Gwen Stefani

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Gwen Stefani

Born

10/3/1969, Fullerton, California

Birth Name

Gwendolyn Renée Stefani

Gender

Female
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Gwen Stefani, known by most as the lead singer of the popular ska band No Doubt, was born on October 3rd, 1969 in Orange County, California to Italian father Dennis and Scottish-Irish mother Patti. She was raised in southern California along with her older brother Eric and her…more

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  • Trivia

    • Gwen is notorious for playing out her personal struggles in songs she has written. One of the best-known examples of Gwen's emotional outpourings is the hit 1996 single "Don't Speak" from No Doubt's album Tragic Kingdom, which was about her breakup with fellow bandmate Tony Kanal. Another example is the song "What You Waiting For?" from her first solo album, which was an ode to her lifelong desire to be a mother.

    • Gwen says that when she was growing up she never fantasized about being a rock star or being famous; she was content with having a boyfriend (fellow No Doubt band mate Tony Kanal) and dreaming about getting married one day. She also didn't think she was talented, and thought she was really lazy.

    • Gwen's single "Hollaback Girl" from her first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was the first single to sell one million digital downloads in the U.S.

    • Gwen Stefani has been nominated for eleven MTV Video Music Awards during her solo career, four of which she won:

      2001:
      -Best Male Video (with Moby) for "Southside" (won)
      -Best Female Video (with Eve) for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (won)
      -Best Hip-Hop Video (with Eve) for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (nominated)
      -Viewer's Choice (with Eve) for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind (nominated)

      2005:
      -Best Choreography for "Hollaback Girl" (won)
      -Best Art Direction for "What You Waiting For?" (won)
      -Video of the Year for "Hollaback Girl" (nominated)
      -Best Female Video for "Hollaback Girl" (nominated)
      -Best Pop Video for "Hollaback Girl" (nominated)
      -Best Editing for "What You Waiting For?" (nominated)

      2007:
      -Most Earthshattering Collaboration (with Akon) for "The Sweet Escape" (nominated)

    • In 2005, Gwen was nominated (along with her fellow actors) for an Actor award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her role in the 2004 film The Aviator.

    • Gwen has been a huge fan of the film The Sound Of Music ever since she was a child. One way she has demonstrated her love for the 1965 Julie Andrews movie was by interpolating lines from one of the movie's songs, "The Lonely Goatherd," in her single ""Wind it Up."

    • Gwen has collaborated with several other artists. Gwen and Moby collaborated on Moby's single Southside in 2000. Gwen and rapper Eve Eve produced the major hit "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" together in 2001. The song appeared on Eve's second album, Scorpion. In 2002, Eve and Gwen won a Grammy for "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" for the song. Additionally, the song "The Sweet Escape," off Gwen's second solo album of the same title, features male artist Akon.

    • Gwen is 5 feet 6 inches tall or 1.70 meters, with dark brown eyes. Her natural hair color is brunette but she is more famously known for her platinum hair and bright red lipstick. Her nicknames include Sunshine and G-loc.

    • Gwen's Hit song Luxurious samples The Isley Brothers' Between The Sheets. Hip Hop fans will remember this sample being used in The late Notorious B.I.G.'s Big Poppa.

    • Eight different Gwen dolls were released in the U.S. in late 2006, inspired by her second solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The dolls featured a range of Gwen's different looks and styles from the album and ensuing tour, and came with accessories such as posters and trading cards.

    • Gwen won the lead in Tennessee Williams' screenplay Baby Doll. The film, first made in 1956, is a tale of two southern rivals and a sensuous 19-year-old virgin bride.

    • While with No Doubt, Gwen used to frequently wear a jewel on her forehead. It's a Hindu symbol called a bindi that represents a third eye. She got the idea from Tony Kanal's Indian mother. Many young girls began wearing bindis after seeing Gwen wear one.

    • Gwen was married in a London church for her September 14th 2002 nuptials to Gavin Rossdale. She arrived an hour late to the wedding. Gwen wore a pink and white, silk-faille dress designed by Dior's John Galliano. The wedding was selected as the eighth most romantic wedding by In Touch magazine on May 29th 2006 Vol. 5 Issue 22. As of 2008, the couple have two sons. Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, born on May 26, 2006, and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, born on August 21, 2008, both delivered by a C-section.

    • Gwen is a Catholic.

    • Gwen received five Grammy award nominations on December 8, 2005. She was nominated in the following categories: Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Stefani did not receive any awards at the Grammys on February 8, 2006.

