Proud to Call Arkansas Home

Compelling stories of the noteworthy people and places of Arkansas

special introduction by Mary Steenburgen

Brought to you by the extraordinarily talented team of award-winning photographers, writers and designers at Image Publishing, this beautiful 9×12-inch hardcover book chronicles in glorious full-color the lives and times of world-famous Arkansans. Over 150 individuals who have achieved global acclaim in the arts, business and industry, sports, politics and many other realms will tell their personal stories of success and what it truly means to call Arkansas home.

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Fascinating profiles of famous personalities who proudly call Arkansas their home, including:

Joey Lauren Adams, actress, 1968- , North Little Rock; Julie Adams, actress, 1926- , Little Rock; Bronco Billy Anderson, first cowboy actor, 1880-1971, Little Rock; Maya Angelou, poet, author, 1928-2014, Stamps; Al Bell, songwriter, record producer (Stax Records), 1940- , Little Rock; Wes Bentley, actor, 1978- , Jonesboro; Lou Brock, Baseball Hall of Fame, 1939- , El Dorado; Helen Gurley Brown, author, editor-in-chief Cosmopolitan magazine, 1922-2012, Green Forest; John Franklin Broyles, football, coach at Arkansas 1958-76, 1924- , Fayetteville; Paul Bear Bryant, football coach, 1913-1983, Fordyce; Rodger Bumpass, actor, 1951- , Little Rock; Chester Burnett (Howlin Wolf), blues singer, 1910-1976, West Memphis; Glen Campbell, musician, 1936- , Pike County, Delight; Bill Carr, double Olympic Gold medalist in 1932, 1909-1966, Pine Bluff; Johnny Cash, musician, 1932-2003, Kingsland or Kingston?; Floyd Cramer, pianist, 1933-1997, Huttig; Joan Crawford, basketball & 3 Gold medals, 1937- , Van Buren; Dizzy Dean, baseball player, 1910-1974, Lucas; Bill Dickey, baseball – Yankees, 1907-1993, Kensett; Crescent Dragonwagon (Ellen Zolotow), author & founder of Dairy Hollow House, 1952- , Eureka Springs; Ronnie Dunn, musician, 1953- , El Dorado; Jerry Van Dyke, comedian, 1931- , Benton; Gil Gerard, actor, 1943- , Little Rock; Al Green, musician, 1946- , Forrest City; John Grisham, author, 1955- , Jonesboro; George Hamilton, actor, 1939- , Blytheville; Tess Harper, actor, 1950- , Mammoth Spring; Charlaine Harris, author (Sookie Stackhouse & True Blood), 1951- , Magnolia; Levon Helm, musician, 1940-2012, Elaine; Don Hutson, football, 1913-1997, Pine Bluff; Wayne Jackson, musician and author, Memphis Horns, 1942- , West ; Jerry Jones, owner of Dallas Cowboys, 1942- , Little Rock; Scott Joplin, composer and pianist (Ragtime), 1867-1917, Texarkana; Louis Jordan, musician, 1908-1975, Brinkley; George Kell, baseball, 1922-2009, Swifton; Alan Ladd, actor, 1913-1964, Hot Springs; Sonny Liston, boxer, 1932-1970, Sand Slough; Douglas McArthur, Army General WWII and Korean War, (1880-1964), Little Rock; John Joseph McDonald, pro baseball (Arizona), 1974- , New London; Mark Martin, NASCAR driver, 1959- , Batesville; John Mitchell, former coach at U. of Ark., (1977-82; currently Steelers coach), Fayetteville; Robert Corelius Mitchell, football Hall of Fame, 1935- , Hot Springs; Sidney Moncrief, basketball, 1957- , Little Rock; Corin Nemec, actor, 1971- , Little Rock; George Newbern, actor, 1964- , Little Rock; Scott Edward Parazynski, MD, NASA astronaut & physician, 1961- , Little Rock; Scottie Pippen, basketball player, 1965- , Hamburg; Dick Powell, actor, 1904-1963, Mountain View; William Ragsdale, actor, 1961- , El Dorado; Charlie Rich, musician, 1932-1995, Colt; Nolan Richardson, basketball coach (Ark.), 1941- , Fayetteville; Brooks Robinson, baseball (Orioles), 1937- , Little Rock; Johnny Sain, baseball, 1917-2006, Havana; Barry Switzer, football coach for Dallas Cowboys & U. of Okla., 1937- , Crossett ; Mary Steenburgen, actress, 1953- , North Little Rock (born in Newport); Johnnie Taylor, musician, 1934-2000, Crawfordsville; Clark Terry, composer, trumpeter, 1920- , Pine Bluff; Sister Rosetta Tharpe, musician, 1915-1973, Cotton Plant; Harry Thomason, producer, 1940- , Little Rock; Billy Bob Thornton, actor, 1955- , Hot Springs; Conway Twitty, country music singer, 1933-1993, Friars Point; and Sonny Boy Williamson, musician, 1899-1965, Helena.

