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Name: LeAnn Rimes
DOB: 28 August 1982
Birth Place: Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Claim to fame: Singer/songwriter/actress
- LeAnn began singing at the age of two
- In 2000 she sued her own dad and her former manager, claiming they stole over £7 million in royalties from her while she was a teen pop sensation
- LeAnn shot to fame at the age of just 13, making her the youngest country music star since the 1970s
- Her signature song Blue was reportedly written for country legend Patsy Cline who was killed in a plane crash before getting the chance to record it
Born an only child in Mississippi and later relocating to Dallas, Texas, LeAnn Rimes is one of the most successful country acts to come out of the USA in decades. She effectively crossed over into the mainstream and had a series of pop smashes, branching out into movie and TV acting as well as writing.
LeAnn started her singing career early, performing in local talent shows from the age of five. Music scouts were quick to spot her potential when she appeared on the US TV show Star Search. She released her first album at the age of eleven, but her big breakthrough came with the release of her signature tune Blue in 1996.
Hailed as the next Patsy Cline, she notched up multi-platinum hits and collected a slew of country music and Grammy awards. Her pop career peaked with hits like How Do I Live and Can’t Fight The Moonlight, which she sang in the smash hit movie Coyote Ugly.
LeAnn had an infamous affair with current hubby Eddie Cibrian, who left his wife and two children for her in 2009 while she split with her then-husband Dean Sheremet. She has caused a bit of stir on Twitter recently, posting endless bikini photos of her new super skinny frame, prompting fans to fear that she’s the latest star to take a diet and exercise regimen a little too far.