I totally forgot Britney Spears was on Star Search.
And that’s not event the crazy part. The insanity of it is that she got second place!
Of course, maybe fate chooses us all.
Because Britney – apparently – could have been an actress.
I mean, the very thought seems outlandish today but:
For an acting gig, Natalie Portman was brought in as a back-up to Britney Spears.
She was cast as the understudy to the star, Laura Bell Bundy, in the off-Broadway musical Ruthless! In 1992, before the musical premiered, she got to the finals of Star Search, the Ed McMahon–hosted television talent show. But she finished second, which crushed her, and after four months of long nights backstage at the theater, she and Lynne called it quits and went back to Kentwood. Britney was replaced by another unknown child actor named Natalie Portman.
-John Seabrook, The Song Machine