advertisement Date of Birth
16 January 1979, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date of Death
25 August 2001, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas. (airplane crash)
Aaliyah Dana Haughton
5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress
Aaliyah perfectly. Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Detroit, Aaliyah got her
first major exposure appearing on the syndicated television series "Star Search"
(1983) where she awed the audience with her amazing voice and talent. Withdrawing
from the celebrity scene for a few years, Aaliyah lived the life of a normal teenage
girl, attending Detroit's Performing Arts High School where she majored in dance. It
was around this same time that Aaliyah met singer/composer R. Kelly. Kelly assisted
Aaliyah with the production of her debut album "Age Ain't Nothing But A number" which
scored several number hits, specifically "Back and Forth." The album's title was a
brief reference to her short-lived marriage to R. Kelly (she was 15 years of age at
the time, and he was in his 20s). Thir marriage was annulled due to her status as a
minor. During her senior year, Aaliyah went on to record "One In A Million" which
featured the songwriting talents of major R&B producers/writers Missy 'Misdemeanor'
Elliott and Tim Mosley. That album was a major success and sealed Aaliyah's fame
forever. After seeing her at an awards show and in the video for her hit song "Are
You that Somebody?" (from the Eddie Murphy film Doctor Dolittle (199), film
producer Joel Silver (producer of The Matrix (1999) and other major actor films)
asked Aaliyah to audition for a role in an upcoming romance/action film called Romeo
Must Die (2000). With her determination and sex appeal, Aaliyah won Silver over and
was cast in her first major film role. Romeo Must Die (2000) was a hit at the box
office. This film led to her being cast as one of the stars of the film based on Anne
Rice's Queen of the Damned (2002) and in the two sequels to the major box office hit,
The Matrix (1999). During the busy schedule of her film career, Aaliyah took time to
record her third album, the self-titled "Aaliyah". July 2001 was a busy time for
Aaliyah. After the sucess of her song "Try Again" for which she was nominated for a
Grammy Award and won several MTV Video Awards, Aaliyah finally released her "Aaliyah"
album. Debuting at number two on the Billboard charts, "Aaliyah" was a sales success
despite many lack-lustre reviews it received. In August 2001, Aaliyah took time off
from her busy album promotional tour to fly to the Bahamas to film a video for the
song "Rock the Boat". The video, filmed on Abaco Island, was directed by Hype
Williams, a major music video director known for his style and wit. On August 25,
2001, after filming the video, Aaliyah and about 9-11 of her entourage took off from
Marsh Harbour airport at 6:50pm EDT in a small Cessna 404 en route to Opa-Locka,
Florida. A few minutes after take-off, the plane crashed about 200 feet from the
runaway killing Aaliyah and many others instantly. Four passnegers were pulled alive
from the wreckage, and one later died at a hospital in Nassau. Aaliyah was only 22
years old. Aaliyah's short-lived, but brillant career was a true success story for a
young African-American woman who went against all odds to be herself in an industry
where originality is scarce. Truly missed by her family, friends, and fans, her music
and film contributions will live forever.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Luis32789@aol.com
On January 16th 1979 the world was blessed with the birth of Aaliyah Dana Haughton in
Brooklyn, New York. Aaliyah was raised by her father, mother and brother Rashad
Haughton in Detroit. At age 9 she appeared on "Star Search" (1983), the TV program
and sang "My Funny Valentine", a song which her mother had sung years earlier. At age
11, she sang with Gladys Knight in a five-night stint in Las Vegas. In 1992, she
began to work on her debut album with the help of singer R. Kelly. The album, "Age
Ain't Nothing But A Number" was released in 1994 and received heavy praise. Aaliyah
came under attack shortly after when reports suggested she was married to R. Kelly.
At the time, she was 15, he was 27. The marriage was apparently annulled. In 1995,
she began to work on her 2nd album, alongside Jermaine Dupri, Tim Mosley, Slick Rick
and Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott'. The album, titled 'One In A Million' was released
on August 27th 1996. In 1998 she released the single, 'Are you that somebody?' from
the Doctor Dolittle (199 soundtrack, it was produced by her friends Tim Mosley.
