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Also Known As: Britney Jean Spears Died:
Born: December 2, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kentwood, Louisiana, USA Profession: singer, music producer, actor

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t critics, but had the distinction of giving her three No. 1 singles from the same album; a first for the entertainer. Following a well-received tour in support of Femme Fatale, Spears confirmed her engagement to longtime beau and former manager Jason Trawick in December of 2011. Having seemingly turned a monumental corner in both her professional and personal life, the singer let it be known that her plans for much of 2012 involved some much deserved time off. But those plans did not last long, as rumors began to swirl that Spears was going to become a judge on Simon Cowell¿s "The X-Factor" (Fox, 2011- ), his much-hyped post-"American Idol" singing competition that struggled for ratings during its inaugural season. Cowell released both Paula Abdul and Nicole Sherzinger from their contracts in January 2012, leading to rumors of Spears being a possible replacement. Initially, she was offered $10 million, but declined while citing Christina Aguilera¿s higher payday on "The Voice." Eventually the sides agreed to $15 million, making Spears the highest-paid judge on television. Her deal was completed in April 2012 and announced officially the following month. After only a few months on the job, Spears...

t critics, but had the distinction of giving her three No. 1 singles from the same album; a first for the entertainer. Following a well-received tour in support of Femme Fatale, Spears confirmed her engagement to longtime beau and former manager Jason Trawick in December of 2011. Having seemingly turned a monumental corner in both her professional and personal life, the singer let it be known that her plans for much of 2012 involved some much deserved time off. But those plans did not last long, as rumors began to swirl that Spears was going to become a judge on Simon Cowell¿s "The X-Factor" (Fox, 2011- ), his much-hyped post-"American Idol" singing competition that struggled for ratings during its inaugural season. Cowell released both Paula Abdul and Nicole Sherzinger from their contracts in January 2012, leading to rumors of Spears being a possible replacement. Initially, she was offered $10 million, but declined while citing Christina Aguilera¿s higher payday on "The Voice." Eventually the sides agreed to $15 million, making Spears the highest-paid judge on television. Her deal was completed in April 2012 and announced officially the following month. After only a few months on the job, Spears announced she would not return for the next season of the talent show, choosing instead to concentrate on her music. expensive frocks and then took off with some of the pricey wardrobe provided without even finishing the interview or shoot ¿ things seemed to be reaching a boiling point for the girl who had cut out everyone in her life who cared for her. When the singer was announced as the opening act of the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, public interest ran high; could she pull it off? Performing her first single off her first studio album in some time, "Gimme More," Spears bombed so spectacularly that even she appeared to realize it, giving up mid-song. Her lip-synching was off, her dance moves lethargic and she even stumbled a bit just walking through her routine. It did not help matters that she was poured into a sequined bikini that was not flattering to her figure. Critics wasted no time slamming the singer, who reportedly left the stage in tears, for not only phoning it in, but for partying in Vegas non-stop in the days leading up to the anticipated performance.

If Britney-watchers thought that things could not get worse for the former pop princess, they were wrong. Only weeks after the VMA disaster, a judge ordered Spears to surrender custody of her two children to her ex-husband, ruling that Federline would take custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James only two days after said ruling "until further order of the court." The order stemmed from an unspecified oral motion made by Federline's attorneys and was handled in a closed-door hearing. The judge's order did not state the reason for the change in custody and all transcripts of the proceedings were ordered sealed. However, that did not prevent many in even the mainstream "respectable" media from taking a stab at what moved the process from court-ordered parenting classes and drug/alcohol testing to losing physical custody only days after the previous rulings that still allowed for 50/50 custody. Some suggested it was because she had recently been photographed driving with the children in the backseat, sans a valid California driver's license; others guessed it might be a failed drug/alcohol test. Whatever the reasons, the ruling surprised many with its abruptness. Spears responded by chirping happily to paps who followed her to her tanning salon, but not long after, her long-estranged mother and her little sister arrived from Kentwood. After missing her first scheduled visit, it was announced that the judge was suspending her visitation rights only two weeks after the original ruling. The reason given: Spears had failed to comply with the judges orders; the specificity of which, was not given, leading to further speculation.

Spears remained relatively quiet throughout the rest of 2007, following the court's Oct. 1 custody ruling. But she was back in the news in a big way on Jan. 3, 2008, when, following a scheduled visit, she refused to turn over Sean Preston and Jayden James to Federline's bodyguard. The bodyguard arrived at her Beverly Hills home at 7 p.m. to pick up the children, but Spears failed to relinquish them; a violation of her visitation rights. Police arrived on the scene around 8:30 after receiving a call about a "custodial dispute," followed shortly by Federline's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan. Soon, news helicopters, paparazzi and an ambulance were also on the scene; Spears allegedly locked herself in a bathroom with Jayden and refused to come out. Eventually, the fire department and a mental evaluator arrived, and her two children were finally whisked away and delivered to Federline. Spears was detained by police, who said she was allegedly "under the influence of an unknown substance," before being sent by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she remained for 72 hours under a 5150 hold ¿ an involuntary confinement administered when a person has been deemed a danger to themselves or others as the result of a mental disorder.

