Mandy Moore Biography
After battling against depression following the breakdown of two high-profile relationships, Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore has found her fairytale ending.
On February 11th 2009 she got engaged to singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, formerly of the alt-country band Whiskeytown. They got married a month later in a low-key ceremony in Savannah, Georgia and the two are big home bodies.
They are nerdily obsessed with their two cats and their terrier-cross named Joni after Moore's favourite singer Joni Mitchell. They adopted her from an animal shelter in 2008 and she has ruled their home ever since.
The couple have become very domesticated with Adams doing the cooking and Moore doing the dishes and she says the best part of her marriage is her husband is her best friend.
"I feel supported and loved and at peace," she said. "My life has reached this really beautiful point where I can sort of look around and go wow, I'm lucky I got my own happy ending."
Her previous relations had aroused a lot of media attention. She dated actor Wilmer Valderrama for 18 months between 2000 and 2002 and said on a talk show in 2006 that they were each other's first loves and he was a good guy and a gentleman.
Her relationship with tennis ace Andy Roddick began in 2002 and they made a very glamorous couple, crossing the divide between showbiz and sport and the media loved them.
She said of Roddick "He is very funny and has a wonderful sense of humour. I knew nothing about tennis until I met him, now I am into it."
She was heart broken when he broke up with her in 2004, saying she was a distraction and he could not handle her Hollywood lifestyle.
Shortly after the break-up she started dating Scrubs actor Jeff Braff saying she liked a "good Jewish boy" with a sense of humour, as her mother was half Jewish. There were rumours that the couple were engaged, but two years later they split up and she spiralled into depression.
Moore decided to become a singer after seeing the film "Oklahoma" and she was encouraged to perform by her maternal grandmother, who was her inspiration.
Her first public exposure was when she sang the National Anthem at several Florida sporting events and was famous as a teenager in the late-nineties for her pop-oriented pop albums "So Real I Wanna Be With You" and "Mandy Moore."
At the age of 18 she starred in the film "A Walk to Remember" and three years later she branched into the fashion world with her line of Mblem contemporary knitwear and cashmere. It was sold in 500 speciality boutiques and some department stores, including Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.
One of her aims was to provide clothing for taller women, she is 5'10", but when she got engaged in February 2009 she said she was shutting down the line but might return to the fashion world sometime in the future.
Like many actresses she helps a lot of charities and she teamed up with non-profit organisation PSI and its subsidiary "Five and Alive" to fight malaria in Africa.
She is Hon Chairperson of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society's division of awareness for youth, helping young people to be aware of the seriousness of leukaemia and lymphoma. She is also spokesperson for the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month held every January.