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Gwendolyn Renee Stefani, 3 October 1969, Fullerton, California, USA. The highly photogenic Stefani became a ubiquitous presence in the world media in the late 90s and at the start of the new millennium, balancing her long-standing commitment to the pop band No Doubt with solo work and acting roles.
Raised in California, Stefani spent most of the late 80s and early 90s struggling to break into the mainstream with No Doubt, with the bands initial preference for new wave and ska-influenced pop finding little favour with the general public. She shot into the spotlight in 1996 with the international success of the power ballad Dont Speak and the attendant Tragic Kingdom. Her on/off relationship with Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale occupied many tabloid pages during the late 90s, with the couple finally marrying in September 2002. No Doubt enjoyed further success during this period with the album Rock Steady, but despite the...