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Indiana Famous People

Famous Americans: History and Biographies

Indiana Famous People: Greeting from IndianaLinks to histories and biographies of the famous people of Indiana. Many famous people of Indiana have made significant contributions to the history of our nation and the state of Indiana. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen, famous women, heroes, great explorers, and others Indiana famous Americans have all made Indiana their home. This list includes Indiana historical figures, celebrities and those individuals of Indiana who have influenced the lives of others.

Famous People from Indiana

  • Anne Baxter (1923 - 1985) Famous actress; born in Michigan City.
  • Larry Bird (1956 - ) Basketball Hall of Famer who led the Boston Celtics to three NBA championships (1981, 1984, 1986); born in West Baden
  • William Ralph "Bill" Blass (June 22, 1922 – June 12, 2002) was an American fashion designer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the recipient of many fashion awards, including seven Coty Awards and the Fashion Institute of Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award (1999). 
  • Jim Davis (1945 - ) Creator of Garfield; born in Marion.
  • James Dean (1931 - 1955) Famous actor for movies like Rebel Without a Cause; born in Marion.
  • Benjamin Harrison (1833 - 1901) 23rd President of the United States; lived in Indianapolis, where he practiced law.
  • Michael Jackson (1958 - ) Singer and songwriter famous for songs such as Thriller and Beat It; born in Gary.
  • David Letterman (1947- ) Comedian late night talk show host; born in Indianapolis.
  • John Cougar Mellencamp (1951 - ) singer, songwriter; born in Seymour.
  • Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), better known as Jane Pauley, is an American television anchor and journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC's Today program, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC, and for her public acknowledgements of her struggle with bipolar disorder. Pauley competed in debate and public speaking tournaments through the Indiana High School Forensic Association while enrolled at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. Pauley graduated from Warren Central High School in 1968. 
  • Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - ) Well-known author of books such as Slaughterhouse Five; born in Indianapolis.
  • Wilbur Wright (1867 - 1912) & Orville Wright (1871-1948) Brothers who invented the first airplane; born in Indiana and Dayton respectively.

More Famous People of Indiana

  • George Ade humorist, Kentland
  • Leon Ames actor, Portland
  • Hoagy Carmichael songwriter, Bloomington
  • Eugene V. Debs Socialist leader, Terre Haute
  • Theodore Dreiser writer, Terre Haute
  • Bernard F. Gimbel merchant, Vincennes
  • Virgil Grissom astronaut, Mitchell
  • Alfred Bertram Guthrie author, Bedford
  • Phil Harris actor, band leader, Linton
  • John Milton Hay statesman, Salem
  • James R. Hoffa labor leader, Brazil
  • Buck Jones actor, Vincennes
  • Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals, Indianapolis
  • Carole Lombard actress, Fort Wayne
  • Shelley Long actress, Fort Wayne
  • Marjorie Main actress, Acton
  • James McCracken tenor, Gary
  • Joaquin Miller poet, Liberty
  • Andrew J. Moyer inventor, Star City
  • Paul Osborn playwright, Evansville
  • Cole Porter Born in Peru, Indiana, Cole Porter was one of America's most prolific writers of Broadway musicals. Porter wrote both lyrics and melodies for shows like Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, and High Society. During the 1930s, his most productive decade, seven of his musicals were playing simultaneously on Broadway.
  • Ernest Taylor Pyle, born in Dana, Indiana, was a journalist and war correspondent best known for his work during World War II. Pyle offered a foxhole view of the life of the average soldier through a column that reached millions of Americans in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers. Traveling with a group of infantrymen, the reporter was killed by a sniper's machine-gun bullet in le Shima, a small island west of Okinawa.
  • J. Danforth Quayle vice president, Indianapolis
  • James Whitcomb Riley One of the most beloved poets in American history, James Whitcomb Riley was born in Greenfield, Indiana. He achieved popularity as "The Hoosier Poet" through his use of Indiana dialect, humor, and realistic portrayal of Midwestern life. Some of his best-known poems include "Little Orphant Annie," "The Raggedy Man," and "When the Frost is on the Punkin."
  • Ned Rorem composer, Richmond
  • Red Skelton comedian, Vincennes
  • Rex Stout mystery writer, Noblesville
  • Booth Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is best known for a series of realistic novels about life in the Midwest including The Gentleman from Indiana, and two Pulitzer Prize winners, The Magnificent Ambersons, and Alice Adams. He also wrote numerous plays, short stories, and essays.
  • Twyla Tharp dancer, choreographer, Portland
  • Forrest Tucker actor, Plainfield
  • Harold C. Urey physicist, Walkerton
  • Jessamyn West author, North Vernon
  • Wendell Willkie lawyer, Elwood
  • Willis Van Devanter Supreme Court justice, Marion
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