Full Name: Amanda Leigh Moore
Birth Date: April 10, 1984
Birth Place: Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
Height: 5' 10"
Quote: "When people come up to me and say, 'You made it,' I think,
'But I'm not done yet. Not everyone's heard my music.' I want to be a household
Mandy Moore Biography
Amanda Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer and actress. She was born in Nashua, New Hampshire to Don Moore (a pilot for American Airlines) and Stacy (a former newspaper reporter); her maternal grandmother was English and a dancer in the theater district in the West End of London, England, while her maternal grandfather was Jewish. Moore has two brothers, Scott and Kyle; she grew up in Seminole County, Florida, outside of Orlando, moving there shortly after her birth. Moore was raised a Catholic, and attended Bishop Moore Catholic High School, as well Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs.
Moore's interest in singing grew after seeing the musical Oklahoma!. She subsequently sang the National Anthem at a few athletic events. She was spotted and signed on to a record deal with Sony Records after recording a demo at the age of 14. Throughout 1999, Moore toured with The Backstreet Boys.
Moore, fifteen years-old at the time, released her first album, So Real, on December 7, 1999. The album reached a peak of 31 on the US Billboard 200 album chart. At the time of her album's release, Moore was considered only the latest in a quickly-growing series of heavily-marketed 'pop princesses' akin to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson. Moore was the last (and youngest) of the four to reach mainstream radio, and was initially not as successful as her peers. Still, So Real was certified platinum in the US by early 2000, while her debut single, "Candy," peaked at 41 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold. A follow-up single entitled "Walk Me Home" was later released, though it failed to achieve much success.
Moore's vocal catergory is Soubrette. Her highest note is G5 and her lowest note is A3. Her vocal range is approximately two octaves. Moore's vocals aren't as high as those of her peers Jessica Simpson or Christina Aguilera, but are higher than those of Britney Spears.
Moore released a re-worked version of her debut album entitled I Wanna Be With You on May 9, 2000, only six months after So Real's release. The album included several new songs, along with tracks from So Real, as well as a couple of remixed songs. Technically, the first single from I Wanna Be With You was So Real, since it was included in her first album and was also featured on I Wanna Be With You. I Wanna Be With You reached a peak of 21 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified Platinum in the US. The title track was featured as the lead single, reaching a peak of 24 on the Hot 100, Moore's highest peak to date. The song was also featured in the film Center Stage (2000). I Wanna Be With was criticized because some saw it as a remix album and not a new studio album, as well as because Moore's appearance on the cover was deemed too sexual for her age. "I Wanna Be With You" was the only single released from the album.
Between 2000 and 2001, Moore hosted a talk show, the Mandy Moore Show, on MTV.
Moore released the self-titled album Mandy Moore on June 19, 2001. The album received mixed reviews and debuted at a disappointing 35 on the Billboard 200. It was later certified gold in the US by 2002. The album's main producer was Tim Mitchell.
The lead single, "In My Pocket", was tinged with a Middle-Eastern sound, along with a colorful video; it failed to make a dent in the charts, however, missing the Hot 100 completely. The song was a popular dance success not only in the States but also a commercial hit in Australia, Thailand, and other countries. Moore performed "In My Pocket" live many times, including once at the 2001 Fox network television special, "Teenapalooza".
The follow-up single, "Crush", also failed to chart, although the music video received considerable airtime on MTV. It went on to be Moore's first number one video on TRL, where she also performed the song live. The final single, "Cry", was released in early 2002 and tied-in with the film A Walk to Remember, which was Moore's debut as a lead actress. It also failed to perform well on the charts. The album sold well in Eastern Asia, however, and the songs "17" and "Saturate Me" were both released as singles overseas.
In March 2002, Moore was featured in Elton John's video for "Original Sin". That year, Moore was ranked 67 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World".
On October 21, 2003, Moore released her fourth album, Coverage. The record consisted entirely of cover songs from the 1970s and '80s that Moore was influenced by as a child, as well as songs that she had recently discovered. The album peaked at 14 on the Billboard 200 (her highest ranking to date), though "Have a Little Faith in Me" (the only released single) failed to perform well on the charts.
The album had only gained "Gold" status. A video was made for the song "Drop the Pilot", though it was not released as a single in the US. Her cover of "I Feel The Earth Move" also appeared on Love Rocks, a compilation CD of songs from gay rights supporters.
In early 2004, after Moore was dropped from Sony's Epic Records, she signed with Warner Brothers Records.
Sony released The Best of Mandy Moore on November 16, 2004, which included all of Moore's biggest hits from
the past five years. However, due to little promotion, the album peaked at a noticably low 148 on the Billboard 200.
Another compilation album, Candy was released around the time Moore began working on her 2006 album. It was released with no promotion and never appeared on the charts. This was the final release of Moore's music from Epic Records. To date, Moore has sold more than 6 million albums worldwide.
