At age 14, began performing career as a singer at a restaurant in Venice, California
Wrote first hit single, "Solitaire", recorded by Laura Branigan
Contributed first song to a motion picture, "Hot Night" included on the soundtrack to "Ghostbusters II"
Received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the song "Rhythm of the Night" from the feature "The Last Dragon"
Founded Realsongs, a publishing company to handle the rights to her songs
Was nominated for Best Original Song Oscar for "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from "Mannequin"
Wrote the theme song to the James Bond film "Licence to Kill"
Got second Oscar nomination for Best Song for "Because You Loved Me", the love theme from "Up Close and Personal"
Toni Braxton's recording of her pop song "Unbreak My Heart" was a Number One Hit
Earned third Academy Award nomination for the country-flavored song "How Do I Live" used in the film "Con Air"; song was recorded by both Lee Ann Rimes and Trisha Yearwood
Penned the theme to "Music of My Heart"; picked up a Best Original Song Academy Award nomination
Had four songs featured on the soundtrack of "Coyote Ugly"
Wrote the song "I Don't Know How I Got By" for the film "The Family Man"
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January 31)
Contributed the love theme ("There You'll Be") to "Pearl Harbor"; netted sixth Oscar nomination
With James Newton Howard, co-wrote songs for Disney's animated "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"; when film was released, however, only one of the songs "Where the Dream Takes You", was included