Kennedy Center Honors Possible Inductees

by Sylviastel | created - 27 Dec 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

The list of men and women who deserve to be recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors for their services to the Arts in the United States. First, they must be alive and able to attend the ceremony in Washington D.C. They don't award posthumously. The following are those who passed away since this list was formed;

Dick Clark; Levon Helm; Andy Griffith; Ernest Borgnine; Marvin Hamlisch; Phyllis Diller; Hal David; Charles Durning; Andy Williams;Marian McPartland OBE; Jeanne Cooper; Sid Caesar; Mickey Rooney; Elaine Stritch;Eli Wallach & Anne Jackson; James Garner; Robin Williams; Joan Rivers; Marian Seldes; David Bowie;Nancy Davis Reagan;Prince Patty Duke;Garry Marshall; Agnes Nixon; Leonard Cohen; Debbie Reynolds; Mary Tyler Moore; Sam Shepard; A.R. Gurney; Richard Wilbur; Previous listings who were inducted in the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors were Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman and Natalia Makarova. Previous listings who were inducted into the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors were Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and Shirley MacLaine 2014: Tom Hanks was the only one on my list. 2015 recipients who were on this list before: Rita Moreno; Carole King; Cicely Tyson and George Lucas 2016 recipients who were on this list: Al Pacino, Mavis Staples and James Taylor 2017 recipients who were on the list: Norman Lear and Lionel Richie If you would like to nominate anybody here or anybody else, you can go to the and look to nominate somebody there online. You will get a reply in your email. Once you receive your reply, please file it in your folder. George Walker (born in 1922) great American classical composer. He doesn't have a profile here.

1. Norman Lloyd

Actor | Dead Poets Society

Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, a furniture store manager. His family was Jewish (from Hungary and Russia). He began his acting career in the theater, first "treading the boards" at Eva Le Gallienne...

2. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

It's hard to imagine television without Betty White so I won't try. Last's year job in hosting Saturday Night Live was done by the fans on facebook. Not too bad that they don't notice. But her contributions to television and film shouldn't go un-noticed and her love for animals especially at the LA Zoo is infectious. Her roles as Sue Ann Niven, Ellen Harper, and Rose Nylund are all worth studying. Betty White's still a pro at playing Elka but she's still going strong at 90 and working non-stop. It's time to honor and respect her.

3. Hal Holbrook

Actor | Into the Wild

Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on ...

He's best known to stage audiences for bringing Mark Twain to life.

4. Alan Bergman

Soundtrack | The Way We Were

Prolific songwriter ("Nice 'n' Easy", "Yellow Bird"), composer and author, educated at UCLA and the University of Northern Carolina (BA). During WW II, he wrote and directed Special Services shows, then directed TV shows for CBS in Philadelphia, PA from 1945-1953. He joined ASCAP in 1955 and wrote ...

Alan and Marilyn Bergman should both be inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors. While you may not know them by their names, you certainly know their music and songs.

5. Dick Van Dyke

Actor | Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had ...

A legendary song and dance man who has made us laugh and cry for five decades.

6. Cloris Leachman

Actress | The Last Picture Show

The legendary actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She ...

One can't escape Cloris Leachman's love of acting. She's done it all and keeps doing it like her friend, Betty White. She's still going strong in her 80s--working on a sitcom. She's even done Dancing with the Stars to prove how age doesn't have to keep you down.

7. Estelle Parsons

Actress | Bonnie and Clyde

The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she ...

An Oscar winning actress, Theatre Hall of Fame recipient, and constantly seen in guest appearances on "All In the Family" and "Roseanne." Watching her onstage in "August: Osage County" was inspirational and awe-dropping. At her age, she hasn't stopped or slowed down yet.

8. Burt Bacharach

Music_department | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Burt Bacharach is a well known and multi award winning singer and song writer. He has been married to Jane Hansen since 1993, and they have two children together. She is his fourth wife and he has four children. He has worked on many sound tracks including the smash hit, "Beware of the Blob" for ...

We can't imagine what music writing must entail. But we can always count on Bacharach song to keep us moved and inspired us as well. The Look of Love is one of his many hits.

