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LeAnn Rimes biography: 13 things about country music star born in Jackson, Mississippi

Margaret LeAnn Rimes is an American singer, songwriter, actress and author. She started her country music career at the age of 13.

In 1998, Rimes played Madison in two episodes of “Days of Our Lives.” She appeared as herself in a “Moesha” episode in 1999, in a “Blue Collar TV” episode in 2004, in an episode in “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” in 2004 and another episode in 2010, in an “I Get That a Lot” episode in 2009 and in an “Interiors, Inc” episode in 2012.

In 2015, Rimes appeared as a guest judge in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7 episode 8. She appeared as herself in the films “Holiday in Your Heart” in 1997, “Coyote Ugly” in 2000 and “Logan Lucky” in 2017.

The Grammy Awards named Rimes Best New Artist in 1997 and gave her the Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her song “Blue” in 1998, which was also Song of the Year and Single of the Year at the 1997 Academy of Country Music Awards. She was also named World’s Best Selling Country Artist and World’s Best Selling American Artist at the 1998 World Music Awards.

Rimes has been married twice. Here are 13 more things about her:

 

  1. She was born in Jackson, Mississippi, United States in 1982 to Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler. She is their only child. In 1987, she performed at local talent shows.
  2. In 1988, she and her family moved from Jackson to Garland, Texas, USA.
  3. In 1989, she starred in a musical production of “A Christmas Carol” in Dallas, Texas, which marked her stage debut.
  4. In 1991, she competed as a junior vocalist in “Star Search,” a television originally produced by Television Program Enterprises from 1983 to 1995. She was a one-week champion. Before her debut studio album, she had three albums released by independent labels namely “Everybody’s Sweetheart” in 1991, “From My Heart to Yours” in 1992 and “All That” in 1994.
  5. Curb Records, also known as Asylum-Curb released her first 10 studio albums namely “Blue” in 1996, “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs” in 1997, “Sittin’ on Top of the World” in 1998, “LeAnn Rimes” in 1999, “Twisted Angel” in 2002, “This Woman” in 2005, “Whatever We Wanna” in 2006, “Family” in 2007, “Lady & Gentlemen” in 2011, “Spitfire” in 2013.
  6. On May 21, 2000, she filed a lawsuit in Dallas against her father and her former manager Lyle Walker, accusing them of stealing more than $7 million of her earnings. The lawsuit with her father was settled on undisclosed terms, which led to their reconciliation.
  7. She met Dean Sheremet when she hosted the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards where he was a backup dancer. They got married on February 23, 2002 and separated in July 2009. Their divorce was finalized on June 19, 2010.
  8. She played Connie Francis in an “American Dreams” episode in 2003, Lana Kline in a “Drop Dead Diva” episode in 2011 and Wynona in an “Anger Management” episode in 2013. She played Kelly Deegan in “Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes” in 2006, Meg Galligan in “Northern Lights” in 2009, Pam in “Good Intentions” in 2010, Holly Whitman in “Reel Love” in 2011, and Eve Morgan in “It’s Christmas, Eve” in 2018.
  9. On April 22, 2011, she and actor Eddie Cibrian got married in California, USA. They starred in the VH1 reality series “LeAnn & Eddie” in 2014.
  10. On August 29, 2012, she checked into treatment for anxiety and stress.
  11. On March 22, 2014, her jaw became dislocated while performing, which she attributed to temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
  12. On October 28, 2016, RCA Records released her 11th studio album titled “Remnants.”
  13. On November 20, 2020, EverLe Records released her 12th studio album titled “Chant: The Human & The Holy.” She competed as Sun in “The Masked Singer” Season 4 and was announced as the winner and unmasked in the 12th and final episode, which was aired on Fox on December 16, 2020.

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