Timeline: Britney Spears’ life of ups and downs

It's hard to believe that Britney Spears launched her music career more than a decade ago. Between the marriages, children, mental breakdowns and visits to rehab, it's hard to remember when she was famous for making music and not for being crazy. Spears will be at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday. Here is a timeline of the notable highs and lows of her career. 1981 Britney Jean Spears is born Dec. 2 in McComb, Miss. 1986 Makes her singing debut at her kindergarten graduation. She performs the song "What Child Is This?" 1990 First auditions for "The Mickey Mouse Club" at age 8 but is rejected for being too young. 1991 Becomes an understudy for the lead role of Tina Denmarck in the off-Broadway production of "Ruthless!" 1992 Makes her first appearance on "Star Search" at age 10. She wins the first round of competition but loses the second. 1993 Auditions for "The Mickey Mouse Club" again and is accepted at age 11. Co-stars include Justin Timberlake, Keri Russell and Christina Aguilera. 1994 "The Mickey Mouse Club" is canceled. Spears moves back home to Kentwood, La. 1998 Is signed to Jive Records and records her debut album, "Hit Me Baby One More Time," in Sweden. 1999 Goes out on her first real concert tour, where she opens for 'N Sync. Jan. 12, 1999 Lead single, "... Baby One More Time," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. April 1999 Poses for her first major magazine, Rolling Stone. 1999 Appears on ABC's sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," playing herself. May 13, 2000 Hosts and performs on "Saturday Night Live." May 16, 2000 Releases her sophomore album, "Oops! ... I Did it Again." The album sells more than 20 million copies worldwide. Sept. 7, 2000 Confesses to dating 'N Sync frontman Timberlake. Feb. 2001 Signs a two-year contract with Pepsi. Sept. 6, 2001 Performs "Slave 4 U" at the MTV Video Music Awards with a large albino python. Nov. 6, 2001 Releases third album, "Britney." Feb. 2, 2002 Hosts and performs on "Saturday Night Live" for a Continue Reading

Paris Hilton says she created selfies, Twitter promptly roasts her

Everyone and anyone who owns a cell phone with a camera has taken a selfie in their lifetime.Ever wonder who invented the selfie?Paris Hilton doesn't and she'll be the first to tell you who it was. According toThe Public Domain Review, that honor belongs to Robert Cornelius back in 1839. Charles Manson: One of nation's most infamous mass killers is dead at 83 Where are they now?: Bride who invited homeless to her reception now volunteers at shelter No matter how you want to sell the creation of the first selfie, Twitter wasn't buying the Hilton and Britney Spears theory.Let the roast begin: Chris Sims is a digital producer at IndyStar. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.  Continue Reading

Paris Hilton has sold $1.5 billion worth of perfume; ‘Dazzle’ will be her fifteenth fragrance

Paris Hilton may have lost reality show airtime to Kim Kardashian but she’s still tops at the perfume counter. The blonde heiress has sold $1.5 billion dollars worth of perfume since 2004, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The 31 year-old socialite and former reality TV star is set to launch “Dazzle,” her fifteenth fragrance created with scent marketer Parlux. THE CURSE OF REALITY TV Hilton may not be a hot ticket on U.S. soil but they love her in Asia and in the Middle East. There are more than twenty Paris Hilton Handbags & Accessories boutiques in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. She also has four stores in the Philippines. Hilton said that her line of perfumes has created a strong scent of money. “What started out as just an interesting experiment became a real business very quickly,” she said. “Every one of the scents I have done is still on the market somewhere.” While fellow billion-dollar blonde Jessica Simpson has eclipsed Hilton in the tabloids, she’s made a similar mint by putting her name on products including watches, handbags and shoes. Hilton may not be a hot ticket on U.S. soil but they love her in Asia and in the Middle East. She's opened 30 Paris Hilton Handbags & Accessories boutiques in Bahrain, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, to name a few. Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears have also generated more than a billion dollars at the perfume counter. Hilton's next selling goal? A makeup line. “I’m always looking for ways to expand by brand and would love to launch a beauty product line in the future,” she said. Music lovers haven’t seen the last of Paris Hilton, the entertainer either. She told WWD that she’s at work on her second album, which will include collaborations with Flo Rida and LMFAO. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Paris Hilton’s mother calls John McCain campaign ad ‘complete waste’

