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Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni

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List of famous alumni from University of Mississippi, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Mississippi include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Mississippi alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Mississippi are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Mississippi.

List includes Eli Manning, Patrick Willis and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Mississippi?” and “Which celebrities are University of Mississippi alumni?”
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Kate Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 70

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Lucy Kate Jackson (born October 29, 1948) is an American actress, director, and producer, known for her television roles as Sabrina Duncan in the series Charlie's Angels (1976–79) and Amanda ...more

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Ruth Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Salonnieres, Model, Actor

Age: Dec. at 98 (1911-2009)

Birthplace: Brookhaven, Mississippi, United States of America

Ruth Ford (July 7, 1911, Brookhaven, Mississippi – August 12, 2009, New York City) was an American model and stage and film actress. Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford. ...more
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Jon Hinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)

Birthplace: Tylertown, Mississippi, United States of America

Jon Clifton Hinson (March 16, 1942 – July 21, 1995) was a Republican U.S. representative for Mississippi's 4th congressional district from 1979 to 1981. Following his 1981 resignation following ...more
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Karen Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Model

Age: 74

Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi

Karen Ann Graham is an American former model from the 1970s and the 1980s and is a respected fly-fishing expert. For fifteen years, she was a spokesmodel for the cosmetics company Estee Lauder,
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Shepard Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Journalist, Broadcaster

Age: 55

Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States of America

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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Gerald McRaney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: Collins, Mississippi, USA

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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Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Elisha Nelson Manning IV (born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of ...more

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Mary Ann Mobley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Actor

Age: 82

Birthplace: USA, Mississippi, Brandon

Mary Ann Mobley (February 17, 1937 – December 9, 2014) was an American actress, television personality, and Miss America 1959.
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Josh Kelley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 39

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

Joshua Bishop Kelley Sr. (born January 30, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter. Kelley has recorded for Hollywood Records, Threshold Records and DNK Records as a pop rock artist, and has had ...more
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Todd Wade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
American football player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi

Todd McLaurin Wade (born October 30, 1976) is a real estate investor and former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2000 NFL ...more
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Tate Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Tate Taylor is an American actor, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for directing The Help and Get On Up.
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Abby Mcgrew is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni

Age: 35

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

Abby Mcgrew is the wife of Elli Manning.
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Angela McGlowan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Commentator

Age: 48

Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi

Angela McGlowan (born March 2, 1970) is an American political commentator, best selling author, and CEO of Political Strategies & Insights (PSI), a government affairs, political strategy, ...more
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Sylvester John Hemleben ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Educator, Author

Age: Dec. at 89 (1902-1991)

Birthplace: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Sylvester John Hemleben was born February 25, 1902, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a descendant of an ancient German family which emigrated to America to practice medicine and pharmacy in pioneer ...more
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Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Bruceton, Tennessee, United States of America

Patrick L. Willis (born January 25, 1985) is a former American football linebacker who played his entire eight-year career with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more

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Mose Allison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Singer

Age: 91

Birthplace: Mississippi, United States of America

Mose John Allison Jr. (November 11, 1927 – November 15, 2016) was an American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter. He became notable for playing a unique mix of blues and modern jazz, ...more

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Patricia Jessamy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 70

Birthplace: Hollandale, Mississippi, United States of America

Patricia Coats Jessamy is a former chief prosecutor for the City of Baltimore, Maryland. She was appointed to head the Office of the State's Attorney in 1995 and won reelection three times.
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Marcus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Coffeeville, Mississippi

Marcus Johnson may refer to:
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Stacy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Camden, Arkansas

Stacy Dewayne Andrews (born June 2, 1981) is a former American football offensive guard. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college ...more
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Kendrick Clancy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Kendrick Clancy American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Lakendrick Tridel Clancy (born September 17, 1978) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2000, having also played for the New York Giants, ...more
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Martin L. Clardy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 70 (1844-1914)

Birthplace: Farmington, Missouri, United States of America

Martin Linn Clardy (April 26, 1844 – July 5, 1914) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and railroad executive from Missouri.
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Derrick Burgess is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Lake City, South Carolina

Derrick Lee Burgess (born August 12, 1978) is a former professional American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in ...more
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Ansu Sesay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina

Ansu Martin Sesay, Jr. (born July 29, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player.
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Michael Oher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: 29

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

Michael Jerome Oher (; né Williams Jr.; born May 28, 1986) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of ...more

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James Eastland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Mississippi Alumni

Age: Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

Birthplace: Doddsville, Mississippi, United States of America

James Oliver Eastland (November 28, 1904 – February 19, 1986) was an American politician from the state of Mississippi who served in the United States Senate as a Senator in 1941; and again from ...more