9. Bob Newhart

Actor | Elf

Bob Newhart is an American actor and stand-up comedian. His comedic style involves deadpan delivery of dialogue, a slight stammer when talking, and comedic monologues. He has cited earlier comedians George Gobel (1919-1991), Ray Goulding (1920-1990), and Bob Elliott (1923-2016) as his main ...

One of the funniest dry humored men on television with successful longterm sitcoms like "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart" along with other performances. His memoir is one of the best books ever written.

10. Marilyn Bergman

Music_department | In the Heat of the Night

Prolific songwriter ("Nice 'n' Easy", "Yellow Bird"), composer and author, she has written several theme songs for television and songs for revues, night clubs, and films. Joining ASCAP in 1953, her chief musical collaborators include her husband Alan Bergman , Lew Spence , Norman Luboff, Paul ...

Alan and Marilyn Bergman should both in inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to the music industry. You may not know their names but you know their songs.

11. Berry Gordy

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Berry Gordy was born on November 28, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Berry Gordy III. He was previously married to Grace Easton, Raynoma Singleton and Thelma Louise Coleman.

The father and founder of Motown records. Kennedy Center Honor Inductees have featured Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson. Don't forget Berry Gordy who helped launch a music sensation that we haven't seen since. Motown is synonymous in the music industry for a reason. Berry Gordy is the man to honor.

12. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister...

One of the best actors from Canada who has been in the States for a longtime. He's best known for Captain Von Trapp in the classic Sound of Music but he's done plenty of film, television, and yes stage. He's a classical actor as well.

13. Gene Hackman

Actor | The French Connection

Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...

Another brilliant actor, icon, and star of such films like "The Conversation" and "The French Connection" along with many others.

14. Gena Rowlands

Actress | The Notebook

Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes ...

A terrific American actress who graces the small & big screens as well as the stage.

15. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

A brilliant actor with a list of films that displayed his talent and genius like Tender Mercies.

16. William Shatner

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady comedic talent and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.

Shatner was born ...

What more could he do to earn such an honor? He's done it all on stage, film and television. Who doesn't like somebody like Shatner to poke fun at himself at times?

17. Clive Davis

Soundtrack | Deadpool 2

Clive Davis was born in Brooklyn, New York. He entered Harvard Law School on a full scholarship and graduated in 1956. Four years later, he arrived at Columbia Records as an attorney. In 1965, he was promoted to administrative vice-president of the label, became vice-president and general manager a...

He discovered Whitney Houston and so many others.

18. Ellen Burstyn

Actress | Requiem for a Dream

Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of Irish, French/French-Canadian, Pennsylvania Dutch (German), and Native American ancestry.. She worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a ...

A consummate professional actress of stage, film and television.

19. Eileen Fulton

Actress | As the World Turns

Eileen Fulton was born on September 13, 1933 in Asheville, North Carolina, USA as Margaret Elizabeth McLarty. She is an actress, known for As the World Turns (1956), Our Private World (1965) and Girl of the Night (1960).

She's played Lisa Miller Mitchell on "As The World Turns" for over 5 decades. She's an accomplished cabaret singer and author as well. She's one of the finest actresses to ever be on daytime television.

20. Elizabeth Hubbard

Actress | As the World Turns

Elizabeth Hubbard was born on December 22, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Elizabeth Wright Hubbard. She is an actress, known for As the World Turns (1956), The Doctors (1963) and First Ladies Diaries: Edith Wilson (1976). She was previously married to David George Trujillo (Bennett).

One of America's greatest actresses on stage, film or television. She's a RADA graduate herself and one of the best known faces on daytime television as Lucinda Walsh on "As The World Turns" for decades as well as "The Doctors" and has acted on stage as well. One of the finest of daytime actresses ever!

21. Don Hastings

Actor | As the World Turns

Actor and writer, best known as "The Video Ranger", "Jack Lane", and "Dr. Bob Hughes" on television. The youngest son of Hazel and Charles Hastings, he lived in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant area until he was six, attending Our Lady of Victory parochial school for one year. The family then moved to...

