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      Mary J. Blige

      Mary J. Blige

      Highest Rated: 97% Mudbound (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

      Birthday: Jan 11, 1971

      Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

      Mary J. Blige made an immediate impression with her 1992 debut What's the 411?, and has remained one of R&B's more consistent artists in the decades since. Born in the Bronx, Blige had a tumultuous childhood; her father was a Vietnam vet with post-traumatic stress disorder; and Blige was molested by a family friend at a young age. She found solace in singing in church, but by age 16 had dropped out of school and was abusing various drugs. She was however still singing, and a cassette demo of her covering Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" began making the rounds-- initially through her mother who was dating an Uptown Record executive. She was signed to the label and teamed with producer Sean Combs (then Puff Daddy), who oversaw much of the debut. A semi-autobiographical album, What's the 411? was framed with recordings from Blige's answering machine. Combs' production drew from modern hip-hop but allowed Blige to shine as a vocalist, She paid tribute to one role model, Chaka Khan, with a cover of Rufus' "Sweet thing" which joined "You Remind Me" and "Real Love:" as the album's hit singles. However Blige's newfound success coincided with one of her toughest personal periods, as she spiraled into depression and further drug use; it was also reported that she was in an abusive relationship with Jodeci member K-Ci Hailey. All of this was channeled into her second album, My Life, which was hailed as a modern R&B landmark. This time the classic soul influence was stronger than the hip=hop, and Blige had a hand in writing every song. Blige's personal life continued to inform her music; 1997's more upbeat Share My World celebrated her kicking both the drugs and the relationship with Hailey. She mined the same personal territory in 2001's No More Drama which produced her greatest hit, the Number One single "Family Affair." Meanwhile she launched an acting career, initially with music-related TV guest roles, but in 2004 she acted Off Broadway in the drama The Exonerated, playing a woman serving time for a crime she didn't commit. This led to her playing a variety of musical and dramatic roles, including starring as a supervillain in the Netflix series "The Umbrella Academy" (2019). She briefly hosted an Apple Music webcast, The 411, and surprised the first guest Hillary Clinton by singing a highly topical Bruce Springsteen song. As a recording artist Blige remains enormously popular; as of 2019 each of her thirteen studio albums has hit the Top Ten. During 2018 she was nominated for Academy Awards for the film "Mudbound," both as supporting actress and performer of the title song. She has become an entrepreneur, starting the Matriarch label and releasing her own brands of perfume and sunglasses. During 2019 she toured with Nas; the two also collaborated on the single "Thriving" which continued Blige's longtime message of personal strength.

      Highest rated movies

      Mudbound poster Mudbound The Wiz Live! poster
      The Wiz Live!
      Respect poster Respect Champs poster
      Champs
      Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself poster
      Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself
      The Violent Heart poster The Violent Heart Black Nativity poster
      Black Nativity
      Body Cam poster Body Cam

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      68% 95% Respect Dinah Washington (Character) $24.3M 2021
      60% 38% Mary J. Blige's My Life Self,
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      56% 78% The Violent Heart Nina (Character) - 2020
      44% 35% Body Cam Renee Lomito-Smith (Character) - 2020
      71% 58% Trolls World Tour Queen Essence (Voice) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 100% The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel Executive Producer - 2019
      27% 36% Sherlock Gnomes Irene Adler (Voice) $43.1M 2018
      97% 85% Mudbound Florence Jackson (Character) - 2017
      40% 46% Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story Self - 2017
      No Score Yet 75% Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life Self - 2017
      67% 95% Champs Unknown (Character) - 2015
      91% 75% The Wiz Live! Unknown (Character) - 2015
      50% 51% Black Nativity Lucy (Character) $7.0M 2013
      No Score Yet 67% Betty & Coretta Betty Shabazz (Character) - 2013
      43% 55% Rock of Ages Justice (Character) $38.5M 2012
      61% 81% Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself Tanya (Character) $51.7M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sting - Inside: The Songs of Sacred Love Unknown (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 94% Prison Song Mom (Character) - 2001
      78% No Score Yet All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! Self $995.1K 2001

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 68% Power Book II: Ghost Monet (Character) 2020-2023
      93% 98% Lost Ollie Rosy (Voice) 2022
      No Score Yet 7% The View Music Performer,
      Guest
      2013-2017 2019 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012 2020-2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity IOU: Joyride Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer,
      Guest
      2013-2014 2017 2021
      85% 76% The Umbrella Academy Cha-Cha (Character) 2019
      43% 38% The Academy Awards Music Performer 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
      Guest
      2008-2009 2014 2017
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
      Guest
      2014 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The BET Life of Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Music Performer,
      Guest
      2014-2015
      92% 51% black-ish Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      84% 48% Empire Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 72% The X Factor Music Performer 2011 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2010 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2012
      No Score Yet 67% The Voice Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest
      2012
      68% 0% American Idol Unknown (Guest Star),
      Music Performer,
      Judge
      2010 2012
      No Score Yet 42% Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2011
      33% 100% The Marriage Ref Guest 2011
      31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show Music Performer 2009
      No Score Yet 62% So You Think You Can Dance Music Performer 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
      78% 92% 30 Rock Mary J. Blige (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2009
      No Score Yet 68% America's Next Top Model Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      65% 82% Entourage Mary J. Blige (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 86% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1993 2006
      No Score Yet 100% Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1998