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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Barbara Mandrell

Famous For:
Till You're Gone, Years, One of a Kind Pair of Fools
Birthdate:
December 25, 1948
Famous Years:
1978-2000
Currently Known For:
Retired Singer/Actress
Networth:
$45 Million
Barbara Mandrell



  Famous For:
Till You're Gone, Years, One of a Kind Pair of Fools

  Birthdate:
December 25, 1948

  Famous Years:
1978-2000



  Currently Known For:
Retired Singer/Actress

  Networth:
$45 Million


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Walking away from show business after achieving stardom isn’t always easy, but that’s what country singer Barbara Mandrell did. After having a string of smash hit songs during the peak of her career, Mandrell decided to step away in the mid 1990s. Mandrell had already left her mark on the country music and acting world at that point, though, showing that she was one of the many multi-talented entertainers around that achieved legend status in her field.

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Mandrell was born in Houston, Texas on Christmas morning, and into a family of entertainers. Both her father Irby and mother Mary Ellen had been singers in their day, though her father switched over to being a manager when Mandrell showed potential as a singer along with her sisters. Mandrell could play several instruments while growing up, including the guitar that helped her to breakthrough into fame.

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“My life started with gospel music,” she said. “Both my mother and father had brothers who were preachers. When my father’s brother went to preach at my mother’s brother’s church, my daddy accompanied him...Both of my parents were musical. They both played instruments and sang gospel and country music. My mother taught piano and accordion, so when I was five years old, she taught me to read the treble and bass clefs and to play an accordion.”

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After making many nightclub appearances and performing on stage in cities like Las Vegas, Mandrell finally released her first album in 1971 with “Treat Him Right”. The album reached the top 50 on the country charts, thanks to songs such as “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) and “Playing Around With Love” that charted well. The next few years would prove to be the true breakout for Mandrell.

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Some of her biggest hits in the 1970s included songs that reached the top five such as “Standing Room Only”, “Married, But Not to Each Other” and “Woman to Woman”. By the end of the decade, her songs were finally reaching the top spot on the country charts, and even started to find some mainstream success as she had the crossover appeal that’s helped country singers like Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney reach the pop charts.

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The 1980s proved to also be successful for Mandrell, who had three more songs reach the top spot in country music, while many more reached the top 10. Her biggest hit album at this time was 1983’s “Spun Gold”, which topped out at number five. The sustained success at that point had made Mandrell a legend in country music.

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On top of her successful music career, Mandrell would also get into acting thanks to her variety show that first debuted in 1980. Along with her sisters, Mandrell hosted the popular series for two years before the strain from singing so much had taken a toll, causing her to reduce her workload. That didn’t mean that Mandrell’s acting career was finished, however, as she made many appearances on TV that included some of the more popular shows at the time such as “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and “Baywatch”. Her most recent appearance as an actress came in a 2000 episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

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Mandrell’s career would take a turn in the 1990s, as she released several albums that didn’t resonate with fans the same way that they did in previous decades. Between 1990 and 1997, Mandrell released five albums, none of which made the top 50 of the Billboard country charts. This included her most recent album, “It Works For Me” that was released in April 1997. None of the songs that she had released during this time had reached the charts after many years of success.

Still, Mandrell had a great run as a country music singer before deciding to hang it up in 1997. She received an entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame and has also been inducted into the Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music. While it might have been hard walking away from music for many singers, Mandrell has been able to handle walking away from the spotlight quite well.

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“I was worried about (retiring),” she said at first. “I was worried because I had always heard, ‘That’s all you have ever known. You will never be able to give up, most of all, the audience and the applause.’ I treasure what I was given, the moments with the most wonderful people that gave me the opportunity in life to be able to retire from my music. But I think, without a doubt...We prayed and prayed and prayed, I kept wondering when, and when the time came, it was immediate. It came so fast. And God, he doesn’t steer us wrong.”

Many have tried to pull Mandrell out of retirement, including some big names in country music. However, Mandrell has stated that she’s indeed retired from music. “Except for my steel guitar that’s in the Hall of Fame and my dobro that my parents gave me and had engraved, I sold everything else after I retired,” Mandrell stated. “I jokingly said, ‘I just don’t want the temptation!’ THe only place I sing is on the pew with everybody else in church.”


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