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5 Little Known Facts About Aaliyah On What Would Have Been Her 39th Birthday

Her Brother Came Up with Video Concept to “4 Page Letter” 

The fourth single from 1996’s “One In A Million,” “4 Page Letter” saw its video concept come from Aaliyah’s older brother Rashad Haughton. It saw her walking through a forest until she meets up with villagers and shows off some sick dance moves — and her signature tight abs.

She Was The Youngest Woman to Perform at the Oscars

Making her first appearance at one of Hollywood’s most prestigious awards shows, Aaliyah became the youngest female performer there when she sang the ballad, “Journey to the Past” at the 1998 ceremony. She was just 19 at the time when she belted the tune from the animated film “Anastasia.”


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The Reason Aaliyah’s Trademark Hairstyle Covered Her Eye

Ever wonder where Aaliyah got the idea to cover one eye with her sleek hair? Apparently, her mother, Diane Haughton, told her to cover her left eye to add mystery. The move was inspired by film actress Veronica Lake.



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She Tried Out For “Family Matters”

Well before her starring role in “Romeo Must Die,” the singer auditioned for a part on the ABC TGIF staple, “Family Matters.” Aaliyah could have been there in person to hear Steve Urkle’s famous catchphrase: “Did I do that?”



She’s a Pet Lover

Growing up in her home in suburban Detroit, the singer was surrounded by dogs, ducks and iguanas.

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