10 July 1980, Dallas, Texas, USA
Jessica Ann Simpson
5' 3½" (1.61 m)
Jessica Ann Simpson was born July 10, 1980, in Abilene Texas to Joe and Tina Simpson. She grew up in Richardson, Texas, living a normal childhood as the daughter of a youth minister. In church, she was able to shine, using her gifted voice to attract an independent record producer. This producer was the first of many to see the potential for greatness in Jessica. However, because of the lack of finances the independent label went bankrupt, preventing Jessica's album from reaching wider audiences.
Although heartbroken, Jessica's dream to be on the radio remained. With support from her family, and her father's managerial talents, Jessica's independent album managed to work its way to Tommy Mottola's desk, then President of Columbia Records. He was won over by her "pure heart" and strong voice. Jessica's singing career with Columbia would take her all over the world many times over and include three major albums reaching Gold, Platinum, and double Platinum.
As a born performer, it was only natural for Jessica to spend more time in front of the camera both in television and feature films. Audiences were naturally drawn to her open and uncensored attitude, contributing to the success of the hit reality show "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" (2003), which she starred in alongside her then husband Nick Lachey. She followed up the show by making the bold choice to fill in the famous "Dasiy Duke shorts" alongside Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott in her debut performance for the film version of The Dukes of Hazzard (2005).
Jessica has proven she is a rare talent with an ability to capture the hearts and minds of fans around the globe. Whether it be music or film, it is evident that she has a long career ahead of her as she continues to change and grow as an artist.
Nick Lachey (26 October 2002 - 30 June 2006) (divorced)
Her curvaceous figure
Grew up in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
Turned down a part in Coyote Ugly (2000).
Performed at the 2000 American Music Awards.
Auditioned for "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" (1989) as a child, but lost the part to future stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera (who was later her competition in the music industry).
Attended J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas (1995-1998), where she was very active in theater arts. She dropped out as a junior to further pursue her singing career.
1995 graduate of Richardson North Junior High in Richardson, Texas, where she was a cheerleader and a part of the co-ed choir.
Is the "oldest" of the 4 current most famous "pop queens" in music (the others are Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Mandy Moore); she was the first one to leave behind her teenage years, after she reached her 20th birthday in 2000.
Close friends with musical group Destiny's Child.
Engaged to 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey. [February 2002]
Ex-sister-in-law of Drew Lachey and Lea Lachey.
Her wedding gown was designed by Vera Wang.
Elder sister of Ashlee Simpson. Their parents are Joe Simpson and Tina Simpson. Joe worked as a psychologist and a Baptist minister in Texas but now manages his daughters' musical careers and their official websites. Mom, Tina, helps run her clothing empire.
She was part of the USO tour in the 2003 Iraqi War (aka Desert Storm Part II).
Has a Mercedes Benz SL500.
Loved to shop at Abercrombie and Fitch, Guess, Bebe, and Juicy as a teenager.
Likes to eat at Chuy's (a Mexican restaurant in Dallas, Texas).
Hosted "Saturday Night Live" (1975) on 17 January 2004 with her husband, Nick Lachey. She parodied Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.
She and her ex-husband Nick Lachey lived in Calabasas, California, which was also the location of their show "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" (2003).
Pretty Woman (1990) is her all time favorite movie.
Was picked as #1 on "Maxim" top 100 hot list for 2004.
Beat out Britney Spears, for the role of Daisy Duke, in the upcoming movie, The Dukes of Hazzard (2005).
Was voted #1 for VH1's Top Ten best bodies.
Loves hot pink roses.
She played a dumb blonde on her hit TV show, but according to her mother (in the August issue of Vanity Fair) her I.Q. was in the 160s in fifth grade, which would have placed her in the "genius" category at the time. Whether or not her I.Q. has remained consistent is unknown.
Her all-time favorite song is Berlin's "Take My Breath Away". She sang a re-recording of the song.
Underwent LASIK eye surgery to correct her vision (2004)
She is the national spokesperson for Operation Smile.
