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Birthname: Ashlee Nicole Simpson 
Date of birth: 1984-10-03 
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA 
Height: 5' 7" 
Nationality: American 
Profession: actress 

Ashlee Nicole Simpson (born October 3, 1984) is an American pop rock singer-songwriter and actress. She is the sister of pop singer Jessica Simpson.
Simpson rose to prominence in mid-2004 through the success of her number-one debut albumAutobiography and the accompanying reality series The Ashlee Simpson Show. Simpson received widespread derision when she used a pre-recorded vocal track for a performance on Saturday Night Live in October 2004. Following a North American concert tour and an unsuccessful film appearance, Simpson released a second number-one, but far less sucessful album, I Am Me, in late 2005.

Biography

Early life

Simpson was born in Waco, Texas,
Following her Orange Bowl performance, an Internet petition at PetitionOnline.com complaining about Simpson's singing was among the most active of the site's petitions. Simpson later said: "That's cool. You don't always have to be a fan of everybody's music", also citing the support she had received from her fans. Around the time of the petition, Cosmopolitan magazine chose Simpson to be on the cover of the February 2005 issue,
Simpson's first U.S. headlining tour (with two dates in Canada as well) ran from mid-February to late April 2005, and its opening acts were Pepper's Ghost and The Click Five. In addition to material fromAutobiography, Simpson performed her own unreleased song "Hollywood", The Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket", Blondie's "Call Me", and Madonna's "Burning Up". She said that the tour would be "stripped down", without pyrotechnics, and that "it's going to be me and my band getting out there and having fun". In March 2005, Simpson said that The Ashlee Simpson Show would conclude at the end of its second season, the last episode of which aired at the end of the month.

Film, second album, and theater

Simpson had a supporting role as an aspiring actress named Clea in Undiscovered (originally titledWannabe), an independent film that was released in theaters in August 2005. Simpson filmed her scenes in late 2004. While Simpson's performance was met with acceptable reviews, the film itself was trashed by critics earning just $676,048. Her performance in the film earned her a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actress. 
Simpson's second album, I Am Me, was released in the U.S. on October 18 2005. Simpson said that she had wanted to incorporate the feel of music from the 1980s on the album, and that unlike her debut it would focus less on relationships and more on herself. I Am Me debuted at number one with roughly 220,000 copies sold, but sales quickly deteriorated; as of January 2006, it had sold less than a million copies. Its first single, "Boyfriend", became a top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and performed similarly elsewhere. The second single, "L.O.V.E.", reached the U.S. top forty, its success aided by a remix by R&B/hip-hop producer Missy Elliott and MTV's heavy rotation of the single's music video (it has been her most successful video to date on Total Request Live).

Simpson began a concert tour in late September in Portland, Oregon and appeared on the October 8 2005 episode of SNL to promote the album. The first of Simpson's two performances on the show was of the ballad "Catch Me When I Fall", which was written about her previous SNL experience, and she thanked the crowd after her second performance. In mid-December, Simpson collapsed after performing in Japan, possibly due to exhaustion. She was briefly hospitalized, and consequently cancelled an appearance at the Radio Music Awards.
Simpson appeared on the December 2005/January 2006 cover of Teen People with her sister Jessica, and could also be seen on the December 2005 issue of BlenderCosmopolitan magazine's January 2006 edition, the March 2006 issues of Seventeen and ELLE, the April 2006 issue of JANE, the June/July 2006 issue of Teen People (in which she was named one of its "25 hottest stars under twenty-five"), the July 2006 issue of Marie Claire and the September 2006 issue of CosmoGirl.
Simpson won a Kelly Slater/MTV celebrity surfing invitational competition, which also featured celebrities such as Meagan Good, Jack Osbourne (her main competitor during the competition), Ashley Parker Angel and Tony Hawk, as part of an MTV-sponsored 'Spring Break' Special in March 2006. On April 12 she hosted and performed at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, where she won "Best Female Artist" and "Best Pop Video" (for "Boyfriend"). A new single, "Invisible", was released in mid-2006 and reached the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Initially it was said that the song would appear on a re-released version of I Am Me, but this never occurred. Simpson began a summer tour on June 5, with Ashley Parker Angel as an opening act; initially The Veronicas also opened but quit the tour after the first few shows due to a problem with one of their singers' vocal cords.
Simpson said that after this tour, which ended in late July, she would be going on vacation, that she will take her time making her third album, and that she will look at movie scripts and continue her acting career.
Simpson played the role of Roxie Hart in the London stage production of Chicago, from September 25 to October 28, 2006. One reviewer called Simpson's performance in the show "dazzling and near flawless".

Third album

In mid-November 2006, Simpson said that she was going to meet with record executives soon and begin working on her third album. Simpson also stated that she would like to work with Robert Smith from The Cure, who attended her last show in London while playing Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago".

