|French-Speaking Tennesseans in the Big Time
Millie from the Millie & Chuck team in CBS's "The Amazing Race" is a Tennessean who speaks French.
Sydney Penny stars as "Samantha Kelly" in "The Bold and the Beautiful". She played "Young Meggie" in the ABC mini-series, "The Thorn Birds", "Julia Santos" on the ABC daytime drama, All My Children, in in the WB series, "Hyperion Bay", "Josie Oliver," in "Beverly Hills 90210". She was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and she speaks French fluently.
Shannen Doherty, television and movie star (Beverly Hills, 90210; A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story; Charmed; Scare Tactics; View of Terror, etc.) was born in Memphis Tennessee. She speaks French.
Ashley Judd has had movie roles in "Till Death Do Us Part," "Kiss the Girls," and "Ruby in Paradise" (New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Actress and a Sundance Film Festival Independent Spirit award), and television shows like "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and "Sisters". She is a Tennessee resident, and she majored in French at the University of Kentucky.
Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and he speaks French. Among his memorable roles in the movies are ones in "Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Unforgiven," "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Chain Reaction".
Former Tennessee State Senator Douglas Henry (Democrat, District 21) speaks fluent French.
Kathryn Robinson, of Dayton, Tennessee, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is Ambassador to Ghana, and speaks French.
The Honorable W. Robert Pearson of Tennessee, is a Career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, was Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy to France from July 1997 to July 2000, Deputy Permanent Representative to the US Mission to NATO, chair of NATO's Political Committee,Executive Secretary of the Department of State, Ambassador to Turkey and currently Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service. He speaks French.
Timothy S. McCoy, a Tennessean, senior advisor for outreach in the Senior Management at the World Cocoa Foundation, where he manages WCF’s strategic outreach to the public and private sector. He speaks fluent French.