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Also Known As: Aaliyah Haughton, Aaliyah Dana Haughton Died: August 25, 2001
Born: January 16, 1979 Cause of Death: plane crash
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: singer, actor, dancer, model

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After landing a record deal at age 12, glamorous singer-actress, Aaliyah became a star after working closely with mentor - and rumored husband - R. Kelly on her debut album, 1994's triple platinum Age Ain't Nothing But a Number. Cultivating a "street but sweet" persona to match her silky vocals, Aaliyah added Missy Elliott and Timbaland to her list of mentors/producers, scoring again with 1996's multiplatinum One in a Million After singing the Oscar-nominated song "Journey to the Past" for the animated feature "Anastasia" (1997), Aaliyah's allure to people of all ages and races earned her a starring role opposite Jet Li in the action romance "Romeo Must Die" (2000), which yielded her smash single "Try Again" on the movie's soundtrack. On a definite roll, both on the big screen and the Billboard charts, the down-to-earth performer, beloved by everyone working in the R&B/hip-hop world, filmed the title role in the Anne Rice adaptation of "The Queen of the Damned" (2002), followed by being cast in the back-to-back sequels to the monster hit "The Matrix" (1999). Unfortunately, fate had other plans. Shortly after the release of her third album, Aaliyah, on Aug. 25, 2001, the 22-year-old and her entourage...

After landing a record deal at age 12, glamorous singer-actress, Aaliyah became a star after working closely with mentor - and rumored husband - R. Kelly on her debut album, 1994's triple platinum Age Ain't Nothing But a Number. Cultivating a "street but sweet" persona to match her silky vocals, Aaliyah added Missy Elliott and Timbaland to her list of mentors/producers, scoring again with 1996's multiplatinum One in a Million After singing the Oscar-nominated song "Journey to the Past" for the animated feature "Anastasia" (1997), Aaliyah's allure to people of all ages and races earned her a starring role opposite Jet Li in the action romance "Romeo Must Die" (2000), which yielded her smash single "Try Again" on the movie's soundtrack. On a definite roll, both on the big screen and the Billboard charts, the down-to-earth performer, beloved by everyone working in the R&B/hip-hop world, filmed the title role in the Anne Rice adaptation of "The Queen of the Damned" (2002), followed by being cast in the back-to-back sequels to the monster hit "The Matrix" (1999). Unfortunately, fate had other plans. Shortly after the release of her third album, Aaliyah, on Aug. 25, 2001, the 22-year-old and her entourage were killed instantly when the small plane they had chartered after filming a music video in the Bahamas crashed after takeoff. Posthumously, her eponymous album topped the charts while millions of fans, family and friends grieved over her premature loss. Although her charmed life was cut short, Aaliyah left behind a tragic legacy of what might have been, based on an already distinguished career that had showed no signs of slowing down.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Queen of the Damned (2002) Queen Akasha
2.
 Romeo Must Die (2000) Trish O'Day
3.
 2001 Essence Awards, The (2001) Presenter
5.
 Sizzlin' Sixteen 2001 (2001) Interviewee
9.
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1984:
Moved with family from Brooklyn to Detroit at age five (date approximate)
1990:
At age 11, competed on "Star Search" (date approximate)
1990:
Performed with Gladys Knight in a five-night Las Vegas engagement
1994:
Released the album <i>Age Ain't Nothing But a Number</i>, featuring the hit singles "Back and Forth," "At Your Best (You are Love)" and the title track
1994:
Was rocked by scandal when reports leaked that the then 15-year-old had been wed to her 27-year-old producer, R&B crooner R. Kelly
1996:
Released her critically acclaimed follow up LP <i>One in a Million</i> on Atlantic Records, produced by Missy Elliot and Jermaine Dupri
1997:
Guest starred as herself in an episode of Fox's "New York Undercover"
1997:
Was invited to audition for a role in the Broadway production of "Aida" after a performance on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
1998:
Performed the Academy Award-nominated song "Journey to the Past" from the film "Anastasia" at the Oscars telecast
1998:
Scored a hit single and a Grammy nomination with "Are You That Somebody?" from the "Dr. Dolittle" motion picture soundtrack
1999:
Was named one of the "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" by <i>Teen People</i>
2000:
Made feature acting debut as co-star to Jet Li in the action-romance feature "Romeo Must Die"
2001:
Released third album, the self-titled <i>Aaliyah</i>
2002:
Played the title role in the film version of Anne Rice's "Queen of the Damned." Released posthumously
:
Had been cast in a featured role in the sequel "The Matrix Reloaded"
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Education

Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts: Detroit , Michigan - 1996

Notes

Aaliyah means highest, most exalted one in Arabic.

Aaliyah to Vibe (December 1996-January 1997) upon the release of her second album, the multiplatinum "One in a Million": "I just think this is the next level for me. I'm 17 now, so I've grown in a lot of ways -- artistically, vocally and the whole bit. I'm very creative and always thinking of what I can do next, like songwriting, dancing and acting. I'm having fun and enjoying the fruits of my labor."

On her decidedly adult image: "My mom will say 'There is something about her that is always sexy.' My image isn't a put-on. When you listen to me and hear the smooth tones -- that's what I'm giving off. As a child, I didn't really notice. Now I'm in tune with it. It can definitely be a power, and I use it to my advantage." --quoted in Elle, August 1999.

"People try to bring negativity my way, especially with Brandy and Monica. If I'm competing with anybody, I'm competeing with myself to be original." --Aaliyah to Elle, August 1999.

"Sometimes, when it's just my mom and me kicking it, I say, 'I'm 22, and I've accomplished so much.' I just know I have to appreciate every moment." -- Aaliyah quoted to E! Online in their "Sizzlin' 16", January 2001.

Aaliyah on her involvement in the creative process: "This is my life, this is my work, so I like to have the final say, but, on the creative side, I was trained as a singer, actress and dancer -- the interpreter, bringing other people's words to life. If all artists wrote, what would writers do?" --to London's Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
R Kelly. Musician, producer. Born c. 1967; married in August 1994; annulled in February 1995; Aaliyah denied the union and Kelly refused to comment.
companion:
Damon Dash. Recording executive. Born in May 1971; works for Roc-a-Fella Records.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Michael Haughton. Survived her.
mother:
Diane Haughton. Survived her.
uncle:
Barry Hankerton. Manager, record executive. Once married to singer Gladys Knight, managed singer and producer R Kelly; survived her.
brother:
Rashad Haughton. Filmmaker. Born c. 1977; survived her.
cousin:
Jomo Kenyatta Hankerson. Record executive; survived her.
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