No Doubt Baby
"I think I've been able to fool a lot of people because I know I'm a dork. I'm a geek." Gwen Stefani
Lead singer of the band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani was hurled toward stardom with her three times platinum debut solo album "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" (2004). Also well known for her Harajuku Girls, Gwen went to the spotlight with the band's international mega hit single, "Don't Speak," from the Grammy nominated album, "Tragic Kingdom" (1995). She also received further acclaim with the band's Grammy winning singles "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All" from the 2001 album "Rock Steady."
"It's always odd to talk about my fashion. It's something you look at. You don't need to talk about it." Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani, who stands at 5' 6" inches tall and is famous for her red lips and platinum blond hair, was listed as one of Stuff's 102 Sexiest Women in the World (2002) and People's 50 Most Beautiful People (2004). Named a top fashion icon by British magazine Harpers & Queen (2005, also named as the Best Dressed Woman), Gwen recently launched her own successful clothing line, L.A.M.B.
On a more private note, the No Doubt star was sweetly linked to
fellow band member, bass player Tony Kanal (dated for eight years). She is
currently the wife of English rocker Bush vocalist Gavin Rossdale.
Childhood and Family:
"It's incredible. When I was growing up my parents were folk musicians and I would have never listened to Bob Dylan by choice, but now I can honestly respect so many different ways of playing music and expressing what you're trying to say." Gwen Stefani
One of four children, Gwendolyn Renee Stefani, later famous as Gwen Stefani, was born on October 3, 1969, to parents Dennis (Italian) and Patti (English and Scottish). Born in Anaheim, California, Gwen grew up in Orange County. Her sister is named Jill and her brothers are Eric Stefani (former keyboardist for No Doubt) and Todd.
Gwen Stefani, nicknamed Sunshine and G-loc, was a member of the swimming team in high school. After graduation, Gwen (who is also dyslexic) continued her education by attending Cal State Fullerton College.
"I don't know what I'm going to do, but I've always wanted to do
family thing." Gwen Stefani
While performing at a Los Angeles radio concert in 1995, Gwen
met English rocker Gavin McGregor Rossdale (Bush band vocalist, born on October
30, 1967). The couple became engaged on January 1, 2002, and tied the knot on
September 14, 2002, at St. Paul's Church in London. Gwen is also the stepmother
to Gavin's daughter, Daisy Lowe (from Gavin's previous relationship). The pair
now lives in Los Feliz, California (a suburb in Los Angeles), and London.
"I think everyone has gifts and everyone has talents. If you are successful at it, it feels really good but it never really penetrates completely. There are moments where I think that we made an amazing record and I'm so proud of it, but I don't wake up and go, 'Wow, I'm amazing.' " Gwen Stefani
Formerly cleaning floors at a Dairy Queen and working at a department store, Gwen Stefani joined brother Eric and his friend John Spence in establishing a band named No Doubt in 1986. Eric was the band's keyboardist but later decided to leave the band in order to try his talent in animation on The Simpsons. After the band's original front man, John Spence, committed suicide in December 1987, Gwen subsequently became the leader of the band. With other members (Tony Kanal on bass, Tom Dumont on guitar and Adrian Young on drums), Gwen survived by performing at local parties and small clubs for several years.
With the assistance of Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, No Doubt taped a demo in 1990 and scored a contract with Interscope Records. With the recording company in 1992, No Doubt launched their self-titled debut album, which was unfortunately a flop. They followed it up with a second album, "Beacon Street Collection (1995)," and received average success.
1995 was No Doubt's breakout year. In that year the band released its third album, "Tragic Kingdom," which spawned the hit singles "Just A Girl," "Spiderwebs," "Don't Speak" and "A Simple Kind of Life." The album sold 15 million copies and topped the Billboard charts in late 1996. It also received two Grammy award nominations that year and instantly launched Gwen and her band's name toward superstardom status.
Following the runaway success of "Tragic Kingdom," Gwen and her band released the fourth album, "Return of Saturn" in 2000. The album launched such hit songs as "Ex-Girlfriend" and "Simple Kind Of Life." The next album arrived in 2001 when Gwen and her band released "Rock Steady." The album earned critical acclaim and eventually nabbed two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, for the singles "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All." The band then released a greatest hits compilation in 2003, titled "The Singles 1992-2003."
Gwen initiated her solo efforts in 2001, with such collaborations as working with techno artist Moby in the "Southside" remix and with rapper Eve in "Let Me Blow Ya Mind."
On November 23, 2004, Gwen launched her debut album, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby." The first single, "What You Waiting For?" debuted at No. 1 in Australia, No. 11 in Canada and No. 4 in the UK, but only at No. 47 in the US. The single eventually landed Gold and brought Gwen a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Performance.
The album's second single, "Rich Girl" (featuring Eve), landed at No. 7 in the US, No. 4 in both the UK and Canada as well as poled at No. 2 in Australia. The single was produced by Dr. Dre and eventually received platinum certification. It was also featured on a Pepsi commercial premiering on Super Bowl Sunday 2005. "Hollaback Girl" (2005), the album's next single, peaked the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 and went to No. 17 in Canada.
"Love, Angel, Music, Baby" directly hit the music stores and sold more copies than any other No Doubt albums during its first week of release. It poled at No. 7 and netted platinum within four weeks on the market and recently has landed three platinum certifications. Harajuku Girls, Gwen's fans from Japan, appeared in her music videos. As a businesswoman, Gwen, who plans to design for the rest of her life, has branched out her career to include fashion. She has launched her own clothing line, L.A.M.B. (stands for Love, Angel, Music, Baby), which displays Gwen's fashion style. She is also reported to be launching a new footwear line this fall (2005). Many high profile celebrities have worn her collections, including Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Nicole Richie, Jenny McCarthy, Alicia Keys and Halle Berry. She also has fans that love to imitate her dressing style, called "Gwenabees." On the "Gwenabees," Gwen said, "And they did it! It was cute. We were like awww a little pink family."
Gwen has also splashed across the wide screen. She recently costarred as Jean Harlow, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett in Martin Scorsese's Oscar nominating film, The Aviator (2004). Commenting on her role in the film, Gwen said, "I'd like to stress that I only have a small role. Oh, who am I kidding? There are no small roles in a Scorsese film."
A fan of bands like 311, Blur, Radiohead and Jamiroquai, Gwen has provided her voice to Malice, PS2 and Xbox video games. "My songs are basically my diaries. Some of my best songwriting has come out of time when I've been going through a personal nightmare." Gwen Stefani