He has spent 50 years playing a role of "Dr. Robert Hughes" on the long running serial, "As The World Turns." He's played the role with decency, class, dignity, and grace.

22. Pat Boone

Soundtrack | Journey to the Center of the Earth

Actor, singer, author and songwriter ("Exodus") Pat Boone was educated at David Lipscombe College, North Texas State College and Columbia University (from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958). His career in entertainment began when he emceed a teenage talent show on radio and ...

An American icon!

23. Herb Alpert

Music_department | Never Say Never Again

Bandleader who had several big instrumental hits in 1960s with his band, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. First big hit was "The Lonely Bull" in 1963. He and the Brass followed that with other big hits like "Tijuana Taxi", "Spanish Flea" (familiar to some as "the Dating Game song"), "A Taste of ...

His services to music and the arts!

24. Johnny Mathis

Soundtrack | Goodfellas

He was the fourth of seven children born to Clement and Mildred Mathis. His father performed briefly in vaudeville and exposed all of the Mathis siblings to music. Before he entered his teens, young John received vocal lessons from Connie Cox in exchange for performing chores around her home. When ...

He's been in the business for over 50 years. He can sing like nobody else with a sparkle in his songs to make them special.

25. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

Actor, director, producer, performer, writer. He's done a lot for the film industry and the television industry in his days of writing. Woody Allen's films are legendary for a reason. Can't imagine New York City without Woody Allen and won't bother too. His films are independent and character driven rather than story driven. He can do more without special effects but with great actors and actresses. His films don't have to be long but they are brilliant in study.

26. Trisha Brown

Actress | The Man Who Envied Women

Trisha Brown was born on November 25, 1936 in Aberdeen, Washington, USA as Patricia Ann Brown. She is known for her work on The Man Who Envied Women (1985), Linoleum (1966) and Water Motor (1978). She was married to Burt Barr. She died on March 18, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

27. David Shire

Music_department | Zodiac

David Shire was born on July 3, 1937 in Buffalo, New York, USA as David Lee Shire. He is known for his work on Zodiac (2007), Short Circuit (1986) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). He has been married to Didi Conn since February 11, 1984. They have one child. He was previously married ...

28. Richard Maltby Jr.

Soundtrack | Miss Potter

Richard Maltby Jr. was born on October 6, 1937 in Ripon, Wisconsin, USA. He has been married to Janet Brenner since 1987. They have three children. He was previously married to Barbara Black Sudler.

29. Jane Fonda

Actress | Klute

Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and Ontario-born New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was ...

Okay, I know this will outrage some people particularly her past behavior in Vietnam but I'm thinking about her contributions to the arts and entertainment--on stage, film, and television as well. She's controversial, outspoken, and vocal about her views. Her films particularly "Coming Home" where she played a wife of a military man (played by Bruce Kern) is worth watching. She did the film after the Vietnam disaster in 1978 alongside actual Vietnam Veterans.

30. Charley Pride

Soundtrack | Breakdown

Charley Pride was born on March 18, 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi, USA. He has been married to Rozene Cohran since December 28, 1956. They have three children.

One of country musics living legends!

31. Tina Packer

Actress | Doctor Who

Tina Packer was born on September 28, 1938 in Wolverhampton, England as Christina Packer. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (1963), David Copperfield (1966) and Two a Penny (1967).

A British actress who has spent the last 4 decades in the United States. The last 3 decades as director, actress, producer, and leader of the Shakespeare & Company Theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts.

32. Ted Turner

Angels in the Outfield

Ted Turner was born on November 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Robert Edward Turner III. He is the founder of CNN, TurnerBrodcastSystem(TBS)and TNTnetwork He was previously married to Jane Fonda, Jane Shirley Smith and Judy Nye .He started in the business as a writer and producer but had a ...

An American original who revolutioned television forever with CNN, TNT, TBS, and TCM among his enterprise.

33. Tommy Tune

Actor | Hello, Dolly!

