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Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé's singing talent exposed itself at an early age. Alongside her cousin, Kelly Rowland, and two other classmates, Beyoncé created an all-female singing group with her father, Matthew Knowles, as their manager. Destiny's Child was born and in 1997, the group landed a record deal with Columbia Records. While their first album debut established them as a popular R&B group, Destiny's Child second album release earned their first No. 1 single on the pop charts with "Bills, Bills, Bill."
With the success of the group, Beyonce branched out and made her acting debut in the 2001 MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. She later showed off her comedic chops with her performance in the spy parody Goldmember, alongside the always-funny Mike Meyers. In 2003, Beyoncé returned her focus to her musical career by establishing herself as solo artist and premiering her first album, Dangerously in Love. The album was a success, selling millions of copies and earning Beyoncé five Grammy Awards. The album featured a variety of well-known artists, including Missy Elliott and Jay-Z, who she was rumored to be dating. In 2004, Destiny's Child released their last album, Destiny Fulfilled, and broke up shortly after.
In 2008, Beyoncé and music mogul Jay-Z married in a private ceremony in New York City. Although a newlywed, Beyoncé continued to promote her latest album, I am... Sasha Fierce, which featured the two huge, hits "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" and "If I Were a Boy." She later went on to star as R&B legend Etta James in Cadillac Records and ended out the year by singing James' trademark song "At Last" for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at his inaugural.
On top of her acting and performing success, Beyoncé and her mother run the clothing line House of Dereon. She launched her personal fragrance, Heat, in 2010 even though she's highly allergic to perfume. She has also appeared as a spokesperson and promotional model for L'Oreal and Tommy Hilfiger.