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Brookhaven, MS, role of blues musician in Greasewood
Indianola , earned Emmy nominations on NBC-TV's I'll Fly
Away, starred in Broadway's Fences and TV's
The Vernon Johns Story. Received nomination
in 1995 for Tony Award as Best Actress for role in Having
Played opposite Gene
Tierney in Laura, made 69 films. Born January
1, 1909, in Collins, Mississippi, as Carver Dana Andrews.
Died: December 17, 1992, in Los Alamitos, California, of pneumonia.
Brother of actor Steve Forrest, President of Screen Actors Guild
(SAG): 1963-65. American leading man of the Forties and Fifties.
The son of a Baptist minister (and one of thirteen children),
Andrews studied business administration at Sam Houston State Teachers
College in Texas, but took a bookkeeping job with Gulf Oil in
1929 prior to graduating. In 1931, he hitchhiked to California,
hoping to get work as an actor. He drove a school bus, dug
ditches, picked oranges, worked as a stock boy, and pumped
gas while trying without luck to break into the movies. His employer
at a Van Nuys gas station believed in him and agreed to invest
in him, asking to be repaid if and when Andrews made it as an
actor. Andrews studied opera and also entered the Pasadena Community
Playhouse, the famed theater company and drama school. He appeared
in scores of plays there in the 1930s, becoming a favorite of
the company. He played opposite future star 'Robert Preston' in
a play about composers Gilbert and Sullivan, and soon thereafter
was offered a contract by Samuel Goldwyn. It was two years before
Goldwyn and 20th Century Fox (to whom Goldwyn had sold half of
Andrews's contract) put him in a film, but the roles, though secondary,
were mostly in top quality films such as 'Westerner, The (1940)'
and 'Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943)'. A starring role in the
hit 'Laura (1944)', followed by one in 'Best Years of Our Lives,
The (1946)', made him a star, but no later film quite lived
up to the quality of these. Andrews slipped into a steady stream
of unremarkable films in which he gave sturdy performances, until
age and other interests resulted in fewer appearances. In addition,
his increasing alcoholism caused him to lose the confidence of
some producers. Andrews took steps to curb his addiction and in
his later years was an outspoken member of the National Council
on Alcoholism who decried public refusal to face the problem.
He was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1963.
He retired from films in the Sixties and made, he said, more money
from real estate than he ever did in movies. Yet he and his second
wife, actress 'Mary Todd', lived quietly in a modest home in Studio
City, California. Andrews reportedly suffered from Alzheimer's
Syndrome in his last years and spent his final days in a nursing
facility. He died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia in
Born 1979, played in Bring
It On Again (2004) - Colleen Lipman, Sea of Fear (2004) - Kate,
to Kelly (2003) - Alexa
Born Smithville in 1919, comedian for Grand Ole Opry for 14 years,
praised for dramatic role opposite Andy Griffith in A face
in the Crowd. Elected to Country Music Hall of Fame.
Formerly a Mississippi State University drama teacher, he has
had roles in various TV and movie productions including Willie
Morris's My Dog Skip. Bynam is now teaching at University
of Nevada in Las Vegas, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild
(SAG) and holds eligible membership in the American Federation
of Television and Radio Artists(AFTRA). He also has taught
in the University of Arkansas school system. While teaching
a wide-range of courses at the university level (acting, directing,
and dramatic literature), Nate continues his professional acting
career. He has performed at the Lyceum Theatre in Missouri,
the American Stage in Florida, and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
in Little Rock. Television and movie credits also include
The Rainmaker, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Walker, Texas Ranger,
Promised Land, In the Heat of the Night, Young Indiana Jones,
Queen and I'll Fly Away. Additionally,
Nate has appeared in numerous regional and national commercials.
He credits his greatest production to date as the creation of
two lovely little daughters.
Party of Five, Lost in Space>
Played Amos of Amos and Andy on TV, born in Meridian.
Born in East Fork in Amite County , 1926, country-comedy albums,
written four books, Grand Ole Opry comedian and entertainer, played
football for Mississippi State University. Died in 1998. Click
on his name for more information.
