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Moore, Mandy 1984–

Moore, Mandy 1984–

(Mandah, Amanda Moore)

PERSONAL

Full name, Amanda Leigh Moore; born April 10, 1984, in Nashua, NH; daughter of Don (an airline pilot) and Stacy (a news reporter) Moore. Education: Attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp. Religion: Roman Catholic.

Addresses: AgentWilliam Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—The Firm, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—I/D Public Relations, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Career: Actress and singer. As a child, performed the National Anthem at professional events around Orlando, FL; signed record deal with Sony 550 Music, c. 1999; toured with Backstreet Boys and ∗NSYNC; spokesperson for Neutrogena, appearing in commercials for Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, 2000, and MoistureShine lip gloss, 2001–02; appeared in print ad for Sony Portable Music products, 1999, print ad for "Got milk?" campaign, 2002, and Campbell's Soups, 2003; launched line of T-shirts, Mblem., 2004; image model for "Penshoppe," Philippines apparel brand; appeared in ads in Japan for Coach, 2005. Sometimes credited as Mandah or Amanda Moore.

Awards, Honors: Young Hollywood Award, superstar of tomorrow—female, 2002; Teen Choice Awards, film—choice breakout performance—actress and (with Shane West) film—choice chemistry, MTV Movie Award, breakthrough female performance, 2002, all for A Walk to Remember; Teen Choice Award, choice crossover artist (music/acting), 2003; Young Hollywood Award, 2003, for unstoppable vision; DVD Premiere Award nomination, best original song, 2003, for Tarzan & Jane; Teen Choice Award nomination, choice movie actress-drama/action adventure, 2004, for Chasing Liberty; Teen Choice Award nominations, choice movie hissy fit and choice movie sleazebag, 2004, both for Saved!.

CREDITS

Film Appearances:

Brittany Foster, Magic Al and the Mind Factory, 2000.

Voice of Girl Bear Club, Dr. Dolittle 2 (also known as DR.2 and DR2), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Lana Thomas, The Princess Diaries, Buena Vista, 2001.

Herself, A New Princess (documentary short film; also known as The Making of "The Princess Diaries"), 2001.

Jamie Sullivan, A Walk to Remember, Warner Bros., 2002.

Lisa, Try Seventeen (also known as All I Want), Try Seventeen Productions, Inc., 2002.

Halley Martin, How to Deal, New Line Cinema, 2003.

Anna Foster, Chasing Liberty, Warner Bros., 2004.

Hilary Faye, Saved!, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2004.

Herself/narrator, Passport to Europe: On the Set of "Chasing Liberty" (documentary short film), Warner Bros., 2004.

Voice of Sandy, Racing Stripes (animated), Warner Bros., 2005.

Baby, Romance & Cigarettes, United Artists, 2005.

Film Work:

Song performer ("Singing to the Song of Life"), Tarzan & Jane (animated), Buena Vista Home Video, 2002.

Choreographer, Romance & Cigarettes, United Artists, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Host, Mission: Makeover, MTV, 1998.

Host, Mandy Moore Show (also known as Mandy), MTV, 2000.

Herself, Total Access 24/7, 2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Herself, I Love the '80s Strikes Back (documentary), VH1, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

MTV 2 Large New Year's Eve Party, 1999.

The 1999 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 1999.

TRL Superstars, MTV, 2000.

Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25, ABC, 2000.

Cohost, Nickelodeon's 13th Annual Kid's Choice Awards, Nickelodeon, 2000.

Music Mania 2000, Fox, 2000.

House of Pop Special, Fox Family, 2000.

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards, Fox, 2000.

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 2000.

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2000.

Herself, Eminem TV, MTV, 2000.

Herself, The 2000 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 2000.

Herself, MTV New Years Eve 2001, MTV, 2001.

Host, The Miss Teen USA Pageant, CBS, 2001.

Herself, The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2001.

Presenter, The 28th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 2001.

Host, The WB Presents: Teen People's What's Next, The WB, 2001.

The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade, ABC, 2001.

Teen Choice Presents: Teenapalooza, Fox, 2001.

MTV20: Kiss and Tell: 20 Years of Making Out on MTV, MTV, 2001.

MTV's New Year's Eve 2002, MTV, 2001.

A Home for the Holidays with Mariah Carey, CBS, 2001.

Holiday with the Stars, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

The Great American History Quiz, History Channel, 2001.

Everybody Talk about … Pop Music!, MTV, 2001.

