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Famous Texas Women and What Makes Us Proud

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March is Women’s History month, and in celebration, a few here are highlighted that you may not have known had Texas roots and make us proud. Because everything is bigger in Texas, of course, I uncovered some legends and familiar celebrities past and present who call Texas home.

They have made some wonderful contributions through their acting, singing, comedy skits, and even their philanthropic work. True testaments as to why we are Texas proud of our hometown celebrities.

1. Carol Burnett

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Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1933, Carol Burnett is our comedic Texas sweetheart. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Carol Burnett show was a staple among many households.

“Over her decades-long career, Burnett has won numerous honors, including American Comedy Awards, Emmy and Golden Globe awards, the 1980 Women in Film Crystal Award, the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” states biography.com.

2. Phylicia Rashad

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Best known as Clair Huxtable on the Cosby Show (1984-1992), Phylicia Rashad was born June 19, 1948 in Houston, Texas. “Rashad also starred in many Broadway and off-Broadway productions and was the first African-American actress to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, given for her portrayal of Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun,” states biography.com.

Most recently Rashad can be seen on the big screen portraying yet again the strong matriarch of the family in Creed.

3. Debbie Reynolds

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Born April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Debbie Reynolds is famous for starring opposite Gene Kelley in “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952). “Reynolds won the respect of her peers with her title role in the musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She has continued to act and sing for more than 40 more years via film, television, and the stage,” says biography.com.

On April 27, 2007, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Reynolds when she performed on stage with the students of Theatre Under the Stars for their Forever Young Gala. Her charismatic charm and talent shined through just as I recalled the first time I saw “Singin’ in the Rain”.

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