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Also Known As: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson Died:
Born: October 25, 1984 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa BarbaraUSA Profession:

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While it might seem like pop princess Katy Perry became an overnight success, her musical aspirations began when she was very young. Perry started singing at church when she was nine, and picked up the guitar at age 13. Perry began to seriously pursue a music career when she was 15, heading to Nashville to work with professional songwriters and hone her own skills. She released her first record under her birth name, Katy Hudson, an album geared toward the Christian/inspirational demographic. In search of bigger success, Perry moved to Los Angeles and switched her focus to pop music. She also decided to part ways with her original surname to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson, opting for her mother's maiden name instead. After years of perseverance, Perry made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008 with her provocative single, "I Kissed a Girl," said to be partially inspired by actress Scarlett Johansson. A series of additional hit songs cemented Perry's popstar status, which was buoyed further by her follow-up album Teenage Dream, an international hit that featured five consecutive number one singles. She became the first female artist to reach this achievement, and was the first artist...

While it might seem like pop princess Katy Perry became an overnight success, her musical aspirations began when she was very young. Perry started singing at church when she was nine, and picked up the guitar at age 13. Perry began to seriously pursue a music career when she was 15, heading to Nashville to work with professional songwriters and hone her own skills. She released her first record under her birth name, Katy Hudson, an album geared toward the Christian/inspirational demographic. In search of bigger success, Perry moved to Los Angeles and switched her focus to pop music. She also decided to part ways with her original surname to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson, opting for her mother's maiden name instead. After years of perseverance, Perry made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008 with her provocative single, "I Kissed a Girl," said to be partially inspired by actress Scarlett Johansson. A series of additional hit songs cemented Perry's popstar status, which was buoyed further by her follow-up album Teenage Dream, an international hit that featured five consecutive number one singles. She became the first female artist to reach this achievement, and was the first artist since Michael Jackson to have so many successful singles from one album. She was named Woman of the Year by Billboard in 2012, and wrote songs for other major popstars, including Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea and Ashley Tisdale. After the release of her third pop album, Prism, Perry performed a sampling of her monster hits at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. Featuring fireworks, an animatronic lion and guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz, the performance won two Emmy Awards. Perry was a part of another major sporting event when her motivational single "Rise" was named as the official anthem of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The release of a new single, "Chained to the Rhythm," in early 2017 predated the release of her fourth album later that year.

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, CA. She was the middle child of two devout Christian ministers who maintained a strict household that did not allow music other than gospel standards. But singing was always Perry's passion. When she was nine, the future star made a "vision board" for school and chose a photo of the Latin pop singer Selena winning a Grammy award as her inspiration. She sang anywhere there was a stage, including church, restaurants, and family functions. In her teens, Perry spent time in Nashville and worked with seasoned musicians, including legendary producer and songwriter Glen Ballard. At 16, Perry released the Christian pop album Katy Hudson, but the album barely sold 100 copies. A second attempt at releasing an album with then-hot production team The Matrix failed in 2004. In 2007, Perry's hard work and persistence finally paid off with a recording contract with Capitol Records. That fall, Perry released her debut single "Ur So Gay," which earned rave reviews including one from pop icon Madonna, who reportedly called Perry's single her favorite song.

Shedding her Christian music roots and good-girl image, Perry zoomed to the top of the charts with the critically acclaimed album One of the Boys, featuring the single "I Kissed a Girl." The song's provocative, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and catchy beat helped land the single the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven straight weeks. The video for the ubiquitous pop single was nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards in 2008, including a Best New Artist award for the talented singer, and a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her follow-up single, "Hot-N-Cold," was also a No. 1 hit, selling more than three million digital tracks. Ultimately, a total of four songs from the album would become hits, with the tracks "Thinking of You" and "Waking Up in Vegas" also eventually appearing on the charts. When "Hot-n-Cold"'s hilarious music video - which featured the spunky singer as a jilted bride - was spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), it was made official that the colorful Perry was a bona fide music superstar. Perry's music videos also launched the raven-haired pop star as fashion's newest "It" girl. Whether vamping it up for magazine covers or walking the red carpet, Perry's quirky style - 1940s pin-up girl-meets-rocker chic - always made an impression.