The 2001 Teen Choice Awards, Fox, 2001.

Presenter, The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 2001.

Cohost, The 2001 Miss Teen USA Pageant, CBS, 2001.

The 2001 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 2001.

Performer, Christmas in Washington, TNT, 2001.

Herself, Broadway's Best, Bravo, 2002.

Herself, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '02, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Herself, The 2002 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2002.

Herself, The 2002 Much Music Video Music Awards, 2002.

Herself, Bubblegum Babylon (documentary), VH1, 2002.

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre, ABC, 2002.

Presenter, The 29th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 2002.

Herself, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '03 (also known as Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards), Nickelodeon, 2003.

Herself, Young Hollywood Awards, AMC, 2003.

Herself, The GQ Men of the Year Awards, NBC, 2003.

Herself, The 2003 Radio Music Awards, NBC, 2003.

Herself, The Osbourne Family Christmas Special, MTV, 2003.

Spike TV Presents GQ Men of the Year Awards 2003, Spike TV, 2003.

Real Access: Hot 24 in 2004, Noggin, 2003.

Host, MTV Presents Teen People Magazine's 25 Hottest Stars under 25, MTV, 2003.

Host, Lifetime's 4th Annual Women Rock! Songs from the Movies, Lifetime, 2003.

Performer, The 2003 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 2003.

VH1 Big in '04, VH1, 2004.

Presenter, The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 2004.

Herself (#73), Maxim Hot 100, VH1, 2004.

Herself, E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, Mad TV, Fox, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003.

Herself, The House of Hits, 2000.

Herself, "Bunny," 2gether: The Series, MTV, 2000.

Herself, "Walk Me Home," Making the Video, 2000.

Herself, Rove Live, Ten Network, 2001, 2004.

Herself, The Panel, Ten Network, 2001.

Herself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001.

"On the Line," Making the Video, 2001.

Herself, "25 Sexiest Men in Entertainment," Rank, 2001.

Herself, RI:SE, 2002.

Aerith, "Video Game: Kingdom Hearts," House of Mouse, 2002.

Herself, "It's a Hard Knock Life," The Osbournes, MTV, 2003.

Herself, "Smells Like Teen Spirits," The Osbournes, MTV, 2003.

Voice of herself, "Snowflake Day: A Very Special Episode," Clone High (animated), MTV, 2003.

Herself, Punk'd, MTV, 2003.

Herself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2003.

Herself, "Mandy Moore: One More Time," Diary, MTV, 2003.

Herself, Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2003.

Herself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003.

Herself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2003, 2004.

Herself, Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2003.

Herself, "50 Greatest Teen Icons," The Greatest, 2003.

Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, 2003, 2004.

Herself, "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons (20-1)," The Greatest, 2003.

Herself, "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons (160-141)," The Greatest, 2003.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2003, 2004.

Guest, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Herself, MuchOnDemand, 2003.

Herself, "The Osbourne Family Christmas Special," The Osbournes, MTV, 2003.

Herself, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2004.

Herself, The Sharon Osbourne Show, syndicated, 2004.

Herself, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Herself, Film '72, BBC, 2004.

Herself, GMTV, ITV, 2004.

Herself, The Big Arvo, 2004.

Entourage, HBO, 2005.

Also appeared as herself, "Say What Karaoke Snowed in 2000," Say What Karaoke; herself, Movie Surfers; herself, The Andy Dick Show.

RECORDINGS

Albums:

So Real, Epic Records, 1999.

I Wanna Be With You, Epic Records, 2000.

Mandy Moore, Epic Records, 2001.

Coverage, Epic Records, 2003.

The Best of Mandy Moore, Epic, 2004.

Candy, Sony Special Products, 2005.

Music Videos:

Appeared in Good Charlotte's "Little Things"; Elton John's "Original Sin"; appeared in her videos for "Candy," "Walk Me Home," "In My Pocket," "Cry," and "I Wanna Be With You."

Videos:

The Real Story, Sony, 2000.

The Best of Mandy Moore, Epic Music Video, 2004.

Video Games:

Voice of Aerith Gainsborough, Kingdom Hearts (also known as Kingudamu hatsu), Square Electronic Arts, 2002.

Voice of Aerith Gainsborough, Kingdom Hearts II, Square Electric Arts, 2005.

Taped Readings:

Rachel Roberts' Circles in the Stream, 2002.

