Fast Facts

  • Won her first talent contest at the age of 5.
  • Recorded her first album at 7, her second at age 11. The title song of this disc, Blue, is what brought her to national attention.
  • Her vocals are often likened to Patsy Cline.
  • At 16, sued her record label (for their release of an album of studio outtakes that she deemed "substandard") and her father (for taking more than $7 million of her earnings). Ended her estrangement from her father before her 2002 wedding. 
  • Her 1997 version of the song "How Do I Live" spent a record-setting 69 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • Made her big-screen acting debut in Coyote Ugly (2000). She also contributed four songs to the film's soundtrack.
  • Has written several books, including the novel Holiday in Your Heart (1997), the children's books Jag (2003) and Jag's New Friend (2004), and the inspirational What I Cannot Change (2009). 
  • Supports the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, MusiCares, the No H8 Campaign and Stand Up for Kids.


  • 1996, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Female Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Hottest Female Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Winner


  • Wilbur Rimes — Father
  • Catherine Rimes — Stepmother
  • Dean Sheremet — Ex-husband
  • Belinda — Mother
  • Andrew Keegan — Ex-significant Other
  • Eddie Cibrian — Husband
  • Jake Cibrian — Stepson
  • Mason Cibrian — Stepson


  • Birth Name: Margaret LeAnn Rimes
  • Birth Place: Jackson, MS
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor

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