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Gwen Stefani is celebrating her 45th birthday today. It’s hard to imagine that anyone would say that No Doubt’s lead singer is over the hill. Gwen looks the same today as she did 20 years ago. In celebration of her birthday we’ve decided to share 45 facts about the ageless star.

1. Gwen’s Early Life

Gwen Stefani

1. Gwen Renee Stefani was born October 3, 1969 in Fullerton, CA.
2. She was named after a stewardess from the 1968 novel, Airplane.
3. Her father worked as a Yamaha marketing executive and her mother was an accountant. She is the second oldest of four children. Her older brother Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt.
4. Gwen is dyslexic.
5. Stefani often wore homemade clothes as many of the women in her family were seamstresses.

2. Gwen’s Teenage Years

Gwen Stefani
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6. She loved musicals, Gwen was inspired by The Sound of Music and Evita.
7. Her first performance was at Loara High School’s talent show.
8. Gwen was a member of her high school’s swim team to lose weight. The front woman used to be chubby!
9. Gwen’s first job was at a Dairy Queen in Anaheim.
10. When Gwen graduated from high school in 1987, she began attending Fullerton College and then transferred to University of California, Fullerton to study art.

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