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MARY J BLIGE

  • b 11th Jan 1971
Mary J. Blige was born in Yonkers, New York,  as Mary Jane Blige. She was previously married to Kendu Isaacs.
She never graduated from high school.
Her job before she became a singer was a Directory Assistance operator, thus the title of her debut album “What’s the 411?” (1992).
The title track from Mary’s album “No More Drama” (2001) contains samples of the theme from The Young and the Restless (1973).
Younger sister of LaTonya Blige-DaCosta. Younger half-sister of Bruce Miller.
Credits her husband, Kendu Isaacs, for helping her clean up her act and to overcome her drug and alcohol addiction.
Her mother, Cora Blige, survived a stabbing by a neighbor (1987).
Her father, Thomas Bilge, was a Vietnam War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Her music video “No More Drama” was shot on September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City.
Ranked #69 on VH1’s 100 Sexiest Artists.
She personally asked Mariah Carey and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to appear in her music video for “No More Drama”, because she felt they both had their fair share of drama recently.
A huge fan of Led Zeppelin since she was a child, the singer went so far as to perform the band’s classic “Stairway to Heaven” as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) [April 13, 2010].
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 11, 2018 (her 47th birthday).
Friends with Taraji P. Henson and Wyclef Jean.
Is the first person nominated for an Academy Award for acting and writing an original song in the same year.
She sang in a Pentecostal church during her early years in Richmond Hill, Georgia.
Her own personal perfume – “My Life” – broke all sales records on HSN when it was first launched.
She is a lifelong liberal Democrat.