Britney: Most Searched Person of '01
Oops, she did it. According to various year-end reports, Britney Spears not only left her teens by turning 20 on Dec. 2, she also topped a number of most-searched lists for 2001. Besides being No. 1 on AOL (which, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner), the pop princess also topped the lists on Ask Jeeves, Lycos and Yahoo. The Hollywood Reporter notes that other stars who sparked curiosity on the Net are Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Martha Stewart, Aaliyah, Lil’ Bow Wow, Eminem and Pamela Anderson. (Eminem should enjoy the spotlight now: two experts on Monday’s “Today” show say he’ll be “out” next year, because in light of world events, the rantings of a white rapper seem a bit, well, inconsequential.) Films that sparked the most interest on the Net were as follows (in order): “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Planet of the Apes” and “The Fast and the Furious.” AOL’s most popular chat of 2001 was during the Grammy Awards. Of AOL’s most popular poll topics, the top three revealed that 58 percent of respondents think New York’s World Trade Center should be rebuilt; 42 percent say that it’s highly likely the U.S. will capture Osama bin Laden; and — bringing us full circle — 35 percent think that Britney will marry boyfriend Justin Timberlake within five years. Happy New Year.