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Birth name: Amanda Lee Williford.
Born: January 22, 1981 Ruskin, Florida, USA.
Willa Ford biography (bio):
Willa Ford became known in 2001 as the self-proclaimed "Bad Girl of Pop," when she released her debut album, Willa Was Here. Aside from her music career, Willa Ford has hosted several reality television shows, posed for Playboy, and competed on ABC's top-rated Dancing with the Stars. Willa Ford will also portray Anna Nicole Smith in an upcoming television movie about Smith's life and death.
Born Amanda Lee Williford in Ruskin, Florida, she was raised on her parents', Ralph Everett and Donna Williford, farm. As a young girl, Willa Ford studied opera and began pursuing a singing career at age 8, when she joined the Tampa Bay Children's Choir. By age 11, she had become a member of the Tampa-based Children's Performing Arts Troupe Entertainment Revue, which consisted of 20 girls, ages 5-16, who toured the area and sang at places such as Walt Disney World Resort and Busch Gardens. Ford advanced from the chorus to the role of featured soloist. When she was 15, Willa Ford left the troupe and landed a spot with a local foursome called FLA but did not remain long before heading to Los Angeles, California.
Willa Ford graduated from East Bay High School with a 4.25 GPA, maintained a place on the honor roll throughout high school, and was enrolled in Honor/Advanced Placement classes.
In 1999, Ford, performing under the stage name Mandah, signed with MCA, which released her song "Lullaby" on the double platinum soundtrack Pokemon: The First Movie. She also landed a spot as an opening act for the Backstreet Boys. This not only brought her attention for her performances but also for her relationship with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.
Soon Ford's label had her change her stage name to Willa Ford, so as to avoid confusion with Mandy Moore.
During a mall tour for Nautica Kids, Lava/Atlantic Records noticed Ford. Shortly thereafter, Lava/Atlantic gave Willa Ford a deal and put her into their recording studio with a diverse group of writers and producers.
On July 17, 2001, Ford released her debut album Willa Was Here, containing the single "I Wanna Be Bad."
Also in 2001, Ford served as the spokesperson for Pantene Pro-V's Pro-Voice campaign and appeared on the in-concert cable special Teensation. Ford also hosted MTV's Total Request Live and Say What Karaoke. She then won a contract with MTV.
In 2002, Willa Ford co-wrote and sang a duet with South Korean pop star Park Ji-yoon entitled "Nastified," which appeared on Ji-yoon's fifth album, Man.
In 2003, Willa Ford released the female empowerment dance song "A Toast to Men," which featured guest rapper Lady May. The single was from her unreleased second album Sexysexobsessive, which Ford originally wanted to call Porn Poetry.
The album also contained the title track "Sexysexobsessive" about the way sex can over take people's whole lives.
Willa Ford was ranked #100 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2004. Willa Ford ranked #1 in Stuff's Sexiest Women of the Summer in 2005. She ranked #48 in the Stuff's 101 Sexiest Online Women in 2006.
In February, Willa Ford proved yet again to be the "Bad Girl of Pop" by posing nude for the March 2006 issue of Playboy with Jessica Alba on the cover.
Willa Ford and her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were voted off Dancing with the Stars on October 11, 2006 after five weeks of competition. On October 12, it was announced that for personal reasons, Sara Evans would be dropping out of the show.
On November 1, 2006, Willa Ford returned to the televised result show of Dancing With the Stars, where she performed Fame (Irene Cara song), making her the first celebrity to be a contestant and performer on the show. On November 8, 2006, Willa Ford returned to Dancing With the Stars again, but this time to perform a group jive and promote the upcoming tour. Ford also appeared a third time after her elimination on the November 15, 2006 season finale of Dancing With the Stars, when all the dancers and stars returned for their final dance number before crowning Emmitt Smith the third season's champion.
The Insider with Pat O'Brien announced on April 10, 2007 that Willa Ford will be playing the role of Anna Nicole Smith in a television movie about the life and death of the late celebrity.