OTHER SOURCES

Books:

Contemporary Musicians, Volume 35, Gale Group, 2002.

Newsmakers, Issue 2, Gale Group, 2004.

Periodicals:

Billboard, November 1, 2003, p. 17.

Entertainment Weekly, May 18, 2001, p. 80; October 24, 2003, p. 105; June 11, 2004, p. 29.

Interview, August, 2003, p. 125.

People, July 3, 2000, p. 110; March 4, 2002, p. 59; May 13, 2002, p. 175; February 17, 2003, p. 24; July 28, 2003, p. 22; November 3, 2003, p. 47; March 29, 2004, p. 26; June 7, 2004, p. 109; June 28, 2004, p. 164; October 18, 2004, p. 53.

Teen Magazine, October, 1999, p. 52; November, 2000, p. 6; January, 2001, p. 40; May, 2001, p. 69; July, 2001, p. 54; August, 2001, p. 154.

Time, October 27, 2003, p. 85.

Electronic:

Mandy Moore Official Site, http://www.mandymoore.com/, June 29, 2005.

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Moore, Mandy

Mandy Moore

Singer

For the Record

Selected discography

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Mandy Moore, once known in her adopted hometown as the National Anthem Girl, managed to parlay her reputation as a local curiosity into national fame as a recording artist, all by the time she was 15. By the age of 17, she had managed to build an even greater audience and move from music into acting.

Born on April 10, 1984, in Nashua, New Hampshire, Moore moved with parents Don and Stacy and older brother Scott to Orlando, Florida, a couple of months later. Younger brother Kyle was born after the family had settled into its new home in California. In Moores biography on the Mandy Moore website, she wrote about her early interest in music: Ever since I was 6, 1 knew I wanted to be a performer. I went to see the play Oklahoma!, and the girl on stage was having so much fun, and everyone in the audience was so entranced watching her. I had this little karaoke machine in my room, and I would stand on my bed belting out songs like Wind beneath My Wings. My parents thought it was just a phase, but after years of me begging them, they let me start singing lessons when I was 10.

The vocal training paid off, because before long Moore was performing in local musical theater productions and singing The Star-Spangled Banner at any Orlando-area sporting event that would have her. Mandy became so closely associated with the song in and around Orlando that she was known locally as the National Anthem Girl, and the exposure provided her with her first big break. She was approached by a couple of record producers whod heard her sing and asked if she would be interested in working on some songs with them. It was so randomlike, right place, right time, Moore wrote in her website biography. Next thing I knew I was making a demo, which led to my record deal.

Moores first album, So Real, was released in December of 1999 and quickly went platinum. The first hit single off the album, Candy, went gold and received heavy airplay from disc jockeys around the country. Never one to pay close attention to chart numbers, Mandy told on her website of her reaction to the news that the single was a hit: to me that just means a lot of people liked it. I guess the more people you can reach with your music, the betterI try to remind myself that thats the goal.

Unlike some of her contemporaries on the teen rock scene, Moore is not an alumna of televisions Mickey Mouse Club, which has given the world such performers as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake of N Sync. Although she grew up in Orlando, home of the Disney-produced show, Moore concentrated her singing efforts on the national anthem and appearances in local productions of classic Broadway shows, including Guys & Dolls and South Pacific. She remains a big fan of live theater and says she would like to go back to doing it at some point in the

For the Record

Born Amanda Leigh Moore on April 10, 1984, in Nashua, NH; daughter of Don and Stacy Moore.

Began doing musical theater and singing the national anthem in Orlando, FL; released first album, So Real, a platinum-seller including hit single Candy, 1999; released second album, I Wanna Be with You, also went platinum, 2000; released self-titled album, 2001.

Addresses: Record company Sony Music, 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022- 3211. Website Mandy Moore Official Website: http://www.mandymoore.com.

future. I think even if you dont go into the entertainment industry, its a really good way to build your self-confidence to branch off into anything, she said in an interview with Dr. Drew.com. You dont have to have any real talent to do it [live theater]its just fun. I didnt plan on being a singer or actress when I first did it, but I liked it so much that here I am.

Although she professes to love just about any kind of music, Moore does confess to a particular weakness for the music of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, and Madonna. The songs from her first album, So Real, including the title song, Quit Breakin My Heart, and What You Want, reflect the diversity of her taste in music. Back home in Florida, she has been learning to play the guitar and hopes that eventually she will be able to write more of her own songs. Away from music, her favorite subjects in school are English and French, while her least favorite is mathematics. Other favorites of the teen singer include the movie Beaches, the book A Land Remembered, and actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Ryan Phillippe.

