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Also Known As: Taylor Alison Swift Died:
Born: December 13, 1989 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: singer, songwriter, musician, actress

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te gift for composing a song in minutes and addressed everything from the Joe Jonas breakup to the Kanye West incident. Swift also impersonated reality TV star Kate Gosselin â¿¿ complete with the "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" star's signature spiky hairstyle â¿¿ for a hilarious segment spoofing "The View." In fact critics went out of their way to heap accolades upon the singer for a natural comic timing and for hosting one of the best episodes of the calendar year; certainly the best episode of the 2009-10 season up until that time.Even though 2009 was a banner year for Swift's music, it also saw the young star's acting career blossom onscreen. She first made a cameo in the Jonas Brothers' feature film "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience," which earned over $12 million its opening weekend. Swift performed the ballad "Crazier" in "Hannah Montana: The Movie," starring her celebrity pal Miley Cyrus. Her growing acting resume put Swift on the map with other multitalented stars such as Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. Swift momentarily shed her good girl image â¿¿ and wore a brunette wig â¿¿ to play a 16-year-old murdered by her mother after a heated argument on a mind-blowing episode of "CSI:...

te gift for composing a song in minutes and addressed everything from the Joe Jonas breakup to the Kanye West incident. Swift also impersonated reality TV star Kate Gosselin â¿¿ complete with the "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" star's signature spiky hairstyle â¿¿ for a hilarious segment spoofing "The View." In fact critics went out of their way to heap accolades upon the singer for a natural comic timing and for hosting one of the best episodes of the calendar year; certainly the best episode of the 2009-10 season up until that time.

Even though 2009 was a banner year for Swift's music, it also saw the young star's acting career blossom onscreen. She first made a cameo in the Jonas Brothers' feature film "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience," which earned over $12 million its opening weekend. Swift performed the ballad "Crazier" in "Hannah Montana: The Movie," starring her celebrity pal Miley Cyrus. Her growing acting resume put Swift on the map with other multitalented stars such as Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. Swift momentarily shed her good girl image â¿¿ and wore a brunette wig â¿¿ to play a 16-year-old murdered by her mother after a heated argument on a mind-blowing episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" titled "Turn, Turn, Turn" (2009). It was a dream finally realized for the singer, who had obsessively watched the hit crime drama for years. The singer capped off an impressive year with yet another music milestone when her self-titled debut, released three years earlier, became the longest-running album of the decade on the Billboard 200.

In 2010, Swift made her big screen acting debut in "Valentine's Day," directed by Garry Marshall who had made Julia Roberts a star over 20 years earlier with "Pretty Woman" (1990). The all-star ensemble cast included Hollywood heavyweights Roberts, Queen Latifah, and Jamie Foxx, as well as up-and-comers such as "Twilight" (2008) star Taylor Lautner, who played Swift's love interest. Photos of the young couple kissing while shooting the film even sparked rumors they were dating in real life, which turned out to be true for a brief time in late 2009. The following year, Swift released her third album, Speak Now (2010), which sold over four million copies and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Album. She went on to win Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for her hit single, "Mean." Toward the end of 2010, Swift was in the news for her all-too-brief dalliance with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, which sparked a high level of interest from the tabloids. Following a world tour to support her album, Swift made her animated debut voicing Audrey in "The Lorax" (2012), and moved on in her personal life to start dating Conor Kennedy, eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the late Mary Richardson Kennedy. Swift had been a family friend for several years, growing particularly close to matriarch Ethel Kennedy. She made considerable news when the singer was rumored to be buying a Massachusetts house directly across the street from Ethelâ¿¿s home. During the promotional tour touting her latest album, Red in the fall of 2012, it was confirmed that Swift and Kennedy had broken up. After another brief romance with One Direction hunk Harry Styles ended, Swift moved to New York City and subtly changed her public image, presenting herself as a modern young woman in the big city, with a taste for vintage clothes and a lot of supportive female friends. Continuing with the break with Nashville country conventions that had started with Red's leadoff single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Swift left country music entirely behind with her fifth album, 1989. Named after the year of her birth, 1989 was a glossy, largely electronic pop record featuring the hit singles "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space." An instant success that garnered widespread critical acclaim, the album successfully re-invented Swift as a mainstream pop star.

road with McGraw and his wife Faith Hill for the couple's 2007 tour, as well as opening for country hit makers George Strait, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2008 Grammy Awards, but lost to British soul singer Amy Winehouse.

