Lynne Spears

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Lynne Spears
Lynne Irene Bridges

(1955-05-04) May 4, 1955 (age 64)
Alma materSoutheastern Louisiana University
OccupationGrade school teacher, writer, daycare operator
Spouse(s)James Parnell Spears (1975–2002)
ChildrenBryan Spears
Britney Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears

Lynne Irene Spears (née Bridges; born May 4, 1955)[1] is an American author and mother of Britney Spears, as well as producer Bryan Spears and singer Jamie Lynn Spears.


Early life and family[edit]

Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi, to English mother Lilian Irene Portell (1924–1993), and Barney O'Field Bridges (1919–1978), an American G.I. In 1945, her parents met and married in Portell's native London.[2][3] Spears's maternal great-grandfather, Edward Portelli, was a Maltese immigrant to the United Kingdom.[3][4] Spears has an older brother, Barry "Sonny" Bridges (born 1951). Their older sister, Sandra Bridges Covington (1947–2007), died of ovarian cancer.[5][6]

In 1975, she married James "Jamie" Spears. They were divorced in 2002[7] and reconciled in 2010.[8][9] Jamie and Lynne Spears have three children: son Bryan James (born 1977) and daughters Britney Jean (born 1981) and Jamie Lynn Marie (born 1991). They also have five grandchildren: grandsons Sean Preston Federline (born 2005) and Jayden James Federline (born 2006) from Britney and granddaughters Maddie Briann Aldridge (born 2008) and Ivey Joan Watson (born 2018) from Jamie Lynn, and Sophia (born 2011)[10] from Bryan.[11]

Later life and fame[edit]

Spears owned and operated a day care in their hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana and later worked as a schoolteacher[citation needed]. In 1993, her daughter Britney joined the new Mickey Mouse Club for 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.[12] Spears is a devout Christian, and openly discussed this in her memoir.[13]


  1. ^ "Britney Spears Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Britney Spears's newly discovered British family
  3. ^ a b Ancestry of Her daughter, Including Lynne Spears.
  4. ^ Spears, Lynne; Craker, Lorilee (2008). Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World. Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. pp. 4. ISBN 978-1-59555-156-6.
  5. ^ "Lynne Spears Visits Sister's Grave Amid Crisis". January 5, 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  6. ^ "Lynne Spears Speaks: 'Just Say Prayers'". People. January 4, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  7. ^ "Britney's Next Act". People. September 2, 2002. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Britney Spears's Divorced Parents Reconciling". People. November 15, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "Report: Britney Spears' parents reconciling". MSNBC. November 16, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "She's growing up so fast! Jamie Lynn Spears's daughter Maddie joins mom and Grandma Spears on a shopping trip". Daily Mail. May 7, 2012.
  11. ^ "Britney Spears – Lynne Spears: 'Family Troubles Are In The Past'". October 9, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  12. ^ "Lynne Spears to Write About "Dark Period of Britney's Life" in Memoir". Us Magazine. June 12, 2008. Archived from the original on July 14, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008.
  13. ^ 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.