A who's who of entertainers from the Delta region. Eleven notable names, including Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres, with roots in the area hit by Hurricane Katrina

By Missy Schwartz
Updated September 09, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.