Pop Stars Turned Actors

From the comical Fresh Prince to hardcore Hancock, Will Smith has reshaped the way many of us think about rappers and singers turning into actors. Nothing bad can be said about this guy!
Will Smith
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From the comical Fresh Prince to hardcore Hancock, Will Smith has reshaped the way many of us think about rappers and singers turning into actors. Nothing bad can be said about this guy!
Before her demons came out of the closet, Whitney Houston saw success in her music career as well as her movie career. Her hit movie "The Bodyguard" featuring Kevin Costner was a huge success, not to mention the soundtrack.
Whitney Houston
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Before her demons came out of the closet, Whitney Houston saw success in her music career as well as her movie career. Her hit movie "The Bodyguard" featuring Kevin Costner was a huge success, not to mention the soundtrack.
Mandy Moore was never my favorite singer, but quickly turned into one of my favorite actresses. Her role in "A Walk To Remember" was definitely one to remember. Following "A Walk to Remember," Moore acted in several other movies including "License to Wed" and "Because I said So," both of which whe played alongside talented, seasoned actors.
Mandy Moore
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Mandy Moore was never my favorite singer, but quickly turned into one of my favorite actresses. Her role in "A Walk To Remember" was definitely one to remember. Following "A Walk to Remember," Moore acted in several other movies including "License to Wed" and "Because I said So," both of which whe played alongside talented, seasoned actors.
Remember Marky Mark? Well, Marky Mark is doing big things on screen. With movie titiles like "The Happening", "The Lovely Bones", and "The Fighter" to his name, Whalberg is making a name for himself in the acting business.
Whalberg
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Remember Marky Mark? Well, Marky Mark is doing big things on screen. With movie titiles like "The Happening", "The Lovely Bones", and "The Fighter" to his name, Whalberg is making a name for himself in the acting business.
Now, Mariah Carey is a very, very talented singer. Her acting, however, might need a little polishing. Her role in "Glitter" was a not phenomenal, but nearly a decade later, Carey was able to wow the crowd with her role in the 2009 film "Precious."
Mariah Carey
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Now, Mariah Carey is a very, very talented singer. Her acting, however, might need a little polishing. Her role in "Glitter" was a not phenomenal, but nearly a decade later, Carey was able to wow the crowd with her role in the 2009 film "Precious."
Pop singer Madonna is another entertainer who dabbled in the world of acting, appearing in numerous films since the late seventies.
Madonna
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Pop singer Madonna is another entertainer who dabbled in the world of acting, appearing in numerous films since the late seventies.
Jennifer Lopez is a very talented entertainer. From dance to music to acting, Lopez has done a lot in the business. Her movie career has been quite stellar. In fact, many remember her from her top notch performance in "Selena". "Enough" was another film that received high remarks.
Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez is a very talented entertainer. From dance to music to acting, Lopez has done a lot in the business. Her movie career has been quite stellar. In fact, many remember her from her top notch performance in "Selena". "Enough" was another film that received high remarks.
Diana Ross is an award-winning singer, but her acting hasn't gone unnoticed. Diana Ross may not be the best actress, but many of us will always remember her role in "The Wiz".
Diana Ross
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Diana Ross is an award-winning singer, but her acting hasn't gone unnoticed. Diana Ross may not be the best actress, but many of us will always remember her role in "The Wiz".
Rapper Eminem did a stellar job in a role loosely based on his real life in "8 Mile."
Eminem
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Rapper Eminem did a stellar job in a role loosely based on his real life in "8 Mile."
From American Idol to the big screen and everything in between, Carrie Underwood is working her way on up. Her latest movie appearance was in "Soul Surfer".
Carrie Underwood From American Idol to the big screen and everything in between, Carrie Underwood is working her way on up. Her latest movie appearance was in "Soul Surfer".
Who doesn't love Bette Midler? She sings and she has done some entertaining, family-oriented movies. Remember Beaches? How about "Stepford Wives"? This singer/actress is talented and has the Oscars to prove it.
Bette Midler
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Who doesn't love Bette Midler? She sings and she has done some entertaining, family-oriented movies. Remember Beaches? How about "Stepford Wives"? This singer/actress is talented and has the Oscars to prove it.
Cher saw success in both music and acting with her latest film being "Burlesque".
Cher
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Cher saw success in both music and acting with her latest film being "Burlesque".
Many say singers and rappers can't act, but Ludacris proved that belief is more than ludacris when he acted in the movies "Crash" and "Fast and Furious."
Ludacris Many say singers and rappers can't act, but Ludacris proved that belief is more than ludacris when he acted in the movies "Crash" and "Fast and Furious."
Rapper Snoop Dog may not be one of the best actors, but is one of the many rappers that has stepped into the role of acting. He has been in movies like "Starsky and Hutch" and "Soul Plane".
