Links to histories
and biographies of the famous people of Florida. Many famous people of Florida have made significant contributions to the history of our nation and
the state of Florida. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen, famous women,
heroes, great explorers, and others Florida famous Americans have all made Florida their home. This list includes Florida historical figures, celebrities
and those individuals of Florida who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from Florida
Wallace Amos (1936 - ) Founder of Famous Amos Chocolate
Chip Cookie Corporation; born in Tallahassee.
Fernando Bujones (1955 - ) Praised as one of
the finest male ballet dancers of the 20th century; born in Miami.
Jacqueline Cochran (1910 - 1980) Pilot who
organized women pilots during World War II; born in Pensacola.
Estefan (born September 1, 1957) Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan, known professionally as Gloria Estefan , is a Cuban-born
American singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. The Fajardo family fled to Miami, Florida as a result of the Cuban Revolution and settled
down there. She is in the top 100 best selling music artists with an estimated 100 million records sold worldwide, 31.5 million of those in the United
States alone. She has won seven Grammy Awards and is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date.Estefan was born Gloria María
Milagrosa Fajardo on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, to José and Gloria Fajardo. Her maternal grandfather, Leonardo García, immigrated to Cuba
from Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain, where he married Gloria's maternal grandmother, originally from Logroño, Spain. Prior to the Cuban Revolution,
her father was a Cuban soldier and a bodyguard to Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Zora Neale Hurston Although author Zora Neale Hurston was actually born in Alabama, she considered Florida her home. She attended Howard
University and had her first manuscript published there. Later, she moved to New York and became part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s along
with other African American writers like Langston Hughes. Her most powerful work is usually considered to be "Their Eyes are Watching God."
Harry T. Moore (1905 - 1951) 1930-40's Civil Rights worker; born in Houston.
Jim Morrison (1943-1971) Famous rock singer and leader of The Doors;
born in Melbourne.
Osceola(1804 - January 30, 1838), born as Billy Powell,
became an influential leader of the Seminole in Florida. Of mixed parentage, Creek, Scots-Irish, and English, he was raised as a Creek by his mother,
as the tribe had a matrilineal kinship system. They migrated to Florida when he was a child, with other Red Stick refugees, after their defeat in
1814 in the Creek Wars
Sidney Poitier(1927 - ) First African-American
actor to win an Oscar, which he won for the movie "Lilies of the Fields;" Born in Miami.
Janet Reno (1938 - ) Born in Miami, Janet Reno is the first woman to hold
the office of Attorney General of the United States, having been nominated to the position by President Bill Clinton. Prior to holding that position,
she served as State Attorney for Florida. She may be best remembered for her involvement in two highly controversial events: the return of young Elian
Gonzalez to his family in Cuba, and the decision to attack the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas. Despite a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease,
Reno has stayed involved in politics, and made an unsuccessful run for Governor of Florida in 2002.
Burt Reynolds (1936 - ) Actor made famous in films like Hustle
and Smokey and the Bandit; owns ranch in Jupiter.
David Robinson (1965 - )
Basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs; born in Key West.
Ben Vereen Born in Miami, Ben Vereen won a Tony award for his performance as the "Leading Player" in Bob Fosse's Pippin. Despite
a near fatal car accident in 1992, Vereen has continued to sing and dance on Broadway, most recently in Jelly's Last Jam, and has also appeared on
television and in film.
More Famous Floridians:
Find more more Florida famous people below. You may
not even realize many of these famous people were born in Florida or notable associated with Florida, including actors, actresses, explorers, historical
figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more.
Julian Cannonball Adderley jazz saxophonist, Tampa
Pat Boone singer, Jacksonville
Howie Dorough singer, Orlando
Fay Dunaway actress, Bascom
Stepin Fetchit comedian, Key West
James Weldon Johnson author, educator, Jacksonville
Frances Langford singer, Lakeland
A. J. McLean singer, West Palm Beach
Butterfly McQueen actress, Tampa
Joseph W. Stilwell army general, Palatka
Don Sutton baseball player, Pensacola
Norman E. Thargard astronaut
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