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Aaliyah So many lives she touched She probably never had and inkling as to how many people loved her These were the words of Darlene Corbin on August 31 the day that Aaliyah Dani Haughton was laid to rest Multi-talented singer and actress Aaliyah released three chart topping albums and snatched a role in a number of films She was not only a talented entertainer but also a great person That is why today November 1 2001 on the day of the dead we honor the life of Aaliyah Aaliyah Dani Haughton was born on January 16 1979 in Brooklyn New York At the age of five Aaliyah and her family moved to Detroit Just one year later she starred in the school play Annie for then she is when she realized that she had a special gift her voice Moving on to bigger things Aaliyah appeared on the syndicated television show Star Search as she wowed the audience singing My Funny Valentine She also had the experience of singing backup for Gladys Knight at a hotel in Las Vegas for five nights At the age of fifteen Aaliyah had released he first album Her album was entitled Age aint nothing but a number which she proved to the audience as she topped the charts Just two years later in her senior year of high school she released her second album One in a million The album featured the collaboration of major RB producerswriters and lifetime friends Missy Elliot and Timbaland The album was a major success and sealed Aaliyahs fame forever She graduated from Detroit High School for performing arts that year with a 40 Aaliyah then appeared on many different soundtracks including the Dr Dolittle soundtrack that featured her hit single Are you that somebody Aaliyah was later cast in her first major film role in the box office hit Romeo Must Die She then tool on the title of a movie star
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