Born in 1981, which singer was cast 11 years later in The Mickey Mouse Club, and then launched into international stardom with her 1999 hit single "...Baby One More Time?"
And the answer: Britney Spears.
Spears is the best-selling teenage artist of all time. Referred to as the "Princess of Pop," she's regarded as a pop icon and credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
From a young age, Spears was drawn to the life of a performer. She was known to perform for family guests, at recess, and everywhere in between. The young star auditioned for and landed a performance on Star Search at age 11, and then as a cast member on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club. After the show ended in 1995, Spears landed a record deal and dropped her first chart topping single "...Baby One More Time." Her claim to fame was quick and long-lasting, as her personal and professional life remained in the spotlight far into the 2010s.
The public eye was not always kind to this iconic 2000s pop-star, however. In the late 2000s, Spears suffered from a number of highly documented mental breaks, several of which resulted in hospitalization. Like her quick rise to stardom, these low moments were not exempt from the scrutiny of her audience. It wasn't until the 2008 release of her album Circus that Spears' professional and personal life began to level out. Today, Spears remains a staple of early 2000s pop culture.
Watch her chart-topping premier single "...Baby One More Time" (1999) below: