WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
February 4th marked the 40th birthday of Natalie Imbruglia. The Australian singer and actress has announced the release of a new album. It will be her first in six years. Called Male, it will present her covering tracks made famous by male-lead acts, and will be released on July 28.
As her surname suggests, Natalie Imbruglia is of Italian origin. Her father’s family were from Lipari, in Sicily, while her mother’s family have British and Irish ancestry . Natalie says that she looked very Italian as a teenager in Australia, and “It took me a long time to realize that was a good thing.”
Natalie, who is the oldest of four daughters, grew up in New South Wales. She learnt to dance when she was three and had a good singing voice, but her first break came in acting. At the age of 16 she got a part in the cult Australian soap opera Neighbours. Neighbours, which was first broadcast in 1985, is considered kitsch, but over the years it has launched the careers of many Australian stars, including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Holly Valance.
But Natalie didn’t like Neighbours and so she left to pursue a more serious acting career. She moved to London, but didn’t have a work permit. She had no money and for this reason decided to try singing. The results were spectacular. She signed with BMG, which was then one of the major record labels , and released the song “Torn” in 1997. It was a major international hit and was one of the anthems of the 1990s, but Natalie said that “The success of “Torn” was a bit too much for me. I took a year off and was still scared to start the second album.”
In spite of her success as a singer, Natalie has always expressed a desire to act. She hasn’t appeared in many films, but she gave an excellent performance in the 2003 Rowan Atkinson comedy Johnny English. Recently she has been taking acting lessons. She has even moved from London to Los Angeles, in the hope of getting parts in movies. Last year she had a role in the film Among Ravens.
In 2003 Natalie married another Australian musician, Silverchair guitarist Daniel Johns, but they divorced in 2008. Natalie is known to suffer from depression and she once said, “People often say, ‘What’s she got to be depressed about?’” She has also said, “If I start feeling down I’ll eat pasta. It’s the Italian blood in me.”
Iluka Skin Care
On September 24th the British newspaper The Daily Mail announced that Natalie Imbruglia was launching a range of anti-ageing skin care products called Iluka Skincare. The name is based on that of a beautiful coastal village in New South Wales, in Ms. Imbruglia’s native Australia. Please check www.ilukaskincare.com if you are interested in other publications on Natalie or Iluka products.