marți, 15 aprilie 2008

8 things you didn't know about Mariah Carey

  • Her friends now call her Mimi, but Carey's classmates at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, N.Y., nicknamed her "Mirage" because she was always out of school and in the studio recording demos. Her determination paid off – she was just 20 when she landed a record deal and released her self-titled debut.
  • Carey was only 3 when she learned Verdi's opera Rigoletto in its native Italian from her classically trained mom, Patricia Hickey
  • Carey is no stranger to famous leading men, costarring with Prison Break's Wentworth Miller in "We Belong Together," Eric Roberts in "It's Like That" and Jerry O'Connell in "Heartbreaker" – but ex-boyfriend Derek Jeter (whom she dated from 1997-98) never appeared in one of her videos.
  • When her latest single, "Touch My Body," hit No. 1, Carey moved past Elvis Presley for the most No. 1 singles on Billboard's Hot 100 – and is now second only to the Beatles, who have 20 No. 1 hits. Still, Carey, with 18, has more chart-topping hits than any female artist.
  • At her lavish $500,000 nuptials to Mottola in 1993, Carey wore an ornate Vera Wang gown – complete with a 27-ft. train. It was longer than Princess Diana's royal wedding train (25-ft. long), and seemingly longer than her marriage: Carey and Mottola divorced in 1997.
  • Before earning accolades for his portrayal of a Memphis pimp in Hustle & Flow, Terrence Howard played a record producer who puts Carey's backup singer Billie Frank front and center in Glitter.
  • On a 2001 Total Request Live spot Carey peeled off clothing and handed out popsicles to confused fans – and a shocked Carson Daly. A few weeks later she checked into a hospital for treatment of "an emotional and physical breakdown."
  • Carey affectionately calls all her true fans "lambs" – a moniker they happily use for Internet groups like "Mariah Lambs United" and "Mimi Lambs." They also frequently give the singer stuffed lambs as presents.

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