Height: 5' 9
Weight: 135 pounds
Hair: Medium Blonde
Born: Born in Long Island, NY, on March 27, 1970.
Discovered: At age 17, Mariah moved to New York City to pursue a music career. She got a shot at fame when she became a back-up singer for a studio session with Brenda Starr. It was Starr who gave Mariah's demo tape to Columbia Records head Tommy Mottola at a party. Mottola was so impressed while listening to the tape in his limo that he hurried back to the party to find Mariah.
Resume: Mariah signed with Columbia, and in 1990 her self-titled album produced four number one singles, "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday," and "I Don't Wanna Cry."
Her much anticipated second album, Emotions, was just as successful with the title track reaching number one, along with two other top five hits, "Can't Let Go" and "Make It Happen".
In 1992, Mariah put out another number-one single, a cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There".
In 1993, Mariah released her best-selling album, Music Box, with the singles "Dreamlover" and "Hero" topping the charts.
In Christmas 1994 Mariah released a holiday album, Merry Christmas, that produced the favourite "All I Want for Christmas Is You".
With no sign of slowing down, in 1995, Mariah's Daydream revealed a more mature side of the songstress. That album's first single, "Fantasy" debuted at number one, making Mariah the first female artist and just the second performer ever to achieve this.
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Her follow-up collaboration with Boyz II Men to produce "One Sweet Day" stayed at the top of the charts for a record 16 weeks.
Mariah continued to produce smash hits with her 1997 album, Butterfly that featured a hip-hop flavour. Soon after she released #1's, a collection of her top 13 chart-topping singles and a new track that featured a duet with Whitney Houston, "The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe)".
To round out the successes of the decade, Mariah's first single, off her 1999 album Rainbow, "Heartbreaker," topped the charts. Mariah became the first artist to top the charts in each year of the 1990s.
The Millennium started out with a record-breaking 80 million dollar deal with Virgin in 2001. But soon after Mariah experienced a public meltdown, topped off by the failure of her movie Glitter and its soundtrack.
Mariah and Virgin called it quits, and Mariah turned to Island/Def Jam, where she set up her own label, MonarC Music. Now, in 2005, The Emancipation of Mimi, has become a hit with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off", paving the way for future success.
Known For: A Public Meltdown that included an appearance on TRL where, clad only in a T-shirt, she handed out popsicles to the audience.
Romance: In June 1993, Carey wed Columbia Records Head, Tommy Mottola in a headline-grabbing ceremony, separating in 1997.
Quotes: "Forget the image, forget the ensemble, forget the rumours, forget the short skirts, the big hair, whatever! I owe this to the fans and I will never forget you," - Mariah Carey
"There is a light at the end of the tunnel... hopefully its not a freight train!" - Mariah Carey
"I hope to be around past the 90's. I don't want to just be categorized as one of this era. My goal is to have a career that stands." -Mariah Carey