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BRITNEY SPEARS (Lucy) makes her feature film debut in "Crossroads."

Born on December 2, 1981 in Kentwood, Louisiana. Spears began her career on stage at age nine when she starred in the off—Broadway production of "Ruthless,'' and just two years later, she became one of the youngest cast members ever of the Mickey Mouse Club.

In August 1997, she signed with Jive Records. Sixteen months later her debut album, "... Baby One More Time," was number one on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Her single by the same title was simultaneously number one on the Billboard Hot l00 singles chart, making her the first solo artist to ever have a number one album and single on the Billboard Charts at the same time. That album, released in 1999, has already sold over 21 million copies worldwide.

In 2000, Spears did it again when her sophomore album, appropriately named, "Oops!... I Did It Again," hit sales of over 17 million copies worldwide. With the release of the album, Spears became the best-selling female artist during any one-week period. Her first two albums combined have earned her two Grammy nominations, an American Music Award, seven American Billboard Awards, four MTV European Awards and a World Music Award for "Best International Female Artist."

2001 was a busy year for Spears. Her anticipated third album, "Britney" debuted at number one on November 6, 2001, selling 746,000 copies in the first week. The release of this album made Spears the first female performer in the history of Billboard to have her first three albums debut at number one. Spears co-wrote five of the 12 songs on the album, including the sexy single "I'm A Slave 4 U," which she sang at the 2001 MTV Music Video Awards in September.

Spears recently completed a 31-concert North American tour and raised $l million for the children of New York firefighters and police officers who suffered a loss in the World Trade Center attack.

In November, Spears sang in her first televised live concert. Performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the concert was broadcast exclusively on HBO on November 18, 2001.

In February 2001, Spears signed a multiyear global marketing pact with the Pepsi Cola Company. It is among Pepsi-Cola's most far-reaching associations with an entertainer. Her first commercial aired on the February 2001 Academy Awards and the second commercial will air during the Super Bowl on February 3, 2002.

In April of 2001, Spears and her mother Lynne's first work of fiction, entitled A Mother's Gift, was published by Delacorte Press, a division of Random House. Their previous collaboration, Heart to Heart, was a touching memoir of their journey together.

Spears has made numerous appearances on television. In May 2000, Spears joined a distinct group of artists including Garth Brooks, Sting and The Rolling Stones, when she was both the host and musical guest on the same episode of "Saturday Night Live." The episode received one of the highest ratings of the season. She will appear again as the host and musical guest on February 2, 2002. Spears also starred in two specials for Fox, "Britney in Hawaii" and "Britney Spears: There's No Place Like Home."

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