Mississippi has been home to quite a few leading women on screen, and quite a few of these have graced the cover of the Official Mississippi Tour Guide in the past, including Robin Roberts, Sela Ward and Erin Napier.
Before she was a Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts was a high school sports star in Pass Christian. Roberts’s devotion to her Mississippi roots has been a frequent subject on the air; she revisited Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Coast in an ABC special, Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm, in 2015. She cites Mary Mahoney’s in Biloxi and Lil Ray’s in Gulfport as two of her favorite restaurants.
Sela Ward may be best known for her Emmy-winning roles in television dramas like Sisters and Once and Again and her big-screen performances in The Fugitive and Gone Girl, but she’s equally devoted to her hometown of Meridian in the Pines region, where she founded the Hope Village home for abused and neglected children, and where she is among the Hall of Fame honorees at the state-of-the-art Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience, aka The MAX museum.
Erin Napier and her husband Ben have shown the country what Southern hospitality, an appreciation for history and hard work can do for their hometown of Laurel on HGTV’s hit show Home Town. This talented couple wowed viewers with their magical renovations of historic homes, sparking a new passion for revitalization from the minute they aired on HGTV. Home Town was the network’s highest rated pilot ever and is now in its sixth season.