- Comes from a musical family: her teacher-mother played piano; her management consultant-father sang at weddings and family events; and her older brother played several instruments.
- Formed the Tranzlator Crew, a rap group, with Wyclef Jean and his cousin Prakazrel ("Pras") Michel in the late 1980s; they eventually renamed themselves the Fugees.
- Appeared on Showtime at the Apollo's "Amateur Night" when she was 13, singing Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' You."
- Was friends with Zach Braff during high school.
- Was head cheerleader, class president and a straight-A student in high school.
- Pursued acting during her early teens, appearing on the soap opera As the World Turns and in the movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.
- Her 1998 solo debut,The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than eight million copies.
- Rolling Stone ranked The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as the No. 5 best album of the 1990s, and the No. 312th best album of all time.
- Influences include Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack and Marvin Gaye.