Alan Ladd (1913-1964), actor & producer. His extensive credits include title role in 5-time Oscar-nominated "Shane", "The Blue Dahlia" & "The Carpetbaggers". Ladd's performance in "This Gun For Hire" played an important role in the development of the "gangster" film genre. He was among the most popular & well known celebrities of his time. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Born in Hot Springs, AR. #Arkansas #actor #Shane #Hollywood
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) Also a crossover performer, she influenced numerous rock musicians such as Bob Dylan, Little Richard, Elvis Presley & fellow Arkansan Johnny Cash. She appeared with such legendary performers as Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Louis Jordan and took the stage at the Cotton Club and Café Society.
Donna Axum (b. 1942) (Miss America 1964) Born in El Dorado, AR, Ms. Axum received her Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Speech and Drama (1968). She was the first Miss Arkansas to be crowned Miss America (1964) and authored The Outer You, The Inner You. Currently, Ms. Axum lives in Fort Worth, Texas. www.arkansaswomen.org