Celebrities Head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras: Famous People Born in the Big Easy

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Reese Witherspoon was  born in New Orleans.

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Reese Witherspoon was born in New Orleans.

Mardi Gras is coming up fast and the celebrity community is flocking to New Orleans. The epicenter of the celebration is welcoming a variety of stars. Will Ferrell, Patricia Clarkson, Maroon 5, Bret Michaels, and Cyndi Lauper are among the famous faces that will take part in a variety of Mardi Gras celebrations in the famous city. Clarkson is actually a native of the bayou town. She is just one of many noted celebrities that hail from New Orleans. Here is a look at some of the famous faces that call The Big Easy their birthplace.

Reese Witherspoon

The Oscar winning actress was born in New Orleans in 1976. Witherspoon rose to fame by shedding her southern accent for several movie roles. However, many of her most popular hits feature her using the accent. Among those movies are "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Walk the Line." She actively helped her hometown after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Ellen DeGeneres

The talk show host was born and raised in the New Orleans metropolitan area. While she gained a lot of fame for coming out as a lesbian both in real life and on her self-named sitcom, Ellen has earned the adoration of fans for other reasons. She has had a successful career doing stand-up that led to her long running sitcom. Now she has mainstream fame as the host of her own talk show.

Tyler Perry

Perry is one of the richest Hollywood stars out there. He is most famous for his creation of the Madea series of movies. The famous director has also written more than a dozen plays and created three television series. He has frequently talked about his troubled childhood in New Orleans and his subsequent trips to church that helped inspire his strong career.

Master P

The rapper turned entrepreneur was born in the Crescent City in 1967. Master P is most famous for his rap career in the 1990s. However, it is remarkable when you consider everything he has done throughout his career. He has served as a sports agent, tried out for two NBA teams, appeared in films, and built successful record and fashion businesses.

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