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Carnie Wilson, Judge
Carnie Wilson was born on April 29, 1968 to mother Marilyn and Beach Boy father Brian Wilson. Her parents divorced when she was 11, but while they were together, she had to deal with Brian's widely publicized depression and paranoia. Estranged from her troubled father from childhood, she struggled with emotional distress and an uncontrollable eating disorder. In 1986, Carnie, her sister Wendy and longtime friend Chynna Phillips formed the vocal pop group Wilson Phillips. The trio recorded several demos which eventually caught the attention of songwriter Glen Ballard, who became their collaborator. Wilson Phillips' 1990 self-titled debut album went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide and was supported by a world tour. The trio returned less than a year later with Shadows and Light, which went platinum. At 31, after topping the charts and hosting her own TV talk show, Carnie weighed 300 pounds and her health was in serious jeopardy. She turned to weight-loss surgery as a last resort. An outgoing personality with a taste for the limelight, she shared her life-altering operation with the world through a live Internet broadcast. During the next two years, she lost 155 pounds, found love, and became an inspiration to millions who battle obesity.
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