List of Louisiana Creoles

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This is a list of notable Louisiana Creole people. To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Louisiana Creoles or must have references showing they are Louisiana Creoles and are notable.


Arts, culture, and entertainment[edit]

  • Edgar Degas (1834–1917) – artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. A cousin of Norbert Rillieux, he was the eldest of five children of Célestine Musson De Gas, a Creole from New Orleans, and Augustin De Gas, a banker.
  • Geno Delafose (1972) – zydeco accordionist
  • Louis Nelson Delisle (1885–1949) – Dixieland jazz clarinetist
  • Brandon DeShazer (1984) – actor, model
  • Natty Dominique (1896–1982) – jazz trumpeter
  • Fats Domino (born 1928) – classic R&B and rock and roll singer, songwriter and pianist[16]
  • Rockin' Dopsie (1932–1993) – leading Zydeco musician and button accordion player who enjoyed popular success first in Europe and later in the United States
  • Lawrence Duhe (1887–1960) – jazz clarinetist and bandleader. He was a member of Sugar Johnnie's New Orleans Creole Orchestra.
  • Honore Dutrey (1894–1934) – dixieland jazz trombonist
  • Sheila E. (1957) – percussionist, singer, composer and producer[17]
Nicole Richie in Store Appearance at the 2012 David Jones Photo Call in Sydney
  • Phylicia Rashād (1948) – Tony Award winning actress and singer, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.[38]
  • Chris Rene (1982–present) – singer-songwriter, musician and producer from Santa Cruz, California.
  • Googie Rene (1927–2007) – musician and songwriter.
  • Leon Rene (1902–1982) – music composer of R&B and rock and roll songs in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
  • Dawn Richard (1983) – singer-songwriter.
  • Robert Ri'chard (1983) – actor
Ice-T with Body Count performing in 2006.




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See also[edit]


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