Depending on whom you believe Maria Carey was born either in 1969 or 1970. IMDB, says she was born on March 27, 1969, and Mariah says she was born in 1970.
*Her father, Alfred, was an African-American aeronautical engineer from Venezuela.
*Her mother, Patricia, was an Irish-American opera singer and vocal coach.
*When Carey was 3 years old, her parents divorced.
*In 1987, she graduated high school and moved to Manhattan.
*At a Columbia Record party, she met Tommy Mottola and handed him a demo of her singing.
*Mottola listened to the demo in his car on the way home, loved what he heard, and went back to the party to talk to Carey.
*In 1990, her first album, Mariah Carey, was released, becoming a huge hit with four hit singles.
*That same year, Carey won several Grammy Awards, one for Best New Artist and one for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her debut single "Vision of Love," according to People.com.
*In 1991, her next album "Emotions" was released and climbed the charts.
*In 1992, Mariah performed on "MTV's Unplugged" and impressed her critics with her incredible vocal range.
*That same year, she released the album of the live performance given on "MTV's Unplugged," and it soon went platinum.
*In 1993, Mariah married record mogul Tommy Mottola in a star-studded spectacle.
*Attending the wedding were major celebs such as Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand and Robert De Niro.
*In September 1993, her next album "Music Box" was released, going straight to No. 1 on the charts, according to People.com. The single "Dream Over" spends two months at No. 1.
*In 1995, her next record "Daydream," combined R&B and hip-hop, soared to multi platinum.
*In 1996, according to People.com, Mariah had an affair with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
*In 1997, Mottola and Carey split.
*That same year she declared her independence by creating an album called "Butterfly."
*In 1999, her next album, "Rainbow" was released, pushing her ahead of the Beatles with the most cumulative weeks spent atop the Hot 100 singles chart.
*In 2001, Carey signed the biggest recording contract ever, with an $80 million deal with Virgin Records, according to starpulse.com.
*Soon after, her next record "Glitter" and her first movie by the same name bombed.
* Carey publicly lost it and had a nervous breakdown.
*In 2002 Virgin bought out the remainder her contract for $28 million.
*That same year she signed with Island/Def Jam records and released her ninth album, which also tanked.
*In 2005, "The Emancipation of Mimi" came out, redeeming Carey as capable of creating the year's best-selling album. She won several Grammy Awards.
*In 2008, she scored her 18th hit with the single "Touch My Body," pushing her into second place as the singer with the most chart-topping hits, according to Starpulse.com.
*Mariah Carey is currently pregnant with her first child, with her current husband, Nick Cannon.
In the fall of 2008 suffered a miscarriage with second hubby's baby.
*Mariah has sold over 100 million albums in her singing career. Copyright 2010, written by Kate johns who is a talented author who began her writing career in 2004, creating greeting card sayings.