After making news in mid-January for failing to report to a child custody hearing, Spears was seen again leaving her home in an ambulance on Jan. 31, 2008. Apparently, the singer had not slept for several days, prompting her psychologist, who felt her condition had deteriorated, to have her brought to UCLA Medical Center on a "mental evaluation hold." She was again placed on a 5150, with the possibility of an additional 14-day hold looming over her. In the meantime, her parents petitioned the court to take over her health and finances in conservatorship, as well as start the restraining order process to keep Spears' "manager" Sam Lufti away from their daughter. In little more than a day and a half, Jamie Spears and a lawyer were granted conservatorship and Lufti was indeed looked at by the courts as a threat to Spears. A restraining order was issued after Lynne Spears' terrifying declaration was leaked to the press, including allegations of Lufti drugging her daughter, cutting her phone lines, allowing paparazzi in her house and hiding her dog to upset her. No sooner had Spears 14-day hold been announced, then the singer was released quietly from the hospital for outpatient care, reportedly for a bipolar disorder. Surprisingly, Spears remained largely out of the public eye for the next several months, only to occasionally appear on magazine covers at the beach or about town appearing healthy and happy. Then on July 18, 2008, Federline's attorney announced that the sparring couple finally reached a deal that gave her ex-husband sole custody of both sons, though Spears did retain visitation rights.

In September 2008, Spears appeared in a pre-taped comedy bit with actor Jonah Hill to open the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. Later that evening, she went on to win awards for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year for the single "Piece of Me." The following month, the network aired "For the Record" (MTV, 2008), a Britney Spears documentary special that set ratings records for MTV in its timeslot. Spears continued to bounce back with her sixth studio album Circus and its hit single "Womanizer." One of the fastest-selling albums of the year, Circus had the distinction of making Spears the youngest female artist ever to have five albums debut in the No. 1 spot. After successfully obtaining a restraining order against Sam Lufti in January of 2009, the singer embarked on a hugely successful world tour in support of the album, dubbed "The Circus: Starring Britney Spears." In the fall of 2010, an appearance on a Spears-centric episode of "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ) garnered the show some of its highest ratings ever.

In March 2011, Spears released Femme Fatale, another smash hit album that not only won praise from mos

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 Crossroads (2002) Lucy
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 VH1 Divas (2004)
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 Summer Music Mania 2004 (2004) Performer
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 Britney Spears: Live in Miami (2004) Performer
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 Britney Spears: In The Zone (2003) Featuring
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Milestones close milestones

1987:
Began dance lessons at the age of five
1989:
Trained as a gymnast at age seven
1990:
Auditioned for the Disney Channel series "The Mickey Mouse Club"; at eight was considered too young by producers
1991:
Moved with mother and sister to New York City to pursue an acting career
1991:
Starred in the off-Broadway production "Ruthless," a comedic remake of "The Bad Seed" (1956)
1992:
Competed on the syndicated talent series "Star Search"; won for her debut performance, but was defeated the following week
1993:
Appeared as a regular cast member on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" (Disney Channel) alongside Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Ryan Gosling
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Returned to Louisiana
1997:
Signed with Jive Records
1998:
Went on a promotional shopping mall tour
1998:
First single, "...Baby One More Time"
1999:
Released multiplatinum debut album <i>...Baby One More Time</i>
1999:
Guest starred on an episode of the sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (ABC)
2000:
Lent her vocal talents to an episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox), playing herself
2000:
Followed up with the successful sophomore effort <i>Oops!... I Did it Again</i>
2000:
Appeared in a McDonald's commercial filmed in Canada but refused to film a non-union United States-produced commercial for Clairol's Herbal Essence shampoo during the commercial actors' strike; donated $1 of each ticket sold at a concert in California to the SAG Foundation
2001:
Hosted the American Music Awards telecast on ABC
2002:
Feature film acting debut in "Crossroads," directed by Tamra Davis
2002:
Started production company called Britney Spears Productions
2002:
Opened restaurant called NyLa in New York City; terminated her relationship with the restaurant, citing mismanagement and management's failure to keep her fully updated
2003:
Recieved Star on the Hollywood walk of Fame
2003:
Released fourth album <i>In the Zone</i>, which featured Madonna on first single "Me Against the Music"
2004:
Signed a five year deal with Elizabeth Arden to develop fragrance, cosmetics and skin care products
2004:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording for the song "Toxic"
2004:
Released <i>Greatest Hits: My Prerogative</i> featuring three new songs, including "My Prerogative" and "Do Somethin'"
2005:
Starred in a six-part reality series titled "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic" (UPN), which mixed footage shot during the pair's whirlwind engagement in 2004
2005:
Guest starred on an episode of "Will & Grace," (NBC) as a Christian conservative sidekick to Sean Hayes' character, Jack, who hosts his own talk show
2006:
Appeared on Dateline NBC to discuss tabloid rumors about an impending divorce from her husband, future career plans, her emotional state and motherhood
2007:
Released her fifth studio album <i>Blackout</i> with singles "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me"
2007:
Opened the MTV Video Music Awards with a much talked about performance of "Gimme More"
2008:
Guest starred on the CBS show "How I Met Your Mother," playing a receptionist; reprised her role a few months later
2008:
Released her sixth studio album <i>Circus</i>; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording for the single "Womanizer"
2009:
Launched her seventh tour to promote the <i>Circus</i> album, "The Circus Starring: Britney Spears"
2010:
Made a cameo on an all-Britney episode of the hit Fox series "Glee"; the episode featured Spears' most memorable songs and iconic music videos
2011:
Released the dance-oriented album <i>Femme Fatale</i>
2012:
Appeared as judge and mentor on second season of "The X Factor" (Fox) alongside creator Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, and Demi Lovato; announced she was not returning for third season
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Education

