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Lynne Irene Bridges
May 4, 1955
Magnolia, Mississippi, U.S.
|Education||Southeastern Louisiana University|
|Occupation||Grade school teacher, writer, daycare operator|
(m. 1976; div. 2002)
Early life and family
Spears was born in Magnolia, Mississippi to Lilian Irene Portell (1924–1993), a British woman of English and Maltese descent, and Barney O'Field Bridges (1919–1978), an American G.I. In 1945, her parents met and married in Portell's native London. Spears' maternal great-grandfather, Edward Portell, had immigrated to the United Kingdom from Malta while the country was a colony of the British Empire. Spears has an older brother, Barry "Sonny" Bridges (born 1951). Their older sister, Sandra Bridges Covington (1947–2007), died of ovarian cancer.
In July 1976, she married James "Jamie" Spears. They divorced in May 2002 and reconciled without remarrying around 2010, and were seen still united in 2014, but were evidently completely separated by 2020. They have three children: son Bryan Spears (born 1977) and daughters Britney Spears (born 1981) and Jamie Lynn Spears (born 1991). They also have five grandchildren: grandsons Sean Preston Federline (born 2005) and Jayden James Federline (born 2006) from Britney, granddaughters Maddie Briann Aldridge (born 2008) and Ivey Joan Watson (born 2018) from Jamie Lynn, and Sophia Alexandra Spears (born 2011) from Bryan.
Later life and fame
Spears owned and operated a day care in Kentwood, Louisiana and later worked as a school teacher. In 1993, her daughter Britney joined The All-New Mickey Mouse Club for its last two seasons.
Spears has co-written two books with her daughter Britney. The first, Heart to Heart, was published in 2000 as a biographical book about Britney. A Mother's Gift was a novel released in 2001 and has been adapted into a TV movie, Brave New Girl. A 2008 memoir, Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, followed. Spears is a devout Christian, and openly discussed this in her memoir.
- Through the Storm. ISBN 9781418567354.
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Brother Bryan Spears. Born c. 1977 ... Father Jamie Spears. Born c. 1953 ... Mother: Lynne Spears. Born c. 1955
- Ancestry of Her daughter, Including Lynne Spears.
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- Spears, Lynne; Craker, Lorilee (2008). Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World. Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. pp. 194. ISBN 978-1-59555-156-6.
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