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Venus Williams

Country: United States
Residence: Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 160 lbs. (72.5 kg)
Plays: Right
Turned pro: October 1994
Highest singles ranking: 1 (February 25, 2002)
Singles titles: 32
Career Prize Money: $14,815,188
Grand Slam Record
Titles: 4
Australian Open F (2003)
French Open F (2002)
Wimbledon W (2000, '01)
U.S. Open W (2000, '01)

Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. 1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams.

Early life

When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place.

Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time.

Tennis career

Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena.

When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6.

Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003.

Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16.

Titles (41)

Singles (32)

Singles Finalist (20)

Grand slam events in boldface.

Doubles (10)

Grand slam events in boldface. Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.


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Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.. I'm a geek." [2] (http://www.nodoubt.com/band/Articles/07Axcess.htm). Grand slam events in boldface. Stefani has been quoted saying, "I think I've been able to fool a lot of people because I know I'm a dork. Grand slam events in boldface.. Her two trademarks include her famous platinum blonde hair, and her extremely red lipstick. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. Stefani's natural hair colour is brown, though she has coloured it blue and pink before.

After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. Speculation circulates that the dress might have been sold. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. Her vinyl red gown that she wore on the cover of No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom was stolen from the Fullertown Museum Centre in Orange County, United States. Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003. When not touring, or working on her other projects, she shares two homes with her husband, Gavin Rossdale, in Los Feliz, California (a suburb in Los Angeles), and London. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. Stefani made her acting debut playing Jean Harlow in the 2004 Martin Scorsese movie The Aviator, but made a quick cameo appearance in the movie "Zoolander".

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. Girls and young women who imitate Stefani's distinctive style of dress are sometimes referred to as "Gwennabes" or "Gwenabees". When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century. Stefani lent her voice to the title character of Malice, a PS2 and Xbox video game; before completion, however, the company opted not to use No Doubt band-members' voices. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. Stefani likes to listen to bands like 311, Blur, Radiohead and Jamiroquai. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. She is dyslexic.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Her height is 1.68m. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. Stefani's nicknames are Sunshine and G-loc. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. Celebrities such as Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Nicole Richie, Jenny McCarthy, Alicia Keys and Halle Berry have been seen sporting her fashion line and LeSportsac bags. Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time. The line also includes handbags and purses.

Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place. Gwen has created a successful fashion line, named L.A.M.B, which showcases clothing which Gwen would wear herself. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. As if coincidental in some sort of way, "What You Waiting For?" was written the following day. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. It was one of the first songs written for the album. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. The song is about not being inspired.

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. "Fine by You": Written with Linda Perry. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. "You Started It": Written with Pharrell Williams. 2003: Australian Open. Then she rediscovered it six months later and thought it was great! The song is written about a boy that she dated in high school that recently died. 2002: Wimbledon. Gwen first abandoned this song as it was very personal to her.

2001: Australian Open. "Wonderful Life for Him": Written with Linda Perry. 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. The song pokes fun at dancers with moves better suited for the strip clubs than the dance clubs. 2000: Wimbledon. "Parental Advisory": Produced by Rich Harrison who worked on Beyoncé Knowles' "Crazy In Love". Open. she's swallowed a subversive youth culture in Japan and barfed up another image of submissive giggling Asian women.' [1] (http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/2005/04/09/geisha/).

1999: U.S. However, Stefani's adoption of this component of Japanese culture has drawn criticism from some quarters; for example, Mihi Ahn at Salon.com writes: 'Stefani has taken the idea of Japanese street fashion and turned these women into modern-day geisha, contractually obligated to speak only Japanese in public, even though it's rumored they're just plain old Americans and their English is just fine.. 1999: French Open. Baby., and have a song dedicated to them on the album. 1999: Hannover. Music. 1998: Zurich. Angel.

1998: Oklahoma City. Following their namesake area, Stefani's harajuku girls are usually flamboyantly dressed (sometimes in a somewhat "Gothic Lolita" style), and they have been featured in her music videos, press coverage, on the album cover for Love. Named Love, Angel, Music, and Baby respectively by Stefani, the 'harajuku' girls are named for the area around the Harajuku Station of Tokyo, Japan, known as a popular shopping destination and fashion center for teenagers. The release of her solo album has also brought attention to Stefani's entourage of four harajuku girls. Recently Stefani announced on the popular radio station Z100 that "Cool" will be the fourth single, and that its video will be shot in Italy.

"Hollaback Girl" also helped Love.Angel.Music.Baby. climb to a new peak of four in the UK. Despite not being as successful as predicted due to the large audience "Hollaback Girl" received across the rest of the globe, it did manage to sell in excess of 50,000 copies, illustrating that Stefani wasn't going to be halted so easily. In its third week, it fell to number eleven, unable to climb to a higher peak. The following week, it duplicated the same position, to the confusion of many.

