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Jessica Simpson: Snapshot

Name
Jessica Simpson
Date of Birth
July 10, 1980
Birth Place
Dallas, Texas
Every era needs its own ditzy-blond bombshell, and for the first decade of this millennium, the title goes to Jessica Simpson. The Texas-born pop singer became a household name when she starred in the MTV reality show Newlyweds with her then husband, former boybander Nick Lachey. The bubbly beauty famously asked, "Is this chicken or is this tuna?" about a can of Chicken of the Sea tuna on the show, turning her into a pop culture sensation.

On the day before Thanksgiving in 2005, the reality TV power couple separated and later divorced. Simpson eventually rebounded with John Mayer and played the field with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo – but her real steady is dadager Joe, who guides Simpson and younger sister Ashlee's multi-hyphenated careers.

In 2010, the accidental fashion mogul announced her plans to give marriage a second chance with former NFL player Eric Johnson, with whom she welcomed daughter Maxwell Drew in 2012 and son Ace Knute a year later. In July of 2014, the couple tied the knot.

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Jessica Simpson: Five Fun Facts

  1. Jessica Simpson's mom told Vanity Fair that Jessica was given an IQ test in fifth grade after her teacher called her a "space cadet." Tina Simpson claims her daughter scored a 160, which is genius level.
  2. According to Time, Jessica Simpson's film, Blonde Ambition – which opened in only eight theaters in Texas – was box-office gold in Ukraine for the weekend of Feb. 14, 2008.
  3. On going to the White House to meet President George W. Bush, Jessica Simpson remembers "I was introduced to the Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, I said, 'I really like what you've done with the place.' I had no idea that she was a member of the Cabinet, not an interior decorator!"
  4. Jessica Simpson has the nickname "rabbit" because of her prominent teeth. "I can make the best bunny face," she told PEOPLE. "No one can stay mad at me when I do the bunny face."
  5. While performing at a tribute for her idol Dolly Parton in 2006, Jessica Simpson forgot the words to Parton's famous song ''9-5'' and declared on stage, "Dolly you make me so nervous. I can't even sing the words right."

Jessica Simpson: Biography

1999

Jessica Simpson

January

Sweet Kisses for Nick

Simpson meets 98 Degrees lead singer Nick Lachey at a Teen People party. "That night we fell in love," she says. At the end of the year, she releases her debut album, Sweet Kisses, which sells 3.5 million copies. Simpson becomes a cleaner alternative to Britney Spears's suggestive dance numbers by offering innocent contemporary songs like "I Wanna Love You Forever" and "Where You Are."

2002

Jessica Simpson

October 26

A Beautiful Church Wedding

In front of 350 guests at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas, Simpson walks down the aisle in a pearl-covered strapless Vera Wang gown as a beaming Lachey waits at the altar. With the help of his bandmates, he sings (and chokes up during) "My Everything," a 98 Degrees song he wrote for Simpson.

2003

Jessica Simpson

August 19

Marriage 101: The Wince-Worthy

Newlyweds premieres on MTV, giving millions of viewers the chance to watch Lachey and Simpson cry, coo, bicker and make up during their first year of marriage. "Is this chicken or fish?" she famously asks Lachey while eating Chicken of the Sea tuna. "I know it's tuna. But it says 'chicken!'"

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Alison Dyer/CPI

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Steve Granitz/WireImage; Joe Buissink/WireImage; NEAL PRESTON

Edited by Julia Wang

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