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Selena Marie Gomez was born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Mandy Teefey, who is of part Italian descent, and Ricardo Gomez, who is of Mexican descent and originally from New Mexico. Her parents divorced in 1997. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living "paycheck-to-paycheck". Selena started out on Barney & Friends as "Gianna" in 2001 where she really discovered her talent. Unfortunately, they dropped her from the series after just two years. In 2003, she had a very small role in the movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and a bit part in 2005 when she played "Julie" in Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire with Mitchel Musso and in 2006 as "Emily Grace Garcia" in Brain Zapped when she recorded a song for the movie. She she guest starred as "Gwen" in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and as Hannah's rival, the 'evil' "Mikayla", in Hannah Montana. Selena's amazing talent landed her roles in two Disney series, both spin-offs. Unfortunately, neither show was picked up until 2007 when she got the role of "Alex Russo" in the magical series Wizards of Waverly Place which she auditioned for three times. In March 2008, she made her first animated movie Horton Hears a Who! and later starred in Another Cinderella Story with Disney Channel star Drew Seeley for ABC Family. Her two Disney Channel Original Movies Princess Protection Program, with real-life BFF Demi Lovato, and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie will both air Summer 2009.  See full bio on IMDb »

Selena ... Her Murder as Big as JFK Assassination

Her Murder as Big as JFK Assassination

Selena's murder 20 years ago today was every bit as big as the death of John Lennon, Elvis Presley and the assassination of John F. Kennedy ... so claims the estate of the former Tejano music… READ MORE >

Selena's Killer -- She'll Stay Locked Up, Despite Reports

Selena's Killer
She'll Stay Locked Up Despite Reports

Selena's killer could get an early release from prison -- as some websites are reporting -- if she proves her health is deteriorating ... but we know she lacks the proof and will stay locked… READ MORE >

- 300 days ago
Selena's Real-Life Killer -- I've NEVER Seen the Movie

Selena's Real-Life Killer
I've NEVER Seen the Movie

Yolanda Saldivar -- the woman who shot and killed Latino pop legend Selena -- doesn't plan on releasing a comment about the death of the women who portrayed her on the big screen ... because… READ MORE >

- 1165 days ago
Lupe Ontiveros Dead -- 'Selena' Actress Dies at 69

'Selena' Actress
Dead at 69

Jennifer Lopez has released a statement, saying, "I am tremendously saddened by the news of Lupe's passing! I've enjoyed her work throughout the years. She was a great actress and working with her… READ MORE >

- 1166 days ago

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