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Drew Barrymore, Britney Spears & Reese Witherspoon Among Most Popular Icons

VH1's 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons Complete Ranked List


NEW YORK, N.Y. (Jul 21, 2003) -- You can quote them in an instant. You know them by name. Something they said or did not only changed your life, but affected American life as a whole. Who are they? They are VH1's "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons." They are the folks that have significantly inspired and impacted American society and VH1 is celebrating them in an all-star special event.

Too large to be a "100 Greatest" special, for the first-time ever, VH1 will expand its reach and will recognize 200 of America's most outstanding and outrageous personalities with "VH1's 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons," premiering on Monday, July 21st and airing through Friday, July 25th from 9:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) each night. Each one hour episode is illustrated by Robert Risko, and will take a fun and lighthearted look at the individuals and moments that now live immortally in American pop culture.

Along with VH1, PEOPLE magazine has published a book celebrating the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons." This special collector's edition, is on newsstands now. Filled with beautiful photos and intimate reporting, PEOPLE brings you the divas, the visionaries, the sex symbols and more. From Marilyn and Michael to Elvis and Eminem, you can find them all in PEOPLE's keepsake, available through Labor Day.

What makes an "Icon?" It's not enough to just be famous or have won a couple of awards. You have to pass one or more of the following criteria:

  • Do they pass the one-name test?
  • Can you dress up as them for Halloween?
  • Did they blaze a trail in pop culture?
  • Did they create a signature character in pop culture?
  • Can you quote them (or their character) in 10 seconds or less? (Do they have a catch phrase?)
  • Did society imitate their sense of fashion? Hairstyle?
  • Did "SNL" create a sketch satirizing them?
  • Did someone write a song about them?
  • Was or is there merchandising/paraphernalia that bears their image?
  • Can they be connected to Kevin Bacon?

An eclectic group, the list includes: Al Pacino, Bill Clinton, Bugs Bunny, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Liberace, Kermit/Miss Piggy, Katherine Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, Sigmund Freud, Scooby Doo, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretsky, James Gandolfini (as Tony Soprano), Bill Clinton, The Simpsons, The Beatles and of course ... 184 others!!!!!

This special edition of VH1's popular "100 Greatest" franchise, "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" also features all-new interviews with Hollywood legends, sports figures, politicians and musical icons. All-star interviews include Katie Couric, Jay Leno, The Osbourne Family, Hugh Hefner, David Lee Roth, Denis Leary, Lisa Marie Presley, William Shatner, Susan Lucci, Britney Spears, Ringo Starr, Kevin Bacon, Penny Marshall and many more.

In a career that has spanned twenty years, Risko's work has been featured on the covers of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, InStyle, Time, Newsweek, The New Republic, and Interview magazines. Risko has drawn the likenesses of hundreds of notables from all walks of life-- film, television, politics and American culture. He is also the author of The Risko Book, and has illustrated numerous book jackets, video covers, movie posters and CD packages. VH1's "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" is his first-ever television endeavor.

VH1's "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" is a production of VH1. Executive Producers, Robert Weiss and Michelle Mahoney.

VH1 produces and programs a wide variety of music-based series, specials, live events and acquisition-based programming that keep viewers in touch with the music they love. VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV 2: Music Television, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land and VH1 as well as The Suite from MTV Networks, a package of ten digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.


