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Also Known As: Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Ashlee Nicole Simpson Died:
Born: October 3, 1984 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: singer, actress, musician, dancer

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Pop singer and occasional actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz emerged from the shadow of her superstar pop singing sister Jessica, thanks to the success of her 2004 album Autobiography, and its catchy single "Pieces of Me." Considered the "edgier" of the two sisters, her questionably authentic rock 'n' roll persona provided an alternative to her blonde Southern belle sister, though the pair were both managed by their Svengali-like father Joe Simpson, who utilized reality television to bolster both their careers. While Simpson-Wentz enjoyed a few top singles, she endured perpetual heartache at the hands of the media; first, over a highly publicized lip-synching snafu on live television, then relentless taunting over a nose job, a film flop, her marriage and bizarrely-named first son, and a short-lived stint on the remake of "Melrose Place" (The CW, 2009- ), from which she was unceremoniously let go. Simpson-Wentz managed to avenge some of her detractors when she offered well-received runs on the New York and London stages in the musical "Chicago," which was considerably lower on the fame scale than a pop music career but possibly better suited to a young woman whose initial talent had actually been as a...

Pop singer and occasional actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz emerged from the shadow of her superstar pop singing sister Jessica, thanks to the success of her 2004 album Autobiography, and its catchy single "Pieces of Me." Considered the "edgier" of the two sisters, her questionably authentic rock 'n' roll persona provided an alternative to her blonde Southern belle sister, though the pair were both managed by their Svengali-like father Joe Simpson, who utilized reality television to bolster both their careers. While Simpson-Wentz enjoyed a few top singles, she endured perpetual heartache at the hands of the media; first, over a highly publicized lip-synching snafu on live television, then relentless taunting over a nose job, a film flop, her marriage and bizarrely-named first son, and a short-lived stint on the remake of "Melrose Place" (The CW, 2009- ), from which she was unceremoniously let go. Simpson-Wentz managed to avenge some of her detractors when she offered well-received runs on the New York and London stages in the musical "Chicago," which was considerably lower on the fame scale than a pop music career but possibly better suited to a young woman whose initial talent had actually been as a dancer.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Undiscovered (2005) Cast
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 Hot Chick, The (2002) Monique
4.
 Summer Music Mania 2004 (2004) Performer
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1999:
Began performing at 14, dancing professionally on the road with her older sister, pop singer Jessica Simpson
2001:
First television appearance was on an episode of "Malcolm in the Middle" (FOX)
2002:
Appeared opposite Rob Schneider in the comedy film, "The Hot Chick"
2002:
Had a recurring role as Simon's girlfriend Cecilia on the WB drama, "7th Heaven"
2004:
Released debut album, <i>Autobiography</i>
2004:
Appeared in her own reality series on MTV, following the process of recording her first album, "The Ashlee Simpson Show"
2004:
Acted opposite Hilary Duff in the teen drama, "Raise Your Voice"
2004:
Feature on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) in the now famous incident that revealed that she was lip-synching
2005:
First lead role in a feature film, "Undiscovered"
2005:
Second album, <i>I Am Me</i>, debuted at number one
2006:
Made London stage debut as Roxie Hart in the musical, "Chicago"
2008:
Released third album, <i>Bittersweet World</i>
2009:
Played Violet Foster on the first season of CW's revamp of the '90s series, "Melrose Place"
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Will reprise her role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of "Chicago"
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Education

School of American Ballet: New York , New York - 1996

Notes

"Jessica and my personalities are so different," Ashlee said. "We've always, always been into such different music. In fifth grade, I was obsessed with Green Day and was always going to punk shows, getting in the pit and gettin' dirty."---Simpson MTV.com October 27, 2003

"I never felt it was a challenge to separate myself from my sister... I have this raspy voice! But I'd rather be compared to my sister than anybody else."---Simpson to US June 21, 2004

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companion:
Ryan Cabrera. Singer. Began dating early 2004; appeared on several episodes of her reality show; relationship ended August 2004.

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father:
Joe Simpson. Manager.
mother:
Tina Simpson.

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"Autobiography"

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