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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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With her baby doll sexuality and infectious dance tracks, Britney Spears became the definitive pop princess of the late 1990s, ushering in a new era of bubble gum music for an entire generation of young fans. Pretty, talented and incubated on performance hothouses like "Star Search" (CBS, 1983-2004) and "The Mickey Mouse Club" (The Disney Channel, 1989-1994), Spears was groomed for fame from her earliest years. In 1998, she exploded on the pop music scene with her smash hit single " Baby One More Time," which preceded a series of hit singles, sold-out concerts, TV specials and even a feature film, "Crossroads" (2002), all of which made her an ubiquitous pop culture presence. By 2004, however, Spears was becoming overshadowed by her increasingly bizarre personal travails covered relentlessly in the tabloids. She had married and divorced former back-up dancer Kevin Federline, given birth to two children, entered rehab, lost custody of her children and been twice admitted to a psychiatric ward for involuntary observation. Then, defying the odds, a more mature Spears gradually began making her comeback with two more multi-platinum albums - Circus (2008) and Femme Fatale (2011). To most observers, her...

With her baby doll sexuality and infectious dance tracks, Britney Spears became the definitive pop princess of the late 1990s, ushering in a new era of bubble gum music for an entire generation of young fans. Pretty, talented and incubated on performance hothouses like "Star Search" (CBS, 1983-2004) and "The Mickey Mouse Club" (The Disney Channel, 1989-1994), Spears was groomed for fame from her earliest years. In 1998, she exploded on the pop music scene with her smash hit single " Baby One More Time," which preceded a series of hit singles, sold-out concerts, TV specials and even a feature film, "Crossroads" (2002), all of which made her an ubiquitous pop culture presence. By 2004, however, Spears was becoming overshadowed by her increasingly bizarre personal travails covered relentlessly in the tabloids. She had married and divorced former back-up dancer Kevin Federline, given birth to two children, entered rehab, lost custody of her children and been twice admitted to a psychiatric ward for involuntary observation. Then, defying the odds, a more mature Spears gradually began making her comeback with two more multi-platinum albums - Circus (2008) and Femme Fatale (2011). To most observers, her 2011 engagement to boyfriend Jason Trawick and signing on to judge "The X Factor" (Fox, 2011- ) alongside Simon Cowell signaled calmer waters ahead. Regardless of her struggles to stay relevant and grounded during her time at the top, there was no denying Spears' stature as one of contemporary music's more popular and beloved entertainers.

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 Crossroads (2002) Lucy
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 VH1 Divas (2004)
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 Britney Spears: Live in Miami (2004) Performer
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 Summer Music Mania 2004 (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.

Companions close complete companion listing

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.
companion:
Columbus Short. Dancer. Spears' married dancer; rumored to be "more than friends" as of October 2003.
husband:
Jason Allen Alexander. Married in Las Vegas on January 3, 2004; marriage annulled 2 days later.
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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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