03:34 PM EDT 07/28/2016
Originally posted 07/27/2016 12:20PM
As the pop stardom inevitably cooled, Gibson found a home on Broadway. She made forays into reality TV and kept writing and recording music independently. She also worked with children in summer music camps.
Gibson drew on this experience to star in Summer of Dreams, a TV movie that will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Aug. 27.
In the film, Gibson plays Debbie Taylor, a former pop star who moves to suburban Ohio to teach music to a talented group of misfit kids. (Draw your own parallels.)
Gibson, 45, sits down with PEOPLE to talk about the film, her career, and how she feels seeing herself on film.
Originally posted 08/31/2015 11:55AM
There was big hair. There was a lot of denim. And, of course, there was that famous black hat.
Originally posted 09/28/2014 09:00PM
When Debbie Gibson was diagnosed with Lyme disease last year, she began a scary journey of pain and confusion.
Originally posted 08/31/2014 06:00PM
She was a teen star, releasing the triple-platinum Out of the Blue when she was just 16.
Originally posted 04/18/2014 12:35PM
When Debbie Gibson flew to Chile for two sold-out shows, she had a great idea: she would share concert photos and videos on her blog, thinking it was the best way to interact with her fans.
Originally posted 01/24/2014 09:00AM
A decade before Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera ruled the charts, Debbie Gibson reigned as teen-pop princess, with a prolific body of work – she recorded more than 100 of her own songs by age 15 – and a hat collection to rival Blossom's.
Originally posted 04/22/2012 02:15PM
When Dick Clark died last week at age 82, several stars shared personal memories of the man called "America's Oldest Teenager."
In the 1980s, Clark worked closely with the then-teenaged Debbie Gibson, asking her to appear on American Bandstand multiple times, and even having her host the American Music Awards in 1989. And after Gibson's teen pop star days were over, Clark remained close to Gibson, tapping her to co-host Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary Collection in 2007.
In an exclusive to PEOPLE, Gibson recalls her bond with Clark.
Originally posted 10/12/2011 03:00PM
Let the boardroom battles begin!
Former American Idol star Clay Aiken and '80s pop singer Debbie Gibson will be competing on the newest season of Donald Trump's series The Celebrity Apprentice, an inside source confirms to PEOPLE.
Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice is also reportedly going to be a contestant
Originally posted 06/13/2011 12:05PM
Looks like Katy Perry had a pretty eclectic entourage last Friday night.
In the music video for her latest single, "Last Friday Night," Perry, 26, is woken up post-festivities by Glee's Darren Criss, serenaded by Kenny G and fantasized about by Criss's costar Kevin McHale.
Also getting down at Perry's party: "Friday" singer Rebecca Black, Hanson, Corey Feldman and Debbie Gibson, who play the geeked-out pop star's parents.
Originally posted 08/03/2009 02:45PM
Deborah Gibson has a secret weapon in her battle to stay fit: her boyfriend.
For a year and a half, Gibson has been dating Rutledge Taylor, a medical doctor specializing in preventative medicine. To help Gibson keep in shape for her busy schedule, he developed a strict diet and exercise program. "I won't say it was easy," Gibson tells PEOPLE, "but it was really effective. He really came up with something that worked for me."
"I thought I had just 5 lbs. to lose," she continues, "But as it went on, I realized that I needed to drop a few more."
The final tally: 17 lbs. "It really gives me a lot more energy to be fit," she says, "and it's also empowering. I'll be 39 soon, and I'm in the best shape of my life."
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