Britney Spears:  American pop star.

Born: December 2, 1981

Growing up in a small town in Mississippi, Britney Spears learned early that her success would not lie in academic achievement.

I always wanted to be a singer, it’s what I wanted to do since I was little. I’m doing it now and I couldn’t be happier.

Though she struggled with learning in a traditional setting, the one time Mouseketeer now enjoys a good book before bed.

Every night, I have to read a book, so that my mind will stop thinking about things that I stress        about.

She has found ways to work around her limitations.

I don’t really have time to sit down and write. But when I think of a melody, I call up my answering machine and sing it, so I won’t forget it.

She does not like being put on a pedestal.

I would like to be called an inspiration to people, not a role model – because I make mistakes like everybody else. When I’m offstage, I’m just like everybody else.

She is also dedicated to using her fame to help others find their inner star.

I’m so happy to be able to give kids the opportunity to learn about amazing world of dance and music that I’ve have been lucky enough to make such a big part of my own life.

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