Park Lane Academy: McComb , Mississippi -
Professional Performing Arts School: New York , New York - 1991

Notes

Britney Spears to Rolling Stone, April 15, 1999: "I want to be big all around the world."

Jive Records senior vice president Jeff Fenster on Britney Spears: "For any artist, the motivation - the 'eye of the tiger' - is extremely important. And Britney had that. This is clearly a self-motiviating person from a very young age." --quoted in Rolling Stone, April 15, 1999.

Controversial feminist author Camille Paglia on Spears: "She is a glorified 1950s high school cheerleader with an undertone of perverse 1990s sexuality. Britney is simultaneously wholesome and ripely sensual. She's Lolita on aerobics." --quoted in People, February 14, 2000.

Britney Spears on the tied-up white blouse that first bared her now legendary stomach in the "...Baby One More Time" video: "The outfits looked kind of dorky, so I was like, 'Let's tie up our shirts and be cute.' It was about being a girl and knowing about fashion." --to People, February 14, 2000.

"People assume I'm some puppet and people are telling me what to do all the time. When I first got signed to a record label, I was 15. So I did have some help at first. You don't know what you're doing. But now, with experience and as time goes on, I know what I need." --Spears to USA Weekend, February 18-20, 2000.

"I'm human just like everybody. I get mad sometimes." --- Britney Spears explaining her actions after flipping off a group of paparazzi in Mexico in July 2002

"Who cares if I had sex? It's nobody's business. Trust me, I'm not going to hold a press conference to announce it."---Britney Spears US Weekly November 11, 2002

"Well, my mom liked it actually. I was really kind of nervous! I was like, Oh my God, my mom ... she's going to see this! But no, she liked it! And my dad, weirdly enough, he thought it was fine, too. I mean, come on ... it's Madonna. If you can kiss any girl in the world, that has to be her."---Spears on how her parents reacted to her kiss with Madonna at the 2003 MTV's Music Video Awards cbsnews.com, September 5, 2003

On January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and a childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, were married at about 5:30 a.m. at a Las Vegas, Nevada wedding chapel. The marriage lasted a total of 55 hours, before it was annulled.

"One of the most significant things that's happened in the last 30 years was the tragedy of Sept. 11. I was on my way overseas on that sad day and I couldn't get back to the U.S.A. right away, and I was very worried about my brother who was in New York. During this time when the whole world was grieving, I just wanted to go home and be with my family and appreciate life even more." ---Spears talking about her most influential moment for People Magazine's 30th Anniversary Special April 12, 2004

June 9, 2004, Britney Spears underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after injuring herself during a video shoot in Manhattan.

"It's great that this wedding has happened, because it has made me realize that I am growing up, becoming a woman, and things just need to be different."---Britney Spears on her marriage to Kevin Federline quoted to People, October 4, 2004.

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companion:
Justin Timberlake. Musician, actor. Member of the popular singing group *NSYNC; the two co-starred on the "Mickey Mouse Club" in the early 1990s; reportedly separated in 2002.
companion:
Nick Carter. Musician. Member of the singing group Backstreet Boys; rumored to be dating as of September 2002.
companion:
Fred Durst. Musician. Rumored to be dating as of January 2003.
husband:
Kevin Federline. Dancer. Began dating March 2004; rumored to be dating Britney, while his ex-girlfriend was pregnant with their second child; engaged as of June 2004; married September 18, 2004 at a private home in Studio City.
husband:
Jason Allen Alexander. Married in Las Vegas on January 3, 2004; marriage annulled 2 days later.
companion:
Columbus Short. Dancer. Spears' married dancer; rumored to be "more than friends" as of October 2003.
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father:
Jamie Spears. Contractor. Born c. 1953.
mother:
Lynne Spears. Teacher. Born c. 1955.
brother:
Bryan Spears. Born c. 1977.
sister:
Jamie Lynn Spears. Born c. 1991.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Britney Spears' Heart to Heart" Three Rivers Press
"A Mother's Gift" Delacourt Books for Young Readers

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