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Name: Gwen Stefani                                                                 
Birth name: Gwen Renee Stefani                                                     
Born: 3 October 1969 Fullerton, California, United States                           
Gwen Renee Stefani (born October 3, 1969), is                                       
an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and occasional actress.           
Stefani debuted in 1992 as the frontwoman of the Rock band No Doubt, whose 1995     
album Tragic Kingdom propelled them to stardom, selling 16 million copies           
worldwide. It spawned the singles "Just a Girl", "Spiderwebs", and "Don't Speak".   
The band's popularity went into decline with its fourth album, Return of Saturn     
(2000), but Rock Steady (2001) introduced dancehall and reggae production into     
its music, and generally received positive reviews.                                 
Stefani recorded her first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004. The       
album was primarily inspired by music of the 1980s, taking Stefani's work           
further into pop and dance music, and enjoyed international success with           
sales of over seven million. The album's third single "Hollaback Girl" became       
the first U.S. digital download to sell one million copies. Stefani's second       
solo album The Sweet Escape (2006) yielded "Wind It Up", a moderate worldwide       
success, and the United World Chart number one "The Sweet Escape". Including       
her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.     
In the media, Stefani is known as a fashion trendsetter. In 2003, she debuted       
her clothing line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku       
Lovers line. Drawing inspiration from Japanese culture and fashion, Stefani         
performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the       
Harajuku Girls. She married British alternative rock musician Gavin Rossdale in     
2002; they have a son, Kingston James McGregor, who was born in 2006 and are       
expecting their second child in 2008.