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Amy Winehouse biography: 13 things about singer born in Enfield, London

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Amy Jade Winehouse was a singer and songwriter born at Chase Farm Hospital in Gordon Hill, Enfield, London, England, United Kingdom to Jewish parents Mitchell Winehouse and Janis Seaton Winehouse. Their ancestors were Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish immigrants to London.

Mitchell was a window panel installer and a taxi driver while Janis was a pharmacist. His mother Cynthia Winehouse, who was a singer, dated jazz saxophonist Ronnie Scott. Cynthia, Mitchell and Janis influenced her interest in jazz.

In 1992, Cynthia suggested that she attend the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School in Barnet, London. She attended the school for four years before training full-time at Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marble Arch, London.

Amy was 5’3″ tall. Here are 13 more things about her:

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  1. She was 4 years younger than her brother Alex Charles Winehouse.
  2. In 1997, she bought her own guitar and started writing music.
  3. She attended Osidge Primary School in Southgate, London and The Mount School, Mill Hill International in Mill Hill, London before going to the BRIT School in Selhurst, Croydon, London. She dropped out in 1999.
  4. In July 2000, she became the featured female vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, a British jazz orchestra Bill Ashton founded in 1965 and based in Westminster, London.
  5. In 2002, she signed to Simon Fuller‘s 19 Management. On October 20, 2003, Island Records released her debut studio album “Frank.”
  6. In 2005, she was losing weight while suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
  7. Her grandmother Cynthia died in 2006. In the same year, she dated chef-musician Alex Clare while she was on a break from her then boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil, a former video production assistant. On October 27, 2006, Island Records released her second studio album “Back to Black.”
  8. In 2007, she admitted to having problems with self-harm, depression and eating disorders. She won the British Female Solo Artist award at the 2007 Brit Awards. On May 18, 2007, she and Fielder-Civil got married in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. In October 2007, she and Fielder-Civil were arrested in Bergen, Norway for possession of seven grams of cannabis and were released and fined 3850 kroner. Their divorce became final on August 28, 2009.
  9. According to her physician, she quit using illegal substances in 2008, the same year she received five awards at the 50th Grammy Awards. In the same year, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with some areas of emphysema and appeared naked in an Easy Living Magazine issue to raise awareness of breast cancer. With an estimated £10m fortune that year, she ranked 10th in a list of the richest British musicians under 30.
  10. In 2009, she was spotted with actor Josh Bowman on holiday in Saint Lucia. She said she was in love again, that she did not need drugs and that for the first time, she forgot that she was married. While in Saint Lucia that year, she paid for the urgent £4,000 surgery of a Caribbean man named Julian Jean DeBaptiste. In the same year, she founded her own record label called Lioness Records. Her first act on the label was her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield. Also that year, she and EMI launched a range of wrapping paper and gift cards containing song lyrics from her “Back to Back” album.
  11. From 2010 to 2011, she dated writer and filmmaker Reg Traviss. She and the Fred Perry label collaborated on a 17-piece fashion collection, which was released for sale in October 2010. In December 2010, she played a 40-minute concert at at a Moscow Art Gallery for Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in Moscow, Russia.
  12. She performed in Brazil in January 2011, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in February 2011, in Belgrade, Serbia on June 18, 2011 and at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London on July 20, 2011.
  13. On July 23, 2011, she died of alcohol poisoning in her home in Camden, London. She died at the age of 27. Her blood alcohol content was 416 mg per 100 ml (0.416 percent) at the time of her death, more than five times the legal drink-drive limit, according to a coroner’s report released on October 26, 2011.

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