Britney Jean Spears

Date of Birth: Dec. 2, 1981

Height: 1.63 m

Britney Jean Spears was born in rural Louisiana. She loved singing since childhood. She sang with the choir in her local church and even sang on national television as a Star Search contestant.

Although refused when she auditioned for "The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989 TV series) " at 8, she starred in several TV advertisements and an off broad-way play "Ruthless" when she moved to New York under the help of one of the show's producers. In the next three years, she studied at the famous Off Broadway Dance Center and at the Professional Performing Arts School. When she auditioned for a part in "Mickey Mouse" again at 11, she won a role as a "Mouseketeer."

When she moved to her hometown and returned to high school after doing the show, she led a normal teenager's life. But her pursuing a career as a singer didn't stop. Britney set off to the big apple again. She tried in vain to send out demo tapes to various labels including Sony and Mercury. Finally, Jive Records signed with her.

In late 1998, Jive released Britney's debut single "Baby one more time" which was a pop hit around the Globe. Her debut album was released a few months later in early 1999 and like the single took to the top of the album charts, which won her awards such as the 1999 MTV Europe Awards for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Artist and Best Breakthrough Artist.

At just 18, Britney released her second album "Oops! I did it again."

2001 was a banner year for her, as she cohosted the American Music Awards with LL Cool J, sang with Aerosmith, N Sync, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige at the Super Bowl, and signed a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Pepsi. Her third album was released, which spawned hits like "Overprotected," "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" and "Slave 4 U."

A year later she starred in the movie "Crossroads" and also appeared as host and performer on "Saturday Night Live. "

After her public breakup with Justin Timberlake in 2002, the once-chaste Spears began showing up in tabloids and entertainment news shows due to her heavy partying and rebellious lifestyle.

On Sept. 18, 2004, Britney married her former backup dancer, Kevin Federline. They have two babies but

divorced in late 2006.

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