10 year old from Richland, MS, in John John in the Sky
Television producer and playwright, wrote The Boys in the
Band, which was made into a movie. Click on his name for
the SHS writer's project about him.
Performed in Showboat on Broadway, from Hattiesburg
Midway, Mississippi, director and writer for movie John
John in the Sky
Elly Mae Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies
Michael Clarke Duncan
Nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor in
2000, starred with Tom Hanks in The Green Mile, played
Bear in the 1998 film Armageddon, numerous
other movies and television shows, played basketball for Alcorn
State University in Mississippi, now 37 years old, trademark is
his massive physique, which helped him land his first four TV
and movie roles--as bouncer and security guard.
John played "Andrew, the Angel of Death" on the CBS drama
"Touched By An Angel." Born and raised in Amory,
Mississippi (near Tupelo) and graduated from Tupelo High
School, John received "Best Actor" awards from Mississippi State
University before transferring his sophomore year to the University
of Memphis (known then as Memphis State University). Born
January 31, 1963, he landed his first film role in Makin'
The Grade in 1984 while still attending Memphis State.
John has participated in the Stars Over Mississippi,
a charity event for Mississippi students. His film
credits include Perfect Weapon, The Best of the Best, Mother,
Mother, Sioux City and Campus Man.
Dye's television credits include regular roles in "Hotel Malibu"
and "Tour of Duty," both on CBS, and "Jack's Place." He also appeared
in the mini-series "The Billionaire Boys Club" and guest-starred
in the CBS series "Promised Land." According to the Memphis
"the boyish-looking Dye, 47, a Mississippi-born theater major
at then-Memphis State and local actor who achieved success in
movies and television, died of a heart attack at his home in San
His death from a heart attack on January 10, 2011, was little
publicized until the family worked out the details for the actor's
public memorial service on Jan. 22, 2011, at St. Andrew's United
Methodist Church in Amory, Misssissippi., the town where Dye was
born and where his parents, Jim and Lynn Dye, still live.
The Dye brothers (John ,47, Jerre, 39, and Jamey, 43, who now
lives in Chattanooga) were born in Amory, but the family moved
to Cleveland, Tennessee, and then Tupelo, Mississippi, where John
Dye attended high school and later directed a production of "Grease."
Latest film Ray with Jamie Fox, from
Magnolia, Mississippi, graduated from South Pike High School.
Ellis attended Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, before
she transferred to Brown University, where she completed her undergraduate
studies. She has also appeared in numerous TV roles and acted
on the stage in New York. Her television credits include
New York Undercover, The Practice,
and 100 Centre Street. She has played
on stage in George C. Wolfe's The Tempest
and Drowning Crow. She played opposite
Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Robert De Niro in Men of Honor,
and opposite Eddie Griffin in Malcolm Lee's Undercover
Brother. She is to play Zora Neale Hurston in the
independent film Brother to Brother
opposite Anthony Mackie. Ellis will play in Fox's show, Johnny
Zero. In her current film, Ray,
Ellis plays Mary Ann Fisher, the first female singer Ray Charles
hired to perform with him and his band.
Professional football player. Played himself in Something About Mary.
Carsen, Camden and Aiden Flowers
Children of Mandye and Anthony Flowers from Brandon, MS, Aiden in feature film called North of Hell, filmed in New Orleans. Twin girls in Indie film with John Schneider called Runaway Hearts.
Ruth Elizabeth Ford 1915-2009
Born in Hazlehurst (some sources say Brookhaven, MS), 1915.
She appeared in the film The Keys of the Kingdom
and the play Dinner at Eight. Actress Ruth Ford, for whom
William Faulkner wrote Requiem for a Nun,
died Augut 12, 2009, in New York City at her home in the Dakota.
She was 98. She had a successful fashion modeling career in the
1930s. Her theater and film career stretched from the 1930s through
the 1960s. Growing up, she lived in various towns in Arkansas,
Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi (her father worked in the hotel
business), and attended school in Vicksburg and later the University
Ruth Ford moved to New York in the 1930s and her first hit, Shoemaker's
Holiday, was performed
on Orson Welles' theater group in 1939. She married Peter Van
Eyck, with whom she had a daughter, Shelley. She moved to Hollywood
and made more than 26 films, including appearances in John Huston's
Across the Pacific and Gregory Peck's
first feature The Keys of the Kingdom.
