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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 26, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: South Orange, New Jersey, USA Profession: singer, record producer, actor

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One of the most highly regarded female artists of the late 1990s, singer Lauryn Hill rose to fame as a member of the hip-hop trio the Fugees, before achieving even greater acclaim with her 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She began singing as a youth before segueing into acting, most notably in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993), which showcased her strong, supple vocal talents. But music became her focus after the tremendous success of the Fugees' Grammy-winning second album, The Score (1996), which featured her take on the Roberta Flack classic "Killing Me Softly with His Song." At the height of the Fugees' popularity, Hill struck out on her own with Miseducation, which took its cues from classic soul, jazz and hip-hop for hit songs like the No. 1 single "Doo Wop (That Thing)." The record reaped five Grammys, establishing Hill as a major star, but she soon turned away from the music business, citing her distaste for its image-driven aspects. She would return sporadically to recording, most notably with MTV Unplugged 2.0 (2002), while maintaining a hermetic lifestyle marked by religious study. After nearly a decade of self-imposed exile, Hill resurfaced with new material in...

One of the most highly regarded female artists of the late 1990s, singer Lauryn Hill rose to fame as a member of the hip-hop trio the Fugees, before achieving even greater acclaim with her 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She began singing as a youth before segueing into acting, most notably in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993), which showcased her strong, supple vocal talents. But music became her focus after the tremendous success of the Fugees' Grammy-winning second album, The Score (1996), which featured her take on the Roberta Flack classic "Killing Me Softly with His Song." At the height of the Fugees' popularity, Hill struck out on her own with Miseducation, which took its cues from classic soul, jazz and hip-hop for hit songs like the No. 1 single "Doo Wop (That Thing)." The record reaped five Grammys, establishing Hill as a major star, but she soon turned away from the music business, citing her distaste for its image-driven aspects. She would return sporadically to recording, most notably with MTV Unplugged 2.0 (2002), while maintaining a hermetic lifestyle marked by religious study. After nearly a decade of self-imposed exile, Hill resurfaced with new material in 2010, once again igniting hope from fans and the industry alike for a follow-up to her debut album. Despite her polarizing off-stage presence, Hill's best work underscored her standing as an exceptionally gifted and still-promising artist.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Africa Unite (2008)
3.
 Restaurant (1998) Leslie
4.
 Rhyme & Reason (1997) Participating Artist (Fugees - Member)
5.
 Hav Plenty (1997) Debra
6.
 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) Rita Watson
7.
 King of the Hill (1993) Elevator Operator
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1987:
Appeared on "Amateur Night" at "Showtime at the Apollo"; perfomed "Who's Loving You?" by Smokey Robinson
1988:
Formed rap group with childhood friends Wyclef Jean and Prakazrel 'Pras' Michel called The Tranzlator Crew; group later changed name to The Fugees
1989:
Began pursuing acting and appeared in a small off-Broadway show, which resulted in acquisition of agent
1991:
Made TV debut in a regular role on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns"
1993:
Feature acting debut, "King of the Hill"; also first screen appearance with actor Adrien Brody
1993:
Landed featured role in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit"
1994:
The Fugees released debut album <i>Blunted on Reality</i>
1996:
Sophomore album by The Fugees <i>The Score</i> met with phenomenal success; Hill's vocal performance on the album was singled out as spectacular
1998:
Acted in drama feature "Restaurant" alongside Adrien Brody
1998:
The Fugees separated to pursue their solo careers; solo debut <i>The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill</i> released to unprecedented commercial success and critical acclaim
1998:
Set a Grammy record for a female performer with ten nominations and five wins for <i>The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill</i>
2000:
Dropped out of the public eye
2002:
Released second solo album <i>MTV Unplugged No.2</i>, a recording of acoustic songs performed in July of 2001
2004:
Recorded the song "The Passion" for the compilation album <i>The Passion of the Christ: Songs</i> inspired by Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"
2005:
Reunited with The Fugees to perform at a Brooklyn concert included in "Dave Chappelle's Block Party"
2007:
Contributed the song "Lose Myself" (credited as Ms. Lauryn Hill) to the animated feature "Surf's Up"
2011:
Performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA
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Notes

"Some people are born stars. Only God can make a tree and only God could make Lauryn Hill. If I've admired her from afar, now I'm obsessed with her. I'll stalk her to the ends of the earth." - Director Joel Schumacher on Lauryn Hill, Entertainment Weekly, September 24, 1998

Hill was Homecoming Queen at her high school.

"I want to be a part of this new class of artists who don't have to fall apart to be dope. I would rather not chronicle my demise, I would like to maintain a healthy, stable lifestyle." - Lauryn Hill, to Horizon Magazine, August, 1998

"I realize that people don't ever really know the truth. When I was on top they said 'Boy, that girl she got it going on.' People had no idea how repressed and upset and miserable and tormented [I was] and how I never got to do what I really wanted because I was too busy playing into the expectations of everybody, all the millions of fans, my mother, my father, my husband, my children." - Lauren Hill on her treatment in the press on BBC Radio 1 - Urban, June 6, 2002

Hill helped write and produce Aretha's Franklin's 1998 comeback album "A Rose is Not a Rose."

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Wyclef Jean. Musician. Member of Fugees.
husband:
Rohan Marley. Son of the late musician Bob Marley; met in 1996; University of Miami football star; born c. 1972; father of their three children.

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mother:
Valerie Hill. English teacher.
father:
Mal Hill. Computer consultant.
brother:
Melaney. Older.
daughter:
Selah Louise Marley. Born in November 1998.
son:
Joshua Marley. Born January 2002.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Lauryn Hill: Beyond the Fugees" Plexus
"Lauryn Hill" Andrews McMeel Publishing
"Lauryn Hill: She's Got That Thing" SMP Paperbacks
"The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
"My Rules: The Lauryn Hill Story" Berkley Boulevard
"Heart and Soul: The Lauryn Hill Story" Ballantine
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