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Geri Halliwell

Background information
Birth name Geraldine Estelle Halliwell
Also known as Ginger Spice, Ginger
Born 6 August 1972 (age 37)

Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Genre Pop, dance pop, pop rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress, author, philanthropist
Years active 1994–present
Labels Virgin (1996–1998)
EMI (1999–2003)
Innocent (2004–2005)
Associated acts Spice Girls
Website Official Website

Geri Halliwell (born 6 August 1972) is an English pop singer, songwriter, television personality, writer, and actress.

Biography

1970s

Early Life

Geri was born at Watford General Hospital, Watford, Hertfordshire England, UK to Laurence Francis Halliwell (1922–1993), who was of English, Irish/Swedish descent, and his wife Ana María (née Hidalgo), who was of Spanish descent from Huesca, Spain. For a brief time, her mother wanted to bring her up as a Jehovah's Witness.

1980s

Education

Halliwell took her A-Levels at Camden School for Girls, obtaining an A-level in English at A grade standard, having taken her GCSEs at Watford Girls Grammar School.

Pre-Spice Career

Before starting her music career, Geri had worked as a nightclub dancer in Mallorca, model and presenter on the Turkish version of Let's Make a Deal and as a glamour model. Following her rise to fame with the Spice Girls, nude photos of Halliwell were re-published in a number of top-shelf magazines, including Club International in the UK. and as a glamour model. Following her rise to fame with the Spice Girls, nude photos of Halliwell were re-published in a number of top-shelf magazines in the UK, as well as in Playboy and Penthouse.

1990s

Spice Girls

Halliwell first found fame as one of the five members of the girl group the Spice Girls, and was dubbed Ginger Spice by Top of the Pops magazine in 1996 because of her flaming red hair and sassy yet assertive attitude. Geri became renowned for wearing outrageous stage costumes and often garnered extensive publicity. The group sold over 65 million records and are the best selling girl group of all time.

On 30 May 1998, Geri left the Spice Girls due to depression and differences between the group. The first official confirmation was an announcement to the media by her solicitor on 31 May. Her action aroused controversy, her former group being due to embark on a North American tour, which they eventually completed without her. The statement passed through her solicitor, Julian Turton, and the spokesman for the remaining four members, Alan Edwards:

"This is a message to the fans, sadly I would like to confirm I have left the Spice Girls, this is because of differences between us. I am sure that the group will continue to be successful, and I wish them all the best. I have no immediate plans and I wish to apologise to all the fans and to thank them and everyone who's been there.

Lots of love Geri. PS: I will be back"

Although she had already left the group, the Spice Girls released Viva Forever, the final music video to feature Halliwell's likeness. After she left, the other girls co-wrote a few songs about her which appeared on their album, Forever: Goodbye and Let Love Lead The Way.

Politics

In the run-up to the 1997 UK General Election, Halliwell declared:

"I saw a lot of what Mrs Thatcher did. She was definitely the original Spice Girl rising from the greengrocer's daughter to Prime Minister."

She claimed that her background was deeply-rooted in support for the Conservative Party and that Thatcher was the pioneer of Girl Power and the spiritual sixth member of the Spice Girls. She claimed in 1996 that Tony Blair was "not a safe pair of hands for the economy".

Schizophonic

Shortly after leaving the Spice Girls, Halliwell appeared in a 90 minute documentary Geri for the British television channel Channel 4 by Molly Dineen. There also had seen a change in Halliwell appeareances, as seen in the change of hair colour from ginger to blonde.

She released her first album since the split from the Spice Girls, Schizophonic, which was a success with three UK number one singles.

UNFPA

In 1999, after having left the Spice Girls, Halliwell became a representative for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). As a goodwill ambassador, Halliwell toured the Philippines on a fact-finding trip. She visited with staff and clients of family planning clinics, women's groups in slum areas, and college students.

2000s

Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

In 2001 Halliwell followed up with her second album, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster. It also included her cover version of The Weather Girls' 1983 hit, It's Raning Men. The song has been added to the album at the last minute, and another song "Feels Like Sex" had already been slated as the lead single. The singles that followed, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster and Calling, reached, respectively, number eight and number seven in the United Kingdom. Scream If You Wanna Go Faster was not released in the United States.

Politics

By the 2001 General Election Halliwell had switched her support to Tony Blair and the Labour Party, making a cameo appearance in one of their party election broadcasts.