Returning to New York in 1946, she enjoyed critical success in
Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, directed
She married actor Zachary Scott in 1950. Ford met Faulkner in
Oxford and later befriended him in Hollywood. She collaborated
with him on the stage adaptation of Requiem for a
Nun. It opened at the John Golden Theatre in 1959.
She is the sister of Charles Henri Ford, a poet, painter, filmmaker,
editor, novelist.who died in 2002 at age 94. He co-wrote The
Young and Evil, considered by many to be the first
Actor and author, played veterinarian in Willie Morris's My
Dog Skip. Click on his name for more information
about his writings.
(Photo right by Alan Weissman) Grew up in Mississippi around
Greenwood. Many movies to his credit including Shawshank
Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,
Kiss the Girls, Street Smart, now lives in Charleston,
Mississippi, and owns a restaurant nearby.
Vivica A. Fox
West Point, Mississippi, made her feature film debut as Jasmine
DuBrow in Independence Day opposite Will Smith.
She most recently starred in the hit action thriller
Set It Off for New Line Cinema. She will soon appear opposite
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freezeas Ms. B.
Haven in Batman and Robin, as well as starring in
the family drama Soul Food opposite Vanessa Williams.
She will also star opposite Arsenio Hall in the new DreamWorks
SKG television series for ABC entitled Arsenio. Her
previous television credits include a series regular role
opposite Patti LaBelle in the primetime program Out All
Night. Other television credits include guest roles on
Living Single, Family Matters, Matlock, Beverly Hills 90210,
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and China Beach, as
well as a recurring role on The Young and the Restless,
and a series regular role on Generations.
M. C. Gainey
Has played on numerous TV shows, played Roscoe P. Coltrane in
Dukes of Hazzard film
(Northern Exposure) played Shelly, newest film
is John John in the Sky, also Eight Seconds.
Geary was born on March 21, 1965, in Jackson, Mississippi.
She is the youngest of four children. At an early age Geary studied
ballet, voice, and piano. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
in vocal performance and graduated with honors from the University
of Mississippi. Cynthia now lives with her family in Issaquah,
WA, near Seattle.
From Prentiss, MS, actor, in Double Take, Gone Fishin'
The Ernest Green Story, The Burning Bed, appeared
in Fatal Vision, River of Rage, Foxfire, Telling Secrets,
North & South, Heaven and Hell, appeared on The
X-Files, Touched by an Angel, JAG, The Profiler,
ten episodes of Will and Grace for NBC, X-Files
– The Movie and The Astronaut’s Wife,
married to the former Glenda Meadows of Richton, Mississippi,
has two children-- Molly and Logan, resides in Burbank,
Born in Jackson in 1959, played Jodie Fields on TV's Search
for Tomorrow, Angel Lange Snyder on As the World Turns
and various roles on other soap operas. Acted in
On Borrowed Time and The Cover of Life.
Born in Amory, Mississippi, in 1955 to Mary Nell Kirkpatrick,
graduated from Amory High School and later from The University of
Mississippi. He is married to the 1977 Miss Mississippi, Mary Donelly
Haskell. In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles to work at the William
Morris Agency in the mailroom. He became an agent in 1980, senior
vice president by 1990, executive vice president by 1995, and Worldwide
Head of Television by 1999. After a twenty-six-year career, he now
pursues philanthropic endeavors. In 2007 he was named one of the
25 Most Innovative and Influential People in Television over the
last quarter century by TV Week. In 2004
he resigned as executive vice president and worldwide head of television
for the William Morris Agency (WMA), Inc. He has written a non-fiction
book, Promises I Made My Mother (2009),
while he was growing up in Mississippi and how he made his dreams,
especially the seeminingly unattainable ones, come true. He became
the producer/director of shows like The
Cosby Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, Murphy Brown, Roseanne, and
Who Wants to be a Millionaire
and has managed the careers of more than forty top Hollywood
In Mississippi he is well-known for his scholarship foundation (setup
in memory of his mother) that is available to students that may
not be able to attend college but would like to in his home community
of Amory, Mississippi. (His mother was a school nurse at Amory and
was the first nurse practitioner for the county). Haskell brings
well-known television and movie stars yearly to Amory to help promote
and fund his scholarship work in a show called Stars Over
His new office suite is located in the family’s Encino, California,
residence. Haskell has two children, Mary Lane,16, and Sam IV, 17.
