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Mary J. Blige

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Born: January 11, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yonkers, New York, USA Profession: Music ...
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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>
1999:
Veered into adult contemporary and inspirational music with <i>Mary</i>
1996:
Contributed the ballad "Not Gon' Cry" for the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack
2001:
Scored first No. 1 track on the Billboard Hot 100 with the hip-hop jam "Family Affair" from <i>No More Drama</i>
2005:
Debuted at No. 1 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 200 with <i>The Breakthrough</i>
1998:
Made TV acting debut with guest role on "The Jamie Foxx Show" (The WB)
2001:
Made feature film debut in "Prison Song"
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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Known for such albums as "The Breakthrough" and "Growing Pains"
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Popular songs include "Family Affair" and "Be Without You".

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