Has a song by Adam Green named "Jessica" dedicated to her, including the lyrics "Jessica Simpson, where has your love gone? It's not in your music, no. So where has it gone then?"
Performed at President George W. Bush's Inauguration (2001).
Her first album was a Christian album, when she was 14.
Recorded a cover of "A Whole New World" with husband Nick Lachey for the Aladdin (1992) Special Edition DVD.
Recorded a cover of "Little Drummer Boy" with sister Ashlee Simpson and another cover of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with her husband Nick Lachey.
Ranked #43 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Had a dog named Daisy (Malti-Poo) that was a gift to Jessica from Nick Lachey. Daisy until snatched and killed by a coyote in September of 2009.
Made the tabloid headlines after attending a bachelorette party for friend Jennifer MacFarlane, where the entertainment was provided by two members of the "Genital Origami" troupe Puppetry of the Penis. She reportedly "howled and giggled" at the duo's routine, which included such installations as "The Fruit Bat" and "The Turtle." (November 2004)
She is famous for keeping her virginity until her wedding night. She was questioned by an interviewer about it and when she addressed it openly, she was shocked that it was made into such a big deal by the media. She quickly became a positive role model for teenage girls and young women.
Ranked #2 on E!'s 50 Steamiest Southern Stars.
Was voted #1 in People Magazine's 10 Most Stylish Moments for her "Daisy Duke" look. [September 2005]
"After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," the couple said in a joint statement published on Teen People magazine's website."
Named #9 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Met ex-husband, Nick Lachey, at a charity event in 1998 where she was performing alongside Lachey's group, 98 Degrees.
Was nominated for the 2006 Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress along side her sister Ashlee Simpson. Ashlee was nominated for her performance in the film Undiscovered (2005/I), while Jessica was nominated for her performance in The Dukes of Hazzard (2005). Neither won the award, however.
Former high school cheerleader.
Her spectacular figure features natural 35D-25-37 measurements blossomed in junior high school. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
In her October 2002 rainy-day Austin wedding to Nick Lachey, she wore a beaded, strapless gown designed by Vera Wang. She also carried a 500-stem stephanotis bouquet from Mark's Garden (in Los Angeles) that took 12 hours to assemble. Her sister Ashlee was her maid of honor and her bridesmaids included childhood friends as well as her sister-in-law and the wife of one of Nick's best friends.
Her 25th birthday was celebrated at her parents' Los Angeles home. Among the guests at the celebration were Mandy Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eva Mendes and Seth Green.
Named #16 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Was featured as #20 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
Dropped out of JJ Pierce High School to further her singing career but still attended her high school prom.
The mansion owned by her and Nick Lachey located in Calabasas, California, USA was placed on the market for $3,750,000 and bought by Justin Berfield of "Malcolm in the Middle" (2000) fame.
Won the Teen Choice Award for Movies - Choice Breakout (Female) for (The Dukes of Hazzard) on August 20, 2006 from Universal City, California, USA.
She won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Song From a Movie "These Boots Are Made For Walkin" from the movie, The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) on January 10, 2006 at the 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards (2006).
One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (2005).
Named #4 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Friend of Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
Recently discovered that she is allergic to cheese, wheat, coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, corn and hot peppers.
A distant relative of Al Gore.
Ranked #41 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Mentioned in the song High School Never Ends by Bowling for Soup.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $7 million.
In 2007 when she was the girlfriend of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, she appeared up in the Cowboys' stadium luxury box during a December game against the Eagles. She was wearing a pink Cowboys jersey with Romo's number. Unfortunately this did not help Romo as he had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions in a 10-6 loss. This lead many Cowboys fans to speculate that she was a distraction, calling her Yoko Romo.
Was hospitalized for five days with a kidney infection [March 31, 2008].
Has stated her natural hair color is brown.
Ranked #53 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
During one of her promotional visits to Europe, Dutch magician Hans Klok sawed her in half in an illusion called "Clearly Impossible".
[July 9, 2009] Split from Tony Romo a day before her 29th birthday.
A registered Republican who voted for George W. Bush in 2004 and John McCain in 2008.
