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Music pop singer Kim Wilde pictures (pic) and photo gallery.
Birth name: Kim Smith.
Born: November 18, 1960 Chiswick, London, England, UK.
Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m).
-Hal Fowler (1 September 1996 - present) they have two children.
Kim Wilde biography (bio):
Wilde was the first child of 1950s rock 'n' roller Marty Wilde (real name Reginald Smith) and Joyce Baker, formerly of the British singing and dancing group, The Vernons Girls.
She moved with her family to Hertfordshire at the age of nine, where she was educated at Presdales School, Ware, before completing a foundation course at St Albans College of Art & Design in 1980.
Wilde was signed to Mickie Most's RAK Records in 1980 and released her debut single, "Kids in America", in January 1981. It was an instant success, reaching number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and ending up in the Top 5 all over Europe. In the U.S., the single peaked at no. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in their year-end Hot 100 chart for 1982, it ranked at no. 85.
The debut album Kim Wilde followed later that year, and spawned a further two hits, "Chequered Love" and "Water On Glass". Wilde recorded a total of three albums for RAK Records before signing to MCA Records in the summer of 1984. Most of the songs, including all her major hits, were written by her father, Marty and brother, Ricki Wilde.
Six subsequent albums for MCA Records have included international hits such as "Another Step (Closer To You)" (recorded with Junior), "You Came", "Never Trust A Stranger", "Four Letter Word", "If I Can't Have You" (a cover of the Yvonne Elliman (Bee Gees written) song from the movie Saturday Night Fever) and a remake of the Supremes classic "You Keep Me Hangin' On" — which gave Wilde her first U.S. #1 single in 1987 — all of which have contributed to total worldwide album and single sales in excess of 7 million and 12 million respectively. Her highest charting singles to date in the UK are "Kids in America" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On", both of which reached number 2; and her most successful album in the UK and worldwide is 1988's "Close" which spawned 3 huge Top 10 singles and spent almost eight months on the UK album chart.
This same period corresponded with Wilde's development as a songwriter, having written or co-written the majority of the songs on the MCA albums, including many of the above hit singles.
Wilde received the Best Female Vocalist Award from the British Phonographic Industry (now known as the Brits) in the United Kingdom in 1983, and has subsequently received two further nominations in this category. Also, she has received numerous silver, gold and platinum records from all over the world.
Wilde has undertaken five solo tours and has performed as opening act for Michael Jackson in 1988, and for David Bowie in 1990.
Adding a new dimension to this highly successful career, Wilde appeared in London's West End production of the musical, Tommy, from February 1996 to February 1997.
During the 1980s, Wilde was romatically linked with saxophonist Gary Barnacle, keyboardist Calvin Hayes of Johnny Hates Jazz, and later her band's keyboard player Jeff Hammer, previously of Teardrop Explodes and Stray Cats. In 1993 Wilde was also seeing TV presenter Chris Evans. On September 1, 1996, Kim got married to her co-star in Tommy, Hal Fowler, and wanted to have children as soon as possible. On January 3, 1998 she gave birth to Harry Tristan. Two years later, on January 13, 2000, Rose Elisabeth was born.
During her first pregnancy an old interest in gardening resurfaced, and she attended the famous Capel Manor college to learn about horticulture, so as to create a garden for her children. She was spotted by talent scouts of the UK television station, Channel 4, who asked her to act as a designer for their programme Better Gardens. A year later she started a two year commitment with the BBC, recording two seasons of Garden Invaders. In 2005 she won a Gold award for her courtyard garden at the Royal Horticultural Society's, Chelsea Flower Show.
Her first book about gardening was published in 2005, entitled Gardening With Children. The second book followed in April 2006, entitled The First-time Gardener. Translations of the first book were released at the same time in Spain, France, Denmark and The Netherlands.
On January 13, 2001 she performed live for the first time in years, as a guest star in a show by ABBA tribute band, Fabba, for a local charity. This sparked her interest in performing live again. Since November 2001, she has toured the UK three times in the "Here & Now Tour", an Eighties revival concert series, together with recording artists such as Paul Young, Human League, Belinda Carlisle and Howard Jones.
New music also followed: in 2001 she recorded a new track, "Loved", for a compilation album which became a surprise hit in Belgium, and in 2003 she had pan-European success with "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime", a duet with another 1980s pop star German singer, Nena.
Wilde has signed a new record deal with EMI and has released the first single from her 10th studio album in many countries across Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. "You Came 2006" has charted well in most of these countries, becomming her biggest solo hit in Germany since 1988. The second single from the album, which was voted for by fans on her official webiste were "Perfect Girl", released in November 2006, and spending 9 weeks in the German single Top 100. A third single "Together we belong" will be released in march 2007. The album "Never Say Never" includes eight brand new tracks plus five completely re-worked previous hits of hers and has charted well in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany (where her profile has remained high since the duet with Nena). There are no plans at the moment to release the album in her home country.