Stacy Ferguson

     
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Real Name: Fergie, Stacy Ferguson
Birthday: March 27, 1975
Birth Place: Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, CA.

 

Biography:

From young teen superstar to sexy singer and writer, Stacy Ferguson had the talent to take her to the top of the pop music charts. She started out as a child actor on “Kids Incorporated”, and grew the role into a singer who successfully transitioned into music, weighed down by a number of personal problems along the way. 

As a result, “Fergie” found the right career moves with the hip-hop group "Black Eyed Peas", and in her role as “The Dutchess”, Ferguson was able to take time off to seek a career in acting, starring in Quentin Tarantino’s blood and gore film, “Grindhouse” (2007) working with Michael Biehn, Bruce Willis, and Nicolas Cage. The film is a flashback to the B-movie thrillers that combines two full length sequences into one double-bill created to reproduce the grind house theatergoing experience of the 1970's and 1980's. 

Stacy Ferguson was born on March 27, 1975 in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, California. She and her younger sister, Dana, were raised in Hacienda Heights by their mother and father, both school teachers. As a young teen, her parents introduced her to the arts and show business, taking her to see musicals and classic Motown and R&B artists. 


Her career started at age ten, when she hired a talent agent and began appearing in television commercials, including voice over work for animated specials.

In 1984, Ferguson was hired in her first major job - a role on Nickelodeon’s Saturday morning television series, “Kids Incorporated” (1984-1993) - a show about the lives of young teenage kids, many who performed, sang and danced. The television series jump-started several celebrity careers, including those of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mario Lopez. She also did the voice over work on “Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown” (1985), as well as a 1986 guest appearance on the comedy, “Mr. Belvedere” (1985-1990).

Ferguson left “Kids Incorporated” in 1989, and by 1990 had decided to chase a musical career in a group that would include her former “Kids” cast mates, Renee Sandstrom and Stephanie Ridel. The three singers formed the band "Wild Orchid", a pop and R&B group that was signed by RCA Records in the mid 1990's. As "Wild Orchid" was falling into place, she continued to make guest appearances on television series such as the comedy, “Married with Children”, a show that launched launched the super star career of Christina Applegate (1987-1997).

By the end of October 1996, "Wild Orchid’s" first record was released. The album failed to hit the charts, peaking at 153 on Billboards Top 200, but its three songs “At Night I Pray,” “Supernatural” and “Talk to Me” still were moderate hits. Almost two years and a tour with N’Sync and 98 Degrees later, a second album, "Oxygen" was released, leading to the third album, "Fire", that was ultimately cancelled. Not happy with the musical direction and the difficulty from the record label, Ferguson left the band and found solace in the underground scene of Los Angeles, where she started dabbling in drugs, sex and alcohol. 

A problem with the drug ecstasy and crystal meth soon grew into a full blown drug addiction, and she sank into major credit and financial debt. Dropping to a dangerous weight of only 90 pounds at one point, she had hid her drug use and problems with the excuse of anorexia and bulimia, finally seeking help after a religious experience led her to re-think the value of her singing talents.

Fergie met with music producers and started recording new demo songs. While recording her third album, "Elephunk", Los Angeles hip-hop artists the "Black Eyed Peas" asked her to sing vocals to the track “Shut Up.” The single did so well that the group ask her sing on other songs as well, until at the suggestion of Interscope Records chief Jimmy Iovine, she was asked to join the band full time. The two year recording process for the album was completed in May 2003 and the album was released on new label A&M a month later.

"Elephunk" became a colossal hit, selling nine million copies worldwide. “Shut Up” was released as a single, as was the successful “Where is the Love?” featuring vocals from former N’Sync veteran Justin Timberlake, who at 17, had been her boyfriend. 

One of the album’s songs, “Let’s Get Retarded” was altered for radio to the more palatable “Let’s Get it Started” - and the song put the band on the map. In 2004, the group filmed cameos as themselves in the movie “Be Cool” (2005), about a man who is unhappy with the movie business and decides to try the world of music instead, falling in love with a widow of a music executive on the way. The super star cast included the likes of John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn and Anna Nicole Smith.

Besides her new musical success, her personal life also rebounded when she met actor Josh Duhamel of “Las Vegas”(2003- ) in September of 2004, and the two became involved. Her movie projects continued into 2005, asFergie was cast to star in the remake of the horror classic “The Fog (2005). She later dropped out of the project, but saw the results of the bands hard work when they were nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year, and won for Best Rap Performance by a Group.  June 2005 saw the release of the second album, "Monkey Business", which would provide six singles, including “Don’t Phunk with My Heart” and “My Humps.” Also that year, she was cast in a role in the film  “Poseidon” (2006) - as the ship’s musical entertainment.

The Black Eyed Peas grabbed four 2006 Grammy nominations, winning in the same Best Rap Performance category as the year before for the song, “My Humps.” While still promoting the album, she signed a deal with the music label A&M, and started working on material for a solo project with executive producers Will.I.Am. The album, "The Dutchess", a continuation of her hip hop, pop and R&B style, was released in September to great reviews. 


The CD, which had three hit singles, including “Fergielicious”, “Glamorous” and “London Bridge”, shot to the number five spot on the Billboard charts.

2007 was a good year for the singer and actress. Fergie returned to acting again after being hired and cast by Robert Rodriguez to play the role of Tammy Visan in his zombie movie “Grindhouse” (2007), a double bill b-movie parody directed with Quentin Tarantino. In Rodriguez’s film “Planet Terror” with Bruce Willis and Michael Biehn, viewers cheered as the scantily dressed Ferguson was ripped apart by zombies. 

Also in 2007, Fergie lent her voice to the green-ogre animated flick "Shrek The Third" working with an all-star cast including Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Justin Timberlake. She then appeared in Judd Apatow's comedy-romance "Knocked Up" with Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl.

 

 

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