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Famous People From Memphis

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

List features people like Jeff Pope, Reggie Jones, and many more

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Memphis?" or "Which celebrities were born in Memphis?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Kathy Bates

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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  • Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin

    Dec. at 76 (1942 - 2018)

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

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  • Morgan Freeman

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Chris Hardwick

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Ginnifer Goodwin

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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  • Isaac Hayes

    Isaac Hayes

    Dec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    BirthplaceCovington, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Cybill Shepherd

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Ric Flair

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    Age: 71
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    Lucy Hale

    Age: 26

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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  • Michael Jeter

    Michael Jeter

    Dec. at 51 (1952-2003)

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Lawrenceburg

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  • Shannen Doherty

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Lisa Marie Presley

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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    Juicy J

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA

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  • Arthur Lee

    Arthur Lee

    Dec. at 61 (1945-2006)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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    BirthplaceColumbia, Missouri

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    BirthplaceMarks, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Priscilla Presley

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Missi Pyle

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Houston

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