Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly. Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Detroit, Aaliyah got her first major exposure appearing on the syndicated television series "Star Search" (1983) where she awed the audience with her amazing voice and talent. Withdrawing from the celebrity scene for a few years, Aaliyah lived the life of a normal teenage girl, attending Detroit's Performing Arts High School where she majored in dance. It was around this same time that Aaliyah met singer/composer R. Kelly. Kelly assisted Aaliyah with the production of her debut album "Age Ain't Nothing But A number" which scored several number hits, specifically "Back and Forth." The album's title was a brief reference to her short-lived marriage to R. Kelly (she was 15 years of age at the time, and he was in his 20s). Thir marriage was annulled due to her status as a minor. During her senior year, Aaliyah went on to record "One In A Million" which featured the songwriting talents of major R&B producers/writers Missy Elliot and Tim Mosley. That album was a major success and sealed Aaliyah's fame forever. After seeing her at an awards show and in the video for her hit song "Are You that Somebody?" (from the Eddie Murphy film Doctor Dolittle (1998)), film producer Joel Silver (producer of The Matrix (1999) and other major actor films) asked Aaliyah to audition for a role in an upcoming romance/action film called Romeo Must Die (2000). With her determination and sex appeal, Aaliyah won Silver over and was cast in her first major film role. Romeo Must Die (2000) was a hit at the box office. This film led to her being cast as one of the stars of the film based on Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned (2002) and in the two sequels to the major box office hit, The Matrix (1999). During the busy schedule of her film career, Aaliyah took time to record her third album, the self-titled "Aaliyah". July 2001 was a busy time for Aaliyah. After the sucess of her song "Try Again" for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award and won several MTV Video Awards, Aaliyah finally released her "Aaliyah" album. Debuting at number two on the Billboard charts, "Aaliyah" was a sales success despite many lack-lustre reviews it received. In August 2001, Aaliyah took time off from her busy album promotional tour to fly to the Bahamas to film a video for the song "Rock the Boat". The video, filmed on Abaco Island, was directed by Hype Williams, a major music video director known for his style and wit. On August 25, 2001, after filming the video, Aaliyah and about 9-11 of her entourage took off from Marsh Harbour airport at 6:50pm EDT in a small Cessna 404 en route to Opa-Locka, Florida. A few minutes after take-off, the plane crashed about 200 feet from the runaway killing Aaliyah and many others instantly. Four passnegers were pulled alive from the wreckage, and one later died at a hospital in Nassau. Aaliyah was only 22 years old. Aaliyah's short-lived, but brillant career was a true success story for a young African-American woman who went against all odds to be herself in an industry where originality is scarce. Truly missed by her family, friends, and fans, her music and film contributions will live forever.IMDb Mini Biography By: Luis32789@aol.com
On January 16th 1979 the world was blessed with the birth of Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, New York. Aaliyah was raised by her father, mother and brother Rashad Haughton in Detroit. At age 9 she appeared on "Star Search" (1983), the TV program and sang "My Funny Valentine", a song which her mother had sung years earlier. At age 11, she sang with Gladys Knight in a five-night stint in Las Vegas. In 1992, she began to work on her debut album with the help of singer R. Kelly. The album, "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" was released in 1994 and received heavy praise. Aaliyah came under attack shortly after when reports suggested she was married to R. Kelly. At the time, she was 15, he was 27. The marriage was apparently annulled. In 1995, she began to work on her 2nd album, alongside Jermaine Dupri, Tim Mosley, Slick Rick and Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott'. The album, titled 'One In A Million' was released on August 27th 1996. In 1998 she released the single, 'Are you that somebody?' from the Doctor Dolittle (1998) soundtrack, it was produced by her friends Tim Mosley. Later that year she released the single 'Journey to the past', from the Anastasia (1997) soundtrack. In 2000, she made her film acting debut and starred as Trish O'Day in the smash hit, hip-hop, kung fu film, Romeo Must Die (2000) alongside Jet Li. The producer was so impressed by her performance she got parts in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). She made numerous records for the soundtrack and released 'Try Again', for which she was nominated with 'Best female video' and 'Best Video in a film' with MTV. In 2001 she was nominated with 2 awards for MTV, the 'Breakthrough female' and 'best performing female'. In July 2001 she released her third album, the self-titled, 'Aaliyah'. In early August of the same year she filmed the video for the single 'More Than a woman', taken off the album and on the 23rd August she started filming for 'Rock The Boat', on Abaco Island, in the Bahamas. On 25th August, filming was completed and her and eight of her crew members including her hair stylist and bodyguard boarded a small plane. Shortly after take off, the plane crashed and exploded, Aaliyah and all on board, perished. Aaliyah's funeral was held on Friday August 31st in New York, and 22 white doves were flown to celebrate each year of her life. Soon after her death, the hit singles 'More Than a woman' and 'Rock The Boat' were released from her third album. In 2002, the film Queen of the Damned (2002) by Anne Rice was released in which Aaliyah played the lead, Queen Akasha. She was nominated for best Villain at the MTV movie awards 2002. Looking back at her biography, it's no wonder her name means 'Highest, most exhalted one; the best', she had achieved so much in her short life of 22 years.IMDb Mini Biography By: James Bryant
|R. Kelly||(30 August 1994 - 7 February 1995) (annulled)|
Usually covered her left eye with her hair
Often wore sunglasses in front of the covered left eye
Usually wore black leather, or white clothing in her music videos
Had on black nail polish in nearly all of her music videos
Auditioned for a role on the television sitcom "Family Matters" (1989).
Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21." 
4 tattoos: The letter "A" on the side of her wrist, an Egyptian Unk in her inner wrist, a music symbol on her ankle and a dove on her lower back.
Voted First Place by the readers of Black Men Magazine for "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year." 
Performed with Gladys Knight at age eleven in Las Vegas.
Aaliyah's self-titled long awaited third album is released. [July 17, 2001]
Got her dove tattoo as a tribute to her grandmother.
Graduated from the Detroit High School of the Performing Arts with a 4.0 GPA.
Got her big break on the television show "Star Search" (1983).
Died in a plane crash on a return trip from shooting a music video in the Bahamas. The crash, which happened in Marsh Harbour, located on Abaco Island in the Bahamas, was determined to have been caused by the plane being overloaded. [25 August 2001]
She got her middle name Dana from her grandmother.
At the time of her death, Aaliyah and her boyfriend, Roc-A-Fella co-CEO Damon Dash, had plans to wed.
Parents: Micheal and Diane Haughton. Brother: Rashad Haughton (born 6 August 1977).
At the age of 5, she moved to Detroit, Michigan, where she grew up.
Posthumous single "More Than A Woman" reaches #1 in the UK. [January 2002]
The first female artist to have a posthumous number one single in the UK record charts. [January 2002]
In January 2002 she reached No. 1 in the UK with her single "More Than A Woman". She was knocked off the top spot a week later by another deceased artist - George Harrison.
At her funeral, 22 white doves were released from the steps of the church. One dove for each year of her life.
Younger sister of Rashad Haughton.
Auditioned for the Elton John Broadway show, Aida.
Her mother Diane was once a promising solo singer but gave it up to raise her children Aaliyah and Rashad Haughton.
She had a close friendship with producer/musical artist Missy Elliot.
It was announced in November 2002 that good friend Missy Elliot is to produce a tribute album to Aaliyah which will include stars finishing off songs Aaliyah was working on before her death in August 2001. In the same month, it was announced that a posthumous Aaliyah album, entitled "I care 4 u", will be released.
Her grandmother was Native American.
Best friend was Kidada Jones.
Ranked #36 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
In Arabic, the name Aaliyah means "highest, most exalted one.".
Had a 4.0 voice - she was a "soubrette soprano".
Her video Try Again was the most viewed video of 2000 - 2001, getting over 85,000 views daily.
Was named #7 On "America's Hottest 30 Song birds" of (2001).
Her song "Rock the boat" Was the most viewed video of the year 2002 Getting over 56,000 views daily.
Had 15 #1 Singles Out of 3 Albums.
Ranked #12 On Hollywoods Hottest of 2000.
Married R. Kelly when she was only 15 years old. He was 27.
Before her death, Aaliyah had planned concerts in more than 22 countries around the world to promote her last album.
[interview in July 2001 with Germany's "Die Zeit" newspaper that eerily predicts her death] It is dark in my favorite dream. Someone is following me. I don't know why. I'm scared. Then suddenly I lift off. Far away. How do I feel? As if I am swimming in the air. Free. Weightless. Nobody can reach me. Nobody can touch me. It's a wonderful feeling.
[from "MTV Diary: Aaliyah"] want people to remember me as a full-on entertainer and a good person.
It's hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I'm long gone.
[her advice for aspiring artists) Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don't think it's going to be easy. It's hard!
Everything is worth it. The hard work, the times when you're tired, the times where you're a bit sad . . . In the end, it's all worth it because it really makes me happy. There's nothing better than loving what you do.
Sensual is being in tune with your sensual self.
When I'm long gone, I want to be remembered not just as an actress or singer, but as a full-on entertainer.
[on her inspirations]: Sade. How beautiful is she? I chose her because I idolize her. I've always looked up to her. She and I have the same birthday which is January 16th so I feel like she is my soul sister. What I love about Sade is that she stays true to her style no matter what. She can leave us for 8 years and come back and be absolutely mind blowing. And you gotta respect that.
Being female, you're raised to be a good, sweet girl and not flip out. So I had to give myself permission to be mean and evil. It's tough. But I've always been drawn to the darker side of things.
|Romeo Must Die (2000)||$1,500,000|
|Queen of the Damned (2002)||$5,000,000|
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