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Beyonce Knowles Biography

Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Whatever Beyoncé sets her mind to, whether it's acting, singing, dancing or clothing design, she succeeds at in a big way. We take a look at this legend-in-the-making.

Early Life

When she was eight years old, Beyoncé Knowles auditioned for a kids singing group in Houston, Texas and met LaTavia Robertson (who later became a member of Destiny's Child). The two later met Kelly Rowland and LeToya Lucket and formed the group Girl's Tyme. The group went on the compete and lose on Star Search.

Beyonce with Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle WilliamsBeyonce with Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams

Hittin' It Big

Girl's Tyme later changed its name to Destiny's Child and Beyoncé Knowles' dad left his high-paying job to become their manager. The girl group was eventually signed to Columbia Records in 1997 and landed a song on The Men in Black soundtrack called Killing Time. Destiny's Child's self-titled debut was a huge success. Destiny's Child's later released, This Is The Remix and Beyonce Knowles' solo debut Dangerously in Love hit store shelves in June 2003. Beyonce released the album Live at Wembley in 2004 and in 2006 she released B'Day.

Beyonce's Dangerously in Love Album CoverBeyonce's Dangerously in Love Album CoverCourtesy of Columbia Records

Acting Up

In 2001, Beyoncé Knowles starred in the MTV adaptation of the opera Carmen, A Hip Hopera. In 2002, she played Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers: Goldmember. Since then Beyonce has snagged roles The Fighting Temptations, The Pink Panther and Dreamgirls.

Beyonce in DreamgirlsBeyonce in Dreamgirls

Did U Know?

  • Destiny's Child (of which Beyoncé Knowles is a founding member) is one of the best-selling girl groups in the world.
  • Beyonce Knowles wrote and produced almost every song on Destiny's Child's Survivor CD.
  • Destiny's Child's hit song, Emotion, is a remake of a Bee Gees hit from the '70s.
  • Kelly Rowland is Beyonce Knowles' cousin.
  • Has a stage persona named "Sasha".
  • Beyoncé married her long-time boyfriend, rapper/producer Jay-Z in 2008.
  • On January 7th, 2012 Beyoncé gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy

Beyonce with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue IveBeyonce with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ive

Beyoncé Knowles Says....

"The meaning of the song is just confidence. Bootylicious doesn't necessarily mean you have to have a big booty. It's all about attitude and feeling good about yourself and not looking like everybody on TV. You do not have to be small you can have some junk in your trunk."

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