American singer-songwriter, rapper, producer and actress Lauryn Hill was born in 1975 in New Jersey. At just 13, she joined classmate Pras Michel and his cousin Wyclef Jean in forming The Rap Translator. While the group was performing and recording, Lauryn pursued her studies and made her acting debut. She appeared in TV soap opera As the World Turns and, in 1993, the film Sister Act 2 with Whoopi Goldberg. In 1994, The Rap Translator changed their name and became The Fugees. Their exceedingly promising debut album Blunted on Reality was followed by 1996 smash The Score, a multiplatinum album that made them an international success. In 1998 Lauryn launched her own separate career with her only solo album to date, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, one of the biggest hit albums of the decade, selling over 18 million copies, nominated for 10 Grammys and winning 5 including Album of the Year. That music, crossing rap, soul, reggae and R&B, made Lauryn Hill the grand dame of R&B in the ’90s.