Name: Fiona Apple
Date of Birth: September 13, 1977
Place of Birth: New York, N.Y., USA
Fiona Apple Maggart was born September 13, 1977, in
New York City, and is the offspring of actors Brandon
Maggart and Diane McAfee. Fiona and her older sister
Amber had to endure the divorce of their parents, who
split up when Fiona was four years old. The Maggart
daughters have more stepsiblings, which their parents
had from previous relationships.
Raised by her mother in New York, Fiona began taking
piano lessons at the age of eight. Preferring to improvise
(something that would explain Fiona's off-beat statements),
a musically inclined Fiona dropped her lessons and taught
herself the keyboard.
Fiona's sometimes disturbing image manifested itself
at an early age, when an 11-year old Fiona confessed
to a friend that she was going to kill herself and her
sister. This prompted several therapy sessions which
ultimately led her to believe that must actually be
something wrong with her if she required therapy.
Anyone would require therapy after what happened to
Fiona next. She was raped when she was 12 years old,
in a New York apartment building. She subtly shares
her experience with the public in the song "Sullen
Girl", but has candidly broached the topic of the
tragic incident in interviews. Seeing the cup half full,
Fiona admits that the experience has actually helped
her find her artistic self.
On a brighter note, she was discovered after Fiona's
friend gave a demo tape of hers to Kathryn Schenker,
a music-industry publicist the friend had babysat for.
The world is small indeed, as Schenker's list of clients
includes Aerosmith and Sting. Schenker was impressed
with Fiona's music and style, and introduced her to
Andrew Slater, a producer-artist manager. Fiona was
signed to WORK, Sony's affiliate label and the rest
Her debut album, Tidal was released in 1995 and made
a splash in the music industry. The album spawned hit
singles such as "Shadowboxer", "Sleep
to Dream" and "Criminal", and fans really
took to her piano-rich, introspective, edgy sound.
If people had not yet heard Fiona's music, they were
sure to hear about her after her acceptance speech for
winning the Best New Artist award at the 1997 MTV Video
Awards. There she was, a waify "bad girl",
clad in fashionable clothes and shoes, pleading with
fans not to follow the images projected to them in the
media and to be their own person. Ironic, coming from
a girl who looks like the product of the industry she
Although her "go with yourself" speech practically
became her claim to fame, it did not overshadow her
success as she had won nominations for Best New Artist,
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song
(both for "Criminal").
Already having a multi-platinum album under her belt
-- thanks to the success of Tidal -- she released her
sophomore album, When the Pawn....
Contrary to the dark, sad, woman portrayed in the media,
Fiona is smiling on the cover of When the Pawn....
Fiona's romantic history includes magician David Blaine
and Magnolia director and screenwriter, Paul Thomas
Anderson (who directed Fiona's video for Criminal).