Jamie Lynn Spears
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Jamie Lynn Spears (born April 4, 1991) is an American actress, singer, and the younger sister of recording artist Britney Spears. In 2005, she rose to prominence for her portrayal of Zoey Brooks in the Nickelodeon sitcom Zoey 101. In 2007, Spears was the subject of controversy after announcing her pregnancy at the age of 16, which resulted in the cancellation of the series the following year.
Life and career
Early life and career beginnings
Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi to Jamie and Lynne Spears. She attended Parklane Academy, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the basketball team. She finished her education via online correspondence and received her GED in February 2008 from Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Louisiana.
In February 2002, Spears made her acting debut in the Paramount Pictures drama film Crossroads which starred her sister, Britney, who portrayed the central character Lucy Wagner. Spears made a cameo, playing the younger version of Britney's character.
Following Crossroads Nickelodeon cast Spears as a regular performer in the eighth season of the sketch comedy series All That. The season followed a two-year hiatus of the series. Spears portrayed various roles through the two seasons she appeared in as well as herself. Spear's performance received positive reviews from critics with many complimenting her comedic timing and being a highlight of the show. Spears did not return for the series ninth season to pursue other roles on the network.
2004–09: Zoey 101 and motherhood
In August 2004, Spears signed a development deal with Nickelodeon in which she would star as the protagonist in her own scripted television series that would air on the network. The series went on to be titled Zoey 101. Spears portrayed the role of Zoey Brooks and centered on Zoey and her friends who attend a fictional boarding school Pacific Coast Academy. Spears recorded the theme song for the series titled "Follow Me". The song was written by her sister Britney. The series premiered on January 9, 2005 and went on to be the network's highest rated series premiere in over eight years. The series was entirely filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Spears won a Young Artist Award and a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for her performance in the series. Nickelodeon announced the fourth season would be the series last season. The series finale, "Chasing Zoey", aired on May 2, 2008.
In December 2007, Variety announced Spears had signed on to guest appear in the ABC Comedy Sitcom series Miss Guided. Spears played the role of the promiscuous high school student Mandy Fener in the episode "Hot Sub" which aired on March 20, 2008. That same year Spears voiced the role of Goldilocks in the Straight-to-DVD animation film Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show. The film is the third and final installment of the Unstable Fables trilogy.
On December 20, 2007, in an interview with OK! magazine, Spears announced that she was pregnant by her then-boyfriend, Casey Aldridge. She was 16 years old at the time; Aldridge, whom she had been dating for two years, was 18. Nickelodeon issued a statement shortly after the announcement stating that the network respected Spears's decision to take responsibility and noting that its primary concern was for her well-being. Spears confirmed her engagement to Aldridge in March 2008 after it was reported she was seen wearing an engagement ring. In May 2008, the couple moved back to Liberty, Mississippi, and purchased a house, with Spears stating they would raise their child there.
The announcement of Spears's pregnancy generated controversy, as the media was accused of using the story to "glamorize" teenage pregnancy. Some teens were disappointed with the contrast between Spears's on screen personality as a "good girl" and her real life pregnancy. Additional controversy surfaced because Spears was two years below the California age of consent, raising questions about her and Aldridge's age difference, and whether Aldridge could or would be charged with statutory rape (although Spears was neither from California nor living there). It was later confirmed that Aldridge was just under two years older than Spears, which meant that he could be charged only with a misdemeanor under California law, since the crime is only charged as a felony if the two people having sex are at least three years apart in age. On June 4, 2008, while in Amite County, Mississippi, the Spears family filed a complaint against Edwin Merrino, a paparazzo who, they believed, was following and stalking the couple. Merrino denied the allegation. He was released later in the day after posting a $1096 bond.
Spears gave birth to a daughter, Maddie Briann Aldridge, on June 19, 2008, at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb. OK! magazine reportedly paid one million dollars for the first baby pictures for their July 10, 2008 issue. In September 2008, following the announcement that Bristol Palin was pregnant, it was reported that Spears had sent her a gift. Comparisons between the two cases were made.
Spears and Aldridge called off their engagement in March 2009, and Spears ended the relationship and moved out in February 2010. Spears and Aldridge reconciled in August 2010, but ended their relationship a second time in November 2010.
2010–present: Current endeavors
In April 2010, Spears moved from Liberty, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her long desired music career. Following the move Spears began work on a country music album with a number of local music producers. On November 7, 2011, Spears held a small concert at the Rutledge in Nashville in which she performed a set of original songs. The concert received much publicized media attention with critics praising Spears's performance.
Spears subsequently began a relationship with Jamie Watson. After three years of dating, they announced their engagement in March 2013.