When the song was released in the UK, it debuted at number eight. In Australia, "Hollaback Girl" debuted at number one, where it hailed for one week, selling over 5,000 copies. Since its tenth week, and currently the thirteenth week, "Hollaback Girl" sits at number two, due to "We Belong Together". The song held this position for one month, until "We Belong Together", a ballad by Mariah Carey, overtook it.

In only its sixth week, it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Stefani the first white, non-urban or non-American Idol artist to reach the top spot since Nickelback in 2001/2002 with their hit, "How You Remind Me". Love.Angel.Music.Baby.'s third single, "Hollaback Girl", was released in April of 2005 and became one of the fastest rising songs of the year. It was also featured on a Pepsi commercial, starting on Super Bowl Sunday, 2005. It shot its way into the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number seven, and number three on the Pop 100.

It is partly a cover of the song "If I Was A Rich Man" from the musical Fiddler on the Roof, written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Dre. The second single, "Rich Girl", another duet with Eve, was produced by Dr. In Canada, it managed to climb to number eleven, but dropped out of the top thirty quite rapidly.

chart, making it a relative American flop for Stefani. The first single released was "What You Waiting For?" It debuted at number one on the Australian ARIAnet singles chart and at number four on the UK chart, and peaked at number forty-seven on the U.S. (Although her previous status is what most likely debuted it at such a high number.) Her album was certified platinum (1,000,000 copies sold) after only four weeks of sales. It managed to sell more copies in its first week than any No Doubt album (350,000), debuting at number seven, impressive for a debut solo artist.

on November 23, 2004. Music. Baby. was released in the U.S. Angel. Stefani's first solo album, Love.

In fact, Stefani became the first artist in history to win both Best Male Video and Best Female Video awards at the MTV VMAs, for "Southside" (credited as "Moby featuring Gwen Stefani") and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (credited as "Eve featuring Gwen Stefani") respectively, both in 2001. Stefani's solo efforts found early success in a pair of popular 2001 duets, the "Southside" remix with techno artist Moby and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with rapper Eve. The same Prince produced album features rap by Eve of Ruff Ryders, who later collaborated with Gwen. Gwen duets with The Artist formerly known as Prince on the song "So Far, So Pleased" from his 1999 album Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic.

On September 14, 2002, they were married. Stefani met Bush guitarist Gavin Rossdale in 1996 at a concert she was playing with No Doubt. The album also spun off the moderate successful hits, "Excuse Me Mr." and "Sunday Morning", which were released as singles fourth and fifth, respectively. She slipped into depression after touring for Tragic Kingdom.

Gwen had dated Kanal for eight years until he ended the relationship because he needed more space. Many of the album's songs, including "Don't Speak" and "Spiderwebs", were inspired by Stefani's relationship and breakup with fellow band member Tony Kanal. Following the success of Tragic Kingdom, Stefani became highly popular and recognizable; the tension this produced with the other members of the band was touched on by their video for the song "Don't Speak". The album was released in 1995 and spawned several hits, beginning with "Just a Girl".

During this time, the band almost split up. The band's second studio album, Tragic Kingdom, took three years to make. Gwen became the group's lead singer after original frontman John Spence committed suicide in December 1987. He was the keyboardist for No Doubt.

Her brother Eric founded No Doubt in 1986 with his friend John Spence, but eventually left the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. Her first job was scrubbing floors at a Dairy Queen, and she once worked at a department store. She attended Cal State Fullerton, and at Loara High School (class of 1987), she was on the swim team. She has a sister, Jill, and two brothers, Eric and Todd.

Her father, Denis, is Italian and her mother Patti is of English and Scottish descent. Stefani was born in Fullerton, California. Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer and the frontwoman of the band No Doubt who launched a successful solo career in late 2004. 2005: "Hollaback Girl" — #1 US (4 weeks); #8 UK; #2 CAN; #1 (1 week) AU.

Eve) — #7 US; #4 UK; #4 CAN; #2 AU. 2005: "Rich Girl" (feat. 2004: "What You Waiting For?" — #47 US; #4 UK; #11 CAN; #1 (2 weeks) AU. Baby. — #5 US; #4 UK; #5 CAN; #1 AU — Worldwide sales: 5 million.

Music. Angel. 2004: Love. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. is certified 5x platinum worldwide.

"Hollaback Girl" is certified platinum.

    . "Rich Girl" is certified double platinum. "What You Waiting For?" is certified platinum.

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