Actresses Who Have Found Success as Musicians

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July 4th, 2012

Actresses Who Have Found Success as Musicians

-- Many actresses are considered frontrunners in their craft. However, certain actresses have found success not only in the film industry but also in the music industry. While many actresses who attempt a singing career do not successfully make the transition from acting to singing, other actresses have exactly what it takes to be a successful musician.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow was born on September 27, 1972 in Los Angeles, CA, to actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow. In 1990, Paltrow made her stage debut, and in 1991, she made her film debut in the movie "Shout." After a few roles in made-for-television films, Paltrow gained notoriety for her role in the film "Seven" opposite Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.

Throughout the late 1990s, Paltrow acted in several films, including "Emma" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley." However, in 2000, the world saw a different side of the actress when she starred in the film "Duets" opposite Huey Lewis. "Duets" centered on the world of karaoke and featured Paltrow singing throughout the film. While the film was released to mixed reviews, the soundtrack did spawn the chart-topping hit "Cruisin," which was sung by Paltrow and Lewis.

After singing in "Duets," Paltrow went on to appear on a few records for friends, such as Sheryl Crow. In 2010, Paltrow took another singing role as the main character in the film "Country Strong." In the film, Paltrow plays as a washed up country musician who tries to revive her career. In 2011, Paltrow had a guest starring role on the hit show "Glee." While on the show, she sang a duet with Matthew Morrison. Since 2003, Paltrow has been married to the lead singer of Coldplay.

Lindsay Lohan
Born on July 2, 1986 in New York, NY, Lindsay Lohan became famous at an early age. In 1998, Lohan made her film debut in the Disney remake of "The Parent Trap." Following her role in "The Parent Trap," Lohan acted in several movies, including "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls." In the film "Freaky Friday," Lohan made her official singing debut.

At the height of her film career, Lohan decided to launch her music career. In 2004, she released her debut album entitled "Speak." While the album was met with mixed reviews, it did relatively well on the charts in the United States. The first single from the album entitled "Rumors" received heavy airplay on both television and radio.

After the success of "Speak," Lohan recorded her second album entitled "A Little More Personal (Raw)" and released it in 2005. The album only had one single and was met with mixed reviews from both fans and critics. However, the album did relatively well in Taiwan and was eventually certified gold in the United States.
In 2012, Lohan had a cameo on the hit television show "Glee."

Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich was born on December 17, 1975. Prior to becoming an actress, Jovovich was a successful model. During her career as a model, Jovovich was featured in several campaigns for designers such as Donna Karan and Versace. In 1998, Jovovich tried her hand at acting and appeared in the television movie "The Night Train to Kathmandu." In 1989, she landed her first feature film role in the movie "Two Moon Junction."

Jovovich continued modeling and acting throughout the early 1990s. During her modeling and acting careers, Jovovich worked on her music. In 1988, she was signed to SBK records. In 1994, she launched her music career by releasing her debut album entitled "The Divine Comedy." The album was met with positive reviews, with critics stating that Jovovich sounded like a mixture of Kate Bush and Tori Amos. The single "Gentlemen Who Fell" received moderate play on MTV. Jovovich toured extensively in 1994 to promote "The Divine Comedy." She opened for such musical acts as Crash Test Dummies and Toad the Wet Sprocket.
In 1999, Jovovich and her friend Chris Brenner formed the band Plastic Has Memory. The band's music featured a much heavier sound than Jovovich's solo work. Over the years, Jovovich has continued releasing music through her official website, as well as on soundtracks for various films. However, she has not released another studio album since the release of her debut.

In 1998, the album "The People Tree Sessions" was released. However, this album was not authorized by Jovovich and was pulled off the market. In 2012, Jovovich starred in the film "Resident Evil: Retribution," which is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil series.