Britney Spears Celebrity LifeEarly Success
Britney Jean Spears always had stardom in her veins. She sang in the local church choir as a child. She began to go for dancing lessons by the time she was three and was chosen to perform a solo recital at the annual concert.
At the age of five, Spears made her stage debut at her kindergarten graduation ceremony.
Spears auditioned for a revival of The Mickey Mouse Club when she was just eight. She was eliminated as she was too young, but the casting director gave her an introduction to a New York-based talent scout, Nancy Carson.
She suggested that Spears attend the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City.
She was of the view that Spears showed great promise as a singer. Her mother and her sister moved to New York with her a little while later.
Born in 1981, Britney Jane Spears was the second child of Lynne Bridges and James Spears. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, in the USA.
Her town was a conservative Protestant one, with a lot of church influence. Her mother was a key instrument in encouraging the very early traces of talent that her daughter exhibited.
When a talent scout recommended that Spears attend a performing arts training academy in New York, the family didn't hesitate to move there.
In her first professional role, Spears was cast as Tina Denmark in the Off-Broadway musical, Ruthless!. Spears appeared as a contestant on the television show Star Reach. After that, she was cast in several commercials.
In 1992, she was cast in The Mickey Mouse Club, with other soon-to-be-famous stars such as Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and Keri Russell.
In 1996, after the show came to an abrupt end, Spears returned to her hometown and enrolled in Parklane Academy. She claims that she was very bored there.
Jive Records returned calls and was very impressed with Spears' evocative emotional voice, especially for one so young in the singing industry. Spears sang a song by Whitney Houston, live, for the executives, and was soon signed on with the label.
In 1998, her first album was in the making. Her voice had been shaped to what fans remember as "unmistakably and distinct Britney".
Her debut solo album, Baby One More Time, was released in 1999, in January. It quickly went to the number one position on the US Billboard Charts and was certified as a platinum album twice over.
The album was top of the charts in fifteen countries and raked in millions of dollars on a global scale. Spears gained popularity overnight.
In May 2000, another hit album, Oops!... Did It Again, was out - it has sold 20 million copies globally, to date. In 2002, she acted in a film called Crossroads, which did well at the box office, and her acting skills were noticed and praised.
Spears announced that she was taking a break from her career in 2002. She was also dating Justin Timberlake at the time, but the relationship lasted three years.
Between 2003 and 2005, Spears released another album and married Jason Alexander - the marriage was annulled 55 hours after the couple was married.
After another failed marriage to Kevin Federline and several controversies later, Spears felt she should take charge of her life.
Though she is a mother of two, she has been slammed by child advocates for the way she raised her children, citing neglect and a complete lack of care.
In 2007, after a stint in a rehab facility for drug abuse, she lost custody of both her children to Federline.
In 2008, she refused to relinquish custody of the children to Federline and was forced to after being hospitalized by authorities - again as she was under the influence of drugs.
After several successful residency shows in Vegas, tours, and albums later, Spears has released namesake perfumes (through Elizabeth Arden) and has found a kind of peace with her past anxieties.
Though she has had altercations with the law and her own family members, she has found a way to deal with life through her music.
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