Snoop Dog
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Rapper Snoop Dog may not be one of the best actors, but is one of the many rappers that has stepped into the role of acting. He has been in movies like "Starsky and Hutch" and "Soul Plane".
From model to singer to actor, Tyrese has it in the bag. With big screen appearances in movies like "Crash", "Fast and Furious" and "Transformers," Tyrese is definitely a multitalented entertainer.
Tyrese
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From model to singer to actor, Tyrese has it in the bag. With big screen appearances in movies like "Crash", "Fast and Furious" and "Transformers," Tyrese is definitely a multitalented entertainer.
LL Cool J proved that he is more than just a ladies man and a good rapper. His acting career is one of the best we have seen from a rapper.
LL Cool J
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LL Cool J proved that he is more than just a ladies man and a good rapper. His acting career is one of the best we have seen from a rapper.
Rapper Common is rapidly becoming a world-recognized name. His music career quickly dipped into acting when he appeared in movies like "Brown Sugar." But he gained much respect from his role in "American Gangster" with Denzel Washington.
Common
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Rapper Common is rapidly becoming a world-recognized name. His music career quickly dipped into acting when he appeared in movies like "Brown Sugar." But he gained much respect from his role in "American Gangster" with Denzel Washington.
Singer Christina Aguilera is a talented singer, no doubt. But she proved she can make moves in the acting business with her role in "Burlesque".
US actress and singer Christina Aguilera
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Singer Christina Aguilera is a talented singer, no doubt. But she proved she can make moves in the acting business with her role in "Burlesque".
Kris Kristofferson is probably most known for his music depending on who you ask, but this country legend has numerous movie titles to his name.
Kris Kristofferson
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Kris Kristofferson is probably most known for his music depending on who you ask, but this country legend has numerous movie titles to his name.
A rapper, a singer, an actor, and an activist - Queen Latifah is a gifted lady and is bound to go down in history as one of America's leading entertainers. The rapper/singer has been seen in movies like "Brown Sugar," "Bringing Down The House," and "Set if Off,"  all of which have gotten high marks.
Queen Latifah
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A rapper, a singer, an actor, and an activist - Queen Latifah is a gifted lady and is bound to go down in history as one of America's leading entertainers. The rapper/singer has been seen in movies like "Brown Sugar," "Bringing Down The House," and "Set if Off," all of which have gotten high marks.
Jessica Simpson is one of the many pop stars that have tried to break into the realm of acting, but she hasn't seen as much success as some of her other counterparts.
Jessica Simpson
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Jessica Simpson is one of the many pop stars that have tried to break into the realm of acting, but she hasn't seen as much success as some of her other counterparts.
Mos Def is recognized as one of hip hop's most recognizable names and it's probably because of his budding acting career. He received Emmy, Golden Globe, and Image Award nominations for his stellar role in "Something the Lord Made."
Mos Def
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Mos Def is recognized as one of hip hop's most recognizable names and it's probably because of his budding acting career. He received Emmy, Golden Globe, and Image Award nominations for his stellar role in "Something the Lord Made."
Janet Jackson, or simply Ms. Jackson, could do no wrong. Her music has topped the charts for decades, but Ms. Jackson isn't a stranger to the acting business. Her roles in "The Nutty Professor II," "Why Did I Get Married," and recently, "For Colored Girls," have been phenomenal.
Janet Jackson
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Janet Jackson, or simply Ms. Jackson, could do no wrong. Her music has topped the charts for decades, but Ms. Jackson isn't a stranger to the acting business. Her roles in "The Nutty Professor II," "Why Did I Get Married," and recently, "For Colored Girls," have been phenomenal.
Even though Jennifer Hudson did not win American Idol several years ago, she has seen more success than some of those people who have actually won. Even through the heartache she went through with her family, Hudson pushed through, making great records, and appearing in entertaining movies.
Jennifer Hudson
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Even though Jennifer Hudson did not win American Idol several years ago, she has seen more success than some of those people who have actually won. Even through the heartache she went through with her family, Hudson pushed through, making great records, and appearing in entertaining movies.
Britney Spears hardly made an acting career, but at least she tried. Her movie "Crossroads" was a bomb.
Britney Spears
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Britney Spears hardly made an acting career, but at least she tried. Her movie "Crossroads" was a bomb.
Who runs the world? Girls! As stated in Beyonce's latest single. The pop star sensation is truly running the entertainment business. Her music career turned into an acting career with her roles in "Carmen," "The Pink Panther," "Austin Powers" and "Obsession".
Beyonce
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Who runs the world? Girls! As stated in Beyonce's latest single. The pop star sensation is truly running the entertainment business. Her music career turned into an acting career with her roles in "Carmen," "The Pink Panther," "Austin Powers" and "Obsession".
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