Gwen Stefani 2005-04-12T14:34:16Z 211.29.246.245 [[Image:Gwens.jpg|right|thumb|Gwen Stefani]] '''Gwen Renee Stefani''' (born [[October 3]], [[1969]]) is an [[United States|American]] singer and the frontwoman of the band [[No Doubt]] who launched a solo career in late [[2004]]. Stefani was born in [[Anaheim, California]]. Her father Denis is Italian and her mother Patti is of [[England|English]] and [[Scotland|Scottish]] descent. She has a sister, Jill, and two brothers, [[Eric Stefani|Eric]] and Todd. She attended Cal State Fullerton, and in high school she was on the swim team. Her first job was scrubbing floors at a [[Dairy Queen]] and she once worked at a department store. Her brother Eric founded No Doubt in [[1986]] with his friend [[John Spence]], but eventually left the band to pursue a career in animation on ''[[The Simpsons]]''. He was the keyboardist for No Doubt. Gwen became the group's lead singer after original frontman John Spence committed [[suicide]] in December of [[1987]]. The band's second album, ''[[Tragic Kingdom]]'', took three years to make. During this time, the band almost split up. The album was released in [[1995]] and spawned several hits, beginning with "Just a Girl". Following the success of ''Tragic Kingdom'', Stefani became highly popular and recognizable; the tension this produced with the other members of the band was touched on by their video for the song "Don't Speak". Many of the album's songs, including "Don't Speak" and "Spiderweb", were inspired by Stefani's relationship and breakup with fellow band member [[Tony Kanal]]. Gwen had dated Kanal for eight years until he ended the relationship because he needed more space. She slipped into depression after touring for ''Tragic Kingdom''. Stefani met [[Bush (band)|Bush]] guitarist [[Gavin Rossdale]] in 1996 at a concert she was playing with No Doubt. On [[September 14]], [[2002]], they were married. Thus far, her solo career has been most recognized for a pair of popular [[2001]] duets, the "Southside" [[remix]] with [[techno]] artist [[Moby]] and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with [[rapper]] [[Eve (rapper)|Eve]]. In fact, Stefani became the first artist in history to win both ''Best Male Video'' and ''Best Female Video'' awards at the [[MTV]] [[MTV Video Music Award|VMA]]s, for "Southside" (credited as "Moby featuring Gwen Stefani") and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (credited as "Eve featuring Gwen Stefani") respectively, both in 2001. Also that year, No Doubt released their multi-platinum-selling fourth album, ''[[Rock Steady]]'', which included the hits "Hey Baby" with reggae rapper [[Bounty Killer]], "Underneath It All", and "Hella Good". Stefani's first solo album, ''[[Love, Angel, Music, Baby]]'' was released in the U.S. on [[November 23]], [[2004]]. It managed to sell more copies in its first week than any No Doubt album (350,000), debuting at number 7, impressive for a debut solo artist. Her album was certified platinum (1,000,000 sold) after only four weeks of sales. The first single released was "What You Waiting For?" It debuted at #1 on the [[Australia]]n [[ARIAnet]] singles chart and #4 on the UK chart, and peaked at #47 on the US chart. The second single was ''Rich Girl'', another duet with Eve, produced by [[Dr. Dre]]. It is partly a cover of the song ''If I Were A Rich Girl'' by [[Louchie Lou and Michie One]]. It shot its way into the [[Hot 100]] Top 10, currently at #7 and holding a nice #3 on the new [[Pop 100]]. Her next single is going to be "Hollaback Girl," which she had the [[hit]]-makers [[The Neptunes]] produce. Gwen created a successful fashion line, named [[L.A.M.B]], which showcases clothing which Gwen would wear herself. The line also includes handbags and purses. Celebrities such as [[Nicky Hilton]], [[Paris Hilton]], [[Pamela Anderson]], [[Carmen Electra]], [[Nicole Richie]], [[Jenny McCarthy]], [[Alicia Keys]] and [[Halle Berry]] have been seen sporting her fashion line and [[LeSportsac]] bags. Stefani's nicknames are Sunshine and G-loc. Her height is 1.68m. She is [[dyslexia|dyslexic]]. Stefani's trademarks are her red lipstick and her blond hair (the natural color of which she hasn't seen since being in the 9th or 10th grade). She likes to listen to bands like [[311 (band)|311]], [[Blur]], [[Radiohead]] and [[Jamiroquai]]. She lent her voice to the title character of ''Malice'', an unreleased [[PS2]] and [[Xbox]] video game. Girls and young women who imitate Stefani's distinctive style of dress are sometimes referred to as "Gwennabes" or "Gwenabees". She made her acting [[debut]] in a small role playing [[Jean Harlow]] in the [[2004 in film|2004]] [[Martin Scorsese]] movie ''[[The Aviator]]''. == Solo Discography == [[Image:Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Stefani on the cover of ''Love, Angel, Music, Baby'']] === Albums === * 2004 ''[[Love, Angel, Music, Baby]]'' #7 US, #7 UK, #1 Australia === Hit singles === * 2004 "What You Waiting For" #47 US, #4 UK, #1 Australia * 2005 "Rich Girl" (feat. Eve) #7 US, #4 UK, #2 Australia * 2005 "Hollaback Girl" #37 US ==External links== * [http://www.gwenstefani.com Official website] * [http://www.honeyjew.co.uk/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=49 Large Gwen Stefani picture gallery] [[Category:1969 births|Stefani, Gwen]] [[Category:American actors|Stefani, Gwen]] [[Category:United_States_musicians|Stefani, Gwen]] [[Category:Italian-American entertainers|Stefani, Gwen]] [[Category:Gay icons|Stefani, Gwen]] [[Category:People from California|Stefani, Gwen]] [[de:Gwen Stefani]] [[fr:Gwen Stefani]] [[nl:Gwen Stefani]] [[fi:Gwen Stefani]] [[sv:Gwen Stefani]] Gwen stefani - biography

