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May 25, 2008


Beyonce Vital Stats
Birth Name: Beyonce Giselle Knowles
Birth Date: September 4, 1981
Birth Place: Houston, Texas
Height: 5’7”
Romantic Link: Jay-Z

Beyonce Interesting Facts

Beyonce considers herself a very shy person and in order to get over this shyness she created a stage persona named Sasha.

In 2000, Beyonce and her group Destiny’s Child toured as the opening act for Christina Aguilera.

In 2005, Beyonce launched a clothing line called House of Dereon with her mother Tina Knowles.

Beyonce Biography

Born on September 4, 1981 to parents Tina and Matthew Knowles, Beyonce was the eldest of two girls (she has a younger sister named Solange) growing up in Houston, Texas.

It didn’t take long for her parents to notice Beyonce’s huge artistic talents and, by the time she was 7 years old, she was taking dance classes and singing as a soloist in the church choir.

Beyonce’s dance instructor took a personal interest in her and began taking her to various song and dance competitions, of which Beyonce won over 30.

Beyonce on Star Search

By the time she was 9, it was clear to Beyonce what her future held, so she and her three friends, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland and LeToya Tuckett formed a quartet and named themselves Girl’s Tyme.

The girls got their big break when they appeared on the hit talent show Star Search in 1992, but were incredibly disappointed when they lost. By this time, however, Beyonce’s father decided that he wanted to help his daughter and her friends make their dreams come true, so he quit his job with Xerox and began shopping the girls around to various music labels in an attempt to get them a record deal.

This sacrifice took a toll on the Knowles family; it forced them to move into two different apartments, each one smaller than the last. But by 1996, the group was finally signed to Columbia records and it looked like Matthew’s sacrifices would pay off.

Destiny’s Child releases No, No, No

Meanwhile, Beyonce was still attending the High School for Visual and Performing Arts in Houston and eventually moved to Alief Elsik High School, where she graduated.

By 1998, Girl’s Tyme, now renamed Destiny’s Child, released its first self-titled album, and garnered major success, thanks, in part, to producers Wyclef Jean and Jermaine Dupri.

Their debut album went platinum, but unfortunately, things began to change within the group. By this time, however, the girls had quickly assembled a sophomore effort and, by 1999, The Writing’s on the Wall made its appearance on store shelves.

Two of the members, LaTavia and LeToya, felt that Beyonce’s dad was playing favorites and putting Beyonce on the forefront and taking the lion’s share of the profits, so they left the group.

Destiny’s Child - the trio

But when they saw that the group recruited two new members in Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin, the girls decided to sue Beyonce, her dad and the band for breach of contract.

The case went nowhere, and five months later, Farrah Franklin also left the band for personal reasons, making Destiny’s Child a trio, which it would remain. By 2000, The Writing’s on the Wall was certified 11 times platinum and Destiny’s Child was riding high.

Beyonce in Goldmember

By the time 2001 rolled around, the girls were ready to showcase exactly why they were mainstays in the music industry with their third effort, Survivor. Beyonce was also branching out into acting; she costarred alongside Mekhi Pfifer in Carmen: A Hip Hopera and by 2002, she found herself starring alongside Mike Myers in the blockbuster hit Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Beyonce is Dangerously In Love

By 2003, Beyonce released her first solo effort, Dangerously In Love, to the joy of millions of fans. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard and hit singles like “Crazy In Love,” “Baby Boy” and “Me. Myself & I” cemented her place in the music industry.

The next year, Destiny’s Child headed back to the studio to record what would be their last album together. The album, fittingly called Destiny Fulfilled, was certified 3 times platinum and garnered hit singles like “Soldier” and “Lose My Breath.”

And after their 2005 worldwide concert, the girls decided to go their separate ways and venture into new territory.

Beyonce releases B’Day

Beyonce, however, knew what she wanted to do, and got to work on her new album and began taking acting classes.

By 2006, Beyonce had accomplished much; she starred in The Pink Panther opposite Steve Martin, she released B’Day, her sophomore solo effort, and she starred with Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx in the award-winning film Dreamgirls.

B’Day came in at #1 in its first week of release, selling 541,000 copies, and has been certified 2 times platinum. Not one to rest on her laurels, however, Beyonce went on a worldwide tour called The Beyonce Experience.

On the personal front, Beyonce was dating rapper Jay-Z since 2002, and, although the couple remains mum about their personal lives, they were married in a hush-hush wedding ceremony on April 4, 2008. Rumor has it that the two are expecting their first child together.

IMDb - Beyonce

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