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Also Known As: Mary Jane Blige Died:
Born: January 11, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yonkers, New York, USA Profession:

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A powerful voice backed by heartfelt lyrics and a no-nonsense attitude, Mary J. Blige deservedly earned her title as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. With legendary music producer Sean "Puffy" Combs mentoring her early career, Blige blazed to the top of the pop and R&B charts with her debut album What's the 411? (1992), which yielded the hit singles "Real Love" and "Sweet Thing." The Grammy Award-winning vocalist blended her gritty, urban roots with the sophistication and grace of soulful belters like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. Not one to shy away from exposing her dark past, including a history of addiction and physical abuse, Blige sang about her pain and encouraged millions to face their own harsh realities with her platinum-selling albums such as No More Drama (2001) and The Breakthrough (2005). Blige's critically acclaimed albums were filled with poignant messages of life, love and self-acceptance, with each song delivered with passion and power, all of which contributed to her success as one of the greatest vocalists of her generation.

A powerful voice backed by heartfelt lyrics and a no-nonsense attitude, Mary J. Blige deservedly earned her title as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. With legendary music producer Sean "Puffy" Combs mentoring her early career, Blige blazed to the top of the pop and R&B charts with her debut album What's the 411? (1992), which yielded the hit singles "Real Love" and "Sweet Thing." The Grammy Award-winning vocalist blended her gritty, urban roots with the sophistication and grace of soulful belters like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. Not one to shy away from exposing her dark past, including a history of addiction and physical abuse, Blige sang about her pain and encouraged millions to face their own harsh realities with her platinum-selling albums such as No More Drama (2001) and The Breakthrough (2005). Blige's critically acclaimed albums were filled with poignant messages of life, love and self-acceptance, with each song delivered with passion and power, all of which contributed to her success as one of the greatest vocalists of her generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Champs (2014)
2.
 Black Nativity (2013)
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 Rock of Ages (2012)
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 Fade to Black (2004)
8.
 Prison Song (2001)
9.
 Gangstresses (2000)
10.
 Happy to be Nappy And Other Stories of Me (2004) Narrator ("Happy To Be Nappy")
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At 17, recorded her first demo, a cover of Anita Baker¿s "Caught Up in the Rapture" (1986), at a shopping mall in White Plains, NY; signed by Uptown Records president and CEO Andre Harrell
1990:
Sang background vocals for Father MC track "I¿ll Do 4 U"
1992:
Released debut album <i>What¿s the 411?</i>, featuring her first Top 10 hit "Real Love"
1994:
Released multi-platinum selling album <i>My Life</i>
1996:
Contributed the ballad "Not Gon¿ Cry" for the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack
1998:
Made TV acting debut with guest role on "The Jamie Foxx Show" (The WB)
1999:
Veered into adult contemporary and inspirational music with <i>Mary</i>
2001:
Scored first No. 1 track on the Billboard Hot 100 with the hip-hop jam "Family Affair" from <i>No More Drama</i>
2001:
Made feature film debut in "Prison Song"
2005:
Debuted at No. 1 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 200 with <i>The Breakthrough</i>
2009:
Played supporting role in Tyler Perry¿s "I Can Do Bad All By Myself"
2012:
Cast alongside Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"
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