People from Portsmouth, Virginia

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  1. Missy Elliott

    Missy Elliott


    Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer Timbaland on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. As a record producer and songwriter, she has worked with Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and Beyoncé as well as contemporary artists Keyshia Cole, Tamia, Monica and Ciara.

  2. Bebe Buell

    Bebe Buell


    Beverle Lorence "Bebe" Buell (born July 14, 1953) is an American fashion model and singer, and Playboy magazine's November 1974 Playmate of the Month. She is also known for dating rock musicians, and her social relationships with musical and cultural icons cross four decades. She is actress Liv Tyler's mother from a brief relationship with Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler. In 2001, she wrote an autobiography (with Victor Bockris) titled Rebel Heart: An American Rock and Roll Journey. The book was a New York Times bestseller. The paperback was issued in 2002.

  3. India Allen

    India Allen


    India Allen (born June 1, 1965 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is an American actress and model. Allen appeared as a centerfold in the December 1987 issue of Playboy magazine and was subsequently named Playmate of the Year in 1988.

  4. Wanda Sykes

    Wanda Sykes


    Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is well known for her role as Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of Old Christine and for her appearances on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  5. Mae Murray

    Mae Murray


    Mae Murray (May 10, 1885 – March 23, 1965) was an American actress, dancer, film producer, and screenwriter. Murray rose to fame during the silent film era and was known as "The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips" and "The Gardenia of the Screen".

  6. Nicole Wray

    Nicole Wray


    Nicole Monique Wray (born May 2, 1981), also known as simply Nicole, is an American R&B and hip hop singer. Her 1998 debut single "Make It Hot" was certified gold.

  7. William Russ

    William Russ


    William Russ (born October 20, 1950) is an American actor and television director. He is perhaps best known for his role as Alan Matthews on the sitcom Boy Meets World (1993–2000). Russ is also notable for his roles in the television series Wiseguy, the soap operas Another World and The Young and the Restless and the feature films Pastime (1991) and American History X (1998).

  8. Patton Oswalt

    Patton Oswalt


    Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor known for roles such as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens and for voicing Remy in the film Ratatouille.

  9. Ruth Brown

    Ruth Brown


    Ruth Brown (January 12/January 30, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and actress also known as "Queen of R&B" noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "The house that Ruth built" (alluding to the popular nickname for Old Yankee Stadium).

  10. Ben Jones

    Ben Jones


    Ben Lewis Jones (born August 30, 1941) is an American actor, politician, playwright and essayist, best known for his role as Cooter Davenport in The Dukes of Hazzard. Jones also served for four years in the United States House of Representatives from January 1989 to January 3, 1993.

  11. Jim Moody

    Jim Moody


    Jim Moody (born September 25, 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a television and film character actor. He played the tough talking counselor/teacher Gene Daniels in Bad Boys. His first feature film was in the 1980 hit film Fame, which he played Mr. Farrell, a drama teacher. Jim starred in the 1983 comedy film D.C. Cab as Arnie, a member of the rival cab company, Emerald Cab. He also appeared in the 1999 drama The Best Man and as Leroy Greene, Sr. (the father) in The Last Dragon.

  12. V. C. Andrews

    V. C. Andrews


    Cleo Virginia Andrews (June 6, 1923 – December 19, 1986), better known as V. C. Andrews or Virginia C. Andrews, was an American novelist. She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Andrews died of breast cancer at the age of 63.

  13. Jillian Kesner

    Jillian Kesner


    Jillian Kesner-Graver (August 9, 1949 – December 5, 2007) was an American actress and historian who worked with her husband, Gary Graver, to preserve the work and legacy of director Orson Welles. She was best known as an actress for playing Fonzie's girlfriend, Lorraine, on Happy Days.

  14. Mike Watt

    Mike Watt


    Michael David "Mike" Watt (born December 20, 1957) is an American bassist, singer and songwriter.

  15. Vernon Macklin

    Vernon Macklin


    Vernon Leon Macklin (born September 25, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Al Jaysh of the Qatari Basketball League. He played college basketball for the University of Florida before being drafted was by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft.

  16. Aaron Faulls

    Aaron Faulls


    Aaron Faulls (born February 6, 1975), is an American television personality, filmmaker, musician and marine conservationist. He is best known for his role as the original host of the television series Into The Drink, a Travel documentary-style series based around Faulls's background as an underwater filmmaker and journalist. He is also known for his appearances on Gangland, a documentary television series on the History Channel.

  17. Swamp Dogg

    Swamp Dogg


    Jerry Williams, Jr. (born July 12, 1942), often credited under his pseudonym Swamp Dogg, is an American soul and R&B singer, musician, songwriter and record producer. After recording as Little Jerry and Little Jerry Williams in the 1950s and 1960s, he reinvented himself as Swamp Dogg, releasing a series of satirical and profane recordings, as well as continuing to write and produce for other musicians. He is described at Allmusic as "one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music."

  18. Neil Fallon

    Neil Fallon


    Neil Patrick Fallon (October 25, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is the lead singer and occasional rhythm guitarist, keyboardist and percussionist for the rock band Clutch, and lead singer for The Company Band. He also joined The Bakerton Group on guitar starting with their El Rojo album.

  19. Deborah Coleman

    Deborah Coleman


    Deborah Coleman (born October 3, 1956, Portsmouth, Virginia) is an American blues guitarist, songwriter and singer. Coleman won the Orville Gibson Award for "Best Blues Guitarist, Female" in 2001, and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Blues Music Award nine times.

  20. Joshua Bryant

    Joshua Bryant


    Joshua Bryant is an American actor and author and the founder, in 1995, of the Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival and Media Forum in Taos, New Mexico, USA.

  21. Chad Hugo

    Chad Hugo


    Charles Edward "Chad" Hugo (born February 24, 1974) is an American multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as one half of the music production and writing duo The Neptunes and as a member of N.E.R.D. He is a saxophonist, pianist and guitarist. Along with his production partner Pharrell Williams, he has produced numerous number-one hit tracks.

  22. Perry Ellis

    Perry Ellis


    Perry Edwin Ellis (March 3, 1940 – May 30, 1986) was an American fashion designer who founded his eponymous sportswear house, in the mid-1970s. Ellis' influence on the fashion industry has been called "a huge turning point", as he introduced new patterns and proportions to a market which was dominated by more traditional men's clothing.

  23. Brian Anderson

    Brian Anderson


    Brian James Anderson (born April 26, 1972) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played 13 season for five teams, as well as a sports broadcaster and coach. Currently, Anderson is the color commentator on the Rays TV crew on Sun Sports.

  24. Tony Perez

    Tony Perez


    Tony Perez (born 1942) is a film and television actor. Perez was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He is best known for portraying Officer Mike Perez on Hill Street Blues from 1981 to 1985.

  25. Marty Brennaman

    Marty Brennaman


    Franchester Martin "Marty" Brennaman (born July 28, 1942 in Portsmouth, Virginia), is an American sportscaster and has been the radio voice of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network since 1974. Known for his opinionated, zealous, and sometimes contentious style, Brennaman has been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year and Virginia Sportscaster of the Year multiple times. In 1999, Brennaman was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

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