People and Public Figures
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Selena Marie Gomez was born to Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Gomez on July 22, 1992. At a young age, she moved from New York to Grand Prairie, Texas. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living "paycheck-to-paycheck". Selena started out on Barney & Friends (1992) as "Gianna" in 2001 where she really discovered her talent. Unfortunately, they dropped her from the series after just two years. In 2003, she had a very small role in the movie Mission 3D: Spy Kids 3 (2003) and a bit part in 2005 when she played "Julie" in Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005) with Mitchel Musso and in 2006 as "Emily Grace Garcia" in Brain Zapped (2006) when she recorded a song for the movie. She she guest starred as "Gwen" in La vie de Palace de Zack et Cody (2005) and as Hannah's rival, the 'evil' "Mikayla", in Hannah Montana - Portrait d'une rock star (2006). Selena's amazing talent landed her roles in two Disney series, both spin-offs. Unfortunately, neither show was picked up until 2007 when she got the role of "Alex Russo" in the magical series Les sorciers de Waverly Place (2007) which she auditioned for three times. In March 2008, she made her first animated movie Horton (2008) and later starred in Comme Cendrillon 2 (2008) with Disney Channel star Drew Seeley for ABC Family. Her two Disney Channel Original Movies Princess protection program - Mission Rosalinda (2009), with real-life BFF Demi Lovato, and Les sorciers de Waverly Place - Le film (2009) will both air Summer 2009.