He has helped his wife promote her Concord Records album, titled
Mary Haskell Inspired: Standards – Good for the
Soul. Since his retirement, according to Variety,
Haskell has served as "chairman of the Miss America Organization
and prexy of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He’s also been heavily
involved in raising money for Hurricane Katrina victims, serving
as exec producer of the MSNBC special “Mississippi Rising,”
which brought in $15 million."
Creator of Muppets, many films to his credit, TV shows, born
in Greenville, Mississippi, 1936, and died in 1990 of walking
pneumonia. More complete information is available by clicking
on his name.
in Wiggins, Mississippi, in 1944, played such villains as
Dane Hammond in Loving and James Stenbeck on As
the World Turns. Author of The
Cancer War, an autobiographical story of Herrera's battle
against a rare form of cancer, also writer and director of PBS
film based on Eudora Welty's The Wide Net.
Photo of Anthony Herrera by Nancy N. Jacobs
Miss USA (crowned March 2002), born in Starkville,
Mississippi, graduate of Starkville High School in 1997. In
the Cuts episode entitled
“The Love Below,” Hinton guest starred as “Angel,”
the former girlfriend of R&B singer and series star, Marques
Houston. Hinton co-starred on the CBS drama entitled “Criminal
Minds,” and served as red-carpet host for “The 14th
Annual Trumpet Awards” hosted by Chris Tucker and LisaRaye
McCoy. A 1997 graduate of Starkville High
School, Hinton studied broadcast journalism at Howard University
and the School for Film and Television's Conservatory Program
in New York. Hinton can be seen daily as a host on the STARZ!
On Demand cable network. Her other credits include hosting lifestyle
and entertainment programming for King World Productions, Fox
Sports, Lifetime, Twentieth Television and the recently-launched
Current TV. A former Miss USA who has raised a record high $35+
million for charity, Hinton supports causes that benefit women's
health including breast and ovarian cancer education, research
and legislation. She has traveled nationwide as an advocate for
organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the National
Breast Cancer Coalition and Gilda's Club.
See photo above: Starkville grad Miss USA Shauntay
Hinton with SHS cheerleaders, Ashley Gillespie and Lateshia Harris.
Photo by N. Jacobs, SHS
in Hattiesburg, on March 5,1947, child actor who played Frank
Sinatra's son in A Hole in the Head and sang
High Hopes with Sinatra.
Also played Huck Finn. Was Winthrop in The Music
Man on Broadway.
Born in Independence, Mississippi, played young Forrest in
MTV DJ personality
Went to Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, best known for Charlie's
Angels, born in Alabama, Kate Jackson played in prime
time series The Rookies (1972 - 1976),
in 2007 had guest role in the CBS action series Criminal Minds.
The Episode's title is 'Honor Among Thieves.' She plays in the
1994 movie Hard Evidence which is based
on a true story. She plays a civil service worker in Georgia places
her family at risk when she agrees to help expose high-level corruption.
She starred in the films Making Love in
1982, Loverboy starring with Patrick
Dempsey and Kirstie Alley in 1989, and Thunder and
Lightning in 1977 with David Carradine.
James Earl Jones
Born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, performed in
The Great White Hope, Paul Robeson, , Fences, on stage,
and in the movies: Dr. Strangelove, Coming to America, Field
of Dreams, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and
Present Danger, Cry, The Beloved Country, The Lion King, voice
of Darth Vader in Star Wars trilogy, and many others.
