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Also Known As: Melanie Brown, Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) Died:
Born: May 29, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Leeds, GB Profession:

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Immortalized forever as "Scary Spice" or "Mel B," Melanie Brown was one of the founding members of the Spice Girls, the world's most successful girl group of all time. Championing "Girl Power" and British pride, the Spice Girls scored a No. 1 hit with "Wannabe" on both sides of the pond, as well as the U.K. No. 1 hits "Say You'll Be There," "2 Become 1," and "Spice Up Your Life," among others. One of the most iconic pop cultural phenomenons of the 1990s, the Spice Girls conquered the world with an unprecedented avalanche of endorsements, albums like 1996's Spice and 1997's Spiceworld, and even scored a hit movie, "Spice World" (1997). After parting ways, the group members attempted solo careers, with Brown scoring a U.K. No. 1 collaboration with Missy Elliott with "I Want You Back" and releasing the 2000 album Hot and 2005 follow-up L.A. State of Mind. She had more success as a TV host, judge and reality show star, with gigs on the Aussie edition of "The X Factor" (Network Ten, 2005; Seven Network, 2010- ), "America's Got Talent" (NBC, 2006- ), and a second place run on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), as well as reuniting with her fellow Spices for a blockbuster reunion world tour which...

Immortalized forever as "Scary Spice" or "Mel B," Melanie Brown was one of the founding members of the Spice Girls, the world's most successful girl group of all time. Championing "Girl Power" and British pride, the Spice Girls scored a No. 1 hit with "Wannabe" on both sides of the pond, as well as the U.K. No. 1 hits "Say You'll Be There," "2 Become 1," and "Spice Up Your Life," among others. One of the most iconic pop cultural phenomenons of the 1990s, the Spice Girls conquered the world with an unprecedented avalanche of endorsements, albums like 1996's Spice and 1997's Spiceworld, and even scored a hit movie, "Spice World" (1997). After parting ways, the group members attempted solo careers, with Brown scoring a U.K. No. 1 collaboration with Missy Elliott with "I Want You Back" and releasing the 2000 album Hot and 2005 follow-up L.A. State of Mind. She had more success as a TV host, judge and reality show star, with gigs on the Aussie edition of "The X Factor" (Network Ten, 2005; Seven Network, 2010- ), "America's Got Talent" (NBC, 2006- ), and a second place run on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), as well as reuniting with her fellow Spices for a blockbuster reunion world tour which reaffirmed the band's pop cultural immortality. As a fierce, outspoken Spice Girl and talented solo star, Melanie Brown became a role model and idol to countless fans around the world.

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 Spice World (1997)
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Began professional music career by joining band Touch
1994:
Formed pop group The Spice Girls along with Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, and Geri Halliwell
1996:
Group released debut album <i>Spice</i>, featuring hit single "Wannabe"
1997:
Starred alongside bandmates in "Spice World"
2000:
Released debut solo album <i>Hot</i>
2003:
Cast in featured role on BBC drama "Burn It"
2004:
Played role of exotic dancer Mimi in award-winning musical "Rent" on Broadway
2005:
Released second album <i>L.A. State Of Mind</i>
2007:
Competed on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy; finished second place
2007:
Embarked on Spice Girls reunion tour
2010:
Starred on short-lived reality series "Mel B: It's a Scary World" (Style)
2010:
Replaced Marissa Jaret Winokur as host of Oxygen's weight loss show "Dance Your Ass Off"
2012:
Reunited with the Spice Girls for Olympic Games opening ceremony performance in London, England
2013:
Announced as judge on "America's Got Talent" (NBC)
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