Moores second album, I Wanna Be with You, though little more than a remix of some of the songs from So Real, received a somewhat warmer reception from the critics and was an even greater commercial success than her first recording. Among the songs from So Real that were refashioned for I Wanna Be with You were Candy, Lock Me in Your Heart, So Real, and Walk Me Home. Critics were still more impressed with Moores third album, self-titled, that was released in June of 2001. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said the albums most winning quality was its consistency. Writing for the All Music Guide, Erlewine observed, This may not hit tremendous heights, yet everybody involved is working so hard that theyve managed to come up with a record thats consistently satisfying. It doesnt stretch the teen pop formula much, just enough to give the record character, and Moore delivers the songs sturdily, never taking the forefront, but blending into the lush, layered production, so the music just rolls forth as a whole. And that whole sounds greatimmaculately crafted, precisely polished, exactly what a teen pop album should be.

In addition to her busy recording career, Moore is a national spokeswoman for Neutrogena products, appearing in the companys print and broadcast advertising campaigns. She also is an almost constant presence on the MTV cable television network. Over the past couple of years, she has co-hosted Total Request Live, best known as simply TRL, and appeared in her own show as well as a number of specials, including Mandys Mountain Makeover and Mandys Spring Breakover. In the summer of 2000, Mandy hit the big screen when she made her film debut in director Garry Marshalls The Princess Diaries.

Outspoken about the dangers of drinking and drugs, Moore makes it clear that she has no room in her life for those bad habits. In her interview with Dr. Drew.com, she said of alcohol and drugs, I dont see why people do it. With drinking I think its just social pressure when youre younger. Oh, and smoking, too. I get allergic when Im around smoke. My eyes puff out and my throat gets closed up so I can just never be around it. I know it sounds corny, but just say no.

Selected discography

So Real, Epic/550 Music, 1999.

I Wanna Be with You, Sony Music, 2000.

Mandy Moore, Sony Music, 2001.

Sources

Periodicals

ELLEgirl, August 8, 2001.

Online

About Mandy, MandyNow.com, http://www.mandynow.com/bio/index.shtml (September 19, 2001).

Biography, Mandy Fanatic, http://mandyfanatic.com/new1/bio.html (September 19, 2001).

Biography, MandyOnline.com, http://www.mandyonline.com/bio.html (September 19, 2001).

Mandy Moore, About the Artist.com, http://abouttheartist.com/biography.asp?artist=mandy_moore (September 19, 2001).

Mandy Moore: Im Just a Girl, Dr. Drew.com, http://www.drdrew.com/article.asp?id=456 (December 28, 2001).

Mandy Moore Official Website, http://www.mandymoore.com (September 20, 2001).

Don Amerman

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Moore, Mandy

Mandy Moore

Singer and actress

Born Amanda Leigh Moore, April 10, 1984, in Nashua, NH; daughter of Don (an airline pilot) and Stacy (a homemaker and former reporter) Moore.

Addresses:

Fan clubMandy Moore International Fan Club, P.O. Box 6079, Bellingham, WA 98227. Record company—Epic, 550 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022–3211. Websitehttp://www.mandymoore.com.

Career

Signed with Sony label, c. 1999; released So Real and single "Candy," 1999; released I Wanna Be With You, 2000; released Mandy Moore, 2001; released Coverage, 2003. Hosted MTV show Mandy, 2000. Film appearances include: The Princess Diaries, 2001; A Walk to Remember, 2002; How to Deal, 2003; Chasing Liberty, 2004; Saved, 2004.

Awards:

MTV Movie Award, breakthrough performance—female, for A Walk to Remember, 2002; Teen Choice Awards for choice breakout performance—actress and choice chemistry (with Shane West), for A Walk to Remember, 2002.

Sidelights

One of the teen singers who emerged from Orlando, Florida's late–1990s star factory, Mandy Moore has developed a reputation as a sweet, squeaky–clean pop diva. Her youth–oriented dance– pop and blonde hair brought early comparisons to Britney Spears, but her many movie roles, her romance with tennis champion Andy Roddick, and her fourth album, made up of songs by acclaimed songwriters, have distinguished her from her peers and are starting to give her a more mature reputation.