A new studio album from Moore will be released in the spring of 2006 through her new record label, Sire Records; the title of the album is Slummin' In Paradise. The album was co-written by singers Michelle Branch, Rachael Yamagata, and Lori McKenna. Moore will also collaborate with Adam Duritz, Chantal Kreviazuk, and James Renald who wrote Hey! and her single "Cry". "Instyle Magazine" UK (2/06) has reported that Moore's fifth album and first album for Sire Records is entitled Slummin' in Paradise. The first single has yet to be released however the only song that was released via the internet was a demo "Hey!".
Moore began her acting career with an appearance in the straight-to-video children's movie Magic Al and the Mind Factory, a voiceover role in Dr. Dolittle 2, and a small part in the Good Charlotte music video, "Little Things". Later in 2001, Moore appeared in a small part as the mean and popular cheerleader Lana Thomas opposite actresses Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in the film The Princess Diaries. In the movie, Moore's character performs a song from the film's soundtrack, "Stupid Cupid".
In 2002, Moore had her first starring role in a major feature film, A Walk to Remember, opposite actor Shane West. The movie, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, revolves around the developing romance between a Protestant minister's daughter (played by Moore) and an unruly teenager. The film was considered a moderate success, bringing in $41 million and establishing Moore's status as a lead actress.
The soundtrack for the film featured four songs by Moore ("Cry", "Someday We'll Know", "It's Gonna Be Love" and "Only Hope"). Moore won an award for Breakthrough Female Performance at that summer's MTV Movie Awards, as well as Choice Female Breakout Performance and Choice Chemistry (with Shane West) at the Teen Choice Awards. That same year, she voiced Final Fantasy VII character Aerith Gainsborough in the Square Enix-Disney crossover video game Kingdom Hearts. She will not, however, reprise the role for Kingdom Hearts 2; the character will now be voiced by actress Mena Suvari.
In 2003, Moore starred in the romantic comedy film How to Deal. The movie failed to draw in the teenage crowds in the US, and grossed a total of $14 million.
Moore's next film was 2004's Chasing Liberty, a romantic comedy which only grossed $12 million. Later that summer, she appeared in a supporting role in the low-budget satire on religion, Saved!, playing Hilary Faye, a popular "good girl" at a Christian school. Although the film never received a widespread release, it was critically successful and Moore received positive reviews for her role.
In 2005, Moore lent her voice to the movie Racing Stripes. Her upcoming films include Bobby, Romance & Cigarettes and American Dreamz, all currently slated for a release in 2006.
Moore has also appeared on the television series, Entourage, and guest-starred in two episodes of boyfriend Zach Braff's comedy Scrubs in 2006. She will also be lending her voice to The Simpsons, playing a dominatrix named "Tabitha Vixx." The airdate of the episode has yet to be confirmed.
Moore was a Neutrogena spokesperson, appearing in commercials as well as print ads for the product. She has also modelled for Coach handbags in Japan and for the clothing brand, Penshoppe, in the Philippines.
Moore dated actor Wilmer Valderrama for 18 months between 2000 and 2002. Soon after, she started dating tennis star Andy Roddick. The couple were together for 16 months, hardly spending time together due to Moore's film schedule; Roddick ended the relationship in March of 2004. She also dated Philippines-born singer/actor Billy Crawford for a "few months" when she was younger.
In 2004, Moore began dating Scrubs actor Zach Braff. The two met at a fundraising event for the Democratic Party around the time of the November 2004 election. In early 2006, unnamed sources told In Touch magazine that the couple were engaged. Braff called this a "total internet rumor" and Moore's representative denied the engagement.
Mandy Moore Filmography
Twist of Fate (2007) .... Chrissie
License to Wed (2007) .... Sadie Jones
Because I Said So (2007) .... Milly
Dedication (2006) .... Lucy
Brother Bear 2 (2006) (V) .... Nita
- Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play (2006) TV Episode (voice) .... Tabitha Vixx
Southland Tales (2006) .... Madeline Frost Santaros
American Dreamz (2006) .... Sally Kendoo
... aka American Dreamz (Australia)
- Her Story II (2006) TV Episode .... Julie Quinn
- My Half-Acre (2006) TV Episode .... Julie Quinn
Romance & Cigarettes (2005) .... Baby
Racing Stripes (2005) (voice) .... Sandy
Saved! (2004) .... Hilary Faye
Chasing Liberty (2004) .... Anna Foster
Women Rock! Concert: Songs from the Movies (2003) (TV) .... Host
How to Deal (2003) .... Halley Martin
Try Seventeen (2002) .... Lisa
... aka All I Want (USA: DVD title)
Kingdom Hearts (2002) (VG) (voice) .... Aerith Gainsborough
... aka Kingudamu hâtsu (Japan)
A Walk to Remember (2002) .... Jamie Sullivan
The Princess Diaries (2001) .... Lana Thomas
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) (voice) .... Girl Bear Cub
... aka DR.2 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka DR2 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Summer Music Mania 2001 (2001) (TV)
Magic Al and the Mind Factory (2000) (V) .... Brittany Foster
Street Rats (1996)