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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.
Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 61
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk ...more

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Lacey Chabert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 36
Lacey Nicole Chabert (; born September 30, 1982) is an American actress, voice actress, and singer. Chabert landed one of her first roles playing Erica Kane's daughter on All My Children. She ...more

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Sela Ward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 62
Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956) is an American actress, author, and producer, best known for her roles on television beginning in the early 1980s.Her breakthrough TV role was as Teddy Reed in ...more

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LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 36
Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (born August 28, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and author. Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of her version of the Bill Mack ...more

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 88
James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more than seven decades, and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and ...more

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Ray J is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 38
William Raymond Norwood Jr. (born January 17, 1981), known professionally as Ray J, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, and entrepreneur. Born in McComb, ...more

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Jamie Lynn Spears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 27
Jamie Lynn Marie Spears (born April 4, 1991) is an American singer and actress. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Louisiana. She is the younger sister of singer Britney Spears. ...more

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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dec. at 72 (1911-1983)
Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), known by his pen name Tennessee Williams, was an American playwright. Along with contemporaries Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, ...more

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Gerald McRaney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 71
Gerald Lee McRaney (born August 19, 1947) 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 ...more

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Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 52
Fereydun Robert "Fred" Armisen (born December 4, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until ...more

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Jimmy Hart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Jimmy Hart
age 75
James Ray Hart (born January 1, 1943) 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 ...more

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Diane Ladd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 83
Diane Ladd (born November 29, 1935) is an American actress, film director, producer and author. She has appeared in over 120 film and television roles. For the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here ...more

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Shepard Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 55
Shepard "Shep" Smith (born David Shepard Smith Jr.; January 14, 1964) is an American television news anchor on the Fox News Channel. He serves as the channel's chief news anchor and as ...more

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Red Barber is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dec. at 84 (1908-1992)
Walter Lanier "Red" Barber (February 17, 1908 – October 22, 1992) was an American sports commentator. Barber, nicknamed "The Ol' Redhead", was primarily identified with radio ...more
Rick Ross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 43
William Leonard Roberts II (born January 28, 1976), known professionally as Rick Ross, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and record executive.After releasing his debut single, ...more

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Amy Wesson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 41
Amy Wesson (born 1977) is an American fashion model from Tupelo, Mississippi.
Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
Izear Luster "Ike" Turner Jr. (November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of ...more

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Rebecca Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 49
Rebecca Walker (born November 17, 1969, as Rebecca Leventhal) is an American writer, feminist, and activist. Walker has been regarded as one of the prominent voices of Third Wave Feminism since ...more

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Laura Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 37
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Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)
Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He spent most of his career with the ...more

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Marion Barry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 82
Marion Shepilov Barry (born Marion Barry Jr.; March 6, 1936 – November 23, 2014) was an American politician who served as the second mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and ...more

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Paula White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 52
Paula Michelle White-Cain (née Furr; April 20, 1966), better known as Paula White, is an American non-denominational pastor. Prior to May 2019, she was senior pastor of New Destiny ...more
Robert L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Robert L. Johnson
age 72
Robert Louis Johnson (born April 8, 1946) is an American entrepreneur, media magnate, executive, philanthropist, and investor. He is the co-founder of BET, which was acquired by Viacom in 2001. ...more
Mark Hudspeth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 50
Mark Douglas Hudspeth (born November 10, 1968) is an American football coach, currently the head coach at Austin Peay State. Hudspeth was a four-year football letterman at Delta State ...more
Antonio McDyess is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 44
Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player. Listed at 6'9" (2.06 m) and 245 lb (111 kg), McDyess played as a power forward.

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