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LeAnn Rimes Looks to the Future

July 18, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Still too young to get her driver’s license, LeAnn Rimes knows where she wants to go and how to get there.

``I want to be in a feature film,″ Rimes says in the July 24 Entertainment Weekly. ``We’ve been talking about bringing back `A Star is Born.′ Something along the lines of a love story that involved my music. A film with an edge.″

The 15-year-old singing sensation has learned a lot in the two years since her first single ``Blue″ stormed the song charts. She enjoyed instant success and won a Grammy. Then, growing up brought having to deal with her parents’ divorce and a Grammy snub.

After ``Con Air″ producer Jerry Bruckheimer dumped her rendition of ``How Do I Live″ from the movie in favor of Trisha Yearwood, Rimes released her version anyway and it was a No. 1 pop hit.

When she and Yearwood were both nominated for Grammys for the song, she gave an all-out performance at the Grammy ceremonies but Yearwood took away the award, a result that brought reports of a backstage emotional outburst, reports Rimes doesn’t altogether deny.

``I wasn’t a happy person,″ she said. ``I felt betrayed. Not by fans but by people in the business. ... It’s disheartening to see what the fans like and (have) politics take it from me.″

Rimes takes her ups and downs in stride.

``I could never be a normal 15-year-old,″ she said. ``I don’t have a typical life. I struggle every day with everything I do. But I’m never going to comfortable enough with my career, my business life, whatever, to be able to go back to just being a kid.″

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