Born in New Hampshire in 1984, Moore grew up in Florida and decided she wanted to be a singer at age six, when she saw a school production of the musical Oklahoma. Voice lessons, a musical theater camp, and appearances in local musicals, such as a staging of Guys & Dolls in sixth grade, led her to sing "The Star–Spangled Banner" at an Orlando Magic basketball game at age nine, and soon she was nicknamed the "National Anthem Girl" and singing at several local sporting events. Work taping voice–overs, filming pilot episodes for Disney and Nickelodeon at their Orlando studios, and appearing in commercials led to her big break. A FedEx deliveryman who heard her sing for a commercial asked her for a demo tape, and he passed it on to his friend, Dave McPherson, a talent scout for Sony Records, who signed her to a recording contract with Sony's Epic/550 Records when she was 14.

Moore's first album, So Real, recorded in early 1999, was produced by Jive Records, hit–makers who had worked with Spears, the Backstreet Boys, and 'N Sync. Epic/550 and Transcontinental Media, instrumental in the success of the two boy bands, both debuted websites about Moore in March of 1999 to build interest in her. She toured with the two bands as an opening act in the summer of 1999, and kids flooded her autograph sessions after the shows (though a few Backstreet fans were hostile to her because of a false rumor she was dating Backstreet Boy Nick Carter). So Real, which Rolling Stone's Matt Hendrickson described as "combining the requisite formula of up–tempo R&B ditties and sappy ballads," was released in fall 1999, and its early sales—40,000 to 60,000 copies a week—were modest for teen–pop acts with such aggressive promotion. But her first single, "Candy," caught on, and Moore returned in 2000 with the album I Wanna Be With You, which included new songs and remixed versions of "Candy" and other So Real tracks, while So Real itself reached the platinum million–selling mark. Moore was surprised by the sudden success. "It's really surreal," she told Hendrickson. "I thought a record company would sign an artist my age and wait until I was 17 or 18 before they started having me do stuff. But I just jumped right in."

By summer 2000, Moore was hosting Mandy, a daily half–hour call–in and video show on MTV, co–hosted by Carson Daly. That year, she signed a deal to appear in Neutrogena commercials. The press noticed that she was projecting a more innocent image than other pop stars; TV Guide noted that "she shuns the midriff–baring tops preferred by Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and wears almost no makeup," while People declared she "packs a punch—without raunch." The next year, she released the album Mandy Moore, which stuck to conventional love–song sentiments ("I learned what love is/From loving you/I held you, I held everything I ever dreamed of," she sang on "From Loving You"). Entertainment Weekly's Beth Johnson gave the album a B–, complaining that its lyrics were predictable, but saying its "Eastern rhythms [and] jangly percussives help separate her from the pack," while All Music Guide's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it 4½ stars, writing, "Mandy Moore manages to pack more hooks, melody, beats, clever production flourishes, and fun into its 13 tracks than nearly all of its peers—remarkably, it's a stronger album, through and through, than either of Britney's first two albums or Christina's record."

Moore appeared in her first film in 2001, The Princess Diaries, but said acting would not replace music in her life. "I probably will always be more passionate about singing. There's a rush I get performing live that's missing when I'm in front of the camera," she told Heather Matarazzo, another actress in the film, when they interviewed each other for Seventeen. (When filming started, Matarazzo disdainfully called Moore "Britney," so Moore got revenge by calling Matarazzo "Wiener Dog," the cruel nickname of her character in Welcome to the Dollhouse; the two eventually became friends.) Moore dated actor Wilmer Valderrama of That '70s Show throughout 2001; they broke up later that year.

Movie stardom came in 2002, when Moore got the lead role in the melodramatic teen love story A Walk to Remember, playing an awkwardly dressed minister's daughter who falls in love with a popular boy. Though Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum called the movie a "teen–angel sobathon" and Moore's charms "unexceptional," Time declared that Moore showed "screen appeal and poise" and predicted that "when pop–star status deserts her, she might become a movie star, or something more precious: a fine actress." The movie earned more than $30 million within a month of its release, and Moore's portrayal of a pious character enhanced her clean image. In a People profile headlined "Gee Rated," Daly, her MTV co–host, called her "one of the most genuine, sweetest young female talents I've ever met" and wondered what it would be like to see her angry: "She's got to blow a gasket sometime, right? Maybe throw a teddy bear?" Moore discovered another way to stand out from other blonde pop stars: After A Walk to Remember's director told her she would have to dye her hair brown to get the part, she decided to remain a brunette. It made her feel "more confident," she told People when the magazine named her one of its 50 most beautiful people of 2002 in May of that year. "I look at pictures of myself with blonde hair and cringe."