Robert Earle Jones
Actor born in Coldwater. Appeared in The Sting, Trading
Places and The Cotton Club. Starred in several
Broadway productions including Othello.
1971 in Jackson, Mississippi, plays Nina on Third
Rock from the Sun. She plays the assistant to college
professors Dr. Albright (Jane Curtin) and Dr.
Solomon (John Lithgow) who often finds herself in the roles of
referee and translator between them. Khali was raised in
Chicago, IL. Married to Cress Williams in 2000.
Born Rose Diane Ladnier
in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 29, 1932. Three
Academy Award nominations for Alice Doesn't Live
Here Anymore, Wild at Heart, and Rambling Rose.
She has appeared in over seventy films. She has also
appeared in many television shows. In 1960 she married
Bruce Dern and divorced him in 1969. She married William
A. Shea, Jr., in 1969 and divorced him in 1977. She married
Robert Charles Hunter in 1999 and is still married him. She is
the mother of actress Laura Dern and the first cousin of Mississippi
playwright Tennessee Williams (born Thomas Lanier Williams).
Born in Starkville, Mississippi,
and a graduate of Starkville
High School, Ben has played on ER, Boston Public,
The Young and the Restless, and The Guardian.
He traveled to the Donna Reed Festival in 1999
as a National scholarship finalist and received encouragement
and support from his festival instructors. Following his freshman
year at the University of Southern Mississippi, Ben moved to Los
Angeles in the fall of 2000. He has been seen as the lead in the
SAG festival film Boychick
directed by Glen Gaylord; as a guest star on Yes, Dear, with Mike O’Malley and Liza Snyder,
and directed by Steven Levitan; Ben pursued classes
at UCLA while pursuing his career in film and television, but
he is currently attending Mississippi State University in Starkville.
Daniel Curtis Lee
Clinton, MS, brother of Nathaniel Lee, played in Friday
After Next, The Rising Place, First Monday and The
Shield on TV, presently stars in Nickelodeon's "Ned's
Declassified Middle School Survival Guide" in which he plays
a nerd. Daniel is an eighth-grader at Stanford Middle School in
Long Beach, California, produced first Christian/gospel album
in August, 2004 titled "Warming" with his brother
Nathaniel, Jr., Brother Lee is the name of their group in Nick's
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
Nathaniel Lee, Jr.
Born in Clinton, Mississippi, in 1989, now resides in Long
Beach, California. Nathaniel plays the role of Sammy in "My Dog
Skip." He played as Talmadge Pepper in the PBS film "The Ponder
Heart." He played one of the "Ice Boys" in Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?
Nathaniel Lee, Jr., got his first starring role in a PBS film
scheduled to air in the fall of 2003 called "Warming By
The Devil's Fire," part of the series titled "The Blues."
He has also appeared in commercials for Coke and Frito Lay. With
his brother Daniel (see above) has recorded their first gospel
album, "Brother Lee." He plays the bass guitar, guitar,
string bass, drums and some piano. Nathaniel is a ninth-grader
at Millikan High School, loves video games, music and is a member
of "Best Buddies," where he teams up to help children with special
needs. He lives with his family in Long Beach, California,
newest acting assignments: CBS Judging Amy
- Dancing in the Dark , Disney Tiger
Cruise , Paramount Art
Born in Jackson, family moved to Laurel, played farm hand Eb
Dawson in TV's Green Acres.
Born in 1911 in Chicago, moved to Jackson, MS, in 1975. Professional
dancer and founder of the Jackson Ballet troupe which became
Ballet Mississippi, brought International Ballet Competition to
Born 1940 in Davenport, Iowa, now lives in Natchez, MS, actor, played Angel Martin on and produced Rockford Files, has appeared in various films and won two Best Supporting Actor Emmys for Rockford Files. Margolin and his wife Pat moved to Natchez from Vancouver in 2003.
Member SAG/AFTRA , roles in Pretty Woman and Miami
of New Stage Theater in Jackson, Mississippi.
Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write? is
his one man play. Click on his name for interview and more
complete information by SHS student Krystal Jenkins.
