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Mariah Carey Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 12:37 PM EDT, Fri April 25, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey.

Personal:
Birth date: March 27, 1969 (some sources say 1970)

Birth place: Long Island, New York

Birth name: Mariah Carey

Father: Alfred Roy Carey, aeronautics engineer

Mother: Patricia (Hickey) Carey, opera singer and voice coach

Marriages: Nick Cannon (April 30, 2008-present); Tommy Mottola (June 5, 1993- March 5,1998, divorced)

Children: with Nick Cannon: Moroccan Scott (son) and Monroe (daughter), (twins) April 30, 2011

Other Facts:
According to her website, Carey has sold more than 200 million albums, singles and videos worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist of all time.

Her voice has a five-octave vocal range.

Has had 18 No. 1 hits, the most of any solo artist on Billboard's Hot 100 charts.

According to Carey, her mother is Irish-American and her father was African American and Venezuelan.

Supported herself as a waitress and back-up singer before being signed to Columbia Records.

Has won five Grammy Awards.

Timeline:
1988 - Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola listens to Carey's demo tape and signs her to the label.

1990 - Her debut album, "Mariah Carey," is released. It goes on to sell more than six million copies and spawn four number one singles.

1991 - Carey wins two Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for "Vision of Love" and Best New Artist.

1994 - Joins the board of directors of the Fresh Air Fund. She is a supporter of the fund's Career Awareness Program, which is named Camp Mariah, in honor of her.

April 2001 - Carey leaves Sony/Columbia Records and signs a reported $80 million contract with EMI's Virgin Records.

Summer 2001 - She suffers an "emotional and physical breakdown" and is hospitalized.

September 2001 - Carey stars in a semi-autobiographical movie, "Glitter," and releases an album of the same name. Both the album and movie are unsuccessful.

2002 - Virgin pays Carey a reported $28 million to end her contract. Later in the year, Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam records signs Carey to a reported $20 million deal.

2006 - Wins three Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary R&B Album, with Brian Garten and Dana John Chappelle for "The Emancipation of Mimi," Best R&B Song, with Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin, and Manuel Seal, Jr., for "We Belong Together," and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "We Belong Together."

2009 - Portrays a social worker in the film "Precious," directed by Lee Daniels.

March 3, 2011 - Carey tells People Magazine that she will return the reported $1 million fee she received in 2009 performing for the family of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, "I was naïve and unaware of who I was booked to perform for."

2013 - Appears as a judge for the 12th season of "American Idol."

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