Geraldine Estelle "Geri" Halliwell (born 6 August 1972) is an English pop singer-songwriter, children's author, actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. Halliwell first became famous in the late 1990s as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls, which became one of the most successfull girl groups of all time, selling in excess of 55 million records worldwide. As a solo artist, she has received four Brit Award nominations and released four number-one singles in the UK.
Halliwell was born to Lawrence Halliwell, who was of Swedish descent, and his wife Ana María (nee Hidalgo), of Spanish descent, and grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire. For a brief time, Halliwell's mother tried to bring her up as a Jehovah's witness. Halliwell took her A-Levels at Camden School for Girls having taken her GCSE's at Watford Girls Grammar School. Before starting her music career, Halliwell had worked as a nightclub dancer in Majorca (Spain), a model and presenter on the Turkish version of Let's Make a Deal  and as a glamour model. Following her rise to fame with the Spice Girls, nude photos of Halliwell were re-published in a number of top-shelf magazines in the UK. During the documentary Spice Girls: Giving You Everything  broadcast on UK television on 31 December 2007, Halliwell repeated her claim to have only done 'harmless, topless shots', despite extensive evidence to the contrary, including pictures in her own autobiography.
On May 30, 1998 Halliwell left the Spice Girls due to "differences between band members". The first official confirmation was an announcement to the media by her solicitor on 31st May. Her action aroused controversy, her former band being due to embark on a North American tour, which they eventually completed without her. Although she had already left the group, the Spice Girls released "Viva Forever", the final music video to feature Halliwell's likeness. After she left, the other girls wrote a few songs about her which appeared on their album Forever, notably "Goodbye" (although it is said that Geri had helped write this song before her departure, but since the song was released after her departure, most people see it as a tribute to Geri) and "Let Love Lead the Way."[
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