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Also Known As: Marshall Mathers Died:
Born: October 17, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Joseph, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, rapper, musician, songwriter, music producer

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Controversial and often misunderstood, Eminem proved he was an unstoppable force in the music industry from the minute he released his landmark debut, The Slim Shady LP (1999). Filled with harsh, confessional lyrics about domestic violence, drug use, and degradation of women - including his own mother and wife - Eminem pushed the boundaries of artistry and free speech and introduced to the world his brutally honest alter ego, Slim Shady. Nonetheless, the divisive superstar received both critical and commercial acclaim for his music, including top music honors for The Slim Shady LP and subsequent releases, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002). Eminem flexed his acting muscles with a breakout performance in the semi-autobiographical film, "8 Mile" (2002), for which he won a Best Song Academy Award in 2003 for the theme song, "Lose Yourself." As a legendary provocateur and wordsmith, Eminem often poked fun at other artists, angered cultural groups, inspired disenfranchised youth, and battled his own demons, yet it was his unflinching attitude and unprecedented musical genius that served him well throughout his long and illustrious career.

Controversial and often misunderstood, Eminem proved he was an unstoppable force in the music industry from the minute he released his landmark debut, The Slim Shady LP (1999). Filled with harsh, confessional lyrics about domestic violence, drug use, and degradation of women - including his own mother and wife - Eminem pushed the boundaries of artistry and free speech and introduced to the world his brutally honest alter ego, Slim Shady. Nonetheless, the divisive superstar received both critical and commercial acclaim for his music, including top music honors for The Slim Shady LP and subsequent releases, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002). Eminem flexed his acting muscles with a breakout performance in the semi-autobiographical film, "8 Mile" (2002), for which he won a Best Song Academy Award in 2003 for the theme song, "Lose Yourself." As a legendary provocateur and wordsmith, Eminem often poked fun at other artists, angered cultural groups, inspired disenfranchised youth, and battled his own demons, yet it was his unflinching attitude and unprecedented musical genius that served him well throughout his long and illustrious career.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Funny People (2009)
3.
 8 Mile (2002) Jimmy Smith, Jr
4.
 Da Hip Hop Witch (1999)
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 45th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2003) Performer ("Lose Yourself")
10.
 Snoop to the Extreme (2003) Interviewee
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1986:
Began performing at the age of 14 as a member of the Motor City duo Soul Intent
1996:
Solo debut with the independent album <i>Infinite</i>
1997:
Released the independent album, <i>The Slim Shady EP</i>
1997:
Competed in the "Wake Up Show" freestyle competition
1997:
Took second place at the rap Olympics in Los Angeles
1997:
Signed with Dr. Dre, founder of Aftermath Entertainment
1999:
Major-label debut, <i>Slim Shady LP</i>
2000:
Released the record breaking album <i>The Marshall Mathers LP</i>
2000:
With manager Paul Rosenberg, created Shady Records
2002:
First significant acting role, the semi-autobiographical "8 Mile," directed by Curtis Hanson
2002:
Released third major album, <i>The Eminem Show</i>
2003:
Composed the soundtrack for the feature "8 Mile"; earned six Grammy Award nominations, including Record of the Year
2004:
Launched the satellite music channel, Shade 45
2004:
Released the album, <i>Encore</i>, with the hit single "Just Lose It"
2005:
Earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album for <i>Encore</i>
2005:
Released the greatest hits album <i>Curtain Call: The Hits</i>; earned a Grammy nomination for "Shake That" featuring Nate Dogg
2008:
Released the tell-all autobiography <i>The Way I Am</i>
2009:
Released the album, <i>Relapse</i>, which included a collaboration with Dr. Dre & 50 Cent for the song, "Crack a Bottle"; earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album
2010:
Earned 10 Grammy nominations for the album, <i>Recovery</i>, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year
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Education

Lincoln High School: Warren , Michigan -

Notes

"Don't do drugs, don't have unprotected sex, don't be violent. Leave that to me."---Eminem quoted on Askmen.com

"I'm paranoid as fuck about anything of mine sounding like a track I just did or like anything else out there. I practically live in the studio, aside from spending time with Hailie. I always feel that I can improve something until I just get sick of it."---Eminem on his fear of not being original

"I randomly saw Eminem on MTV, and in the span of six or seven seconds, he goes from this icy, urban, scary glare to this fluid, self-effacing, kind of fun character. I had to meet him"---Brian Grazer on Eminem's demeanor

"My insecurities? I'm dumb, I'm stupid, I'm white, I'm ugly, I smell...I have freckles...Um...I'm short, I'm white, I'm not very smart, I wanna kill myself...My nose is crooked. Um...my penis is small. I'm fucked."---Eminem on his insecurities, on MTV.com

"I'm not looking for a new woman. I'm cool being single-not to say I don't get down. But as far as a relationship or getting married again, I'm cool, man. I learned my lesson and I've seen what it is and what it can and can't be, and I feel like I've learned enough from my first mistake. Let that be the last one and keep moving forward. Relationships? No."---Eminem explaining his new philosophy on women and dating. Entertainment Weekly September 13, 2002.

"The guy is funny, smart, and sometimes shocking. Those are all things I look for in rock and roll."---Stephen King on Eminem

"I wanted to make a movie because I felt my story was unique but at the same time not. If other roles [come up]? I don't know. I'll be to old to rap someday. Or when the music slows down. Then maybe. Yeah, I'll take another role."---Eminem on becoming a movie star, EWeekly, November 8, 2002.

In June 2002, Eminem signed rapper 50 Cents to his Shady/Aftermath Record label.

Rapper Raymond "Benzino" Scott and David Mays, founders of The Source hip-hop magazine held a press conference on November 18, 2003 at which they revealed a recorded clip of Eminem freestyling an offensive lyric in the early 1990s. The tape contained what is clearly identifiable as Eminem's voice, reciting racial slurs targeted against black women

"I've seen woman throwing themselves at you just because you're famous, and I hate that."---Eminem to Vanity Fair, December 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Kimberly Mathers. High school sweethearts; divorced October 2001; reconciled as or November 2002; also during their split, Kimberly gave birth to a baby girl (Whitney) in Spring 2002; father is Eric Harter; seperated again in the Fall of 2003.
companion:
Mariah Carey. Rumored to have been dating after divorce; confirmed that they were a couple in 2002, but are no longer together.
companion:
Kim Basinger. Rumored to have been dating while filming "8 Mile"; confirmed that they were never dating in 2002.
companion:
Brittany Murphy. Rumored to have been dating while filming "8 Mile".
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father:
Marshall Mathers II. Divorced from mother.
mother:
Debbie R Mathers-Briggs.
brother:
Nathan. Born c. 1986.
daughter:
Hailie Jade. Born December 25, 1995; mother Kimberly Mathers.
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