An angry Paris Hilton's mom unloaded Sunday on John McCain's recent decision to use her daughter's image in a campaign ad - and it wasn't pretty. "It is a complete waste of the country's time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs," Kathy Hilton wrote on HuffingtonPost.com. "And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next President of the United States." Hilton's blast came after Republican McCain mixed images of Democrat Barack Obama, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in an ad last week to suggest that Obama is just a "celebrity" interested in fame, not a serious politician. Mama Hilton also slammed the ad as "a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign" - something the Hilton clan knows about personally. Campaign finance records show that Kathy Hilton donated $2,300 to McCain for the primary, the maximum allowed by law, as did her husband, Richard Hilton. Paris' granddad William Barron Hilton - the co-chairman of the family's hotel chain - also sent McCain $2,300 for both the primary and the general election. Aides to the Arizona senator declined to comment Sunday on Hilton's slap, but McCain suggested in an earlier interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that everyone needs to lighten up a bit. "You know, a few days ago, Sen. Obama said he challenged me to a duel," McCain noted. "I'm for the light sabers as weapons of choice."Not everyone was laughing, however, including longtime Republican consultant David Gergen, who took issue with another McCain ad that mocked Obama as "The One" and included a brief image of Charlton Heston playing the biblical Moses."He may be the one," intones a voice in the ad. "But is he ready to lead?" "As a native of the South, I can tell you," Gergen said on ABC's "This Week," "when you see this Charlton Heston ad, 'The One,' that's code for, 'He's uppity, he ought to stay in his place.' Continue Reading

Britney Spears locked up in psych ward

Continuing her downward spiral from pop tart to deranged diva, Britney Spears was locked in a psych ward on Friday night after a meltdown that ended when she was strapped to a gurney and rushed to a hospital. Spears was deemed a "special needs" patient and held "for her own welfare" for at least 72 hours in a wing of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where suicidal patients are treated, sources said. Spears, who sparked a confrontation with cops by refusing to return her sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline after a court-approved visit, later lost all visitation rights to their sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. "I'm not happy about the events," Federline's lawyer Mark Kaplan said. "Nobody wins." Kaplan refused to say if Spears had threatened to kill herself. He said the boys were reunited with their dad. Federline's sister-in-law, Alisha Federline, said seeing Spears hauled out of her house like a mental patient was "very disturbing." "I'm just hopeful that everyone is okay," she told the Daily News. The LAPD first said Spears was under the influence of an unknown substance when she went nuts, but later retracted it. Sources close to the singer said she was stressed out from having to testify at a humiliating deposition Thursday where she had to answer for a litany of examples of her bad parenting. Spears has been accused of driving with one of her kids in her lap, driving without a license with the children in the car and an incident in which one of the kids fell out of a highchair. Spears snapped when Federline's flunkies arrived at her Studio City home around 8 p.m. that same day to pick up their sons. Rather than comply, Spears grabbed Jayden and locked herself and the tot in a bedroom for three hours and refused to come out - even after cops arrived. "There was a time where she was within the residence and wasn't available to be speaking to the officers, apparently," Officer Ana Aguirre of the LAPD said. "There was no threat to the Continue Reading

