Birthday: July 26, 1993
Age: 28 Years, 28 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Leo
Also Known As: Taylor Michel Momsen, Momsen, Taylor, Little J
Born in: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Famous as: TV Actress, Singer-songwriter, Actress
Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females
father: Michael Momsen
mother: Colette Momsen
siblings: Sloane Momsen
U.S. State: Missouri
education: Professional Performing Arts School, Herbert Hoover Middle School
Who is Taylor Momsen?
Taylor Momsen is an American singer, songwriter, and actress, best known as the lead singer and frontwoman of the rock band The Pretty Reckless. She is a multi-talented personality who entered the entertainment world at the tender age of just two years. Proclaiming her life to be a roller-coaster ride with constant work commitments from an early age, she quips that she “did not have a real life” while growing up. This gorgeous young lady from Missouri was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith, but now stresses that she is not religious anymore. Her lineage traces back to ethnic Germans who hailed from the ‘then’ Russian empire. Beginning her career as a child actor, she eventually forayed into modeling and music as well. Her appearance as `Jenny Humphrey’ in the popular ‘Gossip Girl’ series made her a household name and the hit debut album of her group—‘Light Me Up’—gained her fame in the music world. Even though she is a multi-faceted personality, she claims that her true love is music and has now stopped taking up acting assignments to focus on her musical career.
Childhood & Early Life
Taylor Michel Momsen was born on 26 July 1993, in St. Louis, Missouri (USA). Born to Colette and Michael Momsen, she traces her roots to Russia. Her family descends from ethnic Germans who lived in the then-Russian Empire. She has a sister Sloane Momsen who is an actor and a model as well.
The siblings were raised in the Roman Catholic religion with a convent education at the Lady of Lourdes School for elementary studies. She then went to the Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac (Maryland). She honed her dancing skills at the prestigious ‘Center for Creative Arts’, St. Louis.
Momsen is a child star; her first brush with fame came very early when she was signed up with Ford Models at the age of two.
Her first TV commercial was for ‘Shake ‘n Bake’ in 1997 at the tender age of three years. She then became famous as ‘Cindy Lou Who’, a character in the acclaimed ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, at seven years of age in 2000. Her voice gained public notice when she sang her first song ‘Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You?’ for the same movie.
She completed her high school education in Manhattan from the much sought after ‘Professional Performing Arts School’.
In her teens, she signed with IMG Models (2008) and in the subsequent years appeared in many commercials and was part of famous modeling photo shoots. She featured on the front cover of numerous fashion magazines.
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Taylor Momsen has been the cover girl for ‘Seventeen’, `Maxim’, ‘Revolver’ and many other magazines. She is the brand girl for John Galliano’s perfume ad campaign and has also appeared as the face of Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ fashion line.
She is also a singer and guitarist. She along with Ben Philips (guitarist) leads the band ‘The Pretty Reckless’ where her vocals pilot the gang in their rock n roll journey.
As an actress, ’Gossip Girl’ is where she started making waves in the role of ‘Jenny Humphrey’ in 2007. In the midst of the series she took a three-year long break with only sporadic appearances, but returned for the final season. Her fourth single ‘Kill Me’ (The Pretty Reckless) aired in its final episode.
Her band’s first album ‘Light Me Up’ (released August 30, 2010) was a huge hit; some of its songs were featured in the musical scores of the ‘Vampire Diaries’ series and in the movie ‘Kick-ass’.
Taylor Momsen has been on a lot of world tours since forming the band. Her large fan following has made these trips huge sensations in Ireland, Europe, North America, UK and many other countries.
The years from 2013 to 2015 witnessed the release of the band’s second album ‘Going to Hell’ along with hit singles like ‘Fucked Up World’, ‘Follow Me Down’ and ‘Heaven Knows’.
In October 2016 the band released their third album ‘Who You Selling For’. The lead single reached the No.1 position in the Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.
From the year 2000 onwards, Taylor Momsen has reached great heights of fame in the movie, music and modeling world – the 3 Ms. The second album of ‘The Pretty Reckless’ rock group, ‘Going to Hell’ reached the Top 5 position on the US Billboard Top 200 music chart.
She tours a lot with the band, and the Medicine Tour’ that they undertook in 2012 was a huge hit among fans.
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As an actress, she has acted in movies like ‘Hansel & Gretel’ (2002), ‘Spy Kids 2’ (2002) `Underdog’ (2007), and ‘Spy School’ (2008). Her performances have garnered appreciation and award nominations.
Awards & Achievements
Taylor Momsen’s performance in the movie ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000) earned her a Saturn Award nomination for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. Ironically, she got nominated by critics for the ‘Stinker Award’ for her role as the ‘Worst Supporting Actress’ for the same movie!
She was nominated for a number of awards including the popular ‘Teen Choice Award’ in 2008 for her role in `Gossip Girl’. Her nomination came under the ‘Choice TV Breakout Star Female’ category.
Personal Life & Legacy
Taylor Momsen’s flings have been in the limelight a number of times. She was one of the youngest teenagers (then 14 years) in the news to have been spotted with a boyfriend. It was none other than ‘Skander Keynes’ of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ fame. The rumored romance was short-lived.
When 17 years of age, she came into the media glare for her involvement with fellow musician Natt Weller. Sources point out that this romance did not last long too.
She was also linked to Jack Osbourne (Ozzy Osbourne’s son). However nothing came out of this alleged involvement as well. She presently declares her ‘only love’ for music and nothing else.
She is one of the children who have an unclaimed account in ‘Coogan’ (California Child Actor’s Bill) instituted for ‘child performers’ whose portion of earnings is set aside for use in adulthood.
She accuses her parents of pushing her into work when very young and blames her ‘shitty’ attitude to be a result of their parenting.