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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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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 65
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

Lacey Chabert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 36
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

Sela Ward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 62
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

LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 36
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

James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 88
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

Belladonna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 37
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

Ray J is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 38
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

Jamie Lynn Spears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 27
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

Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dec. 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

Gerald McRaney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 71
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

Erica Ellyson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 34
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.

Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 52
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

Jimmy Hart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 75
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

Diane Ladd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 83
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

Shepard Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 55
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

Red Barber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dec. 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

Rick Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 43
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

Amy Wesson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 41
Amy Wesson is an American fashion model from Tupelo, Mississippi.

Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dec. 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

Rebecca Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 49
Rebecca Walker is an American writer. She has been named by Time as one of the 50 future leaders of America.

Laura Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 37
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

Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
Dec. 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

Marion Barry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 82
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

Paula White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 52
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

Robert L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Mississippi
age 72
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