Date of Birth: October 3, 1984
Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, USA
Height: 5' 6"
Best Known For: 7th Heaven, The Ashlee Simpson Show, lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live, and being the sister of Jessica Simpson
|Ashlee Simpson Biography
Ashlee Simpson was born in Texas on October 3, 1984. She is the sister of the pop singer Jessica Simpson. Her father, Joe Truett Simpson, is a former Baptist youth minister and is now her manager and her mother, Tina Ann Drew, is a former Sunday School teacher who home schooled Simpson. She started taking ballet classes at age 3 and at age 11 she became the youngest person ever admitted to the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City.
After her sister signed a record deal, the Simpson family decided to move to Los Angeles, California, where Simpson began appearing in television commercials. After the release of Jessica's first album, Simpson went on her sister's tour, at 14, as one of her backup dancers.
Simpson moved up from commercials and began appearing in films and television series, including an episode of Malcolm in the Middle in 2001, and a minor role in the 2002 film The Hot Chick. She also appeared alongside her sister on Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993), The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996), The View (1997), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) and a Disney Christmas show and concert special. Simpson's biggest acting job came when she landed a recurring role on the family drama series 7th Heaven. She played Cecilia Smith, girlfriend of Simon Camden, from 2002-2004.
In the summer of 2003, Simpson briefly worked as an MTV VJ on TRL, and later recorded a song titled "Just Let Me Cry" for the soundtrack of the film Freaky Friday. Eventually, Simpson signed a record deal with Geffen Records.
In July of 2004, Simpson released her first album titled, Autobiography, which went platinum in the first week of its release. By September 2004 the album was certified triple platinum. The same month her first album was released, Simpson's MTV reality show titled The Ashlee Simpson Show, debuted. The show followed Simpson during the writing, recording, and performing of her music, and also touched on aspects of her personal life. The show ran in the U.S. for eight weekly episodes over the summer of 2004, and was picked up for a second season of ten episodes, which aired from January to March 2005.
Simpson's second album, I Am Me, was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2005. Though the album debuted at number one with roughly 220,000 copies sold, sales quickly dropped and the album sold less than a million copies.Simpson will reportedly take on the role of Roxie Hart in the stage production of Chicago in October 2006. It is said that she will join the show in either New York or in London.
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