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Jamie Lynn Spears (born April 4, 1991)[1] is an American actress and singer. The younger sister of pop star Britney Spears,[2] she rose to prominence for her appearances on Nickelodeon shows All That and for playing Zoey Brooks on Zoey 101.[3]

Biography

Early life and beginnings

Spears was born in a small town, McComb, Mississippi to Jamie and Lynne Spears. She attended Parklane Academy, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the basketball team. She finished her education there via online correspondence[2] and received her GED in February 2008 from Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Louisiana.[4]

Spears made her acting debut in the 2002 Paramount film Crossroads, which starred elder sister Britney, in a cameo role as young Lucy Wagner.[5]

Spears then signed on as a regular performer on the Nickelodeon sketch series All That. Her performance was positively received by critics and she stayed on for the last three seasons of the series from 2002 to 2004.

2005–2008: Zoey 101 and pregnancy

She then took the role of the protagonist Zoey Brooks of the Nickelodeon situation comedy series Zoey 101. The series premiered in 2005 and ran four seasons, earning Spears awards from Young Hollywood Award, Young Artist Award and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.[6] Spears also recorded the theme song for the show. Other roles include a cameo as Mandy Ferner in the ABC comedy sitcom series Miss Guided (in the episode "Hot Sub") and the voice of Goldilocks in the straight to DVD film Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show.

On December 20, 2007, in an interview with OK! magazine, Spears announced that she was pregnant by her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.[7][8] Nickelodeon issued a statement shortly after the announcement stating that the network respected Spears's decision to take responsibility and noting that its primary concern was for her well-being.[9] Spears confirmed the couple's engagement in March 2008 after it was reported she was seen with a wedding ring.[10] In May 2008, Spears and Aldridge moved back to Liberty, Mississippi, and purchased a house, with Spears stating they would raise their child there.[11]

The announcement of Spears's pregnancy generated controversy, as the media was accused of using the story to "glamorize" teenage pregnancy.[12][13]

Additional controversy surfaced because Spears was two years below the California age of consent, raising questions about her and Aldridge's age difference, and whether Aldridge could or would be charged with statutory rape (although Spears was neither from California nor living there).[14][15] It was later confirmed that Aldridge was just under two years older than Spears, which meant that he could be charged only with a misdemeanor under California law, which has an exception for adults fewer than three years older than the minor.[16]

On June 4, 2008, while in Amite County, Mississippi, the Spears family filed a complaint against Edwin Merrino, a paparazzo who they believed was following and stalking the couple. Merrino denied the allegation. He was released later in the day after posting a $1096 bond.[17]

Spears gave birth to their daughter, Maddie Briann Aldridge, on June 19, 2008, at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb.[18][19][20] OK! magazine reportedly paid one million dollars for the first baby pictures for their July 10, 2008 issue.[21][22] In September 2008, following the announcement that Bristol Palin was pregnant, it was reported that Spears had sent her burp cloths as a gift.[23][24] Comparisons between the two cases were made.[25][26][27]

2009–present

Spears and Aldridge called off their engagement in March 2009,[28][29] and Spears ended the relationship and moved out in February 2010.[30] Spears and Aldridge reconciled in August 2010.[31] In August 2010, Spears was working on a country album in Nashville.[32]

Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Crossroads Young Lucy Wagner Played young version of older sister Britney
2008 Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show Goldilocks Voice

Television and guest appearances

Television and guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004 All That Herself Main Cast (33 episodes)
2005–2008 Zoey 101 Zoey Brooks Title Role/Main Role
2008 Miss Guided Mandy Ferner Hot Sub (Season 1, Episode 2)

Discography

Songs

  • 2002: "Hey Now (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)" with Triple Image
  • 2005: "Follow Me" (Zoey 101 theme song)

Album appearances

Year Song Album Artist
2002 "Hey Now (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)" Celebrate Triple Image
2006 "Follow Me" (instrumental) Zoey 101: Music Mix Various/Soundtrack

References

  1. "Jamie Lynn Spears Biography". People. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kliff, Sarah (2007-10-02). "The Other Ms. Spears". Newsweek. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  3. "Jamie Lynn's show 'axed'". News24.com. 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  4. "Jamie Lynn Spears Passes Her GED Exam". People. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  5. "Britney's Kid Sister Revving Up Career". People Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  6. Spears, Jamie Lynn (2005). "TOP HONORS AT NICKELODEON'S 17TH ANNUAL KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS". Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Press Site. The Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  7. "World Exclusive: Jamie Lynn Spears — I'm Pregnant". OK Magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  8. "Who Is Casey Aldridge?". People Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  9. "Britney's Teen Sister Jamie Lynn Spears Pregnant". People Magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  10. "Jamie Lynn Spears Shows Off New Engagement Ring to Friends". People. March 25, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  11. "Exclusive: Jamie Lynn & Maddie Home in Mississippi". OK!. 2008-06-22. 
  12. "Teen Pregnancy: OK!'s Editor Defends Spears Cover". Newsweek. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  13. "Jamie Lynn Spears' New Motherhood Role Seems Glamorized In New Magazine Interview". All Headline News. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  14. Turley, Jonathan (2007-12-21). "Spears Pregnancy May Result in Television Special Rather than Criminal Charges". Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  15. "Was Jamie Lynn a victim of statutory rape?". MSNBC. 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  16. "CASEY ALDRIDGE'S UNCLE: HE'S 18". CelebTV. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  17. "Shutterbug Accused of Stalking Jamie Lynn." E! Online. June 4, 2008.
  18. "Jamie Lynn Spears Has a Baby Girl". People. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  19. "Jamie Lynn Sprouts!". E!. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  20. "Jamie Lynn Welcomes a Daughter!". OK!. 2008-06-19. 
  21. "World Exclusive: Meet Baby Maddie!". OK!. 2009-07-08. 
  22. "Top Ten Most Expensive Baby Photos". Access Hollywood. 
  23. "Teen mom support group: Jamie Lynn Spears sends gift to Bristol Palin". New York Daily News. September 3, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  24. "Report: Jamie Lynn Spears Sends Gift to Bristol Palin". Fox News. September 3, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  25. "Lynn Spears: "Hypocrital" How Pregnant Bristol Palin Treated Vs. Jamie Lynn". Huffington Post. September 24, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  26. "Pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears to Bristol Palin: Get Out of My Spotlight!". Huffington Post. October 8, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  27. "Bristol Palin, Jamie Lynn Spears: The Brave New World of Teen Mothers". Fox News. February 18, 2009. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  28. "Jamie Lynn & Casey: The Wedding’s Off!". OK!. 2009-03-25. 
  29. "Wedding's off! Jamie Lynn Spears, Casey Aldridge disengaged". New York Daily News. 2009-03-26. 
  30. "Jamie Lynn Spears Moves out – and Moves on with New Guy". People. February 7, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  31. "Are Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge Getting Back Together?". People. February 13, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  32. "COVER STORY: Hilary Duff’s Dream Wedding!". OK!. August 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 

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