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Britney Spears

Born Dec. 2, 1981 in tiny Kentwood, La., Britney Spears emerged as one of the defining artists of the teen-pop/bubblegum music craze of the 1990s. Before her explosion as a solo artist, Spears gained notoriety as a contestant on Star Search and cast member of The New Mickey Mouse Club, the kid-friendly variety show produced at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.

Although early solo hits such as "Baby One More Time" and "Oops I Did It Again" exuded a playful innocence, the singer's image would become more sexual as her career progressed. Speculation about her virginity and relationship with boyfriend Justin Timberlake began to eclipse her music by the time of her 2001 album, Britney. Stea...
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Born Dec. 2, 1981 in tiny Kentwood, La., Britney Spears emerged as one of the defining artists of the teen-pop/bubblegum music craze of the 1990s. Before her explosion as a solo artist, Spears gained notoriety as a contestant on Star Search and cast member of The New Mickey Mouse Club, the kid-friendly variety show produced at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.

Although early solo hits such as "Baby One More Time" and "Oops I Did It Again" exuded a playful innocence, the singer's image would become more sexual as her career progressed. Speculation about her virginity and relationship with boyfriend Justin Timberlake began to eclipse her music by the time of her 2001 album, Britney. Steamy songs such as "I'm a Slave 4 U," which she performed in a skimpy outfit with a snake wrapped around her neck on the MTV Video Music Awards, fueled such talk.

As an adult, Spears continued to be a magnet for the tabloids, embarking on a bizarre two-day marriage to childhood sweetheart Jason Alexander and later marrying backup dancer Kevin Federline. That relationship was chronicled in a reality show, Chaotic. She had two children with Federline, but divorced him in 2007.

Spears then descended into more unbalanced behavior, having her head shaved at a salon in Tarzana, Calif., enduring ugly custody battles and involuntary psychological treatment. She emerged, however, to make two albums, Blackout (2007) and Circus (2008).
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  • Bling Ring member pleads no contest to Lindsay Lohan break-in

     
    One member of the so-called Bling Ring that targeted celebrity homes pleaded no contest Friday to a single burglary charge for breaking into Lindsay Lohan's home. Diana Tamayo received three years probation....
  • Earthquake: 3.8 quake strikes near King City

     
    A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Friday morning 18 miles from King City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:44 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 4.3 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter......
  • Britney Spears trial: Justin Timberlake breakup to blame for singer's meltdown?

     
    After the relationship was over, the singer's parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, noticed a change in their daughter....
  • Assessor, tax consultant plead not guilty

     
    Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez and the tax consultant accused of bribing him, Ramin Salari, both pleaded not guilty to a long list of corruption charges on Thursday afternoon. The pair were arrested early Wednesday morning and are being......
  • Guilty: Man tried to kill cop while free on bail in crime rampage

     
    An Orange County jury Thursday found a Buena Park man guilty of 25 felonies stemming from a month-long crime rampage in 2007 and the attempted murder of a police officer the following year while he was free on bail. Jeremy......
  • Student reporter and Cal State spar over public record -- and 20 cents

     
    A reporter at the Mustang Daily — the student newspaper at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — wanted a copy of an email for a story. He filed a California Public Records Act request with the chancellor's office in Long......
  • Police: Body found in S.D. County might be Newport Beach woman's

     
    Newport Beach police are working with authorities in San Diego County to determine whether the body of a woman found Thursday in a Dumpster is that of the wife of a prominent real estate investor arrested on murder charges earlier this week....
  • Britney Spears' meltdown revisited in Sam Lutfi libel trial

     
    "X Factor" judge's former manager suing for defamation, claiming Lynne Spears' book "Through the Storm" subjected him to "unfathomable amounts of ridicule and public scorn."...
  • Boy Scouts ‘perversion files’: Delving into the data

     
    More than 1,200 secret files on suspected sexual molesters in the Boy Scouts of America were made public Thursday, offering a detailed view of how the Scouts handled suspected molestations from the early 1960s through 1985. The Los Angeles Times is...
  • Britney Spears, parents battle ex-manager in L.A. civil trial

     
    Los Angeles County jurors on Thursday began hearing opening statements in a lawsuit brought by the man who acted as singer Britney Spears' manager during a portion of the tumultuous time that ended with a court giving her father control over her affairs...
  • Britney Spears' ex-manager: Not to blame for life in 'shambles'

     
    The paparazzi shots have been seen all around the world –- a dead-eyed, make-up smeared Britney Spears shaving her head in a Tarzana hair salon and attacking an SUV with an umbrella -– but when they appeared pieces of evidence Thursday in a...
  • ‘Hangover’ filming: Some give thumbs down to toll road closure

     
    A normally busy stretch of the 73 toll road in coastal Orange County will be closed this weekend for filming of "The Hangover Part 3," a deal that is drawing thumbs-down reviews from some....