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Biography for Avril LavigneAvril Ramona Lavigne Whibley (born sep. 27, 1984 (33 years ago)), better known by her birth name Avril Lavigne, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. Lavigne has sold more than 30 million copies of her albums worldwide. She is currently one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the United States, with over 10.25 million copies certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has been dubbed as the 'pop-punk princess' by various sources.
Lavigne broke into the recording industry with her debut album, Let Go, released in 2002 (15 years ago). As of 2009 (8 years ago), over 16 million copies were sold worldwide, more than 6 million of which were sold in the United States. Her second and third album, Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing, reached number one on the Global charts. Lavigne has scored five number-one singles worldwide, including "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm With You", "My Happy Ending" and "Girlfriend".
Early yearsAvril Ramona Lavigne was born to a French-born father, John, and a Franco-Ontarian mother, Judy, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on sep. 27, 1984 (33 years ago). Her father named her Avril after the month "April" in French. She has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle. Lavigne's mother was the first to spot young Lavigne's talent. At the age of two, Lavigne began singing church songs along with her mother. The family moved to Napanee, Ontario, when Lavigne was five years old.
In 1998 (19 years ago), Lavigne won a competition to sing with fellow Canadian singer Shania Twain (4 walls) on her first major concert tour. She appeared alongside Twain at her concert in Ottawa, appearing on stage to sing "What Made You Say That". She was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Lavigne was spotted by local folk singer Steve Medd, who invited her to contribute vocals on his song, "Touch the Sky", for his 1999 (18 years ago) album, Quinte Spirit. She also sang on "Temple of Life" and "Two Rivers" for his follow up 2000 (17 years ago) album, My Window to You.
Film careerLavigne made a cameo in the movie Going the Distance and also appeared in an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, performing "Sk8er Boi" with her band. Lavigne made her movie debut in the 2006 (11 years ago) animated movie Over the Hedge, which is based on the comic strip of same name. She voices the character Heather, a Virginia Opossum. In Aug. 2006 (11 years ago), Canadian Business magazine ranked her the seventh top Canadian actor dominating in Hollywood in their second-annual ranking Celebrity Power List. She is ranked second with the most web hits, and sixth in TV mentions.
Lavigne acted in the Richard Gere movie The Flock, as the girlfriend of a crime suspect. Lavigne appears in the movie Fast Food Nation, which is based on her favorite book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.
The British publication The London Paper reported that she recently landed a lead role in an upcoming film. Lavigne revealed, "I've got a movie role coming up — something you wouldn't expect from me, something deep and dark."
Personal lifeIn the Jan. 2003 (14 years ago) issue of Seventeen magazine, she admitted to "snagging a bite of Matt's cheeseburgers every now and again." She said also she prefers not to eat meat, but will not say she's a vegetarian "in case anyone caught her eating meat".
Lavigne has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist that matches the style of the one used for her first album artwork. It was created at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody's identical tattoo. In late 2004 (13 years ago), she had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter 'D' applied to her right wrist, which represents her now husband Deryck Whibley, a fellow Canadian singer who is the lead singer/guitarist of punk band Sum 41. They began dating in Feb. 2004 (13 years ago) and on Jun. 27, 2005 (12 years ago), Lavigne and Whibley became engaged. Whibley proposed to Lavigne by surprising her with a trip to Venice, a gondola ride, and then a romantic picnic.
The couple married in a Catholic ceremony attended by about 110 guests on Jul. 15, 2006 (11 years ago) at a private estate in Montecito, California. When asked if they were ready for kids the couple said "not right now but somewhere down the road."
Lavigne said in a 2004 (13 years ago) interview that her favorite party song was Hey Ya, by Outkast. She likes listening to Third Eye Blind, Oasis, Marilyn Manson, System Of A Down (3 walls) and Blink-182, and loves especially the track I Miss You. Asked what she would put on a mix tape to a boy she liked, she answered: "Iris, by Goo Goo Dolls. I'd put a few Coldplay and Oasis songs. Radiohead - The Bends is one of my favorite albums".
2002: Let Go
2004: Under My Skin
2007: The Best Damn Thing
2009: Fourth studio album
2003: My World
2005: Live at Budokan
2008: Live in Toronto
2003: Try To Shut Me Up Tour
2004/2005: Bonez Tour/ Mall Tour
2007: Promotional Tour
2008 The Best Damn Tour
FilmographySabrina, the Teenage Witch
Going the Distance
Fast Food Nation
Over the Hedge
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