Our birthday message to Britney Spears

Happy birthday, Brit! Now get yourself together, girl. You turned 26 on Sunday, Britney - definitely no longer a girl but not yet the responsible woman and mom you should be. Not by any measure. Hopefully, when you blew out those candles this weekend, you wished - no, prayed - that the horrid last year is behind you and what lies ahead is better. But we fear it's just gonna get worse. You're bringing in your new year just how it started - with sleazy rumors, horrid pictures and enough gossip to keep the gang at OK!, People, TMZ and X17online spinning 24-7. The latest rumors even have you pregnant a third time with the illegitimate baby of a music producer you hardly know. True or not true, this is the last thing you need after a roller coaster year of binging, rehab and binging again. This is the last thing a judge wants to hear after he has already stripped away your custody of your two darling children amid reports of sustained drug abuse and manic parenting behavior. It is time to stop the madness. This time last year, you celebrated your 25th with a week-long party with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, flashing your bare lady parts to the paparazzi not once, not twice, but three times. From there, things just continued downhill. We thought for sure you hit rock bottom when you shaved your head and swung your umbrella at the tabloid lensman tracing your every step. Your MTV debacle was a stunning, laughable spectacle, as much as it was sad. And despite being told by the judge in an amazingly public way that you have a problem, you're still out there partying hard. There you were, Saturday night and into the wee morning hours Sunday, partying it up. There again was Paris. Lindsay had the good sense to go nowhere near this one. No, blowing out those candles hasn't changed you. You partied it up at the Scandinavian Mansion of Style in Bel Air with one of your few remaining pals, Alli Sims. You downed drink Continue Reading

Side Dish: Britney Spears’ bodyguard gives deposition to K-Fed’s lawyer

Britney Spears' former bodyguard Tony Barretto gave a two-hour deposition Wednesday at the office of Kevin Federline's lawyer, Gloria Allred. "We discussed several issues, including Britney's drug use, her nudity and her ability to drive with her children," Allred told In Touch Weekly. The depositions continued Thursday when Brit's latest "manager," Sam Lutfi, met with Federline's other lawyer. The legal team reportedly wants to know whether he and/or Spears made a deal with the paparazzi, as has been widely suspected. Bono says that being friends with conservation king Al Gore is often an exercise in guilt and atonement. "It's like being with an Irish priest," the U2 front man joked. "You start to confess your sins: 'Father Al, I am not just a noise polluter, I am a noise-polluting, diesel-soaking, Gulfstream-flying rock star.'" But Bono said the former VP has made him contrite. "I'm going to kick the habit.I'm trying, Father Al, but oil has been very good for me - those convoys of articulated lorries, petrochemical products, hair gel." Mike Huckabee is going Hollywood! The GOP presidential hopeful is hosting a fund-raiser at the California home of Steve McEveety, producer of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." The $1,000 ticket gets you face time with Huck. Emily Mortimer admits she wasn't quite prepared for her role in "Transsiberian." "Two days before the shoot, my son had an ear infection, so I had to fly through the night to make it on time. I still hadn't fully read the script by the time I arrived," she told the audience at the film's Sundance premiere. "But my first scene was kissing Woody [Harrelson], which wasn't too bad." Blogger Perez Hilton has won a defamation lawsuit brought against him by Lindsay Lohan's pal/enabler, deejay Samantha Ronson. After Lohan was arrested for crashing her Mercedes last year, Hilton reposted a story from another Web site that claimed Ronson planted cocaine in the car. She now has to pony up $85,000 to pay Hilton's Continue Reading

Britney Spears’ not exactly home free

Despite the ongoing, horrific drama with Britney, she scored only two covers this week. (Granted, one of the two is In Touch's cover story, "My Mom Slept With My Husband," which is pretty catchy.) The other three covers feature Shiloh, the Olsen twins and ... Eric Dane?! Apparently, McSteamy had a big scare with lip cancer, and OK! got the exclusive on how he now is vigilant about SPF lip balm. Here's what else the mags are talking about this week: Brief Britney Update: She's bipolar, her parents have a restraining order against that creepy Sam Lufti (yet for some reason, they're okay with her creepy paparazzo boyfriend, Adnan), she's back home (although she shouldn't be) and her dad is moving in with her. Trust me when I say this story is not going to have a happy ending. In Touch's cover story claims that Britney is convinced her mom slept with Kevin Federline. Britney also thinks that she's a good mother and she's British, so it's pretty clear we shouldn't take anything she says as fact (although Lynne and K-Fed were acting a bit chummy there for a while ...). While Mama Lynn is with Britney, Jamie Lynn is reported to be partying it up back in Louisiana. She had a big Super Bowl bash and invited COLLEGE kids over to the family mansion. Ooooh ... college kids! Um, the girl is already PREGNANT. I wouldn't worry too much about her hanging out with college kids. Justin Chambers, who checked himself into the same psych ward as Britney for a "sleeping disorder," was released from the hospital and headed straight to his neighborhood bar, wearing his pajamas. Um, I think I just figured out the problem behind his sleeping disorder. Hot New Couple of the Week Alert: Pay attention now, this one's better than Joan Jett and Carmen Electra ... it's Paris Hilton and Elisha Cuthbert! They were seen hanging out, canoodling and holding hands. One insider says, "I think this was [Paris] getting attention rather than a declaration of sexual orientation." Paris? Wanting attention? No Continue Reading

