabert is an American actress and voice actress. She first gained prominence as a child actress on television for her role as Claudia Salinger in the television drama Party of ...more

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Sela Ward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Sela Ward age 60 - Sela Ann Ward is an American actress, author, producer and spokeswoman, perhaps best known for her television roles as Teddy Reed on the American TV series Sisters and as Lily Manning on Once ...more

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LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
LeAnn Rimes age 34 - Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American country and pop singer. Known for her rich vocals, Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of the ...more

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
James Earl Jones age 86 - James Earl Jones is an American actor who in a career of more than 60 years has become known as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest ...more

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Belladonna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Belladonna age 35 - Belladonna is a semi-retired American pornographic actress, pornographic film director, actress and producer. She has retired from acting and directing pornography and has been involved in other ...more

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Ray J is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Ray J age 36 - William Ray Norwood, Jr., known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, he is the ...more

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Jamie Lynn Spears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Jamie Lynn Spears age 26 - Jamie Lynn Marie Spears Watson is an American actress, singer, and the younger sister of pop singer Britney Spears. In 2005, she came to prominence after being cast in the Nickelodeon television ...more

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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Tennessee Williams Died at 72 (1911-1983) - Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three ...more

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Gerald McRaney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Gerald McRaney age 69 - Gerald Lee "Mac" McRaney is an American television and movie actor. McRaney is best known as one of the stars of the television shows Simon & Simon, Major Dad, and Promised Land. ...more

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Erica Ellyson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Erica Ellyson age 32 - Erica Ellyson is an American softcore model and actress who was Penthouse's Pet of the Month for January 2007 and Pet of the Year for 2008.

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Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Fred Armisen age 50 - Fred Robert Armisen is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, director, singer, musician, and comedian. Widely known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until 2013, ...more

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Jimmy Hart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Jimmy Hart age 71 - James Ray "Jimmy" Hart is an American professional wrestling manager, executive, composer, and musician currently signed with WWE in a Legends deal. He is best known for his work in ...more

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Diane Ladd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Diane Ladd age 81 - Diane Ladd is an American actress, film director, producer and author. She has appeared in over 120 roles, on television, and in miniseries and feature films, including Alice Doesn't Live Here ...more

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Shepard Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Shepard Smith age 53 - David Shepard Smith, Jr., known better as Shepard Smith or Shep Smith, is an American television news anchor. He is the former host of Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio B weekdays on Fox ...more

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Red Barber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Red Barber Died at 84 (1908-1992) - Walter Lanier "Red" Barber was an American sports commentator. Barber, nicknamed "The Ol' Redhead", was primarily identified with radio broadcasts of Major League Baseball, ...more

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Rick Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Rick Ross age 41 - William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper. In 2009, Ross founded the record label Maybach Music Group, on which he released his studio albums ...more

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Amy Wesson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Amy Wesson age 39 - Amy Wesson is an American fashion model from Tupelo, Mississippi.

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Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Ike Turner Died at 76 (1931-2007) - Ike Wister Turner was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of fifties rock and roll, he is most popularly known for his ...more

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Rebecca Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Rebecca Walker age 47 - Rebecca Walker is an American writer. She has been named by Time as one of the 50 future leaders of America.

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Laura Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Laura Bailey age 35 - Laura Dawn Bailey is an American actress and singer who provides voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series as well as voice roles in cartoons ...more

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Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Steve McNair Died at 36 (1973-2009) - Stephen LaTreal McNair, nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback who spent the majority of his National Football League career with the Tennessee Titans. McNair played college ...more

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Marion Barry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Marion Barry age 81 - Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. was an American politician who served as the second Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. A Democrat, ...more

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Paula White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Paula White age 50 - Paula Michelle White is an international Christian evangelist and teacher, TV personality, author and philanthropist. She is the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, ...more

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Robert L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Robert L. Johnson age 71 - Robert L. Johnson is an American businessman and the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). He is currently the chairman of RLJ Development which he is also founder and majority-owner ...more

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Mark Hudspeth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Mark Hudspeth age 48 - Mark Hudspeth is the current head football coach of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Previously, Hudspeth was a four-year football letterman at Delta State University, head coach at the ...more

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Antonio McDyess is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Antonio McDyess age 42 - Antonio Keithflen McDyess is a retired American professional basketball player. Listed at 6'9" and 245 lbs., McDyess played as a power forward.

