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Famous People From Mississippi

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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.

List features LeRoy Percy, Jessie Mae Hemphill and more people.

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.
  • Oprah Winfrey

    BirthplaceKosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media...  more

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  • Lacey Chabert

    BirthplacePurvis, USA, Mississippi

    Lacey Nicole Chabert (; born September 30, 1982) is an American actress, voice actress, and...  more

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  • Sela Ward

    Sela Ward

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceMeridian, Mississippi, USA

    Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956) is an American actress, author, and producer, best known...  more

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  • LeAnn Rimes

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi, United States of America

    Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (born August 28, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • James Earl Jones

    BirthplaceArkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Ray J

    Ray J

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceMcComb, Mississippi, United States of America

    William Raymond Norwood Jr. (born January 17, 1981), known professionally as Ray J, is an...  more

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  • Jamie Lynn Spears

    BirthplaceMcComb, Mississippi, USA

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  • Tennessee Williams

    Tennessee Williams

    Dec. at 72 (1911-1983)

    BirthplaceColumbus, Mississippi, Lowndes County, United States of America, United States

    Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), known by his pen name...  more

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  • Gerald McRaney

    BirthplaceUSA, Mississippi, Collins

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  • Fred Armisen

    BirthplaceUSA, Mississippi, Hattiesburg

    Fereydun Robert "Fred" Armisen (born December 4, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer,...  more

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  • Jimmy Hart

    Jimmy Hart

    Age: 76
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  • Diane Ladd

    Diane Ladd

    Age: 84

    BirthplaceMeridian, Mississippi, United States of America

    Diane Ladd (born November 29, 1935) is an American actress, film director, producer and...  more

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  • Shepard Smith

    BirthplaceHolly Springs, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Red Barber

    Red Barber

    Dec. at 84 (1908-1992)

    BirthplaceColumbus, Mississippi, United States of America

    Walter Lanier "Red" Barber (February 17, 1908 – October 22, 1992) was an American sports...  more
  • Rick Ross

    Rick Ross

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceMississippi, United States of America

    William Leonard Roberts II (born January 28, 1976), known professionally as Rick Ross, is an...  more

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  • Amy Wesson

    Amy Wesson

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Ike Turner

    Ike Turner

    Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

    BirthplaceClarksdale, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Rebecca Walker

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Laura Bailey

    BirthplaceBiloxi, Mississippi, USA

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  • Steve McNair

    Steve McNair

    Age: Died at 36 (1973-2009)

    BirthplaceMount Olive, Mississippi, United States of America

    Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an...  more

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  • Marion Barry

    BirthplaceItta Bena, Mississippi, United States of America

    Marion Shepilov Barry (born Marion Barry Jr.; March 6, 1936 – November 23, 2014) was an...  more
  • Paula White

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

    Paula Michelle White-Cain (née Furr; April 20, 1966), better known as Paula White, is an...  more
  • Robert L. Johnson

    Robert L. Johnson

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceHickory, Mississippi

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  • Mark Hudspeth

    BirthplaceLouisville, Mississippi

    Mark Douglas Hudspeth (born November 10, 1968) is an American football coach, currently the...  more
  • Antonio McDyess

    BirthplaceQuitman, Mississippi

    Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974) is an American former professional...  more