    • In 2005, Gwen designed and promoted a camera for Hewlett-Packard, which was a tie-in with her Harajuku Lovers merchandise line. Only 3,000 of the cameras were made available, and they were sold for $249. They came with multiple accessories, including a camera case and charm designed by Gwen.

    • Gwen lent her voice to the title character of Malice, a PS2 and Xbox video game.

    • Some of Gwen's favorites:
      Food: Sushi
      Music: 311, Blur, Radiohead and Jamiroquai

    • Gwen is dyslexic.

    • Gwen has appeared on the following lists:
      Femme Fatale's
      2003 - #1 "50 Sexiest Women"

      Glamour magazine
      2008 - #4 "The 50 most glamorous women of '08"

      AIM
      2009 - #40 "100 Hottest Blondes"

    • Gwen is a distant cousin of Madonna. Gwen's great-aunt's mother-in-law shares the same last name with Madonna.

    • Gwen has her own fashion label named L.A.M.B. which went on sale in Spring 2004. L.A.M.B. stands for "Love. Angel. Music. Baby." Many big celebs like Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra, and Halle Berry have been spotted wearing her popular bag, and clothing line. In 2005, Gwen launched another fashion line, called Harajuku Lovers. Both L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers have their own fragrances.

    • Gwen performed Hollaback Girl at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, and was backed up by a high school marching band. At the same awards, Gwen received the Visionary Award, presented to her by Halle Berry.

    • Gwen's band, No Doubt, was created by herself, Eric Stefani and John Spence (their friend). The band writes all of their songs, with Gwen writing a few on her own.

    • Gwen's favorite quotes are "High steppin'", "Livin large" and "Workin' it".

  • Quotes

    • Gwen: You think about it as a famous person. You think about how you're gonna end it. How you're gonna get away and have a normal life. I imagine my children are going to save me from my vanity and be my passion and fill whatever fears I have of the amazing time I'm having right now being gone.

    • Gwen: I've never been good at giving advice. The only advice I ever gave people was to find something that you are passionate about. But I hate giving advice, because, who am I? I'm just a girl. I was like anybody else. Do you think that I ever thought I would be doing this right now? No!

    • Gwen: Everything that we were passionate about, my parents supported it. But they always made it really clear that those kinds of things, those dreams, never come true.

    • Gwen: Songs are so good at helping you get through things. I think it's a really good way to put things behind you and document it and move forward. I'm not ever scared to share my situations with people.

    • Gwen: When I discover things that I'm good at, then I get really passionate and fiery and you can't slow me down.

    • Gwen: (revealing she is to reunite with No Doubt) I don't think we should wait. Pack up the babies and get a bunch of nannies. So fun! Would be so inspiring to get out there and play all those songs again.

    • Gwen: I could never get a tattoo. I don't want to commit to anything if I don't know how it's going to look in 10 years.

    • Gwen: I love to dress up. I love being a girl. I like having a door opened for me. I like all that traditional stuff; I won't deny it.

    • Gwen: (revealing she preferred to play with make-up rather than toys as a child) I was always the girl who, after school every day, would say, 'Ask your mom if we can play with her make-up! And then we'd do that for about four hours! I would burn everybody with the curling iron, I'd do make-overs on everyone. I was a make-up artist in a mall when I was 17 so it's always something I've been into.

    • Gwen: (on her pregnancy) It felt like my body was being taken over by some kind of alien.

    • Gwen: (on being a mother for the first time) There's nothing else that really matters to me. Every day, Kingston gets more of an attitude and shows more of his character, and I'm just fixated on watching his face and seeing how he's evolving every day. It's the most incredible thing for me. I feel blessed about having Kingston.

    • Gwen: I pray that I can have another baby. I mean, it's such a miracle to have one. And there's so much I still want to do, because who knows? Things could be a lot harder a few years from now. I mean, I'm not at the beginning of my career. I'm on a ticking clock. And I don't want to miss anything.

    • Gwen: I've never considered myself a great singer. To be honest, it's kind of nasally and piercing and I have no range.

    • Gwen: Sometimes you have to sacrifice your performance for high heels.

    • Gwen: Writing songs is super intimate. It's a bit like getting naked.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Gwen Stefani: Recording Session Today

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    Singer Gwen Stefani hit the studio with her band No Doubt. The 43-year-old had recently had her birthday about a week ago is now recording new music with No Doubt after about 10 years.
  • Gwen Stefani Rocks

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    I love Gwen Stefani she is now 43 but looks 29 and is back with No Doubt. But I still do wish she would make more solo music.
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