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List of famous people from Louisiana, 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 Louisiana, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Louisiana 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 Louisiana, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This list contains people like David Vitter and Jack Ponder.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Louisiana?" or "Which celebrities were born in Louisiana?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 42

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 61

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and ...more

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 49

Birthplace: Area code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

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Ian Somerhalder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 40

Birthplace: Covington, Louisiana, United States of America

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Danneel Ackles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 39

Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Danneel Ackles (née Elta Danneel Graul; March 18, 1979), credited professionally before 2012 as Danneel Harris, is an American actress and model. She played the role of Shannon McBain on ...more
Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 51

Birthplace: Delhi, Louisiana, United States of America

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Ali Landry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 45

Birthplace: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United States of America

Ali Germaine Landry (born July 21, 1973) is an American actress, model, and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 1996. She played Rita Lefleur on the UPN sitcom Eve and was the Doritos ...more

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Ashley Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 41

Birthplace: USA, Metairie, Louisiana

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 70

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

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James Carville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 74

Birthplace: Carville, Louisiana, United States of America

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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 83

Birthplace: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States of America

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Ernie Ladd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: Died at 69 (1938-2007)

Birthplace: Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America

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Chloe Bridges is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 27

Birthplace: USA, Louisiana

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Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 70

Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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John Kennedy Toole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 32 (1937-1969)

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Kevyn Aucoin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 40 (1962-2002)

Birthplace: USA, Shreveport, Louisiana

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 40 (1829-1869)

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Huey Long is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 42 (1893-1935)

Birthplace: Winnfield, Louisiana, USA

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Donna Brazile is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 59

Birthplace: Kenner, Louisiana, United States of America

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Ben Turpin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 71 (1869-1940)

Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Branford Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 58

Birthplace: Breaux Bridge, USA, Louisiana

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Grady A. Dugas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 84 (1923-2007)

Birthplace: Sulphur, Louisiana

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Zachary Levi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 38

Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America

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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Age: 62

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

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Stanley Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 52 (1953-2005)

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

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