Click On to the Diabetes Hall of Fame

“We decided to start the Web site because we wanted to encourage others to reach for the stars, to show that dreams can come true no matter what obstacles get in the way. We want others to know that they are not alone.”

Angela and Rose Goode, two sisters from Pineville, West Virginia, are two famous diabetics. They are the Web masters of the Famous Diabetics Web site, found at

The Web site lists famous people by categories of professions, from politicians to artists. Angela and Rose also created a section called Soon to be Famous, for visitors to the site who can post their own names and accomplishments.

Looking at the Web site, you realize that having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from writing prize-winning novels orcreating beautiful paintings, just like Ernest Hemingway and Paul Cezanne.

The site covers dancers, politicians, world leaders, writers, artists, and even the infamous. People with diabetes have greatly improved the world and continue to do so through major achievementsin many fields.

Sobering Facts

Many of the site’s famous people have died from diabetes complications, and it says so right under their names. Angelaand Rose want to inspire people, but they don’t want to hide reality.

And they know the reality of diabetes.

“Our mother is disabled due to circulation problems in her legs, caused in part by diabetes complications. Our grandmother died due to diabetic complications, so we know how important it isto control your glucose levels.”

Angela does well with her diabetes management, and is caretaker to her family, including Rose, who has type 2 diabetes and uses a wheelchair due to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since age16.

“Rose requires a lot of help doing things most people do daily without even thinking,” says Angela. “Rose is mybest friend, and I would do anything on this earth to help make her life more enjoyable and stress free.”

Angela sees the Web site as a labor of love for all people with diabetes.

Soon to be Famous

The Soon to be Famous section is the biggest list on the site, where everybody has an opportunity to talk about his or her achievements, from getting an A in sixth grade to gaining a management position at your company.

The soon to be famous also get the chance to talk about their own philosophies, on life and diabetes.

Who’s Who

Who is the sisters’ favorite famous diabetic? Bret Michaels, the lead singer of the rock group Poison.

“Bret is an inspiration to us as well as many others,” says Angela. “He often does charity work for the JuvenileDiabetes Foundation.”

Here are some of the already famous diabetics you’ll see at the site:


  • Jack Benny, ’50s television host
  • Halle Berry, actress who recently appeared in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”
  • Wilford Brimley, of television and films, “Cocoon” and “The Firm”
  • Delta Burke, of television’s “Designing Women”
  • James Cagney, producer, director and actor
  • Nell Carter, of the television show “Gimme a Break”
  • Dale Evans, actress, singer and wife of Roy Rogers
  • Stephen Furst, actor on the television shows “St. Elsewhere” and “Babylon 5”
  • Jackie Gleason, funny star of “The Honeymooners”
  • Gordon Jump, actor on “WKRP in Cincinnati”
  • Mabel King, actress who played Mama on “What’s Happening”
  • Marcello Mastroianni, actor who appeared in 142 films
  • Jerry Mathers, actor of “Leave It To Beaver” fame
  • Mary Tyler Moore, actress and star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
  • Richard Mulligan, actor on the television show “Empty Nest”
  • Minnie Pearl, entertainer, actress on the variety show “Hee Haw”
  • Ehster Rolle, actress on the TV Show “Good Times”
  • George C. Scott, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Jean Smart, actress on “Designing Women”
  • Kate Smith, singer, actress who sang “God Bless America”
  • Spencer Tracy, famous leading man of Hollywood movies
  • Mae West, actress
  • Jane Wyman, actress on “Falcon Crest”

Political Leaders

  • Yuri Andropov, former premier of Soviet Union
  • Menachem Begin, Israeli prime minister
  • Lucille B. Chapman, a five-time Menominee Indian tribal chairwoman
  • James Farmer, civil rights pioneer
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet premier
  • Janet Jagan, president of Guyana
  • Fiorello LaGuardia, New York mayor and the airport’s namesake
  • Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid leader
  • Anwar Sadat, Egyptian leader

Business Leaders

  • James Conkling, founder of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Bill and John Davidson, heads of Harley Davidson motorcycles
  • Tom Foster, former head of Foster Poultry Farms
  • W.L. Gherra, of Payless Drugs
  • Howard Hughes, industrialist
  • Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurants


  • Nat Adderley, jazz trumpeter
  • Ray Anderson, jazz trombonist
  • Hoyt Axton, folksy baritone, songwriter and actor
  • Syd Barrett, of the rock group Pink Floyd
  • Johnny Cash, legendary country singer, known as “the man in black”
  • Carol Channing, Tony Award-winning singer/actress in “Hello Dolly”
  • Mark Collie, contemporary country star
  • David Crosby, member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Miles Davis, legendary jazz great
  • Freddy Fender, actor and country singer
  • Ella Fitzgerald, jazz vocalist
  • Mick Fleetwood, singer in rock band Fleetwood Mac
  • Jerry Garcia, lead singer of The Grateful Dead
  • Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter
  • Mahalia Jackson, singer
  • Waylon Jennings, country singer
  • B.B. King, rhythm and blues star
  • Patti LaBelle, pop singer
  • Peggy Lee, ’50s songster
  • Tommy Lee, of heavy metal band Motley Crue
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Broadway composer
  • Meat Loaf, singer
  • Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock group Poison
  • The Pump Girls


  • Morris Braunstein, scientist
  • Thomas Edison, inventor
  • Albert Ellis, psychologist, rational emotive therapy
  • Cynthia Ice, developer of Lotus software
  • George Minot, first person with diabetes to receive Nobel Prize in medicine
  • Lois Jovanovic-Peterson, scientist, endocrinologist, author of “Diabetic Women”


  • Arthur Ashe, tennis legend
  • Walter Barnes, former Philadelphia Eagle turned actor
  • Ayden Byle, runner
  • Bobby Clarke, hockey player for the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Ty Cobb, baseball player for the Detroit Tigers
  • Scott Coleman, first man with diabetes to swim the English Channel
  • Buster Douglas, boxer
  • Kenny Duckett, football player for the New Orleans Saints
  • Chris Dudley, New York Knicks basketball player
  • Del Ennis, baseball player
  • Curt Frasier, hockey player for the Chicago Black Hawks
  • Bill Gullickson, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Gary Hall, Olympic gold medalist in swimming
  • Jonathon Hayes, tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs
  • Catfish Hunter, pitcher for the Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees
  • Jason Johnson, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
  • Billie Jean King, tennis player
  • Ed Kranepool, baseball player with the New York Mets
  • Kelli Kuehne, LPGA golfer who wears a pump on the golf course
  • Jay Leeuwenburg, offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Calvin Muhammed, football player for the Washington Redskins
  • Jackie Robinson, baseball star who broke the color barrier in the Major Leagues
  • Sugar Ray Robinson, boxer
  • Ron Santo, third basemen for the Chicago Cubs
  • Art Shell, NFL player and coach
  • Michael Sinclair, defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Bill Talbert, hall of fame tennis player
  • Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer
  • Wade Wilson, NFL quarterback


  • Richard Bartlett, film
  • June Bierman, author of books on diabetes
  • Fran Carpentier, editor of Parade magazine
  • Sylvia Chase, ABC News Reporter
  • Ernest Hemingway, 20th century novelist
  • Walt Kelly, animator and Disney founder
  • Mario Puzo, author of “The Godfather”
  • Anne Rice, “Interview With a Vampire” author
  • H.G. Wells, writer, “The Invisible Man”

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