Britney Spears was off to such a sweet and innocent start singing on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1992 when she was eight years old with her pals Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.
But oh baby! What a turn her career would take.
Spears's talent was undeniable. One spectacular performance after another catapulted her to superstardom.
By the time she was 22, she rivaled Madonna's fame, and shocked the nation yet again by kissing her longtime idol onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003.
Who could forget that terrifying scene when Spears nearly dropped her baby on a New York City sidewalk?
Next, she was photographed driving in LA with her baby sitting on her lap, no car seat in sight.
Just when America didn't think Spears couldn't get any stranger, in 2007 a surreal scene took place. She walked into an LA hair salon and shaved her head.
The train-wreck rolled on, culminating in the bizarre scene when a bald Spears attacked a paparazzo's car with an umbrella.
Then another jaw-dropping scene, Spears being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher, off to a mental ward.
Wendy Williams, whose talk show airs weekdays on Fox, has observed the highs and lows of Spear's career.
"She's only 30, and she's fallen down and gotten up so many times," said Wendy Williams on her TV show.
Spears hoped returning to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007 would resuscitate her career. But it was a disaster. After missing several rehearsals, Spears stumbled all over the stage, out of shape and out of practice.
"That's why we love her. She's like the rest of us, chubby and stumbling her way through life," said Williams.
Somehow Spears hung in there. Today at 30 she's performing another world tour, and seems to have found love with agent Jason Trawick.
What a 30 years it's been!