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Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee SimpsonAKA Ashley Nicolle Simpson

Born: 3-Oct-1984
Birthplace: Waco, TX

Gender: Female
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Jessica Simpson's nepotistic younger sister

Ashlee Simpson made her acting debut in 2002 on the Christian-themed WB show 7th Heaven. Since then, she has distinguished herself from her elder sister and MTV darling Jessica Simpson by acting more "punk rock" -- like another Kelly Osbourne or Avril Lavigne, only a touch less goth. The engineering of her celebrity at age 19 was documented on MTV's The Ashlee Simpson Show, which chronicled the production of her appropriately-titled debut album Autobiography (2004). The show mostly focused on the ways in which she consistently fails her parents' and producers' expectations in terms of celebritization.

In one episode, she is painted into a doe-eyed blonde, only to redye her hair brown in a show of assertiveness. She dawdles behind a mixing console, chirping on her cellphone while an orchestra of ringers records overdubs for her first single, "Pieces of Me" (a sassy turn on the 1995 Jewel album). She's already tired when they call her in to record the vocal track; newly-brunetted Ashlee sings take after take, and eventually her voice starts to crack (flaws that are auto-tuned out of the final recording). The following day she has lost her voice completely. A visit to the doctor reveals that she has damaged her vocal cords, prompting a yonic spectacle in which her bloodshot, swollen larynx is shown in close-up, vocal folds flapping as she squawks out different vowels. The episode ends with Ashlee looking forward to a weekend of doctor-prescribed quiet.

After a less-than-stellar performance at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in August, Ashlee hoped to redeem herself on the 23 October 2004 broadcast of Saturday Night Live. After performing "Pieces of Me", during the first half of the show, she expected to treat the audience to her next single, "Autobiography". As the drummer played the opening beat, Ashlee writhed around on stage -- and then froze as the vocal track from "Pieces of Me" began to pipe from the speakers. Horrified, Ashlee jerked the microphone to her face, cupping it close to her mouth like she had during the first song, but the microphone was turned off. The vocal recording faded out as she bounced about the stage like a marionette, turning first to her drummer, then her guitarist, then her bassist, then her other guitarist, yet unable to locate which one of them had caused the wrong vocals to play. Realizing that the jig was up, Ashlee shambled offstage. The band continued to do what they had been paid to do: catching on quick and stifling their grins, they strummed their way into the chorus. The camera pulled back, showing the four musicians surrounding an empty spotlight, and the show cut to a commercial.

Father: Joe Simpson (psychologist/minister)
Mother: Tina Drew
Sister: Jessica Simpson (actress-musician)
Boyfriend: Gregory Smith (together c. 2002)
Boyfriend: Josh Henderson (together 2002-04)
Boyfriend: Ryan Cabrera (together 2004)
Boyfriend: Wilmer Valderrama (together 2005-06)
Husband: Peter Wentz (m. 17-May-2008, sep. Feb-2011, one son)
Son: Bronx Mowgli Wentz (b. 21-Nov-2008)

    Rhinoplasty Los Angeles, CA (21-Apr-2006)
    Endorsement of Pizza Hut 2004
    Wedding: Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson (2008)

    Melrose Place Violet Foster (2009-10)
    Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica Herself (2003-05)
    7th Heaven Cecilia Smith (2002-04)

    Pawn Shop Chronicles (12-Jul-2013)
    Undiscovered (26-Aug-2005)
    The Hot Chick (2-Dec-2002) · Monique

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