Ollie Imogene Shepard, better known as Jean Shepard, is an American honky tonk singer-songwriter who was a pioneer for women in country music. Shepard released a total of 73 singles to the Hot Country Songs chart, one of which reached the No. 1 spot. She recorded a total of 24 studio albums between 1956 and 1981, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1955. After Kitty Wells' 1952 breakthrough, Shepard quickly followed, and a national television gig and the Opry helped make her a star when few female country singers had enduring success. Her first hit, "A Dear John Letter", a 1953 duet with Ferlin Husky, was the first post-World War II record by a woman country artist to sell more than a million copies.
- Born: November 21, 1933 (age 84), Pauls Valley
- Spouse: Hawkshaw Hawkins (1960-11-26 to present - )
- Aliases: Shepard, Jean
- Genre: Country
- Websites: http://www.jeanshepardcountry.com/