Britney Spears’ fate spearheads pals’ concern

It's all Britney, all the time these days. A judge decided that little Sean P. and Jayden werebetter off with K. Fed and granted him full custody. (Who woulda thought the words "better off with K. Fed" would ever be uttered in any context?) Here's what the mags are talking about this week ... Friends are worried about Britney Spears' mental state and are speculating that she might be suicidal. Another friend says that this was all a "misunderstanding" and that Britney "is in good spirits and optimistic that she will get her kids back." Well, either someone's wrong or Brit is seriously moody. Either way, the whole thing is just sad. Britney took the first step in following the judge's orders and applied for a California state license. Wait, does that mean that with all the driving "incidents" she has been involved in - the kid on her lap, the fender bender caught on tape, the speeding thing in August - no one ever bothered to ask for her license? It has been about a year since Pamela Anderson's last wedding and you know what that means ... it's time for another one! Her bad boy of choice this time? Rick Salomon... ew. The two obtained a marriage license in Vegas this past week, which means they'll be married by Christmas, divorced by Easter and releasing the sex tape in the fall of '09. Kiefer Sutherland was busted for DUI last week ... his FOURTH DUI-related arrest. Yet, somehow he's still free to make another bad season of "24." Clearly, Paris hired the wrong lawyer. Recently, Posh was quoted as saying, "I eat loads of those bloody American pretzel things. They're so addictive. I think it's all the salt on them." First of all, they're just pretzels. Second of all, c'mon, do they really not have them in England? Apparently, Paris Hilton recently told E! that she wants a take a humanitarian trip to Rwanda next month. She probably followed that statement up with, "You're, like, so totally invited to come with me and like, maybe document Continue Reading

It’s make-or-break time for Paris Hilton

Famous for her blank stare and ability to pretend nothing fazes her, Paris Hilton is in a limelight so bright that even she may not be able to keep that famous composure. Her demeanor will be scrutinized by media pundits and millions of viewers. When she fronts up for "Larry King Live" tonight, the party princess will no longer get away with ignoring questions she doesn't like (a trait that has infuriated countless interviewers) or pretending that a gaffe (stumbling, falling or flashing the paparazzi) will promptly be forgotten. The nation's spin doctors are busy debating the image Paris Hilton should project when she takes the hot seat. Is she better off channeling haughty Naomi Campbell or appearing chastened and ashamed, à la Bill Clinton? And what should she wear? Marketing guru Jon Bond of New York-based Kirshenbaum Bond Creative Network wants her to exploit the arrogant, bad-girl reputation that first got her noticed. "She is unlikable and very polarizing - one of the few people where no press is the only bad press," he explains. "She became famous for having sex on a video, copying Pamela Anderson. Going to prison is not an issue at all. The only mistake is that she cried 'Mommy' before she went. All these people who thought she was an empowered chick are now disappointed. She needs to be self-deprecating and not appear victimized. "Her brand isn't: 'Oh, I'm sorry' or 'I'm going to be good from now on.' It's not about weakness. It's the snide superiority she shows on 'The Simple Life.' "She shouldn't have a wide smile on her face. It should be a sneer. Her name is establishment, but she is anti-establishment," continues Bond. "She appeals to teenage girls who want to say 'F- off.' If she acts coquettish, conciliatory and hurt, she is just like them. Not who they wish they could be." Meanwhile, media communications adviser Mary Mayotte believes Hilton should eat humble pie and at least try to look contrite."She owes an Continue Reading