Happy Birthday Aaliyah! Rare Photos and Facts Tribute.
1. Aaliyah's name was Arabic for "highest, most exalted one."
2. In 1989 she auditioned for a role on 'Family Matters' and competed on 'Star Search'.
3. An animal lover by default, she grew up in a house with dogs, ducks, and iguanas.
4. At age 11, she performed 'Home' at Bally's Las Vegas casino with her aunt Gladys Knight for a week.
5. Aaliyah was accepted into the prestigious Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts by singing 'Ave Maria' in Italian. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
6. Aaliyah was the youngest singer to perform at the Oscars with 1998’s 'Journey to the Past' from the movie 'Anastasia.'
7. The R&B princess won over 30 awards during her music career in such a short time.
8. She was best friends with Quincy Jones' daughter Kadida. They enjoyed playing pranks on people in their spare time.
9. She also enjoyed reading 'Harry Potter' books when she had the time.
10. In 1996 the style icon was featured in a Tommy Hilfiger campaign. The commercial made the brand highly popular amongst Aaliyah's fans and peers.
11. Aaliyah was considered for the role of “Alex” in the 2000 movie 'Charlie's Angels.' The role eventually went to Lucy Liu because they thought the singer was a bit too young.
12. Aaliyah’s mother, Diana, inspired the star's trademark of covering one eye with her hair. Diana loved the mysterious look, inspired after her favorite actress Veronica Lake.
13. She was set to play the role of 'Honey' but after her passing it was given to Jessica Alba.
14. Her final interview was on BET's '106 & Park', she tragically passed just five days later.