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

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.