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Ann Moore is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Ann Moore age 66 - Ann S. Moore was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Inc. until the fall of 2010. She became the company's first woman CEO when she was appointed to the position in July 2002.

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Tavis Smiley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Tavis Smiley age 52 - Tavis Smiley is an American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist. Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and grew up in Bunker ...more

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Ruth Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Ruth Ford Died at 98 (1911-2009) - Ruth Ford was an American model and stage and film actress. Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford. Their parents managed the Tennessee Hotel in Clarksville, Tennessee.

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Kevin Sessums is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Kevin Sessums age 61 - Kevin Sessums is an American author, editor and actor.

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Tim Barnett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Tim Barnett age 47 - Tim Andre Barnett is a former professional American football wide receiver who played three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League.

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Pep Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Pep Love age 42 - Pallo Peacock, better known by his stage name, Pep Love, is an American hip hop artist and motivational speaker. He is also one of the founding members of the Oakland, California-based ...more

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Charles Burnett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Charles Burnett age 73 - Charles Burnett is an African-American film director, film producer, writer, editor, actor, photographer, and cinematographer. His most popular films include Killer of Sheep, My Brother's ...more

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Allie Grant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Allie Grant age 21 - Allie Grant is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her role as Isabelle Hodes on the Showtime television series Weeds appearing in the series from 2005 to 2009. She ...more

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Dorothy Dell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dorothy Dell Died at 19 (1915-1934) - Dorothy Dell was an American film actress.

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Charles Sellier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Charles Sellier Died at 68 (1943-2011) - Charles Edward Sellier, Jr. was an American television producer, screenwriter, novelist and director, best known for creating the American book and television series, The Life and Times of ...more

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Darrah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Darrah Johnson age 35 - Darrah Johnson is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Pearl Islands.

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Gene Kelton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Gene Kelton Died at 57 (1953-2010) - Mean Gene Kelton is an actor.

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Richard Wright is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Richard Wright Died at 52 (1908-1960) - Richard Nathaniel Wright was an American author of sometimes controversial novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially those ...more

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Marcus Dupree is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Marcus Dupree age 52 - Marcus L. Dupree is a former American football player. He played high school football at Philadelphia High School. He was a highly touted and sought after college football recruit and ultimately ...more

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Angela McGlowan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Angela McGlowan age 45 - Angela McGlowan is an American political commentator and CEO of Political Strategies & Insights, a government affairs, political strategy, public relations, and advocacy consulting firm ...more

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Paul Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Paul Ramsey Died at 75 (1913-1988) - Robert Paul Ramsey was an American Christian ethicist of the 20th century. He was a Methodist and a native of Mississippi. He graduated from Millsaps College in Mississippi and Yale University. ...more

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Theodore G. Bilbo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Theodore G. Bilbo Died at 70 (1877-1947) - Theodore Gilmore Bilbo was an American politician. Bilbo, a Democrat, twice served as governor of Mississippi and later was elected a U.S. Senator. A master of filibuster and scathing rhetoric, ...more

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James Meredith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
James Meredith age 83 - James Howard Meredith is an American Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to the ...more

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John Fortenberry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
John Fortenberry John Fortenberry is an American film and television director. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he graduated from the University of Mississippi, after which be went to work at Lorne Michaels' ...more

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Mike Espy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Mike Espy age 62 - Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy is a United States Democratic politician. From 1987 to 1993, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi. From 1993 to 1994 he was ...more

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Albert King is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Albert King Died at 69 (1923-1992) - Albert King was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing. King was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May

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Pat Harrison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Pat Harrison Died at 60 (1881-1941) - Byron Patton "Pat" Harrison was a Mississippi politician who served as a Democrat in the United States House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919 and in the United States Senate from ...more

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Al Hibbler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Al Hibbler Died at 86 (1915-2001) - Albert George "Al" Hibbler was an American baritone vocalist, who sang with Duke Ellington's orchestra before having several pop hits as a solo artist. Some of Hibbler's singing is ...more