Born Shane Michael McRae to John and Sharon McRae on July 23,
1977, in Gainesville, Florida. The family moved
Mississippi, in 1987 when his father became Dean
of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture. Shane
is a 1995 graduate of Starkville High School
in Starkville, Mississippi.
He is the oldest of three children. His sister Kelley ( a singer)
was born November 14, 1979, and she also graduated from SHS.
His brother Ryan was born December 9, 1982. His father was
Dean of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University
before the family moved from Starkville to Maryland.
In 1992 Shane tried out for Starkville High School's spring musical
being chosen for the production, there was a conflict between
the play and soccer, and Shane chose to play soccer instead. In 1993,
he tried out for Bye, Bye, Birdie, another
Starkville High School production. He played the part of
Randolph MacAfee. In 1994, he played Barnaby Tucker, one
of the main characters in Hello,
Dolly, also an SHS production.
The spring of 1995 found Shane McRae in two other high school
drama class productions. He was Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He was also Jack in Pals. In the spring
of 1996 (Shane's freshman year at Mississippi State University in Starkville),
he performed in the MSU's production of South Pacific as Luther
Billis. As a result of this role, he was an Irene Ryan Regional
Finalist. The fall of that same year, Shane decided to attend
the University of Evansville where he would study theatre.
He then graduated with an MFA from New York University.
In 1998, Shane McRae played the part of Ryan in the Promised
Land episode "Balancing Act."
Shane McRae played the part of Nelson in All Over
Again, which was filmed the summer of 2000. Since then
he's played the part of Jason Chenier in Take Me
Out ( which won a Tony), Chris Olshansky in the Hack episode
Fog Of War,
an engineer named Bill in Pullman
Car Hiawatha and filled
in for David Tom as Paul Cramer in One Life
to Live. In August and again in November of 2004, he performed
in an off-Broadway play called WarPlay
which he wrote along with David Flaherty and Daniel Larlham.
In October, he played the part of Richard's nemesis, Richmond,
III. Shane McRae currently lives in New York. He
played Bobby in Four Kings,
which premiered January 1, 2006 on NBC. The Emmy-winning creators of NBC's Will and
Grace David Kohan and Max Mutchnick created Four Kings
about a quartet of guys, childhood best friends, who live in New
appears with his "The Collective" co-star, Kelly Ov,erton,
in the music video for the song "Terrified" by Katherine
McPhee with Zachary Levi.
scored his role in the Tony Award-winning Take Me
Out on Broadway, he has appeared in numerous plays
and films, including the feature film, Killer Pad
directed by Robert Englund. Currently he is at work on The
Born in Collins, Mississippi,
August 19, 1947. Co-starred in Simon and Simon on
TV and Major Dad, also Promised Land,
married to Delta Burke of Designing Women
Plays one of the Peacock children in The Ponder Heart,
a made-for-PBS movie adapted from Mississippi writer Eudora
Welty's novel. Hailee is from Clinton, Mississippi,
and is ten years old. She began by acting in the Clinton
Children's Theatre when she was eight, and has done several commercials,
and a safety video which will be shown in Mississippi schools.
Parents are Don and Debbie Melton. Hailee began modeling
at age five and wants to be an actress. She also swims,
sings, and dances.
Mary Ann Mobley
Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, 1939. Miss America in 1959,
played on Broadway in Nowhere to Go But Up, and
in movies with Elvis Presley called Girl Happy and
Harum Scarum, married to Gary Collins, Golden Globe,
1965, diagnosed with Crohn's disease
Attorney general of Mississippi, playing himself in film The
1995 graduate of Hattiesburg High School, Rashad
understudied the Dynamites role in Shampoo on Broadway. When
he performed, it was done more as a group from that era
with a lead man and two girls.He and Shayna Steele sang
together 'Welcome to the 60's. Played Vernon Jordan
in Monica! The Musical
of Moesha, Cinderella,
many albums. See link to our music site.
of Brandy, also on Moesha. Appeared in Once Upon
a Time When We Were Colored. See link.
