Fergie

BATD ON Dec 14, 2009 AT 2:17 pm

Fergie

Fergie

Born a true California girl in 1975, Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson was in the spotlight from a young age. Her activities included dance and even voice-over work for Charlie Brown and Peanuts television specials. In 1984 she joined the cast of television’s Kids Incorporated, but her five-year stint couldn’t doom her to be forever labeled a child star.

Fergie stormed into the 90s by stretching her vocal talents with the female trio Wild Orchid. When their record label lost interest in the group, Fergie moved on to other projects. In 2003, she landed a gig working with the Black Eyed Peas on their third studio album, Elephunk. Soon Interscope records offered her a permanent position in the group. They went on to create two popular albums before Fergie decided to pursue a solo career.

The Dutchess—the debut solo work—was released in 2006. It created six hit songs for Fergie, who had fellow Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am as executive producer on the album. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” earned Fergie a Grammy nomination in 2007, which she lost to Amy Winehouse. Regardless, Blender magazine named her their woman of the year.

Fergie in Nine

Fergie in Nine

The Black Eyed Peas most recent creation, 2009’s The E.N.D., featured the hard-hitting pop that drove the fans wild. “Boom Boom Pow” became a summer hit for the group. From her solo work, Fergie has racked up a slew of MTV and Billboard awards in addition to her Grammy nod. With Black Eyed Peas, she has earned three Grammies.

While her talent certainly keeps her in the spotlight, her relationships have contributed to that as well! Early in her career she was spotted out and about with none other than Justin Timberlake, but after meeting Las Vegas actor Josh Duhamel in 2004, the two became hooked. They married early in 2009. Drama ensued, however, after it was reported that Duhamel had a hotel tryst with a stripper. Since then, Fergie has been spending more of her social time sans hubby.

Her recent project—the film adaptation of the musical Nine—features the singer alongside names like Dame Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Fergie’s biggest screen project to date, Nine should be a holiday stunner. Director Rob Marshall of 2002’s Chicago fame leads this project, out just in time for the end of 2009.

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