Tommy Tune is possibly the tallest dancer in the country. He was in the New York Company of "How Now Dow Jones" when Ernest Lehman engaged him to play Ambrose Kemper in the film, "Hello, Dolly!". His father is a Texas restaurateur. Tommy acted in, directed and choreographed school productions, ...

One of the worlds best known dancers & choreographers!

34. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

His Godfather films are an accomplishment in themselves. Nobody has made brilliant films like that since nor will they ever in the future. The Godfather trilogy is not just about film-making but the study of an Italian American family over time with dynamic performances by up and coming stars like DeNiro, Pacino, Keaton, Duvall, and the comeback of Marlon Brando.

35. Judy Collins

Actress | Junior

Judy Collins was born on May 1, 1939 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Judith Marjorie Collins. She has been married to Louis Nelson since April 16, 1996. She was previously married to Peter A. Taylor.

An American folk singer whose career has lasted decades. She's still active in singing and performs concerts regularly. Her voice is our nation's conscience during tough times.

36. Paul Williams

Soundtrack | Phantom of the Paradise

Known for timeless classics such as "We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Evergreen", "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" and "Rainbow Connection", Paul Williams is responsible for what will remain part of our popular culture for many years to come. His music has been recorded by some ...

An American original composer, musician, & singer!

37. Susan Harris

Writer | Soap

Susan Harris was born on October 28, 1940 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA as Susan Spivak. She is a writer and producer, known for Soap (1977), The Golden Girls (1985) and It Takes Two (1982). She was previously married to Paul Junger Witt and Berkeley Harris.

The writer and creator for "Soap" and "The Golden Girls." She's the original Golden Girl.

38. Dionne Warwick

Soundtrack | Alive

Dionne Warwick was born on December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA as Marie Dionne Warrick. She was previously married to William Elliott.

One of the finest singers under Burt Bacharach and other songwriters. Her voice is unforgettable and recognizable.

39. Joan Baez

Soundtrack | Silent Running

Joan Baez was the middle daughter of Albert Vinicio and Joan Bridge Baez. At age 10, her father took a job (and the family) to Baghdad, Iraq, for a year, after which they moved to Palo Alto, CA, home of Stanford University. In 1956, she bought her first guitar and heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ...

An American singer & feminist icon!

40. Eric Braeden

Actor | The Young and the Restless

Eric Braeden is a German actor in America who began his career playing Nazis and eventually became a star of daytime soap operas. Born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany, during the Second World War, he was a superb athlete who excelled in track-and-field events. As a teenager, he immigrated to the ...

He is a brilliant actor whose performance of Victor Newman has captivated fans and a following for the last 30 years! He is still going strong!

41. Wayne Newton

Actor | Licence to Kill

Wayne Newton was born on April 3, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA as Carson Wayne Newton. He is an actor, known for Licence to Kill (1989), The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) and Vegas Vacation (1997). He has been married to Kathleen McCrone since April 9, 1994. They have one child. He was ...

The King of Las Vegas Entertainment. Still performs regularly on the Strip.

42. Eliot Feld

Actor | West Side Story

Eliot Feld was born in Brooklyn, New York, and studied dance at the School of American Ballet, the New Dance Group, the High School of Performing Arts, and with Richard Thomas. At age 11 he danced with the New York City Ballet as the "Child Prince" in Balanchine's original production of The ...

43. Harrison Ford

Actor | The Fugitive

Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Minsk, ...

44. Garrison Keillor

Actor | A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor was born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942, in Anoka, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. He is one of six children of Grace Ruth (Dunham) and John Philip Keillor, who was a carpenter and postal worker. His father was of English, Welsh, and German, descent, and his paternal ...

45. Barry Manilow

Soundtrack | Thumbelina

Barry Manilow was born on June 17, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA as Barry Alan Pincus. He has been married to Garry Kief since April 2014. He was previously married to Susan Deixler.

46. Mick Jagger

Soundtrack | Alfie

Michael Philip Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent on 26th July 1943. When he was 4 he met Keith Richards until they went into secondary schools and lost touch. But one day in 1960 they accidentally met on the Dartford train line and both realized that they had an interest in rock n roll combined ...

