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Mandy Moore, the celebrated actress, singer-songwriter and “This Is Us” star turns 35 today. On the occasion of her big day, we’re taking a look at her prolific career and earmarking some of our favorite performances. The Florida native got her start as a pop star in 1999, with the release of the effervescent, “Candy,” earning her a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. She released three studio albums – “So Real,” “I Wanna Be with You,” and “Mandy Moore” – before venturing into the world of acting. For this talented multi-hyphenate, there really is no limit.
A Star on the Rise
Her first acting gig was voicing the part of a bear cub in “Dr. Dolittle 2,” and later in that year she held a substantive role in “The Princess Diaries.” Many will remember her as Lana Thomas, the bubbly, mean-spirited popular girl, and arch-nemesis of Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway). How could anyone forget the ill-fated beach scene, where Lana headlines a school summer bash in her band “Lana and the Lanettes,” singing a cover of Bonnie Francis’ “Stupid Cupid”? The skillful, high-pitch intonation she does when she sings the word “cupid” is the stuff of legends.
Moore garnered further acclaim in her star-making performance as Jamie Sullivan in Adam Shankman’s tear-jerker “A Walk to Remember” (2002). From there, she performed in the religious satire, “Saved!” in 2004. She shined alongside the star-studded cast that included Jena Malone and Macauley Culkin. Moore co-starred in “Because I Said So,” a rom-com with Diane Keaton as matriarch Daphne to daughters Maggie (Lauren Graham), Mae (Piper Parabo), and Milly (Mandy Moore). Moore shines here as the creative and gregarious Milly, who at the start of the film is the only single sister out of the three, and it’s Daphne’s mission to get her hitched.
In the same year, Moore landed a leading role in “License to Wed.” She played Sadie, the fiancée to Ben (John Krasinski). Eager to get married at St. Augustine’s Church, they faced a marriage prep course from the stringent, if hilarious and kind-hearted Rev. Frank (Robin Williams). She then snagged the leading role in Disney’s critically-acclaimed film, “Tangled,” (2010) voicing the role of Rapunzel.
We Want Moore!
Since 2016, Moore has held a leading role in NBC’s hit drama “This is Us,” where she has cemented her talent, intuition, and command of her craft, captivating audiences across the globe. In the first season, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as family matriarch, Rebecca Pearson.