200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons

Ranked List

  1. OPRAH WINFREY
  2. SUPERMAN
  3. ELVIS PRESLEY
  4. LUCILLE BALL
  5. TOM CRUISE
  6. MARILYN MONROE
  7. MADONNA
  8. MICHAEL JORDAN
  9. PRINCESS DIANA
  10. MICHAEL JACKSON
  11. FRIENDS CAST
  12. THE BEATLES
  13. JERRY SEINFELD
  14. STEVEN SPIELBERG
  15. JENNIFER LOPEZ
  16. MUHAMMAD ALI
  17. MICKEY MOUSE
  18. BILL CLINTON
  19. THE BRADY BUNCH
  20. BRITNEY SPEARS
  21. THE SIMPSONS
  22. TOM HANKS
  23. JULIA ROBERTS
  24. JFK JR.
  25. ROLLING STONES
  26. JAMES DEAN
  27. FRANK SINATRA
  28. JOHN TRAVOLTA
  29. MARY TYLER MOORE
  30. BILL COSBY
  31. EMINEM
  32. JFK
  33. GEORGE CLOONEY
  34. AUDREY HEPBURN
  35. P. DIDDY
  36. JOHNNY CARSON
  37. KURT COBAIN
  38. BRAD PITT
  39. KATIE COURIC
  40. THE OSBOURNES
  41. CHER
  42. FRED FLINTSTONE
  43. MARTHA STEWART
  44. MICHAEL J. FOX
  45. BEE GEES
  46. HARRISON FORD
  47. JACKIE O.
  48. JIM CARREY
  49. ELIZABETH TAYLOR
  50. JAMES BROWN
  51. TIGER WOODS
  52. ROBERT DE NIRO
  53. JERRY GARCIA
  54. JOHN WAYNE
  55. ELTON JOHN
  56. CARROLL O'CONNOR (AS ARCHIE BUNKER)
  57. NICOLE KIDMAN
  58. MAGIC JOHNSON
  59. LEONARDO DICAPRIO
  60. KERMIT & MISS PIGGY
  61. MIKE MYERS
  62. ANDY WARHOL
  63. MEL GIBSON
  64. CELINE DION
  65. JACKIE ROBINSON
  66. BARBRA STREISAND
  67. HOWARD STERN
  68. BOB DYLAN
  69. DENZEL WASHINGTON
  70. CAROL BURNETT
  71. RUN-D.M.C.
  72. JAY LENO
  73. BONO
  74. SUSAN LUCCI
  75. JOHN BELUSHI
  76. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  77. BUGS BUNNY
  78. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
  79. ROBIN WILLIAMS
  80. PAMELA ANDERSON
  81. JACK NICHOLSON
  82. BILL GATES
  83. AEROSMITH
  84. KATHARINE HEPBURN
  85. EDDIE MURPHY
  86. PAUL NEWMAN
  87. GRACE KELLY
  88. JOHNNY CASH
  89. BARBARA WALTERS
  90. CLINT EASTWOOD
  91. MARVIN GAYE
  92. AL PACINO
  93. KISS
  94. PENNY MARSHALL (AS LAVERNE DEFAZIO)
  95. VIVIEN LEIGH & CLARK GABLE (AS SCARLETT O'HARA/RHETT BUTLER)
  96. WAYNE GRETZKY
  97. STEPHEN KING
  98. SHANIA TWAIN
  99. HENRY WINKLER (AS THE FONZ
  100. WILL SMITH
  101. KEVIN BACON
  102. DAVID LETTERMAN
  103. ARETHA FRANKLIN
  104. CHARLIE BROWN
  105. RICHARD PRYOR
  106. JOE DIMAGGIO
  107. STING
  108. ALBERT EINSTEIN
  109. JIMI HENDRIX
  110. BETTE DAVIS
  111. RUDY GIULIANI
  112. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
  113. ALFRED HITCHCOCK
  114. CINDY CRAWFORD
  115. SYLVESTER STALLONE
  116. WHITNEY HOUSTON
  117. WILLIAM SHATNER
  118. E.T.
  119. BEN AFFLECK
  120. SARAH JESSICA PARKER
  121. BRUCE WILLIS
  122. BOB DENVER (AS GILLIGAN)
  123. JANE FONDA
  124. SIGMUND FREUD
  125. STEVIE WONDER
  126. CHARLIE CHAPLIN
  127. TINA TURNER
  128. JUDY GARLAND (played Dorothy in Wizard of Oz)
  129. DOROTHY HAMILL
  130. DICK CLARK
  131. CALVIN KLEIN
  132. LED ZEPPELIN
  133. JULIE ANDREWS (played Maria in Sound of Music)
  134. JANET JACKSON
  135. WHOOPI GOLDBERG
  136. BABE RUTH
  137. PRINCE
  138. HUGH HEFNER
  139. MOLLY RINGWALD
  140. JAMES GANDOLFINI (AS TONY SOPRANO)
  141. BRUCE LEE
  142. GWEN STEFANI (singer in No Doubt)
  143. RON HOWARD
  144. ELLEN DEGENERES
  145. DICK VAN DYKE
  146. NEIL ARMSTRONG
  147. DAVID BOWIE
  148. MISTER ROGERS
  149. SALLY FIELD
  150. GARTH BROOKS
  151. SPIDER-MAN
  152. BOB HOPE
  153. BON JOVI
  154. HARRY POTTER
  155. CHRISTIE BRINKLEY
  156. VENUS/SERENA WILLIAMS
  157. BARBARA EDEN (AS JEANNIE)
  158. BATMAN
  159. RICKY MARTIN
  160. FARRAH FAWCETT
  161. MONICA LEWINSKY
  162. LEONARD NIMOY (AS SPOCK)
  163. LIBERACE
  164. BURT REYNOLDS
  165. DIANA ROSS
  166. BETTY FORD
  167. THE THREE STOOGES
  168. ABBA
  169. WOODY ALLEN
  170. JIM MORRISON
  171. SCOOBY-DOO
  172. GIANNI VERSACE
  173. ROSEANNE
  174. TUPAC SHAKUR
  175. JACKIE GLEASON
  176. WONDER WOMAN
  177. MARIAH CAREY
  178. DREW BARRYMORE
  179. CHRIS ROCK
  180. LARRY HAGMAN (AS J.R. EWING)
  181. REESE WITHERSPOON
  182. TELLY SAVALAS (AS KOJAK)
  183. WINONA RYDER
  184. BOB MARLEY
  185. ROSIE O'DONNELL
  186. HALLE BERRY
  187. ROCK HUDSON
  188. JOE NAMATH
  189. DOLLY PARTON
  190. RUSSELL CROWE
  191. REGIS PHILBIN
  192. BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD
  193. ARSENIO HALL
  194. DR. PHIL
  195. MACAULAY CULKIN
  196. AXL ROSE
  197. JUDGE JUDY
  198. CARTMAN
  199. QUEEN LATIFAH
  200. THE ROCK

Source: VH1



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