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Made in Michigan

Michigan Week (May 17-24) is a good time to remember the state's celebrated natives from all walks of life. Communities across Michigan can lay claim to renowned authors, artists, musicians, actors, athletes, politicians, inventors and more. Film makers Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Raimi, Michael Moore, and Paul Schrader were all born in Michigan. Just some of the world famous musicians born here include Stevie Wonder, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Earl Klugh, Bog Seger, Glen Frey, Madonna, and Iggy Pop. Actors born in the state include Bruce Campbell, Tom Selleck, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Burstyn, Kristen Bell, Julie Harris, George Peppard, George C. Scott, Danny Thomas, and Marlo Thomas — the list goes on. Noteworthy authors such as Edna Ferber, Terry McMillan, Judith Guest and Marguerite De Angeli are also Michigan natives. Famous Michigan born athletes include baseball players Charlie Gehringer, Jim Abbott and Hal Newhouser. Find out more about our state's notable heritage by checking out some of the following items from the Library's collection.

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex — Architect

The Dodge brothers: the men, the motor cars, and the legacy by Charles K. Hyde — Automobile engineers

Gifted hands: the Ben Carson story by Ben Carson; with Cecil Murphey — Neurosurgeon

I'd hate myself in the morning: a memoir by Ring Larner, Jr — Author & screenwriter

James Earl Jones: voices and silences by James Earl Jones and Penelope Niven — Actor

The Kellogg brothers [videodisc]: corn flake kings by A & E Television Networks — Cereal pioneers

Marshall M. Fredericks, sculptor by edited by Suzanne P. Fredericks

My life by Earvin "Magic" Johnson with William Novak — Basketball player

Off to the side: a memoir by Jim Harrison — Author

Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg — Aviator

The people's tycoon: Henry Ford and the American century by Steven Watts — Automobile pioneer

Secrets of a sparrow: memoirs by Diana Ross — Singer & actress

Smokey: inside my life by Smokey Robinson with David Ritz — Singer

To be loved: the music, the magic, the memories of Motown: an autobiography by Berry Gordy — Record producer & founder of Motown

Waiting for the morning train: an American boyhood by Bruce Catton — Historian

It's always something by Gilda Radner — Actress & comedian