47. Randy Newman

Soundtrack | The Princess and the Frog

Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Randall Stuart Newman. He has been married to Gretchen Preece since 1990. They have two children. He was previously married to Roswitha Schmale.

You may not know him as well but you've heard his music through Pixar movies, television, and films as well over the last forty years.

48. Frank Galati

Writer | The Accidental Tourist

Frank Galati was born on November 29, 1943 in Highland Park, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for The Accidental Tourist (1988), American Playhouse (1980) and The Party Animal (1984).

You don't have to be famous but Frank Galati is one of Chicago and Broadway's best known theatrical directors and stage adaptors of classics like "The Grapes of Wrath." Although Chicago based, he is still one of the most accomplished stage directors of our time.

49. Steven Bochco

Writer | Hill Street Blues

Attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie-Mellon U) as a playwriting major. Barbara Bosson, Michael Tucker, Bruce Weitz and Charles Haid were classmates; he and Tucker drove cross-country to Hollywood for full-time jobs at Universal, where Bochco would remain for 12 years. In 1978, he moved to MTM ...

Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, and L.A. Law were revolutionary to television audiences since the 1980s. He was daring and challenging in his provacative dramas. Hill Street Blues was one of the best police dramas on television. L.A. Law inspired a lot of people to become lawyers. He showed how lawyers could be human beings, flawed, burned out by their workload, and yes, funny.

50. Patti LaBelle

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop

Patti LaBelle was born Patricia Louise Holte on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Patti began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the band Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed their name to Labelle and recorded the hit song "Lady Marmalade". Patti...

51. Gladys Knight

Actress | Hollywood Homicide

Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and Licence to Kill (1989). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les...

She's done a lot including comedy, television, film, and most of all as the leader of Gladys Knight and the Pips. Her songs are still sung and hummed by those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up with them. Her contributions to the music industry shouldn't be ignored.

52. Lorne Michaels

Producer | Saturday Night Live

Lorne Michaels was born on November 17, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Lorne Michael Lipowitz. He is a producer and writer, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), 30 Rock (2006) and The Kids in the Hall (1988). He has been married to Alice Barry since 1991. They have three children. He was ...

This Canadian born producer of Saturday Night Live from it's inception in 1975 to 1980 and from 1985 to present day has given audiences a reason to stay home on Saturday Nights.

53. Frederica von Stade

Actress | Les noces de Figaro

Frederica von Stade was born on June 1, 1945 in Somerville, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress, known for Les noces de Figaro (1980), The Marriage of Figaro (1974) and Cinderella (1981).

A well-known soprano.

54. Carly Simon

Soundtrack | All Good Things

Carly Elisabeth Simon was born in New York City, and was raised in its Riverdale neighborhood, with two sisters and a brother. Her father, Richard L. Simon, co-founded the Simon and Schuster publishing company, and played Chopin and Beethoven on the piano. Her mother, Andrea Louise (Heinemann), was...

55. Bette Midler

Soundtrack | The First Wives Club

Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a ...

One of the best loved entertainers of our era! Actress, singer, and performer!

56. Liza Minnelli

Soundtrack | Cabaret

Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, the daughter of Judy Garland and movie director Vincente Minnelli. She was practically raised at MGM studios while her parents worked long hours there and she made her film debut at fourteen months of age in the movie In the Good Old Summertime (1949). Her ...

One of America's greatest living female entertainers. I would like to see her do her own show in Las Vegas where she can do 4 performances per week instead of Broadway's 8 shows a week killer. Still one of Broadway's darlings and living legends in the entertainment field. She's unforgettable as Sally Bowles in the film role, "Cabaret." To this day, I won't see anybody else in that role. That's how brilliant she is in her role. She has plenty of recordings, performed onstage, film and television. She can make any song her own.

57. Erika Slezak

Actress | One Life to Live

Erika Slezak was born on August 5, 1946 in Hollywood, California, USA as Erika Alma Hermina Slezak. She is an actress, known for One Life to Live (1968), One Life to Live (2013) and Full Circle (1996). She has been married to Brian Davies since August 4, 1978. They have two children. She was ...

