Britney Spears: Snapshot

Name
Britney Spears
Date of Birth
December 02, 1981
Birth Place
Kentwood, La.
Pop superstardom began for Britney Spears in 1998 when she sported Lolita-like pigtails and naughty schoolgirl garb for "...Baby One More Time." Since then, she has generated record-shattering sales and made iconic music videos and performances.

After losing her much publicized virginity to Justin Timberlake and embarking on a 55-hour marriage with a pre-fame pal, Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. The union produced two sons and a 2006 divorce.

Post-K-Fed, Spears exhibited some bizarre behavior that led to a rocky stint in rehab. After losing custody of her two sons, the ailing pop princess bounced back with the help of her parents, made a career comeback with her No. 1 album Circus, served as a judge on The X Factor and found love again with fiancé Jason Trawick – until the couple's split in 2013.

Britney Spears: Video

Time Machine

Watch as the birthday girl grows up from a pop princess to a superstar mother of two

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Britney Spears: Five Fun Facts

  1. Britney Spears kept a tanning bed on her Baby One More Time tour bus.
  2. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline gave personalized Juicy Couture sweat suits embroidered with "The Maids" and "Pimp Daddy" to members of their bridal party in 2004.
  3. Britney Spears likes to relax with candles, a bath and a Jackie Collins novel. "Every night, I have to read a book so that my mind will stop thinking about the things I stress about," she said in 1999.
  4. Britney Spears, a Louisiana native, auctioned off personal items on eBay in 2005 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, including a jewel-encrusted bra and a pair of well-worn J. Crew flip-flops.
  5. Britney Spears sang Naomi Judd's "Love Can Build a Bridge" on Star Search in 1992. She won the first round but lost in the second.

Britney Spears: Biography

1993-1994

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Mini-Mouse Pack

Spears, 11, lands a cast spot on the New Mickey Mouse Club, where she performs with Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake. Timberlake will later become her first public romance.

1998

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November

Proper Dress Code

Spears releases the video for ". . . Baby One More Time," in which she wears a schoolgirl's uniform and knotted shirt, revealing her midriff. "The outfits looked kind of dorky, so I was like, 'Let's tie up our shirts and be cute,'" she tells PEOPLE. The following spring, Spears, 17, poses in hot pants and a push-up bra for her first Rolling Stone cover.

2000

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September 07

Pop Power Couple

Spears and singer Timberlake go public with their romance when they sit together at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. During the show, Spears performs a medley of her hit "Oops!...I Did It Again" and "Satisfaction" in a sequined, flesh-colored outfit.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Jive Records/Reuters

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Everett/REX USA; Kevin Mazur

Edited by Julia Wang

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