Branching Out

In 2002, Geri was featured alongside Pete Waterman and Louis Walsh as a judge on the television series Popstars: The rivals which created Girls Aloud. The following year she released her second autobiography, Just for the Record, detailing her rise to fame and her turbulent celebrity lifestyle. She has also released two Yoga DVDs with her yoga teacher Katy Appleton, Geri Yoga and Geri Body Yoga. In the United States Halliwell has also appeared as a judge on the reality programme All American Girl and as a guest reporter on celebrity-based series Extra. She has also made appearances in the television series Sex and the City and in the 2004 film Fat Slags, based on characters from Viz Magazine. In 2004, Halliwell appeared on channel Five as one of the hosts of the Party in the Park event for The Prince's Trust, the presenter and main performer of the Tickled Pink Girls' night in Live! event and an appearance in a documentary There's Something About Geri.

Passion

In late 2004, Gerimade a return to music with the single Ride It, which reached number four in the United Kingdom and number one on the dance charts. However several months passed with no material surfacing due to Geri being unhappy with the setlist of her album Passion and released another single Desire, which both proved to be unsuccessful. Halliwell's recording contract with EMI was subsequently not renewed, and in recent interviews Halliwell has stated that she is not interested in recording another album at the moment and was content with writing children's books and being a mother.

After her album Passion was a failure, Halliwell fired her managers, the married team Paul and Katie Conroy in October 2005, and went to Los Angeles to work on unnamed projects. Soon after, she was photographed by the paparazzi, having put on weight and looking exhausted. The tabloids reported that Halliwell was pregnant, which was subsequently confirmed. Sacha Gervasi is reported to be the child's father, but Halliwell has never publicly confirmed that. On 7 March 2006, Hello! magazine published an interview with Geri:

"It is tacky to kiss and tell, I would never deprive a child of the right to know its father."

Bluebell

On 14 May 2006, Halliwell gave birth to her daughter, Bluebell Madonna, by caesarean section at London's Portland Hospital with her sister by her side. Explaining her name choice, she said:

"What really clinched it for me was my mother telling me that the bluebell is increasingly rare – so it's a precious flower, which seems just right for my daughter."

Her daughter's middle name came from two of Halliwell's heroines, the Virgin Madonna and pop singer Madonna. During her pregnancy Halliwell studied Kabbalah. On 23 April 2007, all of The Spice Girls except Melanie Brown attended the christening of Geri's daughter, with Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton and George Michael's partner Kenny Goss serving as godparents.

Return of the Spice Girls

On 28 June 2007, Halliwell announced she was joining her former group-mates for Return of the Spice Girls, a concert tour that would see all five original members of the Spice Girls re-uniting on stage for the first time since Halliwell walked out mid-tour in 1998.

On the Spice Girls reunion tour of 2007–08, Gerimet dancer Ivan "Flipz" Velez. They dated for six months before breaking up in November 2008. According to the Sun, she became engaged to Italian multimillionaire Fabrizio Politi in January 2009 after only a month together. However, the couple broke up in March 2009.. She has been dating aristocrat Henry Beckwith since March 2009.

Ugenia Lavender

On 12 April 2007, it was announced that Halliwell had signed a six-book deal with Macmillan Children's Books. The books follow the adventures of nine-year-old Ugenia, a character based on Halliwell, alongside her friends Bronte, Rudy and Trevor.

She went on to do more TV appearances as well as starring in film Crank: High Voltage.

Though Geri has given up singing and continues to write books, rumours are circulating in the United Kingdom saying that she may record one single and release a Greatest Hits, but so far this is a rumour and Halliwell has said nothing about it. In interviews to promote the book series Ugenia Lavender, Halliwell said she had no plans to return to a solo musical career in the near future.

2010s

New Album

In March 2010, the vocal coach and singer Carrie Grant announced on ITV1's The Alan Titchmarsh Show that Halliwell would be making a return to music. The following month Halliwell announced through her official website that she was back in the studio and recording. She is set to sign to Simon Fuller's 19 Management and release her fourth studio album towards the end of the year.

The X-Factor

Main Article: The X-Factor

It was revealed in May 2010 that Geri would be the replacement for Danii Minogue instead of Melanie Brown.

Memorable Quotes

"Mel B and I usually say what goes. She is the Mummy Spice and I'm the Daddy Spice."

External Links

http://www.gerihalliwellofficial.com/ - Geri Halliwell's Official Website

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