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Name: Natalie Imbruglia
Why Famous: Former Neighbours star, now pop singer
Date of Birth: 4th February, 1975
Birth Place: Sydney, Australia
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|Natalie Imbruglia's meteoric rise to fame took the music industry and the world by surprise. However, it is probably not a surprise to those who knew her in her early days. She was born on February 4 1975, in a small town two hours from Sydney, Australia.|
She took tap and ballet lessons as a child and demonstrated her strong will and determination at an early age. She believed in herself and felt she could do anything she set her mind to. Imbruglia credits these years as the source of her strength and perseverance as a woman. "It taught me discipline and steadfastness", she said in an US magazine interview. "I wasn't that good but I was so determined that I used to put planks of wood down in the garage, and practise and practise. I'd lie in bed at night and work my ankle exercises."
Much to her parent's dismay, Imbruglia then turned her focus to acting and ventured to Sydney to find acting work. She landed several television commercials for Coke, Bubblicious gum, and a snack called Twisties. The more jobs she landed, the more her parents supported her dreams of acting. They soon let her quit the school for performing arts to concentrate on her acting pursuits. She got a temporary role on the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours, and became an instant success. She was so well received by audiences that the producers decided to make her character permanent.
Her joy, however, was short lived, as she grew tired of the show and eventually left to find more satisfying work. She moved to London where she lived in relative obscurity for two years. She did little acting work and became enamored with the London club scene. She refused to use her Neighbours fame to get her ahead in London.
Natalie's first big music single, Torn, hit radio waves as an import on an L.A. station and went on to receive widespread airplay. Next came the video to the song, as well as a much publicized appearance on Saturday Night Live. When the full album, Left of the Middle, was finally released in spring of 1998, it debuted at No.10.
It earned her a host of awards, including MTV Music Video Awards, the Australian Record Industry Awards, the MTV Europe Video Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards, three 1999 Grammy nominations (Best New Artist, Best Pop Album, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance), and two Brit Awards for Best International Female and Best International Newcomer. Natalie has recently returned to the spotlight with a new album of fresh-sounding tunes.
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