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Brandy Norwood



If there's one word that can best describe Brandy, it's synergy. Dominating pop charts wasn't enough for the young R&B singer, so she followed in the footsteps of Madonna, Charo, and many a one-named diva and began to take more acting and modeling gigs.

Brandy was born in McComb, MS, on February 11, 1979, but grew up in Carson, CA, with her parents and younger brother Ray-J, another aspiring musician. She declared precociously at age four that she would sing professionally and drew attention performing with youth groups in her middle-class neighborhood.

Brandy made her acting debut in 1993 with a supporting role on ABC's short-lived television series Thea. Shortly after Thea's demise in 1994, the 15-year-old released her self-titled first album, which went triple-platinum and featured hit singles like "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby."

But interestingly enough, music sat on the back burner while Brandy pursued her acting career. She won the title role in UPN's family drama Moesha in 1996 and starred a year later as Cinderella in ABC's star-studded TV-movie version of the fairy tale.

During breaks from these and other projects, she recorded Never S-A-Y Never, the eagerly awaited follow-up to her first album. Powered by "The Boy Is Mine," her duet with fellow teen star Monica, the 1998 album sold extraordinarily well and also produced the hits "Have You Ever" and "Almost Doesn't Count."

1998 and 1999 were busy years for her. In addition to Moesha, she starred in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer with Jennifer Love Hewitt and starred and executive produced Double Platinum, a TV-movie feature with Diana Ross. Brandy also spent time touring in support of her album, performed on VH1's Divas Live, and became a spokesmodel for Cover Girl cosmetics. It's a wonder she had time to go to the prom with future basketball star and good friend Kobe Bryant.

But it was all due to catch up to her. In November 1999, amid rumors that she was addicted to diet pills and squabbling with producers on her TV show, Brandy collapsed and was hospitalized three days for dehydration. Moesha ended its run in 2001 and Brandy focused her energies on attending classes at Pepperdine University.

In 2006, she served as a judge on America's Got Talent for one season, and had a recurring role on One on One. She appeared on her brother's reality show, For the Love of Ray J, before the two had their own show together, Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business. She also competed on season 11 of Dancing with the Stars in 2010. She joined BET sitcom The Game in 2012 as a recurring character before being bumped up to a series regular.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
27% The Perfect Match
  • Avatia
2016
15% Temptation
  • Melinda
2013
30% A Bird of the Air
  • Eleanor Reeves' Dog
2011
No Score Yet Karaoke - Pop R&B
  • Actor
2003
55% Osmosis Jones
  • Leah
2001
No Score Yet Brandy: The Videos
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Double Platinum
  • Kayla Harris
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet VH1 Divas Live 1999
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Penthouse - 30 Pets, 60 Minutes
  • Actor
1999
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Karla Wilson
1998
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
  • Cinderella
1997
No Score Yet The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III
  • Goldy
1994
91% Arachnophobia
  • Brandy Beechwood
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Elisa Shayne Elisa
No Score Yet The Soul Man
2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Host
No Score Yet 90210
2008-2013
  • Marissa Harris-Young
No Score Yet The Bachelor
2002
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet This Is How I Made It
2012-2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet When I Was 17
2010-2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Herself
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet FABLife
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet America's Got Talent
2006
  • Appearing
  • Judge
  • Judge

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