histories and biographies of the famous people of Louisiana. Many famous people of Louisiana have made significant contributions to the history of
our nation and the state of Louisiana. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen,
famous women, heroes, great explorers, and others Louisiana famous Americans have all made Louisiana their home. This list includes Louisiana historical
figures, celebrities and those individuals of Louisiana who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from Louisiana
Louis Armstrong (1901 - 1971) Famous trumpet
player and singer considered by many to one of the best jazz musicians ever; born in New Orleans.
John James Audubon (1785 - 1851), naturalist and artist, some
of whose paintings for Birds of America were done in Louisiana.
Truman Capote (1924 - 1984) Novelist made famous
with Other Voices, Other Rooms and Breakfast at Tiffany's; born in New Orleans.
Carlisle (also known as Kitty Carlisle Hart; September 3, 1910 - April 17, 2007) was an American singer, actress and spokeswoman for
the arts. She is best remembered as a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth. Carlisle served 20 years on the New York State
Council on the Arts. In 1991, she received the National Medal of Arts from President George H. W. Bush. Eight years later, in 1999, she was inducted
into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Kitty Carlisle was born as Catherine Conn (Kitty is a nickname for Catherine; the surname was pronounced Cohen)
in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her family was of German Jewish heritage. Her grandfather, Ben Holtzman, was the mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Michael DeBakey (1908 - ) Doctor that developed the first
artificial heart; born in Lake Charles.
Bryant Gumbel (born September 29, 1948)
is an American television journalist and sportscaster. He is best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's The Today Show. He is the younger brother
of sportscaster Greg Gumbel.Gumbel was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Rhea Alice (née LeCesne), a city clerk, and Richard Dunbar
Gumbel, a judge. He attended and was graduated from De La Salle Institute in Chicago, IL., while growing up on the South Side of the city. He graduated
from Bates College in 1970. In 1971, he became editor of Black Sports Magazine, leaving the following year. Gumbel began his television career in
October 1972, when he was made a sportscaster for KNBC-TV out of Los Angeles.
Al Hirt (1922 - 1999) Trumpeter; born in New Orleans.
Mahalia Jackson (1912
- 1972) Gospel singer made famous with "Move On Up a Little," the first million-selling gospel record; born in New Orleans.
Lamour (December 10, 1914 - September 22, 1996) was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for appearing in the Road to...
movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Lamour starred in a number of movie musicals and sang in many of her comedies
and dramatic films as well. Born Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton in New Orleans, the daughter of Carmen Louise and John Watson Slaton, both of whom were
waiters. Lamour was of French Louisianan, Spanish, and Irish descent. actress, New Orleans
Jerry Lee Lewis (1935- ) Singer and pianist famous for songs
like "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire"; born in Ferriday.
Huey P. Long Controversial governor and Senator from
Louisiana, Huey Long pushed for unprecedented expansion of governmental services in education, transportation and health. His life was ended by assassination.
Huey Newton (1942 - 1989) Black activist; born
Ray Walston An actor, probably best known for his
role as "Uncle Martin" in the 1960s sitcom "My Favorite Martian," Walston had a long career in film and theatre. He won an Emmy
for his role on the cult TV show "Picket Fences."
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