Born Caroline Nye McGeoy in Greenwood, Mississippi,
in 1937, married to TV's Dick Cavett, played in Divorce
His, Divorce Hers (1973) and The Seduction of Joe
Tynan (1979), Creepshow (1982)
Listen to the Eagle show
raised in Winona, Mississippi. Played in 1967 movie The
Cool Ones and in
The Brain Machine. Also a singer.
Founder and producer of MTV, Born in Brookhaven, 1953.
Moved at twelve to Laurel, Mississippi,
with her family. Played role of Tess on CBS's As the
World Turns, several films such as The Daytrippers
and Party Girl. .
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, King of rock 'n roll, Click on Presley's
name for complete SHS project
Born Beulah Richardson in Vicksburg in 1920, played Sidney Poitier's
mother in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, also
in The Great White Hope, Beloved,
several TV series, died at age 80 (Sept. 14, 2000). Won
Emmy in 2000 for guest appearance on The Practice.
Emmy in 1988 for guest appearance on Frank's Place
and an ACE Award in 1987. Subject of HBO documentary Beah: A Black Woman Speaks.
Her obituary from the Guardian can be read here.
Film director for John John in the Sky, The
Rising Place, screenwriter
Born in Biloxi in 1956, movies include King of the Gypsies,
Raggedy Man, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Coca-Cola Kid,
The Runaway Train, Nobody's Food, In Cold Blood, brother
of Julia Roberts.
Country music star, played in Holiday in Your Heart,
many albums, married to Dean Sheremet with whom she has
written children's book Jag.
Former Miss Mississippi, runner-up for Miss USA, starred on Broadway
in The Wiz, married to Pittsburgh Steeler Louis
Shepard Smith, Jr.; January 14, 1964) is an American television
news anchor. He is host of Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio
B weekdays on Fox News Channel. In addition, he anchors the 5:00
p.m. ET weekday news update on Fox News Radio, also titled the
Born in Gulfport, in movie Beverly Hills Cop III, also
appeared in TV shows: Will & Grace,
The West Wing, Letters From A Nut (Pilot), Friends,
The Parkers, Veronica’s Closet, Hyperion Bay, Star
Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Sliders, The
Bold and The Beautiful (4 episodes), The Young and
The Restless, Melrose Place, Models, Inc., Daddy’s
Girls (Pilot), Land’s End, Star Search (Spokesmodel Winner),
Don’t Talk to Strangers (M.O.W.), Campus Cops, Blossom,
Cheers, In Living Color, Murder She Wrote, Club MTV, The Tonight
Show (twice) and many others. Films include L.A.
Confidential, Abandoned Minds, Freedom Flyers, The Other Woman,
Beverly Hills Cop III, First Finish, The Underground,
Last Action Hero, Naked Gun 33 1/3 as well as commercials
for Sprint PCS ("Backed-Up E-mails"), JC Penney
("S.U.V."), Acura ("San Francisco"), Lowe's Home Improvement (Multiple
Spots), Mazda ("Personals"), Mazda ("Penny Down"), Miller
Lite ("Sportscasters"), Miller Lite ("Boxing"), Miller Genuine
Draft ("Road Crew"), Sears ("Celebrity Garages"), Audi and
Jamie Lynn Spears
on Nickelodeon sitcom Zoey 101, Fiance
Casey Aldridge and Jamie Lynn are parents of daughter Maddie Briann
(born in McComb, MS), she is seventeen and younger sister of Britney
Born 1993, began playing Mia on Days of Our Lives.
on January 6, 2009, also in Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit playing "Chloe Sellers" in episode # 6.18) 8 March 2005
Film and television star, born Estelle Egglestone in either Yazoo
City or Hot Coffee, 1936, movies include Li'l Abner,
Girls! Girls! Girls!, Too Late Blues, The Courtship of Eddie's
Father, The Nutty Professor, The Silencers,
The Poseidon Adventure, Dukes of Hazzard,
Laurie Gayle Stephenson
Graduated from Ole Miss and was a member of Tri delta sorority
there. She played the role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera on
broadway. She also was an original cast member of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber In Concert as
well as many other roles.
