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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 27, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Huntington, New York, USA Profession: songwriter, singer, producer, actress, waitress

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Once named the most successful artist of the 1990s by Billboard magazine, pop diva Mariah Carey overcame an industry biased towards her mixed ethnicity to become one of the most successful solo artists of all time. Following her self-titled debut album, Carey spent the next several years topping the charts while becoming the first artist to ever have their first five singles reach No. 1. Though reluctant at first to sing on stage, Carey delivered a rousing performance on "MTV Unplugged," which led to high ratings for the series and a best-selling album. But it was her third record, Music Box, that established her as an international star, thanks to over 30 million copies selling worldwide. With her career at full tilt and her Cinderella-like marriage to Columbia Records executive, Tommy Mottola, Carey seemed to have it all. But by the end of the decade, her squeaky clean image and seemingly perfect marriage started to crack. Following a highly-publicized separation and divorce from Mottola, she had a public breakdown that resulted in a hospital stay. Meanwhile, album sales plummeted while Carey made a disastrous acting debut in the much-maligned drama, "Glitter" (2001). Despite what many considered...

Once named the most successful artist of the 1990s by Billboard magazine, pop diva Mariah Carey overcame an industry biased towards her mixed ethnicity to become one of the most successful solo artists of all time. Following her self-titled debut album, Carey spent the next several years topping the charts while becoming the first artist to ever have their first five singles reach No. 1. Though reluctant at first to sing on stage, Carey delivered a rousing performance on "MTV Unplugged," which led to high ratings for the series and a best-selling album. But it was her third record, Music Box, that established her as an international star, thanks to over 30 million copies selling worldwide. With her career at full tilt and her Cinderella-like marriage to Columbia Records executive, Tommy Mottola, Carey seemed to have it all. But by the end of the decade, her squeaky clean image and seemingly perfect marriage started to crack. Following a highly-publicized separation and divorce from Mottola, she had a public breakdown that resulted in a hospital stay. Meanwhile, album sales plummeted while Carey made a disastrous acting debut in the much-maligned drama, "Glitter" (2001). Despite what many considered to be a permanent career setback, Carey emerged vindicated only a few years later with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005), which put her atop the charts while winning two Grammy Awards. Once ridiculed for her acting, Carey also found herself the subject of serious Oscar buzz for her performance as a social worker in the indie drama, "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" (2009), all of which helped solidify Carey as one of the most versatile and beloved performers of her generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Bad 25 (2012)
3.
 Precious (2009)
5.
 Tennessee (2008)
7.
 State Property 2 (2005)
8.
 Wisegirls (2002) Raychel
9.
 Glitter (2001) Billie Frank
10.
 Bachelor, The (1999) Ilana
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Milestones close milestones

1988:
Began career as a backup singer for freestyle balladeer Brenda K. Starr
1988:
Presented her demo to Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola at a party and he signed her to a recording contract shortly after
1990:
Released her debut album, <i>Mariah Carey</i>, which included the breakthrough hit, "Vision of Love"
1991:
Followed up with the comparably successful sophomore effort, <i>Emotions</i>
1993:
Released <i>MTV Unplugged</i> from her appearance on the music series; hit No.1 with her remake of "I'll Be There"
1993:
Starred in the NBC special "Mariah Carey"
1993:
Released the album, <i>Music Box</i>, featuring the hit "Dreamlover"
1994:
Teamed up with Luther Vandross to cover the Diana Ross/Lionel Richie hit, "Endless Love"
1994:
<i>Merry Christmas</i> is released, launching the hit holiday original, "All I Want For Christmas"
1995:
The concert special "Mariah Carey: Daydream from New York to Tokyo" aired on FOX
1996:
Collaborated with Boyz II Men on "One Sweet Day," which is later named the biggest recording of the year
1997:
Founded Crave Records under Sony Music Entertainment
1997:
Released the album, <i>Butterfly</i>, marking her transition to a more hip-hop inspired sound
1998:
Shut down operations at Crave Records in July
1998:
UPN aired the concert special "Mariah Around the World"
1998:
Teamed with Whitney Houston for the single "When You Believe," the theme song for the animated feature "The Prince of Egypt"
1999:
Had a small role as an opera singer in "The Bachelor"
1999:
Teamed up with rap star Jay-Z for the single, "Heartbreaker"
1999:
Released the album, <i>Rainbow</i>, featuring the hit single "Heartbreaker"
2000:
Performed in the VH1 special, "Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross"
2001:
Left Columbia Records and signed a contract with EMI's Virgin Records worth a reported $80 million
2001:
Starred in the semi-autobiographical film, "Glitter"; also released an accompanying soundtrack album
2002:
Made guest appearance on FOX's "Ally McBeal"
2002:
Acted opposite Mira Sorvino in "Wise Girls"; screened at Sundance
2002:
Virgin bought out Carey's contract for $28 million
2002:
Signed a contract with Island Records, valued at more than $22 million; also launched the record label MonarC
2005:
Released her multi-platinum album, <i>The Emancipation of Mimi</i>; nominated for eight Grammy awards, including Record of the Year
2006:
Played an aspiring singer who flees her controlling husband in the indie film "Tennessee"
2006:
Signed a deal with Pepsi to write and produce 20 exclusive ringtones and star in TV commercials
2008:
Released eleventh studio album <i>E=MC²</i>
2009:
Released her album <i>Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel</i>
2009:
Earned critical praise for her performance as a social worker in "Precious"
2012:
Announced as new judge of "American Idol" (Fox) alongside Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and returnee Randy Jackson
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Education

Harborfields High School: Greenlawn , New York - 1987

Notes

Director Brett Ratner, who helmed Carey's "Heartbreaker" video on the singer: "She's a trouper, to say the least. But she's like a kid, too. That's what's so crazy, because when you're with Mariah, it's like, 'Jump on and go for the ride.' And look, she's really, really smart. She does everything: She writes, she produces. People think she's writing these songs just to sell records, but these songs come right from her heart." -- quoted in Rolling Stone, February 17, 2000.

"It's like a little secluded cocoon world where I quite enjoy not dealing with reality." -- Mariah Carey on working on movie sets, filming "All That Glitters", quoted to MTVNEWS.com, October 4, 2000.

Carey on "All That Glitters": "It's not scary at all. I've been dying to do [a movie] for three and a half years, but fools wouldn't let me. I don't have issues with being in front of the camera. I've been a freakin' ham since I was 3 years old!"

"A lot of people will say, 'Oh she's playing a singer for the first time.' Which is why I wanted to do 'Wisegirls,' because I'm really playing a character; she not a singer. It's totally out there - and, as you may have noticed, there's some [part] of my personality that needs to express anger." --quoted to MTVNEWS.com, May 21, 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Tommy Mottola. Executive. CEO of Sony Music; married in 1993; separated in 1997; divorced March 1998.
companion:
Derek Jeter. Professional baseball player. Star shortstop for the New York Yankees; dated in early 1998.
companion:
Luis Miguel. Musician. Dubbed "Elvis of Mexico"; had on-again, off-again realationship from 1998 until late summer 2001; reportedly reconciled in late fall 2001; no longer together.
companion:
Vin Diesel. Actor. Rumored to be dating as of December 2002.
companion:
Mark Sudack. Manager. Reportedly dating July 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Alfred Roy Carey. Engineer. African-American of Venezuelan descent; divorced c. 1973.
mother:
Patricia Carey. Singer; voice coach. Irish-American; divorced c. 1973.
brother:
Morgan Carey. Personal trainer. Older.
sister:
Alison Carey. Older; lived with father after parents' split.
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