Mandy Moore is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She rose to worldwide popularity with her first single, “Candy”, that peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her first studio album, So Real, achieved a platinum status from the RIAA after being given a straightforward musical score. Mandy has gone on to have several popular singles and albums, as well as several movies, including one of the all time best selling film, Crazy Heart. Mandy is also married to fellow artist, David Hyde Pierce.
Mandy and David met when she was thirteen years old and he was nine, when they discovered an underground music shop in their community. Mandy impressed the manager with her voice and guitar talent, so much so that he signed her to his label, Sire Records. Mandy first performed with her band, called The Fizz, which featured her childhood friend, David Hyde Pierce. Mandy’s voice quickly became known through her performances on reality shows such as The Apprentice, The Price is Right, and The Apprentice: Season Three, among others. She was also nominated for a award for “Best Rapper” for the third year in a row, for which she garnered her second Grammys.
Mandy Moore was cast to play the role of “Nancy Botwin” on the popular sitcom, Friends. Her character was the only girl on the show who was deaf, which caused many to question whether or not Mandy was actually deaf. However, her spokesperson, Pat Kingsley, has stated that Mandy Moore does in fact have a hearing disability and was able to overcome the struggles others with physical handicaps have faced because of it. Mandy was able to receive the acclaim and appreciation that go along with winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her performance also earned her four Screen Actors Guild Awards and a nomination for the Satellite Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Musical.
Mandy was next seen in the popular television film, Kingpin. This film, which was directed by David Fincher, was released in 1990. Mandy plays an ambitious jewelry store owner who dreams of a big break in Hollywood, but is instead given the chance to work with the likes of both Frank Ocean and Michael Douglas in the films. Mandy was also a guest star on an episode of Family Ties, in which her role was that of Rhonda Coleman’s mother. Mandy played the role of Rhonda’s sister, which earned her the role of a main character on that same season of Family Ties.
After appearing in a number of successful television films and episodes of Friends, Mandy has finally received the recognition that she deserves for her extensive career. She was recently featured in the award-winning film, Crazy Heart, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Mandy was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the film Cleopatra. The role of Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most controversial roles of all time, as the actress struggled with playing the part of a sex symbol for three decades before audiences finally embraced her.
Finally, Mandy Moore made a name for herself by releasing her own solo album, entitled Mandy Moore: Speak Now. The album did not receive a positive response from critics, but her music did receive attention from various radio stations around the world. Mandy Moore has since appeared on a number of other albums and shows, including the soundtrack to the movie, The Hangover, as well as her own debut album. Mandy Moore has proven that she can be a versatile performer, able to adapt to different types of projects and genres. Hopefully Mandy will receive the big break that she has been hoping for since her first appearance on Friends. She has definitely earned the chance to shine.