A child actress from Southern California, Fergie — born Stacy Ann Ferguson on March 27th, 1975 in Hacienda Heights, California — began her career as a member of the TV series Kids Incorporated in the late 1980s, as well as a voice-over actor for various Peanuts TV specials (she played Lucy and Sally).
In the 1990s, Fergie joined Wild Orchid, an all-female teen-pop trio, which issued two albums and completed an unreleased third. Upon leaving the group she became addicted to crystal meth, which she kicked a few years later. In 2003, she appeared on her first album with the Black Eyed Peas, a socially conscious L.A. party-rap group about to make the leap from underground favorites to the mainstream. Fergie performed on several tracks from Elephunk (Number 14), which became one of the surprise hits of the year, spawning the hits "Hey Mama" (Number 23, 2004), the Justin Timberlake collaboration "Where Is the Love" (Number Eight, 2003), and "Let's Get It Started" (Number 21, 2004).
Fergie's presence was even more heavily felt on 2005's Monkey Business (Number Two), the album that spawned the inescapable "My Humps" (Number Three), which won the 2007 Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. Her fame skyrocketed after the 2006 release of her debut solo album, The Dutchess (Number Two), which spun off a number of hits, including Grammy-nominated power ballad "Big Girls Don't Cry" (Number One), "Glamorous" (Number One), "Fergalicious" (Number Two), "Clumsy" (Number Five, 2007), and "London Bridge" (Number One). Fergie, who is engaged to actor Josh Duhamel, has continued to pursue acting as well as singing; she appeared in the 2006 film Poseidon and 2007's Planet Terror and Grindhouse.
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