Image

When she first broke onto the scene, Simpson had a decidedly different image from that of her sister. Previously blonde like Jessica, she dyed her hair dark during the recording of the MTV reality show after she finished filming for the 7th Heaven television series, although after a year with dark hair she returned to blonde in 2005. Simpson's songs also have rock elements absent from her sister's music, and, particularly during the time of her initial stardom, Simpson would often wear shirts with "punk"-style designs, sometimes emblazoned with band names. She often has her fingernails and toenails painted black, and has at least three tattoos: a star on one wrist, two cherries on her ankle, and the word "love" on her other wrist. Simpson has changed her style significantly over time; she now is often seen favoring girlier, "preppier" looks, though her more "punk"-oriented look is still displayed at concerts. She has also been seen sporting long blond hair extensions.
Her vocals, while generally not thought to equal her sister's range, have been praised by some as fitting the style of her music, and are usually described as "raspy" or "throaty." Simpson and her sister were tied for third on oft-quoted celebrity-fashion critic Mr. Blackwell's list of the worst-dressed celebrities of 2004. Blackwell wrote that "from gaudy to grim to downright frenetic these two prove that bad taste is positively genetic."

Personal Life

She has refused to discuss her sex life, in contrast with her sister, who openly stated her intention to practice sexual abstinence until marriage. "I decided that I didn't want to talk about that because it's super personal," Simpson said of the situation.40 Simpson's relationship with actor Josh Henderson lasted for nearly two years and ended during the first episode of The Ashlee Simpson Show. Soon after, she began dating fellow musician Ryan Cabrera. That relationship was also featured on the show, and Simpson appeared as Cabrera's love interest in the music video for his song "On the Way Down." The two were reported to have split in August 2004 due to their hectic schedules, but they resumed their relationship for a while afterward, before ending it again in early 2005; Simpson says they are still friends, although rumors suggested that Ashlee did not like the fact that Ryan had moved on to Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas.
In 2005, rumors began circulating that Simpson had stolen Wilmer Valderrama from Lindsay Lohan. Simpson's single "Boyfriend" was reported to be about the situation, but she said that the song "is about how every girl out there sometimes thinks you stole her boyfriend. It's just making fun of that."41 Valderrama has since said on Howard Stern's radio program that he did have sex with Ashlee Simpson, but claimed the incident was unrelated to his break-up with Lohan. Later, that year, rumours arose that Simpson was secretly dating another Joe Simpson-managed actor, Viva La Bam's Chris Raab. In February 2006, she told Seventeen magazine that she was dating bandmate Braxton Olita and went on a 10-day vacation with him to Hawaii.42
In November 2005, eTalk Daily broadcast a video of a late-night visit made by Simpson to a McDonald's fast-food restaurant in Toronto, Canada. Simpson appeared to be intoxicated in the video, and was shown arguing with a member of the staff, as well as rejecting a customer's attempt to get an autograph from her because he wouldn't kiss her feet. According to Simpson in a 2006 ELLE interview, she was "a little tipsy", and the customer had first called her "gross" before he had realized who she was, at which point he asked her for an autograph.42 She has said that she told herself to "grow up" after the incident.
In February 2006, Simpson was honored by MTV's Total Request Live (TRL), as the "Bounce-Back" artist. The award was given to her for being able to recover from her many ups and downs of her career, and still manage to release another #1 platinum album.
Simpson reportedly had plastic surgery for a nose job in April 2006; tabloid magazines and blogs have published pictures which are claimed to demonstrate the change in her nose. When asked about it in an interview in May, Simpson neither confirmed nor denied it. 2 There have also been claims that Simpson had chosen to surgically enhance her lips and to reduce her chin. In June 2006, it was reported that Simpson seriously considered 3 but later turned down a $4 million offer to pose nude for Playboy. 4
In early September 2006, Us Weekly reported that Simpson and Braxton Olita have split up. Simpson's rep said that the couple "broke up about a week ago. They have decided to take a break." Simpson has reportedly been seen with Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, 5 but later in an interview for OK! magazine she confirmed this.43

Criticism

Simpson is often criticized as being a "manufactured" artist with little singing talent. Her critics cite incidents like the SNL episode and the Orange Bowl performance as evidence for their claims.
Some allege that Simpson has lip-synched on occasions other than the SNL episode, comparing the impact of the SNL incident to the 1990 Milli Vanilli incident in which their guide track skipped during a live MTV performance, revealing that they were lip-synching. Simpson performed live numerous times before the incident, and has since.
In early 2005, Simpson's marketing campaign was accused of astroturfing by users on several websites. A post on Metafilter claimed that the marketing company posted the same text, which contained the text, "I just read about Ashlee in us weekly. Those guys at the football game were total jerks." (the "football game" referring to the Orange Bowl incident) under the user name "mandyc19" on over three hundred different music-related forums in order to further promote Simpson and paint her in a positive light.
In January 2006, Simpson was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst Supporting Actress" for her role in Undiscovered; Ashlee's sister Jessica was also nominated in the same category for The Dukes of Hazzard. The sisters both lost to Paris Hilton.
In mid-2006, Ashlee gave an interview to Marie Claire magazine, in which she was said to have "had it with Hollywood's twisted view of feminine beauty" and was photographed painting a pro-female mural with a group of underprivileged girls from Los Angeles's Green Dot Public School. However, by the time the magazine hit newsstands, Ashlee had already had her nose job and had been seen sporting long blonde hair extensions. Some Marie Claire readers complained about this as being hypocritical; the magazine received over 1,000 angry letters and the magazine's new editor expanded the letters section of the September issue of the magazine to give readers a chance to vent their frustrations.


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