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Famous, Notable Singers, Entertainers, and Stars from Tyler and East Texas

A number of famous, notable singers, songwriters, entertainers and Hollywood stars are from Tyler or the surrounding East Texas region.

And there are a number of well-known athletes and sports stars from East Texas as well.

We enjoy and appreciate the talents and accomplishments of these famous people and stars!

Singers and Entertainers

Lee Ann Womack

Born in Jacksonville, Texas, Lee Ann has become one of country music's leading singers.

After graduating from Jacksonville High School, her career quickly took off and has included hit songs such as "I Hope You Dance", "A Little Past Little Rock", "I'll Think of a Reason Later", and her recent release "There Is a God".

Lee Ann was the featured performer at the 23rd annual Tyler Cattle Baron's Gala held in June of 2010 in Tyler, Texas at the Park of East Texas, a 240-acre multipurpose development off Texas Highway 31. The event each year benefits the American Cancer Society.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Leigh Lambert was born November 10, 1983 in Longview, Texas, and raised in Lindale, just north of Tyler.

She appeared most recently in Tyler on April 30, 2011, in a concert in downtown Tyler. The proceeds from the concert benefit the Humane Society of East Texas and Miss Lambert's MuttNation Foundation, which supports animal shelters and other related programs. Concerts in previous years have raised more than $300,000 for the Humane Society of East Texas.

In 2011, Lambert married fellow country singer Blake Shelton.

The Miranda Lambert Store and Red 55 Winery is now open at 100 East Hubbard in Lindale.

Margo Martindale

Margo Martindale is the Hollywood star of the hit series "Justified" on the FX channel, playing the Emmy-nominated role as Mags Bennett. Morgo was born and raised in Jacksonville Texas, and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1969. Margo then attended Long Morris College in Jacksonville. She has appeared in numerous movies including "Dead Man Walking" and "Lorenzo's Oil". She also appeared on Broadway in the play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and in the TV series "Lonesome Dove".

Margo won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, on September 18, 2011 for her role in "Justified." In her acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards show, Margo told the audience "Sometimes things just take time. But with time comes appreciation."

Don Henley

Well known for hits such as "The Boys of Summer", Don Henley was born in Gilmer, Texas on July 22, 1947, and lived for a while in Linden, Texas. He recorded other hits such as "All She Wants to Do is Dance" and "The End of Innocence".

Don also gained widespread fame as the drummer and lead vocalist of The Eagles, with whom he recorded songs such as "Hotel California", "One of These Nights", "Witchy Woman", "Tequila Sunrise", and "Take It Easy".

Sissy Spacek

This well known Hollywood actress was born in Quitman, Texas. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter. She has been nominated for an Oscar a total of six times.

Matthew McConaughey

This popular Hollywood actor was born in Uvalde, and lived in Longview and attended Longview High School.

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Neal McCoy

This well known and popular country music singer was born in Jacksonville, Texas. Neal has released ten studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio. He has earned platinum albums and a gold album and has had a number of Top Ten hits.

Gary Morris

This pop singer, born in Fort Worth, Texas, released a string of countrypolitan-styled hit songs throughout the 1980s. Morris is known for the 1983 ballad "The Wind Beneath My Wings", although his credits include more than twenty-five other chart singles on the Billboard country charts, including five No. 1 hits. He has performed at KE Bushman's in Tyler.

Johnny Mathis

This famous crooner from the 1950s, 60s and 70s was born in Gilmer, Texas on September 30, 1935, and moved to San Francisco, California as a young boy. Everyone from that era remembers "Chances Are", "It's Not for Me to Say", "The Twelfth of Never", "A Certain Smile", and his rendition of "O Holy Night".

Mathis has recorded over 130 albums, with several dozen of his albums reaching gold or platinum status, and 73 making the Billboard charts. Johnny has sold more than 180 million records worldwide.

Johnny Horton

Raised in nearby Rusk, Texas, and the singer of hits such as "North to Alaska", "The Battle of New Orleans", and "Sink the Bismarck".

He attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville.

Sandy Duncan

A popular actress born in Henderson, Texas, Sandy grew up in Tyler.

She attended Robert E. Lee High School and Tyler Junior College.

Tommy Tune

This well known Broadway performer, actor, singer, theater director, producer and choreographer was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1939. He attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, and received a BS degree from the University of Texas in Austin.

K. T. Oslin

This well known country singer, songwriter, and actress was born in Crossett, Arkansas in 1942, and later moved to Houston. She attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.

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