A RADA graduate and another daytime veteran. Her role of Vikki Lord Buchanan has earned her 6 Emmys for her performance in almost 40 years on the air. She's played a multiple personality and has just about encountered every single obstacle in Vikki's life imaginable onscreen. I expect since One Life to Live will end that she will move her talents to the stage and theatre. I have watched the show on and off for almost 30 years. Slezak's Vikki is a combination of many personalities but mostly as a strong matriarch of her family.

58. Dick Wolf

Producer | Law & Order

Dick Wolf was born on December 20, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard A. Wolf. He is a producer and writer, known for Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). He has been married to Noelle Lippman since June 17, ...

Without him, there would be no Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street which launched the careers of many and kept New York City area actors working when they were the only game in town. His contributions to television drama is impeccable and unforgettable.

59. Susan Lucci

Actress | All My Children

Susan Lucci was born on December 23, 1946, in Scarsdale, New York, to Jeanette (Granquist) and Victor Lucci, a building contractor. She is of Italian (father) and Swedish, German, and French (mother) descent. Susan grew up in Garden City. Since she can remember, she wanted to be a performer, and ...

Many actresses would have ditched Erica Kane long ago in the 1970s to pursue a career but not Susan Lucci. She developed and matured Erica Kane into an iconic character to ever be on television. She can be a brilliant comedic actress and a tragic actress as well in her role as Erica Kane. Despite bad scripts, Lucci has overcome the Emmy losses like a lady. For 41 years, she has played a role with passion, loyalty, determination, and dedication to her fans, cast, and crew alike without growing old and retired. She's shown that women can get better with age and is still passionate as ever in her role. Her Erica Kane is sorely missed on television and we'll never have another like her again.

60. Jimmy Buffett

Soundtrack | Jurassic World

Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and grew up living beside the the Gulf of Mexico. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi he worked his way to success in the music industry. His hits in the 1970s including "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday". He struck a chord ...

61. Emmylou Harris

Soundtrack | Brokeback Mountain

Emmylou Harris was born on April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. She was previously married to Paul Kennerley, Brian Ahern and Tom Slocum.

62. Carole Bayer Sager

Soundtrack | The Spy Who Loved Me

Carole Bayer Sager was born on March 8, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA. She has been married to Robert A. Daly since June 8, 1996. She was previously married to Burt Bacharach and Andrew Sager.

63. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor | Predator

With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...

64. David Mamet

Writer | House of Games

Born in 1947 in Chicago he was educated at Goddard College in Vermont and studied drama at New York's Nieghbourhood Playhouse before returning to Chicago and establishing the St Nicholas Theatre Company in 1972 and remained their resident writer for four years. The first of his plays to secure ...

An American playwright who has written astonishing plays like "American Buffalo;" "Glengarry Glen Ross;" and many others to mention. His plays reflect upon today's society in attitudes and personality.

65. Stephen Schwartz

Soundtrack | The Prince of Egypt

Stephen Schwartz was born on March 6, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA. He has been married to Carole Piasecki since July 6, 1969. They have two children.

The musical lyricist behind "Wicked" and other Broadway musicals since the 1970s.

66. Lynn Ahrens

Soundtrack | Anastasia

Lynn Ahrens was born on October 1, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA.

67. Ted Nugent

Soundtrack | Pain & Gain

Ted Nugent was born on December 13, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Theodore Anthony Nugent. He has been married to Shemane Nugent since January 21, 1989. They have one child. He was previously married to Sandra Ann Jezowski.

68. Barbara Mandrell

Actress | Touched by an Angel

Barbara Mandrell was born on December 25, 1948 in Houston, Texas, USA as Barbara Ann Mandrell. She is an actress, known for Touched by an Angel (1994), The Rockford Files (1974) and Baywatch (1989). She has been married to Ken Dudney since May 28, 1967. They have three children.

I love her. She was a country music singer, television star, and films as well. I remember and would like her to be honored in some way.

