3/28/1955 (64 years old) McAlester, Oklahoma, United States
One of the most beloved singers of all time, country or otherwise, this charismatic star has won a slew of awards and honors for her popular recordings. In the early ‘90s, she branched out into acting with remarkable success. A supporting role in the delightful B-movie Tremors led to other work, mostly in TV projects. But 2001 proved to be her banner year as an actress. Not only did McEntire win raves and a Drama Desk Award as the legendary Annie Oakley in a Broadway revival of the musical Annie Get Your Gun, she also launched her eponymous hit sitcom, which ran for six seasons and earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a People’s Choice Award. She lent her unmistakable voice to a number of animated films, including Charlotte’s Web and The Fox and the Hound 2. And she’s proven herself to be a smart businesswoman as well: In 1988, she cofounded the management company Starstruck Entertainment with her husband, Narvel Blackstock, and has also launched her own lines of clothing, footwear, luggage and home goods.
Sang with her brother Pake and sister Susie as the Singing McEntires as a child.
Worked on the WPRA rodeo circuit for 10 years in quarter-horse barrel racing.
Almost didn't make it to her debut at the Grand Ole Opry on September 17, 1977. A guard at the gate didn't see her name on the list and refused to let her in. It took a call from her booking agent to resolve the problem.
Was offered the role of Molly Brown in Titanic, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.