Entertainers

Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates

Clayton Bates

(1907–1998) Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates was an African-American entertainer from Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Bates lost a leg at the age of 12 in a cotton gin accident. He subsequently taught himself to tap dance with a wooden peg leg.

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

(1964- ) Born in Charleston, Stephen Colbert is a comedian and best known for anchoring his own show on Comedy Central: "The Colbert Report."

Ulysses Dove

(1947-1996) Born in Columbia, SC, Ulysses Dove was a well-known contemporary dance choreographer.

Lillian Ellison

Lilian Ellison

(1923-2007) Born in Kershaw County, SC, Lillian Ellison was a female professional wrestler better known as "The Fabulous Moolah."

Leeza Gibbons

Leeza Gibbons

(1957- ) Born in Hartsville, SC, Leeza Gibbons is a talk show host of Entertainment Tonight and other Hollywood news shows.

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

(1927-2008) Eartha Kitt was an actress, singer, and cabaret star from North, SC. She was perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman.

Barton MacLane

Barton MacLane

(1902-1969) Born in Columbia, SC, Barton MacLane was an actor, playwright, and screenwriter.

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

(1965- ) Born in Andrews, SC, Chris Rock is a well-known comedian, actor, screenwriter, television and film producer, and director.

Vanna White

Vanna White

(1957- ) From North Myrtle Beach, SC, Vanna White is a television personality best known as the puzzle-board turner and co-host on the game show Wheel of Fortune.

Paul Donald Wight, Jr.

Paul Wight, better known as The Big Show

(1972- ) Born in Aiken, Paul Wight, better known as The Big Show, is a WWE professional wrestler and actor.