Lynne Spears

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Lynne Spears
BornLynne Irene Bridges
1955 (age 56–57)
McComb, Mississippi, U.S.
ResidenceKentwood, Louisiana, U.S.
CitizenshipAmerican
OccupationGrade school teacher, writer, daycare operator
ReligionChristian
Spouse(s)James Parnell Spears (1975–2002)
ChildrenBryan James (b. 1977)
Britney Jean (b. 1981)
Jamie Lynn Marie (b. 1991)
 
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Lynne Spears
BornLynne Irene Bridges
1955 (age 56–57)
McComb, Mississippi, U.S.
ResidenceKentwood, Louisiana, U.S.
CitizenshipAmerican
OccupationGrade school teacher, writer, daycare operator
ReligionChristian
Spouse(s)James Parnell Spears (1975–2002)
ChildrenBryan James (b. 1977)
Britney Jean (b. 1981)
Jamie Lynn Marie (b. 1991)

Lynne Irene Spears (née Bridges; born 1955)[1] is an American author and the mother of pop singer Britney Spears and actress Jamie Lynn Spears.

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Biography

Early life and family

Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi to Lilian Irene Portell (1924–1993), a native of Hendon, London, and Barney O'Field Bridges (1919–1978), an American G.I.. In 1945, her parents met and married in Hendon.[2][3] Spears maternal great-grandfather, Edward Portelli, was a Maltese immigrant to England.[3][4] Spears has an older brother, Barry "Sonny" Bridges (born 1951). Their older sister, Sandra Bridges Covington (1947–2007), died of ovarian cancer.[5][6]

In 1975, she married James "Jamie" Spears. They were divorced in 2002[7] and reconciled in 2010.[8][9] Jamie and Lynne Spears have three children: son Bryan James (born 1977) and daughters Britney Jean (born 1981) and Jamie Lynn Marie (born 1991). They also have four grandchildren: grandsons Sean Preston Federline (born 2005) and Jayden James Federline (born 2006) from Britney and granddaughters Maddie Briann Aldridge (born 2008) from Jamie Lynn and Sophia Alexandra Spears (born 2011)[10] from Bryan.[11]

Later life and fame

Spears owned and operated a day care in their hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana. In 1993, her daughter Britney joined the new Mickey Mouse Club for one season. Shortly thereafter, Lynne earned her bachelor's degree and worked as an elementary school teacher in Kentwood until she was asked by management to accompany her daughter Britney on the Dream Within a Dream Tour in 2001.

Books

Spears has co-written two books with her daughter Britney. The first, Heart to Heart, was published in 2000 as a biographical book about Britney. A Mother's Gift was a novel released in 2001 and has been adapted into a TV movie, Brave New Girl. A 2008 memoir, Through The Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, followed.[12] Spears is a devout Christian, and openly discussed this in her memoir.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Britney Spears Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Britney Spears's newly discovered British family
  3. ^ a b Ancestry of Her daughter, Including Lynne Spears.
  4. ^ a b Spears, Lynne; Craker, Lorilee (2008). Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World. Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. pp. 4. ISBN 1-59555-156-5. 
  5. ^ "Lynne Spears Visits Sister's Grave Amid Crisis". People.com. January 5, 2008. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20169661,00.html. Retrieved January 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Lynne Spears Speaks: 'Just Say Prayers'". People. January 4, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  7. ^ "Britney's Next Act". People. September 2, 2002. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Britney Spears's Divorced Parents Reconciling". People. November 15, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "Report: Britney Spears' parents reconciling". MSNBC. November 16, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "She's growing up so fast! Jamie Lynn Spears's daughter Maddie joins mom and Grandma Spears on a shopping trip". Daily Mail. May 7, 2012.
  11. ^ "Britney Spears - Lynne Spears: 'Family Troubles Are In The Past'". contactmusic.com. October 9, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  12. ^ "Lynne Spears to Write About "Dark Period of Britney's Life" in Memoir". Us Magazine. 2008-06-12. Archived from the original on 2008-07-14. http://web.archive.org/web/20080714200403/http://www.usmagazine.com/Lynne-Spears-to-Write-About-Dark-Period-of-Britneys-Life-in-Memoir. Retrieved 2008-07-29.