On Nov. 11, 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless to record-breaking sales. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and became the highest debut of any country artist that year. The album was not without the adolescent yearnings synonymous with Swift's songwriting, yet there was an evident maturity and growing sophistication. The first single, "Love Story," was a country/pop crossover success, thanks to its catchy guitar riff and the track's modern take on Romeo and Juliet. Swift was unapologetically honest when it came to songwriting, with no song more evidence of this than "Forever & Always," inspired by how her ex-boyfriend, teen heartthrob Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, ended their relationship with a 30-second phone call. Swift topped the charts once again with the bouncy tune "You Belong with Me" (2009), about a shy girl who pines for the most popular guy in school. The single was only the second country song to reach No. 1 in the Mainstream Top 40 chart after her own "Love Story." In April 2009, Swift kicked off her first headlining tour, visiting 52 cities in North America and Canada over six months, and selling out major venues from Los Angeles' Staples Center to New York's Madison Square Garden in minutes. She brought the "Fearless Tour" to Europe later that year.

The video for "You Belong with Me" earned Swift her very first MTV Video Music Award ⿿ and the first time a country artist had ever won on the show. Upon accepting her Best Female Video trophy during the September ceremony, Swift's crowning moment was cut short after rapper and notorious poor sport Kanye West rushed to the stage, yanked the microphone from her, and proclaimed Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" video more deserving of the honor. The outrageous incident left everyone at Radio City Music Hall speechless while a confused and embarrassed Swift, glowing in her sequined gown, was led off stage in a bit of shock. Outrage against the rapper ensued throughout the broadcast, leading to boos whenever his name was mentioned, while Swift kept her composure throughout the show, even performing a live version of "You Belong with Me." The night concluded with Beyoncé ⿿ who was accepting her award for Video of the Year ⿿ asking Swift to come to the stage and make her acceptance speech that had been robbed from her earlier. West, who had been ushered out of the venue after the incident, truly felt the VMA backlash the next day and for days after ⿿ from editorial headlines decrying "What happened to civility?" to fellow artists taking to Twitter to mock him to even being called "a jackass" by President Barack Obama during an off-the-record interview.

In the wake of KanyeGate, the country fell even more in love with Swift. In fact, some begrudgingly felt that West breaking the teenager's spirit on live TV was the best thing that could have happened to Swift on a mainstream level. After a September 15th appearance on "The View" (ABC, 1997- ), the singer received a personal phone call backstage from West apologizing for his disrespectful outburst. After the awkwardness of September, the awards kept pouring in for most of the year, including a historic win at the 2009 CMA Awards, where Swift nabbed the title of Entertainer of the Year, making her the youngest artist to do so. A few weeks later, she won five American Music Awards, even beating out legend and sentimental favorite Michael Jackson as the Artist of the Year. All eyes were on the pop princess when she hosted and performed as the musical guest on a November episode of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). Swift's opening monologue took its cue from the artist's inna

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 Giver, The (2014)
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 Valentine's Day (2010)
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2007:
Appeared as opening act for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul tour
2009:
Headlined first tour in U.S. and Canada
2009:
Made cameo in the Jonas Brothers feature film "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience"
2009:
Hosted and performed as musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
2009:
Made TV acting debut playing a 16-year-old on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS)
2012:
Voiced character of Audrey in animated feature "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
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Education

Hendersonville High School: Hendersonville , Tennessee -
Aaron Academy: Hendersonville , Tennessee - 2008

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