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Overview (5)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Jutiapa, Honduras  (car accident)
Birth NameLisa Nicole Lopes
Nicknames Left Eye
Nina
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After relocating to Atlanta during her young adult years, Lopes became heavily involved in that city's thriving music industry that produced many top name acts such as Cameo, Jermaine Dupri, Xscape, and Kelly Price. However, it was Lopes and her two bandmates, Tionne "T-Boz Watkins" and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas who put Atlanta on the map. Originally starting as a trio called 'Second Nature', Watkins and Lopes were soon joined by Thomas to form 'TLC', the best-selling girl group of all time. TLC, which stood for the first initial of each member's nickname, were discovered at an Atlanta club by singer Pebbles, who immediately signed them to her label.

After breaking into the scene, TLC went on to great success under Arista's new LaFace label, which was managed by superstar producers, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and L.A. Reid, Pebble's former husband. After snatching them away from Pebbles, TLC became one of the 1990s greatest success stories due to their creative style and flamboyance. Utilizing condoms on their colorful, baggy clothes, TLC scored three major hits on their 1992 debut album, "Ooooooooh on the TLC Tip". With success at hand, Lopes ventured off into the world of stardom, and doing so brought her major headlines. In 1995, Lopes made national and international headlines after she set the home of her boyfriend, Andre Rison, ablaze after a major fight. Lopes, who was sentenced to 5 years probation and therapy at a halfway house, never was able to shake that incident from her personality, and along with Lil' Kim, became one of hip hop music's bad girls. Along with her TLC bandmates, Lopes filed for bankruptcy that same year claiming that poor royalties and an outstanding debt that was owed to Pebbles after she sued the group for breach of contract caused them to take this action.

With the release of their sophomore album, "Crazy Sexy Cool," Lopes and her TLC bandmates underwent a change from their childlike antics to a sense of maturity that represented their metamorphosis as major recording stars. That album, which became sold 11 million copies became one of that decade's biggest selling albums, netted the group two Grammy Awards, and produced three hit singles.

After promoting that album was over, Lopes decided to venture into a variety of projects that showcased her excellent ability to spot talent. She became the mentor and producer of the R&B trio Blaque, whose members saw TLC-like success with several hit singles and starring roles in the film "Bring it On". Along with Blaque, Lopes worked with other major artists who sought her talents in producing. Working with singers such as Montell Jordan, Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisolm, and NSYNC, Lopes became one of the music industry's highly sought stars due to her unique vocals and amazing style.

However, Lopes who sought a fresh new start in life after a difficult childhood, began to involve herself in holistic and spiritual practices that brought her a sense of peace and tranquility. It was during a trip to Honduras, that Lopes saw a world different from what she saw in the United States, and began to get herself involved in several projects that benefited many victims of Hurricane Mitch, which struck Central America in 1997. Building a healing hut and a child center, Lopes connected with a world that was innocent and new to her. Her sense of pride and duty were reflected by the numerous trips she took to Honduras since her encounter with an African healing doctor in the mid 1990s.

After the release and promotion of TLC's 1999 album, "Fanmail", Lopes started to shun away from her bandmates in order to develop an identity independent from that of her bandmates. Often disputing with them in public, Lopes worked hard on a solo debut album, "Supernova" which was released internationally but never released in the United States due to poor radio play. That album, produced the top 20 hit, "The Block Party" which was a big hit in the United Kingdom and Japan.

In her continuation for a change, Lopes signed a deal to release an album under the alias N.I.N.A. (Not Into Name Alternatives) with controversial producer Suge Knight. That project never came about. On Thursday, April 25 while returning from the village where she called home for the past few years, Lopes was the only fatality in a car crash that occurred when her car swerved off the road near the town of Roma, Honduras. Lopes, who was to celebrate her 31st birthday the next month, died instantly while four of the seven others who were riding in the sports utility vehicle she was driving were rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Lopes, who adopted a young girl several years ago, left her motherless and left a legion of grieving, distraught fans crying for another life taken so quickly.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Luis32789@aol.com

Trade Mark (1)

She was in the habit of replacing one lens of her glasses with a condom during performances.

