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Interview with LeAnn Rimes (1996)

Jim Ruddy

Sound | 1996

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  •  Jim Ruddy asks LeAnn Rimes how has your life changed since her album topped the charts 
  •  Rimes discusses how others have reacted to her new fame 
  •  Thoughts on the Country Music Awards nominations 
  •  About her hit album, Blue 
  •  How Rime compares to Patsy Cline 
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This unedited interview footage, shot by Dallas-based director Jim Ruddy for Entertainment Tonight, features 13-year-old singing sensation LeAnn Rimes. In the interview, Rimes talks about how her life has changed, how long she has known that she wanted to be a singer, and the commotion surrounding her hit album Blue.
Garland, Texas local, LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, born Margaret LeAnn Rimes, is a world famous country music singer.  She rose to notoriety in 1996, when at the age of thirteen she released her first hit single and album, Blue.  Rimes began singing at five years old, was featured on Star Search when she was eight and a half, and was a regular at Johnnie High's Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas throughout her childhood.  Rimes has also written four books, become a  philanthropist, and has dabbled in acting.
LeAnn Rimes' career has been riddled with ups and downs.  After her huge success as a young singer, she faced some illness with a strained vocal cord, and more recently, dealt with a bout of depression and anxiety.  Rimes was managed by her father, Wilbur Rimes, in her early career but eventually sued him in 2000 for taking nearly seven million dollars from her throughout her career.  She also found herself in a scandal when she was caught cheating on her then-husband, Dean Sherement, with her co-star Eddie Cibrian when they were filming the Lifetime movie Northern Lights.  Rimes and Cibrian have since gotten married.
Rimes has released twelve major studio albums, sold 37 million records worldwide, and has two Grammy awards, two Country Music Association awards, and three Academy of Country Music awards.