Lauryn Hill

Singer, Record producer, Actor
One of the most highly regarded female artists of the late 1990s, singer Lauryn Hill rose to fame as a member of the hip-hop trio the Fugees, before achieving even greater acclaim with her 1998 solo debut, The ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1975 in South Orange, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Black Girls Rock! 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Concerning Violence 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Africa Unite 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

A Supernatural Evening With Santana 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Restaurant 2000 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 World Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

Debra (Actor)

Rhyme & Reason 1997 (Movie)

Participating Artist (Actor)

Daddy's Girl 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Here and Now 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1993 (Movie)

Elevator Operator (Actor)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Rita Watson (Actor)
Music (14)

Pitch Perfect 2 2015 (Movie)

("Doo Wop (That Thing)") (Song)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

("Lose Myself") (Song)

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

("Lose Myself") (Song Performer)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Nappy Heads") (Song)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

("Selah") (Music Producer)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

("Selah") (Song)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

("Selah") (Song Performer)

Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Notting Hill 1999 (Movie)

("Turn the Lights Down Low") (Song Performer)

The Best Man 1999 (Movie)

("Your Lights Down Low") (Song Performer)

Love Jones 1997 (Movie)

("The Sweetest Thing" (The Refugee Camp All-Stars)) (Song)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

("Who's Got the Flo") (Song)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

("Who's Got the Flo" "His Eye Is On the Sparrow" "Joyful, Joyful") (Song Performer)

Biography

One of the most highly regarded female artists of the late 1990s, singer Lauryn Hill rose to fame as a member of the hip-hop trio the Fugees, before achieving even greater acclaim with her 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She began singing as a youth before segueing into acting, most notably in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993), which showcased her strong, supple vocal talents. But music became her focus after the tremendous success of the Fugees' Grammy-winning second album, The Score (1996), which featured her take on the Roberta Flack classic "Killing Me Softly with His Song." At the height of the Fugees' popularity, Hill struck out on her own with Miseducation, which took its cues from classic soul, jazz and hip-hop for hit songs like the No. 1 single "Doo Wop (That Thing)." The record reaped five Grammys, establishing Hill as a major star, but she soon turned away from the music business, citing her distaste for its image-driven aspects. She would return sporadically to recording, most notably with MTV Unplugged 2.0 (2002), while maintaining a hermetic lifestyle marked by religious study. After nearly a decade of self-imposed exile, Hill resurfaced with new material in 2010, once again igniting hope from fans and the industry alike for a follow-up to her debut album. Despite her polarizing off-stage presence, Hill's best work underscored her standing as an exceptionally gifted and still-promising artist.

Relationships

Melaney

Brother

Micah

Son
Born July 23, 2011; father's identity undisclosed

Mal Hill

Father

Valerie Hill

Mother

Wyclef Jean Actor

Companion
Dated through the majority of The Fugees early tenure No longer together

Rohan Marley

Companion
Met in summer 1996 Reportedly split in 2011

Selah Marley

Daughter
Born Nov. 12, 1998; father, Rohan Marley

Joshua Marley

Son
Born Jan. 26, 2002; father, Rohan Marley

Zion Marley

Son
Born Aug. 3, 1997; father, Rohan Marley

John Marley

Son
Born in Summer of 2003

Sarah Marley

Daughter
Born in 2008; father, Rohan Marley

Milestones

2011

Performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA

2007

Contributed the song "Lose Myself" (credited as Ms. Lauryn Hill) to the animated feature "Surf's Up"

2005

Reunited with The Fugees to perform at a Brooklyn concert included in "Dave Chappelle's Block Party"

2004

Recorded the song "The Passion" for the compilation album The Passion of the Christ: Songs inspired by Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"

2002

Released second solo album MTV Unplugged No.2, a recording of acoustic songs performed in July of 2001

2000

Dropped out of the public eye

1998

Set a Grammy record for a female performer with ten nominations and five wins for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

1998

Acted in drama feature "Restaurant" alongside Adrien Brody

1998

The Fugees separated to pursue their solo careers; solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill released to unprecedented commercial success and critical acclaim

1996

Sophomore album by The Fugees The Score met with phenomenal success; Hill's vocal performance on the album was singled out as spectacular

1994

The Fugees released debut album Blunted on Reality

1993

Landed featured role in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit"

1993

Feature acting debut, "King of the Hill"; also first screen appearance with actor Adrien Brody

1991

Made TV debut in a regular role on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns"

1989

Began pursuing acting and appeared in a small off-Broadway show, which resulted in acquisition of agent

1988

Formed rap group with childhood friends Wyclef Jean and Prakazrel 'Pras' Michel called The Tranzlator Crew; group later changed name to The Fugees

1987

Appeared on "Amateur Night" at "Showtime at the Apollo"; perfomed "Who's Loving You?" by Smokey Robinson

Known for such albums as "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill"

Popular songs include "Doo Wop" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You".

Bonus Trivia

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Hill was crowned Homecoming Queen at her high school.

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Hill helped write and produce Aretha's Franklin's 1998 comeback album A Rose is Not a Rose.

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In June 2012, Hill was charged in New Jersey for failing to file federal income tax returns with the IRS. Federal prosecutors reported that the singer earned more than $1.6 million during the three years that she failed to file returns.

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