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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 May 1975Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameMelanie Janine Brown
Nicknames Scary Spice
Mel B
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born on the 29th May 1975 in Leeds, England, Melanie Brown became a member of Spice Girls in 1994. Their three albums sold than 40 million copies worldwide and they had nine singles at number 1 in the UK.

"Hot" was her first solo album, released on 9th October 2000. It entered the UK charts at #28. Despite producing 2 Top 5 singles (3, if you include the hit "I Want You Back"), the album only ever re-entered the chart once after dropping out of the Top 100 - peaking at #95 when "Feels So Good" was being promoted in February 2001. To date, the album has sold about 50,000 copies in the UK. The album sold 8,000 copies in its first week.

After she parted with Virgin Records, she started a new successful career as TV presenter and actress. In 2001, her own show This Is My Moment (2001) was a great success and, after the second series, she made a documentary about Africans voodoos.

In 2002, she was one of the protagonists of the BBC3's sit-com Burn It (2003) and made her theater debut with "The Vagina Monologues" in London.

She has a lead role in two upcoming movies: the horror LD 50 Lethal Dose (2003) and the comedy The Seat Filler (2004) (with Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child).

From April to September 2004, she played the role of "Mimi" in the famous musical "Rent" on Broadway.

In 2005, Melanie released her second solo album, "L.A. State Of Mind", featuring the single "Today". Both the single and the album flopped...

- IMDb Mini Biography By: me

Melanie Brown, aka "Mel B", best known as "Scary Spice" of the worldwide sensation singing group "The Spice Girls", is a chart-topping musical artist, actress, author, television personality and groundbreaking entrepreneur who is set to launch her own fashion line. Few artists have moved so effortlessly from one artistic medium to another as Mel B.

As a recording artist, Mel B's achievements with the Spice Girls are legendary: 55 million records sold worldwide, nine number one singles in the UK, 11 gold records as well as a total of 24 platinum and multi-platinum records. The Spice Girls reunion World Tour was a critical and popular triumph and the group was recently named Best Band by the U.K. Glamour Awards. Mel B has continued the same successful ways as a solo artist. Her 1998 single "I Want You" with Missy Elliott sold 80,000 copies in its first week, and gave Mel B her first solo #1. Her debut solo album, "Hot" released in 2000, produced three top five singles. She followed up with the release "LA State of Mind" in 2005 and is currently at work with top producers on a new album she expects to be ready for release in late 2008.

Mel B has also shone brightly as both an actress and television personality. She starred as "Mimi" in the smash hit Broadway musical "Rent", performed in the Vagina Monologues in London, had key roles in the feature films "LD 50 Lethal Dose", the Will Smith co-production "The Seat Filler", and appeared as a comedic performer in the British show "Burn It". Mel B has made a significant impact in the world of television, hosting "This Is My Moment", "The MOBO Awards", "Pure Naughty", "Voodoo Princess", "Top of the Pops", "Party in the Park for the Prince's Trust", and "The All Star Animal Awards" in addition to her role as a correspondent on the highly-rated "Access Hollywood." Mel B's most recent triumph was taking America by storm by on ABC's smash hit "Dancing with the Stars". Mel B and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the highest scoring couple during the 2007 season and made it to the finals, earning a perfect score on their final dance. Recently Mel B announced the launch of her own reality show for TLC, "The Singing Office." The show, executive produced by Mel B and her husband Stephen Belafonte, pits Mel B and Joey Fatone against each other to find the best workplace singers in America. Mel B and Stephen are also developing a reality series for Shannon Elizabeth and her boyfriend Derek Hough, a reality skein for her dance partner Chmerkovskiy as well as a sitcom in which Mel B will star.

Not content with these achievements, Mel B will soon introduce her signature Catty Couture fashion line. Featuring sheer tops, jackets and skirts, Catty Couture will emphasize the body-hugging designs and signature animal prints for which she is so well-known. She has recently agreed to be the face of the sizzling Ultimo Underwear line in the UK.

Mel B is also a best-selling author by virtue of the 2002 release of her hit autobiography, "Catch A Fire". The book features her compelling personal insights and experiences both as a Spice Girl and in her own life. "Catch a Fire" reached #7 in book sales charts.

