Kennedy Center Honors Possible Inducteesby Syl | 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 http://www.kennedycenter.org/ 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...
Actress | The Heiress
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...
One of the great living actresses and probably last original cast member of "Gone With the Wind." She has spent decades in Paris, France but has still acted in films and television as well. A National Medal of the Arts recipient.
Actress | The Party
One of the great dancer and choreographers in both movies and stage, Marge Champion is best known today as the former wife of Gower Champion, when they worked together as a highly successfully dancing team in the MGM musical years. After retiring from movies, Champion now works as a dance teacher ...
still alive at 98 years old. She was Gower Champion's longtime dance partner on stage and off in real life.
4. 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.
5. Carl Reiner
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, having achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his "2,000 Year Old Man" album, based on his ...
An iconic comedian for the last 50 years and more. He's still going strong by making appearances in sitcoms today. His contributions to comedy can't be ignored.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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.
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.
10. James Lipton
Writer | Inside the Actors Studio
James Lipton is an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and is a producer for stage and television projects. He is most known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio (1994), where successful and prominent actors discuss their ...
An American original actor, teacher, producer, writer, and screenwriter along his many talents. Even in his age, he's still active with the Actors Studio (largely ignored by Bravo). Still I think he's the reason that Bravo was initially an artists network of actors, writers, musicians, etc. If he ran Bravo, you would have some of the most innovative television programming instead of reality shows polluting the channel.
11. 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.
12. Lee Phillip Bell
Writer | The Young and the Restless
Lee Phillip Bell was born on June 10, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Lee Phillip. She is a writer and producer, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), The Chicagoans (1971) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1987). She was previously married to William J. Bell.
Before she and her husband migrated from Chicago to Los Angeles, she was the longtime host of her own morning talk show before Oprah Winfrey. She and her husband are responsible for two soaps, Young & Restless and Bold & Beautiful. Too bad, her husband had died a few years ago. He was really a genius but Lee too has done her part in making daytime history. Their marriage was one of the most successful partnerships in television history.
13. 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.
14. Bob Newhart
Actor | The Rescuers
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.
15. 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 Weston...
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.
16. 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.
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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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?
22. 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.
23. Little Richard
Soundtrack | Predator
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...
24. 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 mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from ...
A consummate professional actress of stage, film and television.
25. 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.
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!
27. 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.
28. 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!
29. 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!
30. Diahann Carroll
Actress | Julia
One of television's premier African-American series stars, elegant actress, singer and recording artist Diahann Carroll was born Carol Diann (or Diahann) Johnson on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York. The first child of John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel Faulk Johnson, music was an ...
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. Trisha Brown
Actress | Linoleum
Trisha Brown was born on November 25, 1936 in Aberdeen, Washington, USA as Patricia Ann Brown. She is known for her work on Linoleum (1966), Water Motor (1978) and Making Dances: Seven Post-Modern Choreographers (1980). She was married to Burt Barr. She died on March 18, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas,...
34. 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 Saturday Night Fever (1977). He has been married to Didi Conn since February 11, 1984. They have one child. He was previously married to Talia Shire.
36. 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.
37. 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!
38. Kenny Rogers
Soundtrack | Faster
Born in Texas, the fourth of eight children, singer Kenny Rogers grew up in a poor area of Houston where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. He became the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He took an interest in singing while quite young and as a ...
He's an American Country Music icon. He's a businessman, singer, and performer. Still performing after all these years.
39. Tina Packer
Actress | David Copperfield
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.
40. Ted Turner
Writer | WCW Monday Nitro
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.
41. 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!
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.
43. 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.
44. 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!
45. 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.
46. 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.
47. Joan Baez
Soundtrack | The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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!
48. 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!
49. Wayne Newton
Actor | Licence to Kill
Wayne Newton was born on April 3, 1942 in Roanoke, 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.
50. Harrison Ford
Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark
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, ...
51. 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 ...
53. 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 ...
54. 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.
55. Frank Galati
Writer | The Accidental Tourist
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.
56. 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.
57. Patti LaBelle
Soundtrack | Licence to Kill
Patti LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, is an American singer, author, and actress. 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". ...
58. 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.
59. 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.
Actress | Les noces de Figaro
A well-known soprano.
61. 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...
62. 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!
63. 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.
65. 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.
66. Sally Field
Actress | Forrest Gump
Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field (née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field...
67. Dick Wolf
Writer | Law & Order
Dick Wolf was born on December 20, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard A. Wolf. He is a writer and producer, 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.
68. 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.
69. 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 ...
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...
72. David Mamet
Writer | House of Games
David Mamet was born on November 30, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as David Alan Mamet. He is a writer and producer, known for House of Games (1987), State and Main (2000) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). He has been married to Rebecca Pidgeon since September 22, 1991. They have two children. He ...
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.
73. 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.
76. 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 Walker, Texas Ranger (1993). 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.
77. 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 on Long Island, New York of Italian heritage. Her parents, Orlando LuPone, a school administrator, and mother Angela, a librarian, eventually divorced. She was christened Patti in ...
One of America's best known musical actresses!
78. 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 ...
80. 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 ...
81. 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.
82. 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 ...
84. Harvey Fierstein
Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire
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.
85. 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."
86. 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.
87. 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.
88. 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 ...
89. 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.
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.
92. 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 ...
93. 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 ...
94. Hollis Resnik
Actress | Backdraft
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.
95. 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 ...
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.
97. 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!
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 ...
99. 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...