Engaged to Eric Johnson [November 14, 2010].
Expecting her first child [November 1, 2011].
Spokeswoman for the "Beauty Mint" skin care system [November 8, 2011].
I'd go to concerts and think, 'That's exactly what I want to do.'
[about losing a spot on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" (1989) to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera] I wanted to give up, but my family kept me going.
I want people to fall in love with my voice before my image.
[about how successful her future album may be] I'm right there ready to explode . . . or I could go pfffffft. No one could ever hear from me again.
[in "CosmoGIRL", 2/01] I have this fear of talking to people. I'm worried they won't like me. I've always had that insecurity. I tried to go up to Céline Dion at the Billboard Awards last year . She was right there, but I couldn't do it.
After 9-11, I knew that I never ever wanted to be away from Nick [husband Nick Lachey] ever for the rest of my life.
Dumb is just not knowing. Ditzy is having the courage to ask! Ditzy is not editing yourself.
Faith has helped me to be a strong person and stay level headed. It brings me peace. In this business you definitely need peace.
I want to be a diva... like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-diet-Coke-around.
Natural beauty is really happiness with who you are. It you like who you are on the inside, that'll come through on the outside.
Everybody from my record label to my father as my manager was like, "Don't get married". But when I got married my career began.
[on Operation Smile] Nick [husband Nick Lachey] and I have gotten a lot of attention for doing a "reality" show on television, but the ability to give a child his or her smile back is the kind of reality that really deserves the attention. We are both so happy to play a small part in the wonderful work Operation Smile does for children.
I think that freshness and that innocence is something that is missing from a lot of female singers. I'm certainly not denying that I'm young, but I'm not fluff.
I'm such a sucker for sappy songs. I'm a big romantic, and I love love. I love singing about it and listening to songs about it
[on her dog Daisy] She goes with me everywhere. It's preparing me to be a mother, I think.
My mom was really worried I'd grow up looking strange, so every night before I went to bed, she'd pull my legs and stretch them so they'd be in proportion with the rest of my body.
I don't really care what I'm famous for. As long as I get to do the movie roles I want to do and still make records.
I don't want people walking out of a movie thinking I was trying to act or be some movie star. I want them to think, "That might make me like Jessica a little bit more."
introducing herself to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton in December 2004] You've done a nice job decorating the White House.
Nobody deserves to be treated like a princess 100 percent of the time - not even me!
My first kiss was when I was 14. I could tell it was coming because Jason picked up a handful of mints. We had been going out for over a year, so it was really special.
[on plastic surgery] I'm not against plastic surgery. I do believe that it becomes an addiction to people. But if you're doing it for yourself, then you're doing it for yourself. If you're doing it to make heads turn when you walk down the street and get noticed, then I think that's a bunch of BS.
Why go through your life with regrets? Every decision you make determines who you are. If you make a bad one, you fix it. It makes you stronger.
[on the "perils" of being a curvaceous Christian pop star] I had doors slammed in my face as a 14-year-old because my boobs were too big.
I love to hug - fans, friends and family alike - so it hurts when the security guards tell me I can't do it at record stores during autograph parties...which they often do.
My bra and underwear always have to match. I love that. I've collected a whole lot of sets. When a girl has on color-coordinated underpants, she just feels sexy. And I've been a cheerleader, so I should know!
My #1 beauty tip is as follows: look someone in the eye when greeting them, smile, and follow up with a hug. I got that from my mom...and it's never failed me yet!
When I was born, my dad wanted to christen me "Misty Dawn Simpson." But my mom talked him out of it - "Jessica Ann" was her idea, and it stuck - so you tell ME what it's like having a twin sister with that name.
I will never do nudity. I don't care how dark and intellectual the role could be, you know. I don't care if I frickin' could get an Oscar for it, I'm not going to do it.
[When asked when she feels the most beautiful]: I feel most beautiful when I am in my bathtub, listening to Sade. I also feel beautiful when I laugh and when I'm with my friends and I just have a T-shirt and booty shorts on.
Employee of the Month (2006) $1,000,000
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) $2.5 million