Born in Greenwood, TV role of Aunt Etta in In the Heat
of the Night. Movies include Mississippi Burning,
A Time to Kill.
Actor, director, playwright from Meridian, parents were
founders of Meridian Little Theatre, went to Sewanee, but
in junior year transferred to Pasadena Playhouse College of the
Arts for bachelor's degree in theater arts, worked in film, television
miniseries such as Hawaii 5-0 (Draw Me a Killer, 1973
episode) Mayberry, RFD, The Rockford Files, Eight is Enough , The Mod Squad and
others, film credits include Elvis, the Movie, The
Winds of War and The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang,
was producer and artistic director with The Company of
Angels, oldest professional theater company in LA, moved to Atlanta
in 1978, 1980, did commercials and on-location films, now teachers
at Meridian Community College while acting, directing and writing
plays, has written A Whitehouse Christmas, The Legend
of Willie Homer, The Elixir of Life, Tornado Bait, nationally
recognized actor-director Elliot Street presents T.R.,
a portrait of Theodore Roosevelt which provides an entertaining
and educational view of American politics and history through
the recreation of a "romp with the Colonel," putting the audience
on the campaign trail with the first president of the 20th Century.
Mr. Street also does teacher workshops and artist residencies.
Guest starring roles in 21 Jump Street -
Dylan Taylor- Bad Influence (1987), 1994
Blackout : Character played-- Komandant
1982, The Curse of Fred Astaire - Character played:
Played Little Ricky (photo right) on I Love Lucy.
Photo left: Keith Thibodeaux today.
dancer, Jackson, International Ballet Competition silver medalist
Played Sapphire on TV show The Amos 'n' Andy Show,
born in Jackson.
in Meridian, Mississippi, played Teddy on Sisters.
Movies The Man Who Loved Women, Rescuers, and
The Fugitive (1993), star of Once and Again, does
Sprint ads, cheerleader in college for the University of Alabama,
Phi Beta Kappa, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, husband is Howard,
Born in Laurel, 1917. numerous stage, screen, and TV credits.
On Broadway in Damn Yankees and South Pacific,
Movies include Paint Your Wagon, Of Mice and Men, The Sting. On TV as My
Favorite Martian. Died in 2001. Obituary here.
Spencer Williams, Jr.
Went to high school at Wards Academy in Natchez. Played
Andy Brown on comedy series. The Amos 'n' Andy Show.
Don Wilson has produced, directed, and edited television news,
NFL sports broadcasts, hit network sitcoms and comedy shows, major
motion picture movie trailers, prime time dramas, HBO and Showtime
music and comedy specials, five Olympic games, feature films,
award-winning documentaries, high-end corporate videos, and national
commercials. Wilson is one of the founding fathers of the music
video and helped create the MTV style. Fortune
magazine once named him the most important editor in the music
video business. He won a Video Music Award, and he was nominated
for several MTV Music Video Awards. His work as an executive producer,
director, and editor has earned him film festival honors, two
International Monitor Awards, four Telly Awards, and an Emmy.
Wilson's most recent project is the feature documentary Mississippi
Son, which is an official selection of the 2007
Rhode Island International Film Festival. The film premiered at
Mississippi's Tupelo Film Festival where it won Best Feature Documentary.
It has also won three Telly Awards, including the Silver Telly
for Editing. His sister Jill Wilson-Newton was the casting director
for the Young and Restless soap opera.
Both are from Gulfport, Mississippi. Don is working on his new
film --a horror story based on Hurricane Katrina.
Kosciusko, Mississippi, Born in 1954, Star of TV and screen.
Has own TV show. Played in The Color Purple
and Beloved. Click on Oprahs's highlighted
name for more SHS information.
Gloria Jackson Winters
Mrs. Shepard in Larry Brown's Big Bad Love, Mrs. Fezziwig/Mrs. Dilberin
New Stage's A Christmas Carol, plays the woman guard in Grisham's The
Billie Jean Young
Moved to Jackson in 1981. Best known for one-woman show
called Fannie Lou Hamer--This Little Light, Winner
of 1995 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts
Motivational speaker and author