69. Patti LuPone

Actress | Witness

A fireball of talent and a musical force to be reckoned with, singer/actress Patti LuPone was born on April 21, 1949 in Northport on Long Island, New York, of Italian heritage. Her parents, Orlando Joseph LuPone, a school administrator, and mother Angela Louise (Patti), a librarian, eventually ...

One of America's best known musical actresses!

70. Alan Menken

Soundtrack | Beauty and the Beast

New York-songwriter and film composer, Alan Menken is best known for his unforgettable music for Disney movies like Calypso music of The Little Mermaid (1989), the tale as old as time of Beauty and the Beast (1991), the Arabian tale Aladdin (1992) or the beloved song Colors of the Wind from ...

71. David Foster

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

David Foster was born on November 1, 1949 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as David Walter Foster. He has been married to Katharine McPhee since June 28, 2019. He was previously married to Yolanda Hadid, Linda Thompson, Rebecca L. McCurdy and B.J. Cook.

72. Alan Silvestri

Composer | The Polar Express

In his ongoing, decades-long career as a composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. With a credit list of over 100 films Silvestri has composed some of the most recognizable and ...

73. Jay Leno

Producer | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Jay Leno began his career in night clubs, where he worked 300 nights a year before hitting it big in 1992 with his own late-night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). By that time he had appeared on television, acted in a few films (American Hot Wax (1978)) but hit paydirt with his ...

Besides the Tonight Show for the last 19 years, he's done stage about 150 shows a year regularly. He keeps doing standup and practicing his art form. Too bad, he declines the Oscar hosting duties. He's one of the most charitable performers as well. As a standup comedian and talk show host, he has also helped launch careers of other standup comics. Many standup comics stop doing standup when they hit his level of success but not Leno. Unlike his predecessor, he works at his act. He's the last person to leave for the night and the first to arrive at the studio.

74. Debbie Allen

Actress | Fame

Deborah Kaye Allen was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Debbie, her older brother, Andrew (called Tex), and her older sister, actress Phylicia Rashad, lived in Mexico to ...

75. George Strait

Soundtrack | Pure Country

George Strait was born on May 18, 1952 in Poteet, Texas, USA as George Harvey Strait. He has been married to Norma Gail Voss since December 4, 1971. They have two children.

76. Gelsey Kirkland

Actress | The Nutcracker

Innocent-looking, girlish and pretty, this diminutive and emotional legendary ballerina has had more drama in her real-life than there ever was onstage. While she was called by Mikhail Baryshnikov, himself, "the best of her generation", she was probably more famous for her raging cocaine addiction ...

77. Chuck Lorre

Writer | Two and a Half Men

For the past twenty years, award-winning creator, executive producer and writer Chuck Lorre has conquered the entertainment industry with hit shows like Grace Under Fire (1993), Dharma & Greg (1997), Roseanne (1988) and Cybill (1995) as well as the number 1 comedy on television and four year ...

A comic genius in producing hits like "Big Bang Theory," and "Two and Half-Men."

78. Julie Taymor

Director | Frida

Julie Taymor is an Academy Award-nominated director, known for such films as Frida (2002) and Across the Universe (2007).

She was born on December 15, 1952, in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her father, Melvin Lester Taymor, was a gynecologist. Her mother, Elizabeth Bernstein, was a ...

A Broadway musical director of the Lion King and others as well.

79. Rafe Esquith

Self | Now with Bill Moyers

Rafe Esquith was born in 1954 in the USA. He is married to Barbara Tong.

Founder and Father of the Hobart Shakespeare Company which is really the 5th grade class at the Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles, California. For the last 30 years, he has helped his ten year old students to perform and take part in an unabridged Shakespeare play a year to an audience. The challenge is awe-inspiring as he changes the lives of those students. A great, incredible, miracle working teacher who loves his students and other students as well.

80. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

81. Jerry Seinfeld

Writer | Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to ...

82. Harvey Fierstein

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Harvey Fierstein was born on June 6, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Torch Song Trilogy (1988) and Independence Day (1996).

An openly gay playwright, actor, producer, director, etc. He has always been honest in his works especially his plays and his musical. For the last thirty years, he has done a lot in stage, film, and television.

