Dance-pop singer Britney Spears was born in Kentwood, LA in 1981;
after honing her chops in local dance showcases and church choirs,
at age eight she auditioned for a role on the Disney Channel's
Mickey Mouse Club show, and although the series' producers deemed
her too young for the job they were sufficiently impressed with the
girl's talent to assist her in gaining entry to New York's
Off-Broadway Dance Center and the Professional Performing Arts
School. After a series of television commercials and stage
appearances, at 11 Spears finally joined The Mickey Mouse Club,
where she remained for two seasons; continuing on as a solo artist,
she signed to Jive Records and in early 1999 issued her debut LP
...Baby One More Time.
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).