Born on October 3, 1984 in Waco, Texas, Ashlee Simpson is an singer-songwriter and actress best known her songs. She is also the younger sister of pop singer Jessica Simpson. She received wide negative attention in 2004 when it was discovered that she lip-synched her musical performance. She has married fellow musician Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy in 2008 and welcomed their first child in late November.
Growing up in Richardson, Texas, Simpson is the daughter of a former youth minister turned manager. She attended Prairie Creek Elementary and was an accomplished dancer who started studying classical ballet when she turned three. At age 11, she was accepted at the School of American Ballet in New York City, and at about the same time, she suffered from an eating disorder, dropping to an alarming 70 pounds. When her sister Jessica landed a record deal, the whole family moved to Los Angeles, and Ashlee started bagging television commercials of her own.
At the start of Jessica’s career, Ashlee started being one of her backup dancers. In 2001, she bagged a guest spot in an episode of the ABC series Malcolm in the Middle and the following year, she had a minor role in the film The Hot Chick. From 2002 to 2004, meanwhile, she had a recurring role, 39 seasons all in all, in the drama series 7th Heaven.
She eventually signed a record deal with Geffen Records which resulted to her debut album Autobiography. At about the same time, she occasionally appeared on the reality show of sister Jessica, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. This led to her own MTV reality show called The Ashlee Simpson Show, which ran for eight weekly episodes over the summer of 2004. Autobiography debuted at the number one spot in the US, reaching triple platinum status in September. In 2009, she was cast as Violet Foster in the modern reboot of the 90s series Melrose Place.