83. Susan Stroman

Director | The Producers

Susan Stroman is the recipient of 5 Tony Awards, 2 Laurence Olivier Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, a record 5 Fred Astaire Awards, and the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater. She directed and choreographed "The ...

Another Broadway director of "The Producers" and others as well.

84. Yanni

Soundtrack | Fa kei Siu Lam

Yanni was born on November 14, 1954 in Acroyali, Kalamata, Greece as Yanni Chryssomallis. He is a composer, known for Treasure Hunt (1994), The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992) and Heart of Midnight (1988).

85. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

From St. Elsewhere to the film industry, he has always been the consummate professional actor in every role.

86. Tony Kushner

Writer | Lincoln

Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" earned him the Pulitzer Prize, among many other awards. His other acclaimed plays include "Slavs", "Homebody/Kabul" and "Caroline, or Change". He has collaborated with children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak on ...

87. Diane Warren

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Diane was born in Van Nuys, California, USA on September 7, 1956 to parents David and Flora Warren. She become a prolific writer in her neighborhood, writing songs every day and eventually surpassing 1,000 of them. Her dad (an insurance salesman) took Diane to see publishers who said she had ...

88. Hollis Resnik

Actress | Backdraft

Hollis Resnik was born on June 1, 1957 in Euclid, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, known for Backdraft (1991), The Untouchables (1993) and Cupid (1998).

10 time winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago's equivalent to the New York Tony Awards) for her performances in the Chicago's theaters.

89. Anita Baker

Soundtrack | Forget Paris

Anita was born January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She began singing in church choir when she was 12 and at 16 sang in a local group along with high school friends. In 1975 she successfully auditioned for the group Chapter 8, having been approached by bass player ...

90. Madonna

Actress | Evita

The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn ...

It's hard to imagine that she's still around after all these years but she's still doing concerts and has been keeping a lower profile than in the 1980s and 1990s. Maybe she's grown up and I've grown up with her music and style as well. There might be imitators out there but they'll only be one of her.

91. Renée Fleming

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Renée Fleming was born on February 14, 1959 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for The Shape of Water (2017), Now You See Me 2 (2016) and Closer (2004). She has been married to Tim Jessell since September 3, 2011. She was previously married to Richard Lee Ross.

I expect that she's going to get it anyway in the near future. Kennedy Center Honors loves sopranos!

92. 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Soundtrack | UHF

Few would have guessed that "Weird Al" Yankovic - who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show - would go on to become a pop culture icon and the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, with classic song and music video ...

93. Randy Travis

Soundtrack | Deep Impact

Randy Travis was born on May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina, USA as Randy Bruce Traywick. He is an actor, known for Deep Impact (1998), The Rainmaker (1997) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007). He has been married to Mary Davis Travis since March 21, 2015. He was previously married...

94. Stephen Flaherty

Soundtrack | Anastasia

Stephen Flaherty was born on September 18, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

95. Wynton Marsalis

Soundtrack | Burlesque

Wynton Marsalis is widely recognized as the pre-eminent jazz artist of our time. He is hailed not only as a performer on the trumpet, but also as a music educator and a promoter of the history and culture of jazz. Marsalis is also an established artist in performing trumpet in works of classical ...

96. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster started her career at the age of two. For four years she made commercials and finally gave her debut as an actress in the TV series Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). In 1975 Jodie was offered the role of prostitute Iris Steensma in the movie Taxi Driver (1976). This role, for which she received ...

97. Neil LaBute

Writer | In the Company of Men

Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human ...

98. Sam Mendes

Producer | 1917

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

A film and stage director mostly. He is the artistic director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City.

99. Janet Jackson

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...

100. Tyler Perry

Writer | Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Perry was born and raised in New Orleans, to Willie Maxine (Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr. His mother was a church-goer and took Perry along with her once a week. His father was a carpenter and they had a very strained and abusive relationship, which led Perry to suffer from depression as a ...

He's an actor, entrepreneur, writer, director, and producer. He's building an empire in Atlanta, Georgia.

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