Meanwhile, Perry's sweet-yet-sultry appeal also caught the eye of several musicians who Perry reportedly dated, including Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. But it was her relationship with ribald British comic Russell Brand that caused the most buzz. Perry first met the comedic actor in summer 2009 while filming a cameo for Brand's feature comedy "Get Him to the Greek" (2010). The couple then reunited at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when while hosting the program, Brand joked about having a crush on Perry, who was one of the performers. In January 2010, the couple announced their engagement after a four-month courtship, with Perry's fellow music star Rihanna already planning the bachelorette party. That same year, Perry teamed up with rap star Snoop Dogg on the smash hit single "California Gurls" from her forthcoming album Teenage Dream. The fun, fanciful single - complete with an Auto-Tuned Perry and Snoop trading quips about the glories of the Golden Coast - became the jam of the summer, making Perry the pop princess of the year. The inspirational follow-up single "Firework" did even better, selling over 9 million copies in the United States alone. In 2011, Perry would make history as the first female artist, and the second artist overall (after Michael Jackson), to have five singles from one album reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with the title track "Teenage Dream," "E.T." (featuring Kanye West), and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" all charting alongside "California Gurls" and "Firework."

During this era, Perry continued her work as an actress, appearing twice on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) and guest starring on episodes of "The Simpsons" (Fox 1989- ), "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014), and "Raising Hope" (Fox 2010-14), a sitcom co-starring one of Perry's closest friends, actress Shannon Woodward. In 2011, she made her film debut as the voice of Smurfette in the animated movie "The Smurfs," based on the popular comic series and children's television show of the 1980s; she reprised the role in "The Smurfs 2" (2013). The following year, she was featured in the 3D musical documentary, "Katy Perry: Part of Me" (2012), a lavish behind-the-scenes film chronicling her 2011 tour that wound up performing below expectations. Meanwhile, her personal life took a high-profile hit when Brand filed for divorce in late 2011 following 14 months of marriage, which became effective in July 2012 after the mandatory six-month waiting period. Perry quickly began dating musician John Mayer, but their on-again, off-again relationship ended in February 2014. Perry began dating actor Orlando Bloom in 2015. For her third album, 2013's Prism, Perry toned down the more cartoonish elements of her colorful persona in favor of a more realistic, relatable image. The album featured a pair of number one singles, "Roar," which was Perry's 10th No. 1 single, and "Dark Horse." In 2015, Perry starred in the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX, performing a medley of her hits with guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott as well as a scene-stealing appearance by a pair of dancers in foam shark outfits, one of whom (quickly dubbed "Left Shark" by social media fans) was decidedly out of sync with the other performers. Perry tweaked her public persona with a cameo appearance in the model industry satire "Zoolander 2" (2016). In July 2016, she released the new single "Rise," inspired by the Olympic Games. Perry teased the forthcoming release of her fourth album in early 2017 with the release of her single "Chained to the Rhythm," which she debuted at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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 Zoolander 2 (2016)
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 Smurfs 2, The (2013)
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 Smurfs, The (2011)
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2001:
Released a self-titled Christian pop album under her real name, Katy Hudson
2008:
Released critically acclaimed mainstream debut album <i>One of the Boys</i>
2009:
"I Kissed A Girl" nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
2010:
Released sophomore album <i>Teenage Dream</i>, featuring the No. 1 single "California Girls"
2011:
Feature film debut, voicing the character of Smurfette in "The Smurfs"
2011:
Guest starred on "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)
2012:
Starred in the musical documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me"
2013:
Released her third album, <i>Prism</i>, featuring the hit singles "Roar" and "Dark Horse"
2015:
Performed at the halftime show of Super Bowl LXIX in Glendale, AZ, with special guests Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott
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