Later that year she released the single 'Journey to the past', from the Anastasia
(1997) soundtrack. In 2000, she made her film acting debut and starred as Trish O'Day
in the smash hit, hip-hop, kung fu film, Romeo Must Die (2000) alongside Jet Li. The
producer was so impressed by her performance she got parts in The Matrix Reloaded
(2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). She made numerous records for the
soundtrack and released 'Try Again', for which she was nominated with 'Best female
video' and 'Best Video in a film' with MTV. In 2001 she was nominated with 2 awards
for MTV, the 'Breakthrough female' and 'best performing female'. In July 2001 she
released her third album, the self-titled, 'Aaliyah'. In early August of the same
year she filmed the video for the single 'More Than a woman', taken off the album and
on the 23rd August she started filming for 'Rock The Boat', on Abaco Island, in the
Bahamas. On 25th August, filming was completed and her and eight of her crew members
including her hair stylist and bodyguard boarded a small plane. Shortly after take
off, the plane crashed and exploded, Aaliyah and all on board, perished. Aaliyah's
funeral was held on Friday August 31st in New York, and 22 white doves were flown to
celebrate each year of her life. Soon after her death, the hit singles 'More Than a
woman' and 'Rock The Boat' were released from her third album. In 2002, the film
Queen of the Damned (2002) by Anne Rice was released in which Aaliyah played the
lead, Queen Akasha. She was nominated for best Villain at the MTV movie awards 2002.
Looking back at her biography, it's no wonder her name means 'Highest, most exhalted
one; the best', she had achieved so much in her short life of 22 years.
IMDb Mini Biography By: James Bryant
R. Kelly (30 August 1994 - 7 February 1995) (annulled)
Usually covered her left eye with her hair.
Auditioned for a role on the television sitcom "Family Matters" (1989).
Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21." 
Aaliyah is Arabic for "highest, most exalted one"
3 tattoos: her initial and a star on her hand, a music symbol on her ankle and a dove
on her lower back.
Voted First Place by the readers of Black Men Magazine for "The 10 Sexiest Women of
the Year." 
Performed with Gladys Knight at age eleven in Las Vegas.
Aaliyah's self-titled long awaited third album is released. [July 17, 2001]
Got her dove tattoo as a tribute to her grandmother.
Graduated from the Detroit High School of the Performing Arts with a 4.0 GPA.
Got her big break on the television show "Star Search" (1983).
Died in a plane crash on a return trip from shooting a music video in the Bahamas.
The crash, which happened in Marsh Harbour, located on Abaco Island in the Bahamas,
was determined to have been caused by the plane being overloaded. [25 August 2001]
She got her middle name Dana from her grandmother.
At the time of her death, Aaliyah and her boyfriend, Roc-A-Fella co-CEO Damon Dash,
had plans to wed.
Parents: Micheal and Diane Haughton. Brother: Rashad Haughton (born 6 August 1977).
At the age of 5, she moved to Detroit, Michigan, where she grew up.
At the time of her death, she was scheduled to reloop her dialogue in Queen of the
Damned (2002) and to film the majority of her role for The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and
The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
Posthumous single "More Than A Woman" reaches #1 in the UK. [January 2002]
The first female artist to have a posthumous number one single in the UK record
charts. [January 2002]
In January 2002 she reached No. 1 in the UK with her single "More Than A Woman". She
was knocked off the top spot a week later by another deceased artist - George
At her funeral, 22 white doves were released from the steps of the church. One dove
for each year of her life.
Sister of Rashad Haughton.
Auditioned for the Elton John Broadway show, Aida.
Her uncle, Barry Hankerson, was formerly married to singer Gladys Knight.
Her mother Diane was once a promising solo singer but gave it up to raise her
children Aaliyah and Rashad Haughton.
She had a close friendship with producer/musical artist 'Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott'
It was announced in November 2002 that good friend 'Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott' is
to produce a tribute album to Aaliyah which will include stars finishing off songs
Aaliyah was working on before her death in August 2001. In the same month, it was
announced that a posthumous Aaliyah album will be released entitled 'I care 4 u'.
Was considered for the role of Alex in Charlie's Angels (2000), but casting directors
deemed her too young and the part went to Lucy Liu.
Was considered for the part of Maggie in Get Over It (2001), but was already
committed to Romeo Must Die (2000). Zoe Saldana was eventually cast in the role.
Was the first choice to play Valerie in Josie and the Pussycats (2001), but had
already signed on for the lead role in Queen of the Damned (2002). Rosario Dawson
eventually got the part.
Was almost the voice of Leah in Osmosis Jones (2001), but could not accept due to
schedule conflicts. The part was eventually voiced by Brandy Norwood.
Her grandmother was Native American.
She was close friends with Nicole Richie.
Was originally cast in the title role in Honey (2003) but died before production
began. Jessica Alba won the part after her death.
Best friend was Kidada Jones.
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