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    Early experiments with eyeliner: Adam dressed as Count Dracula for Halloween -- smartly accessorized with a black spider ring. <p> <b>Watch Adam Lambert's interview on "20/20" TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET.</b>
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    Adam as a 1-year-old cowpoke, on a visit to the state fair.
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    Adam, age 16, channeling Travolta in a San Diego Children's Theater production of "Grease."
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    A windy day at the Presidio: Adam, right, goofing off with mom Leila and younger brother Neil at San Francisco's historic military-post-turned-national-park. <p> "He has a great disposition. I always said he was like sunshine," Leila Lambert told "20/20." "He just walks into a room and he, he just glows."
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    The professional: Lambert in an early headshot. <p> "He stood out in high school because he was so talented," his mother Leila Lambert told "20/20." "He was able to have the opportunity to do lead roles in musicals and dramas and, and he was given so many wonderful parts."
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    Adam, 13, as the Scarecrow in "The Wiz" at the San Diego Children's Theater in 1995.
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    "I had an obsession with Sea World as a child," Lambert told "20/20." "I loved Sea World." His mother, Leila Lambert, says that she took her son there at least every weekend. Here Adam, age 3, hangs with his favorite flippered friend, Shamu, in 1985.
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    Barista: Adam, 17, at his first workaday job, at a San Diego Starbucks.
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    At his graduation from Mount Carmel High School, June 15, 2000, Adam sang the hit Boyz II Men song "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
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    Before the eyes of the world at last: Lambert performing on "American Idol."
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    And now, the smoldering rock radical: Lambert on the cover of Rolling Stone, in a photograph by Matthew Rolston.
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