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11 Persons in the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame:

Aretha Franklin

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Aretha Louise Franklin
Nickname(s):
The Queen of Soul
Birth Date:
Age today:
74, 1 day before her 75th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs:Movie:Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2005.
Kennedy Center Honors 1994.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 2005.
National Medal of Arts 1999.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 2001.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2012.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2012.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 13 June 1979.

Betty Ford

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Elizabeth Anne Bloomer
Also Known As:
Elizabeth Bloomer Warren
Nickname(s):
Betty
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
93
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Gerald Ford, until his earlier death.
Younger than Gerald Ford by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Became First Lady when her husband took office on Nixon's resignation. Encouraged breast cancer exams and championed alcohol and drug rehabilitation.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 1991.
Congressional Gold Medal 1998.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 1987.

Edna Ferber

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Edna Ferber
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Novels:Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 2009.
New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012.

Ellen Burstyn

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Edna Rae Gillooley
Also Known As:
Ellen McRae
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies:TV series:Tony Award for Broadway play:Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 1997.
Theater Hall of Fame 2013.

Gilda Radner

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Gilda Susan Radner
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Gene Wilder, until she died.
Younger than Gene Wilder by 13 years.

Brief Facts:

TV show:Movie:Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 1992.
Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 27 June 2003.

Helen Thomas

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Helen Amelia Thomas
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92, 14 days before her 93rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Member of the White House press corps. News and commentary with United Press International for 57 years. Received numerous awards and more than 30 honorary degrees.
Michigan Walk of Fame 2006.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 1986.

Marlo Thomas

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Margaret Julia Thomas
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

daughter of
wife of
Younger than Phil Donohue by 1 year.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Movie:TV show:Broadway play:Supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 2009.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 2014.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6904 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 3 December 1992.

Rosa Parks

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Rosa Louise McCauley
Also Known As:
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Famed for instigating the Montgomery Bus Boycott when on December 1, 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white person. Civil rights icon.
Michigan Walk of Fame 2006.
National Women's Hall of Fame 1993.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 1996.
Congressional Gold Medal 1999.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 1983.
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2004.
Alabama Women's Hall of Fame 2008.

Serena Williams

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Serena Jameka Williams
Birth Date:
Age today:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

daughter of
younger sister of
Younger than Venus Williams by 1 year.
half-sister of
Younger than Yetunde Price by 9 years.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Champion tennis player.
California Hall of Fame 2010.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 2012.
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2005.

Sippie Wallace

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Beulah Thomas
Nickname(s):
The Texas Nightingale
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues Hall of Fame 2003.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 1993.

Sojourner Truth

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Isabella Baumfree
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
86 or 87
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A freed slave from New York who lectured on abolition, women's rights, prison reform.
National Women's Hall of Fame 1981.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 1983.
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