Full Name: Margaret LeAnn Rimes

Birth date: Aug. 28, 1982

Birthplace: Jackson, Miss.

Raised: Moved to Garland, Texas, at age 6

Hair: Blonde        Eyes: Blue

Height: 5ft. 5in.

Parents: Father Wilbur and Mother Belinda

Pet: A Pomeranian named Raven

Early music: Her parents have tapes of her singing The Judds' "Have Mercy" at 18 months old; won a song and dance competition at age 5

Early favorites: Favorite childhood songs included "You Are My Sunshine," "Getting To Know You," and "Have Mercy"

Acting debut: Played Tiny Tim in a Dallas production of A Christmas Carol

Road to stardom: Age 8; she was the winner for two weeks on Star Search, singing "Don't Worry About Me"

Residence: Live with her mother in a four bedroom hillside home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., complete with white marble floors, kidney-shaped pool, a waterfall and a Jacuzzi with views of the San Fernando Valley; LeAnn move to California to pursue acting. She still maintains a residence near Dallas.

First big break: Dallas disc jockey heard 9-year-old LeAnn singing the national anthem at a sporting event and knew he'd found the voice for his song "Blue," a song he'd written 40 years prior for Patsy Cline

Hobbies: Shopping, kick-boxing, softball, in-line skating, racecar driving, bowling, tennis, weight-training, and swimming

Musical influences: Reba McEntire, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Barbara Streisand, and Wynonna

Favorite male artists: Include Tim McGraw, Bryan White, and Hal Ketchum

Favorite pop stars: Brandy, Alanis Morisette, Cline Dion, and Whitney Houston

Favorite actresses: Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Bullock, Shirley MacLaine, and Audrey Hepburn; "And one person I admire who's gone from singing to acting is Bette Midler. She's terrific."

Favorite movies: The Bodyguard and The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite actor: Kevin Costner

Favorite TV shows: Beverly Hills, 90210 and Friends

Favorite colors: Red, Black, Blue and White

Favorite foods: Steak, baked potatoes, and chicken fettuccine

Book: Co-wrote the Christmas story Holiday in Your Heart with Tom Carter

Favorite charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, T.J. Martell Foundation, Operation Smile; has acted as spokesperson for D.A.R.E. to encourage young people to stay off drugs and for the "Don't Mess With Texas" environmental campaign