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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    Born Margaret LeAnn Rimes in Jackson, Miss. on August 28, 1982, the award-winning country music star-turned-actress has used her booming voice, beginning at an early age, to make an incredible impact on the music scene. More recently, scandals and scorned lovers put Rimes back into the spotlight.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    Adorable 16-month-old Rimes holding a Raggedy Ann doll.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    Rimes began singing when she was two years old. She's shown here wearing a cowgirl costume for Halloween in 1984.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    The only child of Belinda Miller and Wilbur Rimes, the family moved to Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, when she was four. Rimes' parents quickly became aware of their daughter's extraordinary singing talents and enrolled her in voice and dance lessons.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    By age five, Rimes was competing in numerous local talent shows and contests.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    Rimes also competed in local beauty pageants at a young age, but her singing career began in musical theater when she was seven. She landed the role of Tiny Tim in the Dallas musical production of "A Christmas Carol."
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    Rimes' major break came in 1990 when she landed a spot on the network televised talent show "Star Search" hosted by Ed McMahon. Just eight years old at the time, Rimes stole the show with her strong vocals.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    By the time she was nine, Rimes was garnering national attention, performing "The Star Spangled Banner" a cappella at several Dallas Cowboys games. She also made several appearances, including one shown here, on the "Johnnie High's Country Music Revue" in Ft. Worth, Texas.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    Rimes is shown here in the recording studio of Nor Va Jak, an independent record label which released her first album when she was seven. She released her second album at age 11, which featured what would become her signature song, "Blue." At the time, Rimes was introduced to Bill Mack, a Dallas disc jockey and record promoter. Impressed by the young girl's talents, Mack began to develop a plan to break Rimes into mainstream country music. He originally wrote and composed "Blue" for country music legend Patsy Cline, who was killed in a plane crash before she was able to record it.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    "Blue" debuted at #3 on the Pop charts and caught the attention of Curb Records, which signed the rising star. The success of that song led 14-year-old Rimes not only to become the youngest artist to be nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award, but also the first country singer to win a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1996. The following year, she released the hit single, "How Do I Live," which was the longest-running single ever on Billboard's "Hot 100." It remained on the charts for 69 weeks.
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    Maintaining a non-stop stressful schedule of tours and recording dates, Rimes began to feel worn out and she developed a severe skin disorder that covered much of her body. Rimes told "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts in a recent interview, "I did 500 shows in three-and-a-half years...I was doing like two shows a day at times, [from] the time I was thirteen [until] sixteen and-a-half, and I was like 'I'm done.'"
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  • LeeAnn Rimes

    In May 2000, Rimes filed a lawsuit against her father, Wilber Rimes, and Curb Records for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars. The lawsuit was "settled on undisclosed terms," according to court documents, in 2002. That same year, Rimes married back-up dancer Dean Sheremet.
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