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Britney Jean Spears, 2 December 1981, Kentwood, Louisiana, USA. One of the biggest teenage pop superstars to emerge at the end of the twentieth century, Britney Spears enjoyed her breakthrough success in 1998. She appeared in local dance revues and church choirs as a young girl, and at the age of eight auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club. Although she was too young to join the series, a producer on the show gave her an introduction to a New York agent. She subsequently spent three summers at the Professional Performing Arts School Center and appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions as a child actor, including Ruthless (1991). She returned to the Disney Channel for a spot on The Mickey Mouse Club, where she was featured for two years between the ages of 11 and 13.
Spears began to audition for pop bands in the New York area, her demo tapes eventually landing on the desk of Jive Records Jeff Fenster. Her vocal ability and...