In her next major film role, 2003's How To Deal, Moore played a teen turned cynical about love by watching her parents and close friend struggle with relationship troubles. She spent part of 2003 in Prague filming Chasing Liberty, in which she stars as a First Daughter who falls for a Secret Service agent. The script called for her character to be nude in one scene, but she refused to take her clothes off on camera and selected a body double instead. She toyed with her image a little in Seventeen, listing 60 things she wanted to do before turning 30, including "Shave my head," "Drive a motorcycle," and "Get a tattoo." Meanwhile, a new romance developed with tennis star Andy Roddick. They met while she was filming How to Deal in Toronto and he was playing in a tournament there; when her mother went to watch the tournament, Moore had her invite Roddick to the set. Moore watched him win the U.S. Open in September of 2003. But when Roddick signed up to star in a reality show, The Tour, she did not want any part of it. "My personal life is my personal life, and it's behind closed doors," the Chicago Tribune quoted her as saying.

In fall 2003, she turned back to music. Just before her new album's release, she hosted cable network Lifetime's "Women Rock! Songs From the Movies," a special highlighting breast cancer awareness. "It's fun to take a break and be creative in another way, but it's nice to step back into these shoes," she told the Los Angeles Times. "I haven't really done anything music–related for the past two years, so this event comes at a time when I want to get my mind going on something else."

Her new CD, Coverage, was made up of songs by critically acclaimed '70s and '80s singer–songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and John Hiatt. "We kind of did it unbeknownst to the record company. I found a producer I wanted to work with and we worked out of his garage studio and just did it," she told Entertainment Weekly's Liane Bonin. "At 19, my musical tastes have changed.… I know it's a left turn for me, but I want people my age to hear this music." Reviews varied wildly. Ron Harris of the Associated Press, as quoted in the Chicago Tribune, wrote that the album sounded "like karaoke at a bachelorette party gone bad" and declared that Moore had "no personal touch" to add to the songs. But Spin declared it "the best collection of other people's songs since David Bowie's 1973 classic, Pinups."

Moore lives with her parents and younger brother, Kyle, in a Los Angeles, California, home she bought for $1.7 million. (She also has an older brother, Scott.) With Chasing Liberty and the teen film Saved set for release in early 2004, and other film roles set to follow, some in the press speculated that Moore might have an even brighter future as an actress than a singer. "There's nothing like being onstage," she told the Los Angeles Times in late 2003—but talking to a writer for the Cincinnati Post a few months earlier, she seemed happy to see her career go either way. "If a record is successful, then there will be a tour and that takes time," she said. "If a film is successful and other opportunities are presented to me, then I want to take advantage of that, too."

Selected discography

So Real, Sony, 1999.

I Wanna Be With You, Epic/500 Music, 2000.

Mandy Moore, Epic, 2001.

Coverage, Epic, 2003.

Sources

Books

Bankston, John, Mandy Moore: A Real–Life Reader Biography, Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2002.

Periodicals

Chicago Tribune, October 23, 2003, p. 32; November 5, 2003, p. 62.

Cincinnati Post, July 17, 2003, p. T5.

Entertainment Weekly, June 18, 2001; February 8, 2002; May 29, 2003; June 27/July 4, 2003, p. 30; July 16, 2003; October 24, 2003.

Interview, August 2003, p. 125.

Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2003.

People, July 3, 2000, p. 110; March 4, 2002, pp. 59–60; May 13, 2002, p. 175; August 25, 2003, pp. 106–09; September 1, 2003, pp. 81–82.

Rolling Stone, March 16, 2000, pp. 23–24.

Seventeen, July 2001, p. 122; August 2003, pp. 185–87.

Spin, November 2003, p. 28.

Teen, August 2001, pp. 155–58.

Time, February 25, 2002, pp. 62–63.

TV Guide, July 15, 2000, pp. 38–40.

Washington Post, September 8, 2003, p. D1.

Online

"Mandy Moore," All Music Guide, http://www.allmusic.com/ (November 30, 2003).

"Mandy Moore," Internet Movie Database, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0601553 (November 23, 2003).

"Mandy Moore," Rock On The Net, http://www.rockonthenet.com/artists–m/mandymoore.htm (November 30, 2003).

Official Mandy Moore Website, http://www.mandymoore.com (November 23, 2003).

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