Trivia (25)

Was considered for one of the main roles in Josie and the Pussycats (2001).
Pleaded guilty to burning down the mansion of her boyfriend Andre Rison (1994).
Featured on Method Man's album, "Tical 2000".
Is a member of pop group TLC.
Lopes doesn't show up for a press conference. She was then considered missing and the word goes out to the local radio stations and TV stations. No contact with other TLC members or manager. Not many were surprised due to her spontaneous behavior, but they were very worried. It's later announced she has contacted someone and said she will make an appearance in October at an award show. [September 2000]
Adopted a little girl and named her Snow [2001]
Appeared on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire - Top of the Charts' edition. [July 2001]
Father was in the Army. Grew up in Kansas, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Panama.
Lived primarily in Atlanta, Georgia.
Went to healing village in Honduras to heal and meditate occasionally.
Album producer of singing-group Blaque.
Her pseudonym, "N.I.N.A." stood for "New Identity Not Applicable"
Lopes' white casket was engraved with a rap she recited on TLC's No. 1 song "Waterfalls". It reads, "Dreams are hopeless aspirations, in hopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you."
Died in car crash in Honduras April 25, 2002. She was the only fatality in a vehicle that had seven passengers.
Ranked #80 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World". [2002]
Her rap verse from the hit song "Waterfalls" is carved on her tombstone.
At the advice of Dr. Sebi, an herbal guru in Honduras who cures AIDS, diabetes, sickle cell, (and just about everything else), she sought to find peace and to stop poisoning her body with alcohol and cigarettes, by fasting for 40 days.
Became the legal guardian of her younger brother, Ronald Lopes, and sister Raina, when she was 21 years old.
Dropped out of high school. Her mother, Wanda Lopes, forced her to go back and she got a GED.
Her last name, Lopes, is Portuguese.
Of Cape Verdean (Portuguese & African) descent.
On how she got her nickname "Left Eye": "A guy gave me a pick up line and said he was attracted to my left eye". The "guy" is reported to be Michael Lamont Bivins of "New Edition" and "Bell Biv DeVoe" fame.
At the age of four, she could play the piano by ear.
Sister of Ronald Lopes and Reigndrop Lopes.
Died near the Honduran town of Roma, which is the Spanish word for Rome. The popular saying is that "all roads lead to Rome," which in Left Eye's case was eerily correct as she was driving to towards this town at the time of the accident that claimed her life.

Personal Quotes (9)

"I felt like an outcast. It used to be the three of us being very silly, and then it was just the two of them being silly. I didn't feel silly anymore." (on her falling-out with her TLC bandmates)
There's a thin line between genius and insanity - and I always get labelled as being the crazy one
I have always been a very spiritual woman, I think we all have different heavens. Mine will probably be me re-living my life over -Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes on death.
[about Tupac Shakur] No, we never slept together. That was one of the first things he told me. He said, "Don't ever let me sleep with you. I don't care what I say, I don't care how. I don't care what I do, just don't let it happen". So I stuck by that because I didn't want to mess anything up.
[on her short-lived experience in jail while awaiting relocation to detox] I just felt uncomfortable. I wasn't really scared until I started walking down the hall. I started to think, "What if a girl tries to rape me, or what if someone tries to bully me because I'm Left Eye." That kind of stuff was running through my head. But as soon as I turned the corner and all the girls saw me, they started cheering. They were like, "Whoooo! Left Eye! Left Eye!" So I started pimping, like, "Yeah! What's up?" First I was walking like I was scared, but when they started yelling and screaming my name, I stood upright and I felt confident. Like okay, I'm not gone have to worry about that stuff I was just thinking about. I was like, "All right!" The whole time I was there I was just cool. I didn't have a problem with nobody and nobody had a problem with me. I wasn't like stuck in a corner crying like, "What am I going to do?" As soon as I got there, I joined in the card game. There were people who were excited. They were calling their family. They were like, "Left Eye, can you say hi to my little nephew?" I was like, "Sure, whatever, no problem."
It was a little weird being in the presence of Tupac, and we're very similar. Similar to the point where we almost clashed, we're both Geminis and it was almost like four people being in the room.
[on Tupac Shakur]: I got a chance to go to his house a few months before he passed on and um, it was weird, it was a very weird experience because everything that was in my cabinets was in his cabinets. Down to the seasonings in the kitchen, the types of food that we ate, the pot set, the chairs that we sat in. I look at the way that his life was and I don't know, I see a lot of that in me.
The only thing I've ever wanted to do was to help people, because there are a lot of sick people in the world, a lot of people who are struggling and suffering and they're just not happy. And I used to be one of those people, and I used to wish that my life would end, you know. If I was 20 I'd say 'Oh I can't stand to...I don't know if I'm going to live to be another 20 years, I can't take another 20 years of what I've been through'. And my mom would look at me and say 'Oh I'm so sad to hear you say that, and if you don't know what it feels like to be happy, you don't know what you don't know'. It's like there's no hope. But it doesn't really have to be that way. I just want to make music and I want to do a lot of things that are really going to inspire people, and improve the quality of their lives.
I'm your old school type of woman, I don't like microwaves and all that stuff, I got to make everything on the stove, you know what I'm saying? I don't like canned stuff, frozen stuff, all my ingredients are fresh.

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