Talented as she is beautiful, Beyonce Knowles is no stranger to hard work. Since the age of 8, this Texan has been using her voice to make her dreams come true. Under the management of her father, Knowles was joined by her cousin, Kelly Rowlands, and two high school friends to form the group Destiny’s Child. In 1998, Destiny’s Child released their first self-titled album “Destiny’s Child.” Without much hesitation, the album went platinum. Their sophomore album, “The Writings On The Wall,” was also multiplatinum, despite a rotating round of changes in the group’s lineup.
Despite the controversy that surrounded the changes, Knowles continued climbing up the ladder of success. In 2001, Knowles made her acting debut as Carmen Brown in “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” — a musical drama about an aspiring actress who seems to get into trouble everywhere she goes. The sex appeal that Knowles added to the role had people talking including director Jay Roach and Mike Myers. It was Knowles’ role in “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” that earned her the role of the 70s-era superfly spy chick Foxxy Cleopatra in “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002), playing the leading lady for comedian Myers’ beloved secret agent in his third big screen outing. Delivering a breezy performance that was light as air, Knowles demonstarted a potent and winning on-screen charisma that would serve her well on projects to come. Knowles next won the starring role opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., in the popular (if critically panned) comedy “The Fighting Temptations” (2003), playing Lilly, a sultry jazz singer who Gooding recruits into a gang of misfits hoping to become a champion church choir. Knowles displayed on-screen charisma to spare, although her acting craft still had some room to develop.
Still, her musical fortunes remained unfazed: many of Destiny’s Child’s songs appeared on the soundtracks of a number of movies—including “Charlie’s Angels” and “Bad Boys II”—and her mega-selling 2003 solo debut “Crazy In Love” cemented her reputation as a pop music superstar. She would also reunite with Destiny’s Child for their final album “Destiny Fulfiled” in 2004, before announcing the group’s dissolution in 2005 (Knowles said it wan not a breakup but rather “the end of a chapter in our lives”). And as her film profile rose, Beyonce made history at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005 when she was the first performer ever to sing three of the Oscar nominatees for Best Song during the telecast.
Beyonce’s vibrant and glamorous image also made her an in demand commercial spokesperson and model, with ad campaigns for L’Oreal, Tommy Hilfiger and Pepsi (for the latter, she appeared in a lavish and memorable “Gladiator”-style commercial alongside follow pop stars Britney Spears and Pink).
- Bio of Beyonce courtesy Yahoo! TV
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Gossip Dec. 5, 2006 – According to the New York Post’s PAGESIX, there are strong indications that R&B; singer Beyonce Knowles and her boyfriend, hip hop mogul Jay-Z, could be tying the knot in a secret ceremony sometime next weekend.
The couple, who have been dating for a few years, have been falsely linked to wedding bells before, but insiders indicate that this time is different—it’s the real deal.
The surprise wedding is supposedly taking place during Jay-Z’s 37th birthday bash, for which guests were invited to spend a four day celebration on a yacht in St. Barts. All guests were reportedly told to have their passport applications filed by last Friday.
The reason being (insiders tell PAGESIX) is that guests will secretly be ferried over to Anguilla for Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s wedding at a five-star resort in Cap Juluca; a site which the couple had toured earlier this year and approved for their nuptials.
2003: “Dangerously in Love”
2004: “Live at Wembley”