A surprising number of notable entertainers have strong connections to the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Here are a few prominent names.
PATRICIA CLARKSON, 45, actress born and raised in N.O.
DR. JOHN, 64, N.O. R&B-funk musician.
MORGAN FREEMAN, 68, Memphis-born actor with a home in the Mississippi Delta.
MAHALIA JACKSON, died 1972, N.O. native and gospel great.
JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE, died 1969, N.O.-native author of A Confederacy of Dunces.
JOHN GOODMAN, 53, actor and current N.O. resident.
ELLEN DEGENERES, 47, comic and talk- show host, born and raised in N.O.
REESE WITHERSPOON, 29, actress, born in N.O.
TRENT REZNOR, 40, Nine Inch Nails guru, ex-N.O. denizen.
ALLEN TOUSSAINT, 67, N.O. R&B producer and solo artist.
BRITNEY SPEARS, 22, pop star, born in Kentwood, La.