Plus personal biographies of noteworthy Arkansas figures and citizens, including:

Edwin B. Alderson, Jr. & wife Diane, Ark. Supreme Court judge, attorney and director of Fifty for the Future, El Dorado; Edwin B. Alderson, Sr., oil, 1916-2010, El Dorado; Glen Andrews, professional bass fisherman and founder of Andrews Lure Co., 1931- , Lead Hill (Boone County); Olin Cavanaugh Bailey, oil industry leader, 1894-1967, El Dorado; Fred Wallace Bartell, founded Chautauquas, 1872-1958; Thomas Harry Barton, founder of Lion Oil and the Arkansas State Fair, 1881-1960, El Dorado; Scott Bond, farmer & wealthy businessman, 1852-1933, Madison; Carl Richey “Cotton” Cordell, fishing lure company, 1928- ; Samuel Jacob Carnes “Jack”, founder of Camark Pottery (art pottery), 1896-1958, The Bonds of St. Francis County; Milton Crenchaw, Tuskeegee Airman and Congressional Gold Medal winner, 1919- , Little Rock; Claiborne Deming, Murphy Oil & developer of El Dorado Promise, El Dorado; William T. Dillard, founder of Dillard’s, 1914-2002, Mineral Springs; Samuel Wesley Fordyce, railway, developed Hot Springs, 1840-1919, Hot Springs; Roberta Waugh Fulbright, publisher Fayetteville Daily Democrat, 1874-1953, Fayetteville; Verna Cook Garvan, first woman manufacturer, 1911-1993; Jacob Hartz, Sr., soybean pioneer, 1888-1963; Frank Hickingbotham, CEO of TCBY, entrepreneur, McGehee; J. B. Hunt, trucking, 1927-2006, Cleburne County; John Harold Johnson, publisher (Jet, Ebony), 1918-2005, Arkansas City; Edith Irby Jones, M.D., first African-American to graduate from U of Arkansas Medical School, 1927- , Conway; Harvey Jones, founder Jones Truck Lines, 1900-1989, Springdale; Jay Noal Lawhorn, businessman & found of World Christian Relief Fund, 1919-2003, McCrory; James Smith McDonnell, Jr., founded McDonnell Aircraft, 1899-1980, Altheimer; Richard Mason, author and Gilbratar Energy, Granite Club, & revitalizer of Main Street, El Dorado; Charles H. Murphy, Sr., Murphy Oil Company founder, El Dorado; Charles H. Murphy, Jr., Murphy Oil Company, 1920-2002, El Dorado; Madison Murphy, Arkansas Highway Commissioner and Murphy Oil Company, El Dorado; Mike Murphy, Marmik Oil and Murphy Oil, El Dorado; Dorothy Shaver, president of Lord & Taylor, 1893-1959, Center Point; Wilton Robert Stephens, founded Stephens, Inc., 1907-1991, Prattsville; Donald J. Tyson, food, 1930-2011, Springdale; Sam Walton, Wal-Mart founder, 1918-1992, Bentonville; Charles Kemmons Wilson, Holiday Inn founder, 1913-2003, Osceola; Mickey Dale “Mike” Beebe, governor, 1946- , Amagon; Maurice Britt, 7th Lt. governor, WWII hero & Medal of Honor winner, NFL player with Detroit Lions, 1919-1995, Carlisle; Dale Bumpers, U.S. Senator, governor, 1925- , Charleston; Bill Clinton, U.S. President, governor, 1946- , Hope; Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State; Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, 1933- , Schaal; J. William Fulbright, U.S. Senator, 1909-1995, Sumner; Mike Huckabee, governor, 1955- , Hope; Blanche Lambert Lincoln, U.S. Senator, youngest woman elected to U.S. Senate, 1960- , Helena ; Winthrop Rockefeller, governor and philanthropist, 1912-1973, Little Rock.

…and much, much more!