to histories and biographies of the famous people of Mississippi. Many famous people of Mississippi have made significant contributions to the history
of our nation and the state of Mississippi. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen,
famous women, heroes, great explorers, and others Mississippi famous Americans have all made Mississippi their home. This list includes Mississippi
historical figures, celebrities and those individuals of Mississippi who have influenced the lives of others.
William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897 - 1962)Author,
famous for works such as The Sound in the Fury and Go Down, Moses; born in New Albany.
Elizabeth Lee Hazen (1885 - 1975) Inventor, developed the
world's first useful antifungal antibiotic, nystatin.
Jim Henson Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Jim Henson began playing with puppets early in his life. His first televised puppet show came
in 1954. In 1957, he made an appearance on the Tonight Show and first introduced Kermit the Frog. His biggest break came in 1969, when Public Broadcasting
asked him to do the puppets for a new children's show named Sesame Street. He later created the Muppet Show, which allowed his puppets to appear to
a more adult audience, as well as making a number of movies.
Faith Hill (1967 - ) Famous singer; grew up in Star.
B. B. King (1925 - ) Guitarist, often called the King of the Blues; born in Indianola.
James Earl Jones (1931 - ) Born Todd Jones
in 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississppi, but moved to Michigan as a young boy and was raised by his mother's parents. Best known for his incredible voice,
he had a stutter as a child, and took acting lessons to help overcome it. Although he has acted in several movies, it is as the voices of Darth Vader
in Star Wars and as Mustapha in The Lion King that he may be best recognized.
Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) Popular rock-and-roll singer; born in East
Jerry Rice (1962 - ) Football player, considered the
greatest wide receiver ever to play in the NFL; born and raised in Crawford.
Hiram R. Revels (1822 - 1901) Clergyman,
first African American to sit in the US Senate (1870 - 1871).
Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956) is an American actress, author, producer and spokesperson, perhaps best known for her television roles
as Teddy Reed on the American TV series Sisters (1991-96) and as Lily Manning on Once and Again (1999-2002). She had a recurring
role in the Fox medical drama House as Stacy Warner (2005-2006: 2012). She starred in the CBS police drama CSI: NY as Jo Danville
(2010-2013).Ward was born in Meridian, Mississippi to Annie Kate (née Boswell), a housewife who died of ovarian cancer on February 12, 2002, and Granberry
Holland "G.H." Ward, Jr., an electrical engineer who died on January 13, 2009
Tennessee Williams (1911
- 1983) Born in Columbus, Mississippi, Thomas L. "Tennessee" Williams became of America's best known playwrights, famous for his Cat
on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie.
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi,
Oprah Winfrey was raised on a Mississippi farm by her grandmother. By the age of 19, she had her first job as a reporter for a radio station in Nashville,
and then moved on to television in Baltimore. She is best known for her Oprah Winfrey Show, which began in 1986. Today she continues her television
show, and also publishes a magazine, and heads numerous philanthropic and civic activities.
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