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Mandy Moore Biography


Mandy was born April 10, 1984, in Nashua, New Hampshire. However, her family soon moved to Orlando, Florida where she currently resides with her parents, Don, a pilot, and Stacy, a former news reporter, her brothers Scott and Kyle. Mandy found her love of singing when she went to a summer musical camp when she was nine years old. Mandy soon became known as the "National Anthem Girl" as she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for all the major sports teams and for Chris Evert's Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament."

She then began voice lessons and auditioning for plays in the local theaters and got her first role as Ngana in "South Pacific". She has appeared in over a dozen plays in the Central Florida area and has had lead roles in "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Guys and Dolls". Mandy spent two summers at Stagedoor Manor, a performing academy in New York, studying theater during the day and performing at night at the Catskill resorts. Mandy was even auditioned for Broadway and on her first try she made it down to the final two choices for "High Society". She quickly became involved in national commercials, TV pilots and voice-overs, including the voice of "Ducky" for the Universal Studios California Land Before Time attraction.

She also entered the fashion world appearing as a model in a Mexican teen magazine. During the recording of a theme song for a TV pilot, she received an offer to complete a full demo by a producer who took notice of here. A talent scout came in when she was recording and sent an unfurnished demo to David McPherson, Senior Vice President of Urban A&R for Epic Records/550. McPherson liked what he heard and immediately flew down to hear the young star sing. After receiving a couple of other offers, the bright young star decided to sign a deal with Sony Music and tour with Backstreet boys. Her debut single, 'Candy', sold half a million copies. Sales of 'Candy' were enough to convince 550 Music to rush release of So Real, her debut album in 1999. There were three follow-ups, including the soundtrack to her 2002 debut film A Walk to Remember, a small-budget drama that became a modest box-office success.

So two years ago she dipped a toe into acting, landing a supporting role as a snobbish cheerleader in The Princess Diaries. Encouraged with the success of the family film, she landed her first leading role in A Walk to Remember. She's got three films : "How to Deal," "Saved" and "Try Seventeen". Mandy is a spokeswoman for Neutrogena products, and featured in the company's TV and print advertising campaigns. She's is also partnered with the Wet Seal-Contempo to promote its Blue Asphalt product catalog. Mandy appears on the cover of the publication in over 3 million homes and in the advertising for Blue Asphalt Clothing Line.

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