Who's Who 2010
Our annual guide to the Memphis names (and faces) you need to know.
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Winner of 1991 Best Actress Oscar for her role as deranged fan in Stephen King's Misery. Began acting career at White Station High School. Age 62. Made film debut in 1971's Taking Off. Received Oscar nominations for Primary Colors and About Schmidt. Emmy nomination for HBO series Six Feet Under. Also known for her roles in Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, and Revolutionary Road. In 2009 played the part of Michael Oher's tutor in the Oscar-winning blockbuster The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock as Memphis mom Leigh Anne Tuohy. In 2010-11 Bates will star in David E. Kelley's newest legal drama, Harry's Law.
Second-term U.S. congressman and former state senator. On the heels of a bashing of Democratic primary opponent Nikki Tinker in 2008, his shepherding of an epochal apology for slavery through Congress, and his chairmanship of a Judiciary subcommittee seemed to set him up for a long reign. But then came news of the one 2010 challenger who might give him trouble — five-term mayor Willie Herenton. Polls consistently showed Cohen well ahead of Herenton, however. The 61-year-old congressman fought the 2010 race in tandem with his erstwhile district director, Randy Wade, who had become a candidate for sheriff in the Democratic primary. Consistently featured as a guest on Washington-based cable news shows, won some notoriety for remarks critical of the Tea Party movement.
One of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors. Born in Memphis and raised in Clarksville, Mississippi. Age 73. Made his acting debut at age 8 in a school play. First major role was as chauffeur Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy. Has appeared in almost 50 major films since, earning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Million Dollar Baby (2004). Distinctive voice has made him a popular choice for narration, including Academy Award-winning 2005 documentary March of the Penguins. Co-owner of Madidi restaurant and Ground Zero blues club in Clarksville. Recent films include The Dark Knight and Invictus; the latter earning him an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela. Currently filming the action film Red with Bruce Willis.
Graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996 and studied theater at Boston University. Moved to New York and landed small roles on Law & Order and Ed before moving to Los Angeles, her current residence. Appeared in 2004's Win a Date with Tad Hamilton and turned heads in 2005 in Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts. Portrayed Johnny Cash's first wife in Walk the Line, filmed in Memphis. Starred with Chloe Sevigny and Jeanne Tripplehorn in HBO series Big Love. In 2009, filmed He's Just Not That Into You with an all-star cast, which earned her a nomination for a People's Choice Award for "Breakout Movie Actress." Currently in production for Ramona and Beezus. Age 32.
Playwright whose work The Mountaintop — a fictional account of Martin Luther King's last night — won the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award, Britain's equivalent to the Tony, for best new play. The play will open on Broadway this fall. Memphis native, now living in New York City who graduated from Craigmont High School and interned at The Commercial Appeal. Went on to study at Harvard drama school and Juilliard's playwriting school, and received a degree from Columbia University. In addition to her award-winning playwright career, Hall is an actress who has appeared in television and theatre, and a journalist whose works have been published in The Boston Globe, Essence, and Newsweek.
Hailed as King of the Blues, with more than 100 albums. Came to Memphis in 1947 from Mississippi and landed at radio station WDIA. Turns 85 September 16th. Currently lives in Las Vegas. Awarded 15 Grammys, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and received Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award. Between 1951 and 1985, wrote 74 songs that made the Billboard R&B charts. Recently purchased Club Ebony, a juke joint in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. In 2008 released album titled One Kind Favor. The B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center opened in 2008 in Indianola. TIME magazine recently ranked him #3 in its list of "Best Electric Guitarists of All Time."
Born in Memphis, attended Memphis University School, and graduated from White Station High School in 1982. Served as president of his senior class and was a fixture on the high school stage. In the mid '80s, co-starred in several movies including Making the Grade and Better Off Dead, starring John Cusack. In 1986, Schneider became nationally known in the role of Dennis Blunden on the ABC sitcom Head of the Class. Career shifted direction in 1993 when he began writing and producing a string of successful television shows, such as The Amanda Show, What I Like About You, iCarly, and All That. Currently the co-president of his own production company, Schneider's Bakery, Inc, in Los Angeles. Age 44.
East High School graduate named Miss Teenage Memphis in 1966. Breakout role: Jacy in The Last Picture Show (1971). Awarded four Golden Globes for TV series Moonlighting and Cybill. Recently appeared on The L Word and Psych and in movies Another Harvest Moon and Barry Munday. Portrayed Martha Stewart in two made-for-TV movies. In 2010 joined the cast of upcoming Lifetime movie The List, in which she plays the mother of a prostitute played by star Jennifer Love Hewitt. Also a cabaret singer with five albums to her credit. Age 60.
Perhaps best-known as author of Ghost Soldiers, a nonfiction book about the rescue of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March from a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Published in 2001, the book remained on The New York Times best-seller list for 42 weeks. Graduated from Memphis University School and Yale. Started in journalism as an intern at Memphis magazine. Has been editor-at-large for Outside magazine, a correspondent for NPR, and work has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, Men's Journal, and elsewhere. Other best-selling books include Stomping Grounds: A Pilgrim's Progress Through Eight American Subcultures (1992), American Dispatches from the New Frontier (2004), and Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West (2006). Latest work is Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for his Assassin, published in April 2010 by Doubleday. The comprehensive account of James Earl Ray garnered rave reviews and earned Sides an appearance on the Colbert Report.
Acclaimed singer and songwriter, topping music charts first as a member of N'SYNC, currently as a solo artist. Age 29. Born in Millington,performed at Grand Ole Opry at age 10. Moved to Orlando and in early 1990s was cast member of the Mickey Mouse Club. In 2002, released Justified, a multiplatinum solo debut, and Future Sex/Love Sounds in 2006. Appeared in films Alpha Dog, Southland Tales, Black Snake Moan, and The Love Guru. Launched the William Rast clothing line in 2007, and opened two restaurants, Southern Hospitality and Destino, in Los Angeles. In 2008 won two Grammys for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("What Goes Around . . . Comes Around") and Best Dance Recording ("LoveStoned/I Think She Knows"). In 2009, he launched his line of 901 Silver Tequila and opened Mirimichi Lakes eco-friendly golf course in Millington.
The son of Memphis Flyer editor Bruce VanWyngarden, White Station High School graduate Andrew VanWyngarden became one of pop music's breakout stars in 2008 as the singer/songwriter/guitarist for the Brooklyn-based rock band MGMT. The band formed at Wesleyan College as a partnership with classmate Ben Goldwasser. After landing a multi-album deal with Sony/Columbia, the duo released its debut album, Oracular Spectacular, in 2008, scoring international hits with the singles "Time to Pretend" and "Kids." In 2009, MGMT settled a legal dispute with French President Nicolas Sarkozy over his unauthorized use of their song "Kids" in his campaign. A few months later Rolling Stone ranked Oracular Spectacular 18th on the top 100 albums of the decade. In 2010, MGMT received two Grammy nominations and released their new album, Congratulations, to positive reviews. The album has since reached the number-one spot on iTunes' list of top-ten albums.