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Debbie Boone is Soccer Mom

October 5, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ In 1977, squeaky-clean Debbie Boone was the hottest thing in music, with her hit ``You Light Up My Life″ topping the Billboard charts for 10 weeks. In 1997, Boone is a soccer mom.

A sudden sensation at age 21, Boone won an Academy Award for best song, two Grammys and overtook Elvis Presley’s 1956 hit ``Don’t Be Cruel″ to become the biggest selling record in two decades.

The daughter of clean-cut 1950s pop singer Pat Boone inherited his goody-goody image, something she wasn’t all that happy about at the time.

``I was never the image,″ she says in the Oct. 10 Entertainment Weekly. ``I wanted to be valued for my talent, my sense of humor, my intelligence. Later, I realized the image served me; it made me a personality.″

She has worked consistently for years, singing with her father, appearing on Broadway in ``Seven Brides for Seven Brothers″ and ``Grease!″ and making Christian music albums.

She won two more Grammys, made TV movies and TV variety specials while raising four children and collaborating with artist husband Gabriel Ferrer, son of Jose Ferrer, on five children’s books.

Her work schedule nowadays must be juggled ``in between picking up kids and taking them to soccer,″ she says.

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