Born: 3 October 1969
Birthplace: Fullerton, California
Best known as: The platinum-blonde singer of "Hollaback Girl"
Gwen Stefani made her name as the popular lead singer for the band No Doubt before going on to a solo career as a performer, TV personality and fashion designer. No Doubt, founded by Gwen's older brother Eric Stefani, broke through in 1995 with the hit album Tragic Kingdom
, a heady mixture of rock, speedy reggae and playful pop hooks. The album also made a star of Stefani, who combined a belter's voice with brash blonde good looks and a dependably bare midriff. The band's later albums included Return Of Saturn
(2000) and Rock Steady
(2001). Gwen Stefani's first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
, was nominated for a Grammy award as album of the year and included the hit single "Hollaback Girl" (which was nominated for a Grammy as record of the year). A second solo album, The Sweet Escape
, followed in 2006. Stefani also began began an acting career, playing actress Jean Harlow opposite Leonardo DiCaprio
in the Oscar-nominated 2004 film The Aviator
. She reunited with No Doubt for another album, Push and Shove
, in 2012, and continued to perform sporadically as a solo act while remaining a steady presence at celebrity events and on gossip sites. In 2014 she joined the musical reality show The Voice
as a celebrity judge, and in 2016 she released a new solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like
. Gwen Stefani married singer Gavin Rossdale (guitarist for the band Bush) in 2002 and started a family; together they had three sons: Kingston James McGregor Rossdale (b. 2006), Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale (b. 2008) and Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale (b. 2014). Stefani rejoined No Doubt for a tour in 2009, and in 2011 they released their first album in a decade. Stefani and Rossdale were divorced in October of 2015, and shortly afterwards she began dating Blake Shelton, her co-star from The Voice
Early in her career, Gwen Stefani was known for wearing stick-on pottu dots, the jewel-like Hindi forehead decoration. According to People magazine, Stefani began wearing the dots “when she dated fellow band member Tony Kanal, whose parents are Indian.”… Stefani launched her own clothing line, L.A.M.B., in 2003. The name is also an acronym for the words love, angel, music, baby.
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