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Shakira Biography
Grammy-winning Latina rock singer Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, 1977. Her father is a Lebanese immigrant and her mother a native of Colombia. Shakira began her musical career at age 12 and quickly captured fans throughout Latin America. Singing in Spanish, she is often called the "Latin Alanis Morissette" due to her hard sounds. She won the 2001 Best Latin pop Grammy for her "MTV Unplugged" album.


Trivia
Announced engagement to Antonio de la Rua, son of the then president of Argentina. [March 2001]
Shakira is Arabic for "grateful" or "full of grace."
Fluent in Portuguese, Italian, and English, in addition to Spanish.
Her Lebanese grandmother taught her the art of Arabian Belly Dancing so she can stay true to her middle eastern roots
Her manager for Latin America, Patricia Tellez, the woman who helped her go from being local artist to Grammy-winning global artist, died of a heart attack in Bogota on 17 August 2004.
She likes chocolate.
Her mother is Colombian half Catalan Spanish and half Italian and her father is American of Lebanese ancestry.
When she was two years old her oldest half-brother died in an accident while he was riding a motorcycle and a drunk man hit him with his car.
The first English song she wrote was Objection, from the album Laundry Service.
Lost her suitcase with all her songs from Donde Estan Los Ladrones in an airport in Bogota Colombia. This happened a couple of months before she walked into the recording studio to begin on that album.
Her album 'Fijacion Oral Vol.1' is #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums Chart in September 2005.
Her English language album 'Oral Fixation 2' will be released in November 2005.
Her cousin is fashion designer and Miss Colombia 2006 Valerie Dominguez Tarud
Was featured as #15 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
She was attached to play Mimi in a television mini series based on the Broadway musical Rent, with Neil Patrick Harris as Mark Cohen, Wilson Cruz as Angel, and Rikki Lee Travolta as Roger Davis, but the rights were pulled in order for Chris Columbus to make a film adaptation using much of the original Broadway cast.
"Hips Don't Lie" instantly soared to the top of the charts in many countries and has been at the very top for many months. It has won countless awards and is currently being performed all over the world along with Wyclef Jean.
Is a huge fan of Bollywood movies and music from India. She got in touch with Farah Khan, the most famous choreographer in India, and asked her if she could choreograph a dance for her performance at the 2006 MTV Video Awards. That night, her performance was the most memorable one as she sang and danced to 'Hips Don't Lie' in traditional Indian clothing.
While promoting Pies Descalzos, she returned to Barranquilla in 1997 for a huge homecoming concert, the first one since becoming a star. Tragedy struck that night when the venue failed to control the 50,000 fans rushing in to see their star. Two people ended up being trampled to death, and this deeply affected her.
Ranked #33 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Natural haircolour is black.
Sport - likes to play tennis and swimming.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported that her 2006 earnings were estimated at $38 million.
Source provided by imdb (Copyright) - The Internet Movie Database.

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