Taylor Momsen: Snapshot

Name
Taylor Momsen
Date of Birth
July 26, 1993
Birth Place
St. Louis, Mo.
As social-climbing Brooklynite Jenny Humphrey on the CW's Gossip Girl, leggy blonde Taylor Momsen proved that though she's the show's youngest star, she can definitely hold her own against Queen Bee Blair Waldorf.

Before getting her big break playing prepster-turned-designer "Little J" on GG, doll-faced Momsen wooed audiences as Cindy Lou Who in 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In the midst of her adolescence, Momsen nabbed her star-making role on the CW guilty pleasure, where, with cast mates Chace Crawford, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, she scored a spot on PEOPLE's Most Beautiful List.

Putting her sugary sweet days as a Who behind her, Momsen signed with IMG Models, adopted an edgier look and jumped center stage as lead singer of The Pretty Reckless.

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Taylor Momsen: Five Fun Facts

  1. As a tradition since she was 3, Taylor Momsen wears a pink tutu every year for her birthday.
  2. While filming How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 7-year-old Taylor Momsen pointed out to director Ron Howard that he had cut a line of dialogue vital to the plot. "Nothing ever fazed Taylor," Howard told PEOPLE.
  3. On her first day walking onto the Gossip Girl set, Taylor Momsen took a big fall before she could even introduce herself.
  4. At 5'8'', Taylor Momsen has trouble finding jeans that fit. "I have a really strange body–I'm tall, but I'm all legs, like three-fourths of my body," she told Vanity Fair.
  5. Of school, Taylor Momsen told Teen Vogue, "I found it kind of boring. I'm an artist; I'm not going to use trigonometry."

Taylor Momsen: Biography

2000

Taylor Momsen

November 17

'Who' Debut

Momsen lands the kid role of a lifetime as little Cindy Lou Who in the live action remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey. Momsen's performance charms audiences and earns her a Young Artist Award nomination. She follows Grinch with family flicks Spy Kids 2 and Hansel & Gretel with Dakota Fanning.

2007

Taylor Momsen

May

Going Indie

At 14, Momsen lands a supporting role in director Gus Van Sant's dark arthouse flick Paranoid Park, portraying the lustful girlfriend of a depressed skater suspected of murder. The risqué role, which includes a sex scene, is a departure from Momsen's squeaky clean image. "It's a totally different experience than anything I've ever done," Momsen tells Nylon magazine.

Taylor Momsen

September 19

Gossip's 'It' Girl

Momsen's turn as Jenny Humphrey on the CW's Gossip Girl makes her a household name. As the innocent rival of Upper East Side Queen Bee Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), "Little J" becomes a fan favorite. "I have two different modes: I have my on-set mode, and then I have...my Taylor mode," Momsen tells The New York Observer. "And when I'm in my Taylor mode, I forget that people still see me as Jenny. It takes a minute." The breakout hit costars Penn Badgley, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.

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BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Everett; Everett; Giovanni Rufino/CW

Edited by Julia Wang

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