Born in Leeds, England, Mel B has two daughters and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: management

Spouse (2)

Stephen Belafonte (6 June 2007 - present) (1 child)
Jimmy Gulzar (13 September 1998 - 2 January 2000) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently appears wearing halfshirts or corsets during her times with the Spice Girls.
Yorkshire accent

Trivia (31)

Winner of the 1997 MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video, "Wannabe".
Winner of the 1997 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Group.
After a struggling solo career, Virgin Records and Melanie B parted company in July 2001. The Spice Girl says she wants to concentrate on her television career
Made her London West End theatre debut in Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" in February 2002.
Her younger sister is Danielle Brown
Has had 9 UK number one singles as part of Spice Girls.
Has had a solo number one single: "I Want You Back" featuring 'Missy "Misdemeanor' Elliott'.
Also had four other solo UK top 20 hits: "Tell Me" (#4), "Feels So Good" (#5), "Lullaby" (#13) & "Word Up" (#14).
Has a bestselling autobiography called "Catch A Fire".
She was born to an English mother and a Nevisian father.
Former pupil of Intake High School (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK).
A former member of Spice Girls along with Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, and Geri Halliwell.
Winner of two awards at the Billboard Awards in 1997 with the Spice Girls.
Winner of three American Music Awards in 1998 with the Spice Girls.
Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997, along with the four other Spice Girls.
Winner of a special award at Brit Awards in 1998.
Daughter of Andrea Brown.
Following the low-key release of her second album "L.A. State Of Mind" in June 2005, Melanie returned to the US where she continued her acting career, famously turning down Live 8 for "acting commitments". Melanie has been busy writing a sitcom based on her life in LA, of which the scripts have now been delivered to the BBC, and is also planning a return to the music scene, following recent meetings with an A-list urban producer [August 2006]
Signed on for the 5th season of Dancing with the Stars (2004). [June 2007]
On 16th April 2004, she will officially join the cast of "Rent" at Broadway in New York. She will play the main role Mimi, until September 2004. [April 2004]
She's enjoying her succesful debut on Broadway with the lead role of Mimi in the world famous musical, "Rent". [June 2004]
Made a return to the music scene with the release of her first single in four years, "Today", released on 13th June, followed by the release of her second album, "L.A. State Of Mind", on 27th June. [June 2005]
Replaces fellow Brit and girl band-member Sarah Harding as the face and body of underwear label Ultimo. The contract earns her £100,000. [April 2008]
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 23, a daughter named Phoenix Chi Gulzar on February 19, 1999. Child's father is her now ex-1st husband, Jimmy Gulzar.
Dated Eddie Murphy in 2006. They have a daughter together.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 36, a daughter Madison Brown-Belafonte on September 1, 2011. Child's father is her now estranged 2nd husband, Stephen Belafonte.
Shortly dated Eddie Murphy in 2006. They have a daughter together.
(June 6, 2007) Married for the 2nd time her boyfriend of 4 months Stephen Belafonte in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 36, a daughter named Madison Brown-Belafonte on September 1, 2011. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Stephen Belafonte.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 31, a daughter named Angel Iris Murphy-Brown on April 3, 2007. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Eddie Murphy.
In 2016 Mel B, Emma Bunton, and Geri Halliwell reunited as The Spice Girls for the 20th anniversary of "Wannabe". They are recording new music. A new album and tour are expected in 2017. Former Spice Girls members Victoria Beckham and Mel C opted to not take part in the reunion to focus on their own careers.

Personal Quotes (17)

I would love to have twins. I think there's something nice about having two babies, and they're there for each other their whole entire life.
Love me or hate me, Scary Spice is back.
I'm overly excited to finally announce this amazing global partnership deal back home with EMI Music. I know I have mentioned doing music in the past but for legal reasons I was not in a position to release any new music.
I'm always down for a Spice Girls reunion. I love the Scary hair and platforms. Any time of day or night I'll be there.
Sometimes I can be tactful and sometimes not. It all depends on the mood I'm in.
The way that I live my life is on spontaneity.
I'm well-travelled so I can see places coming up. I went to St. Croix in the West Indies at Christmas and it had been hit by a really bad tornado. Values there have gone down but I guarantee they will be up again in eight years. So I'll get in now while it's cheap as chips.
Hopefully, next year if we can get everything sorted out and together.
I've always said that kids should enhance your life, not hinder your life, so I just try to make the most out of being with my kids. You have to have a life for yourself somewhere in the mix of being a wife and mum.
Look, everything that you experience as a kid is the foundation of how you are today. I was brought up in a working class family in Leeds and when it comes to money both my parents worked hard and instilled the same attitude into me.
I know about investment. It's really obvious - you buy property, let it sit for a couple of years and then sell it and reinvest.
I collect art. I just recently bought two gorgeous photographs of Marilyn Monroe by international photographer Eve Arnold and I know it sounds horrible but when she dies all her pictures are going to be worth triple. But I won't tell you how much I got them for - let's just say it was a lot.
Whether I was dancing around the house with headphones on or on stage with the Spice Girls... I learned firsthand that dancing was the key to shedding off the pounds and keeping them off.
I live my life on self-belief and I live it partly on going with the flow.
If my senses don't feel right then I don't do it.
I live on my gut instinct.
[About being bi sexual] "I had a great five year relationship with a lovely lady who I still talk to to this day, and that's that. I mean, if it happened yesterday I would probably be saying something different. But I've been happily married to my husband for seven years."

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