Dancing with the Stars: Brandy

Brandy Rayana Norwood, is known as Brandy and sometimes, at least since 2009, as “Bran’Nu,” her rapping alter ego. Born in Mississippi, Brandy was raised in Carson, California.

Brandy and Monica shared a Grammy for the duet “The Boy Is Mine” which was recently used on the hit musical comedy series “Glee.”

FAMOUS FOR: Starred in the UPN sitcom “Moesha.” She was also in the TV movies such as the 1997 version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella” and the 1999 mother-daughter musical drama with Diana Ross, “Double Platinum.” Brandy was featured in the 1998 movie “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” This year, Brandy and her brother Ray J. were the stars of a new reality series, called, what else? “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business.” The series which aired on VH1 is about what happens backstage at the family-run management and production company R&B Productions. The 11 episodes were successful enough to be renewed for a second season which will be broadcast in September 2010.

CONNECTIONS: Brandy was one of three judges on the original “America’s Got Talent” in 2006. After a car accident, Brandy stepped down and was replaced by Sharon Osbourne. Another former judge, David Hasselhoff will also be dancing this season.  Brandy dated Laker Kobe Bryant and attended his prom in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

CAR ACCIDENT: Although the California Highway Patrol did not find Brandy at fault in the 2006 accident and the coroner’s toxicology report did find slight traces of marijuana in the only fatality, 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj whose car Brandy struck from behind, several lawsuits were brought against Brandy and Brandy settled some out of court and apparently is still litigating some of the lawsuits.

AGE: 31

BIRTHDAY: 11 February 1979 (Aquarius)

Website: 4everBrandy.com

DANCING: As an R&B singer, Brandy has performed choreography on stage so that should be nothing new to her. See the video for the 1995 single “Best Friend” off of her self-titled album. The video was directed by Matthew Rolston.

Brandy did waltz in “Cinderella” but it’s hard to tell how well she is actually moving and if her footwork is proper. She does look elegant in the ballroom gown with a tiara.

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on August 31, 2010, in Brandy, Dancing with the Stars: Season 11 and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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