Beyonce Knowles was born in Houston, TX on September 4, 1981. The oldest daughter of Matthew and Tina Knowles, she has a younger sister, singer/actress Solange Knowles.

Beyonce is a founding member and chief songwriter of Destiny's Child, one of the biggest selling female acts of all time. With many of the group's hit songs co-written and co-produced by Beyonce, Destiny's Child has sold more than 33 million records worldwide. When Beyonce won the 2001 ASCAP Pop Songwriter Of The Year Award, she became the first African-American woman and the second woman ever to receive that honor.

Led by founding members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, Destiny's Child burst on the scene in 1997 with their multi-platinum single, "No, No, No," from their self-titled album. That success was dwarfed when Destiny's Child's "The Writing's On The Wall" was released in 1999. The album would go on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide, driven in part by three Top 10 hits: "Jumpin, Jumpin," "Say My Name" and "Bills, Bills, Bills," which spent 9 weeks at #1 on the Billboard R & B singles chart. A year after Michelle Williams joined Destiny's Child in 2000, the group recorded "Survivor," which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. "Survivor" was certified double platinum four weeks after its release and has gone on to sell more than nine million copies worldwide. In 2001 Destiny's Child took home two Grammy awards: Best R & B song ("Say My Name") and Best R & B performance by a Duo or Group ("Say My Name"). Destiny's Child has won numerous other awards, among them Billboard Artist of the year, NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid's Choice and The Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year at the Soul Train Awards.

In 2001 Beyonce starred in MTV's "Carmen: A Hip Hopera." In 2002 she appeared as Foxy Cleopatra in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" with Mike Myers and in 2003 she co-starred with Cuba Gooding Jr. in "The Fighting Temptations."

In 2003 Beyonce released her solo debut cd "Dangerously In Love." The cd debuted at number one on the Billboard Album chart. In Great Britain she scored a UK chart double with her single "Crazy In Love" and her album "Dangerously In Love," both sitting at the top of the charts.

Beyonce's film credits include the following:

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Beyonce Knowles@Internet Movie Database
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