In 1991, Spears attended the Professional Performing Arts School and studied in the off-Broadway Dance Center. At the age of 11, she took part in the television show The All New Mickey Mouse Club. The show was cancelled in 1994. In 1999, she released her first album Baby One More Time, an extraordinary success which became the second-highest seller of the year. In the same year she appeared on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine.
Besides music, she is also notable for various personal controversies such as her marriages. In September 2007, she was charged with a hit and run offence and driving without a license, shortly after being dropped by her management. In October 2007, a judge took away her right to her children's custody due to allegations of alcoholism and use of psychoactive drugs.
- Lea Goldman and Kiri Blakeley, The 20 Richest Women In Entertainment, Forbes, January 18, 2007.
- BBC News: 'Spears charged with hit-and-run'. 22nd September 2007.
- Chris Ayres, Britney’s latest setback – losing custody of children, The Times, October 2, 2007.
- Britney Spears: 'Trust our president in every decision', CNN, September 3, 2003.