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''Gwen Renee Stefani'' (born October 3, 1969) is an United States/American singer and the frontwoman of the band No Doubt who launched a solo career in late 2004.

Stefani was born in Anaheim, California. Her father Denis is Italian and her mother Patti is of England/English and Scotland/Scottish descent. She has a sister, Jill, and two brothers, Eric Stefani/Eric and Todd. She attended Cal State Fullerton, and in high school she was on the swim team. Her first job was scrubbing floors at a Dairy Queen and she once worked at a department store. Her brother Eric founded No Doubt in 1986 with his friend John Spence, but eventually left the band to pursue a career in animation on 'The Simpsons'. He was the keyboardist for No Doubt. Gwen became the group's lead singer after original frontman John Spence committed suicide in December of 1987.

The band's second album, 'Tragic Kingdom', took three years to make. During this time, the band almost split up. The album was released in 1995 and spawned several hits, beginning with "Just a Girl". Following the success of 'Tragic Kingdom', Stefani became highly popular and recognizable; the tension this produced with the other members of the band was touched on by their video for the song "Don't Speak". Many of the album's songs, including "Don't Speak" and "Spiderweb", were inspired by Stefani's relationship and breakup with fellow band member Tony Kanal. Gwen had dated Kanal for eight years until he ended the relationship because he needed more space. She slipped into depression after touring for 'Tragic Kingdom'.

Stefani met Bush (band)/Bush guitarist Gavin Rossdale in 1996 at a concert she was playing with No Doubt. On September 14, 2002, they were married.

Thus far, her solo career has been most recognized for a pair of popular 2001 duets, the "Southside" remix with techno artist Moby and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with rapper Eve (rapper)/Eve. In fact, Stefani became the first artist in history to win both 'Best Male Video' and 'Best Female Video' awards at the MTV MTV Video Music Award/VMAs, for "Southside" (credited as "Moby featuring Gwen Stefani") and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (credited as "Eve featuring Gwen Stefani") respectively, both in 2001.

Also that year, No Doubt released their multi-platinum-selling fourth album, 'Rock Steady', which included the hits "Hey Baby" with reggae rapper Bounty Killer, "Underneath It All", and "Hella Good".

Stefani's first solo album, 'Love, Angel, Music, Baby' was released in the U.S. on November 23, 2004. It managed to sell more copies in its first week than any No Doubt album (350,000), debuting at number 7, impressive for a debut solo artist. Her album was certified platinum (1,000,000 sold) after only four weeks of sales.

The first single released was "What You Waiting For?" It debuted at #1 on the Australian ARIAnet singles chart and #4 on the UK chart, and peaked at #47 on the US chart.

The second single was 'Rich Girl', another duet with Eve, produced by Dr. Dre. It is partly a cover of the song 'If I Were A Rich Girl' by Louchie Lou and Michie One. It shot its way into the Hot 100 Top 10, currently at #7 and holding a nice #3 on the new Pop 100.

Her next single is going to be "Hollaback Girl," which she had the hit-makers The Neptunes produce.

Gwen created a successful fashion line, named L.A.M.B, which showcases clothing which Gwen would wear herself. The line also includes handbags and purses. Celebrities such as Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Nicole Richie, Jenny McCarthy, Alicia Keys and Halle Berry have been seen sporting her fashion line and LeSportsac bags.

Stefani's nicknames are Sunshine and G-loc. Her height is 1.68m. She is dyslexia/dyslexic. Stefani's trademarks are her red lipstick and her blond hair (the natural color of which she hasn't seen since being in the 9th or 10th grade). She likes to listen to bands like 311 (band)/311, Blur, Radiohead and Jamiroquai. She lent her voice to the title character of 'Malice', an unreleased PS2 and Xbox video game.

Girls and young women who imitate Stefani's distinctive style of dress are sometimes referred to as "Gwennabes" or "Gwenabees".

She made her acting debut in a small role playing Jean Harlow in the 2004 in film/2004 Martin Scorsese movie 'The Aviator'.

Solo Discography

Albums =

* 2004 'Love, Angel, Music, Baby' #7 US, #7 UK, #1 Australia

Hit singles =

* 2004 "What You Waiting For" #47 US, #4 UK, #1 Australia
* 2005 "Rich Girl" (feat. Eve) #7 US, #4 UK, #2 Australia
* 2005 "Hollaback Girl" #37 US

External links

* [http://www.gwenstefani.com Official website]
* [http://www.honeyjew.co.uk/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=49 Large Gwen Stefani picture gallery]

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