At first glance, it would seem that nothing could ruffle her feathers.On top of the world professionally, Faith Hill is happily wed to heartthrob Tim Mc Graw.Together they share a sprawling, bucolic farm in Tennessee with their three beautiful daughters.

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"Sure, she's a Grammy-winning glamour gal, but Faith Hill is just a working wife and mom at heart.

She's famous for her red-carpet style, but she's happiest in a T-shirt and jeans.

Her flaxen hair is long and lustrous, but she's endured the sort of nightmare haircut that would make any woman lock herself in the bathroom.

She's got a marriage many would envy, but she's known her share of heartbreak.

Maybe that's why, despite the fact that Faith Hill seems to have all the luck, we don't begrudge her any of it.

In the face of daunting obstacles, Faith has shown the strength and grace of not only a star, but a survivor.

As she faces her next challenge--an acting debut opposite Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler in a new version of the movie The Stepford Wives (see "Faith's Next Move," page 217)--it is impossible not to root for a gal who has fought so hard for happiness.

Painful family secrets, a failed first marriage, a concealed medical crisis--Faith has been through it all, though she's rarely talked about these struggles.

Growing up in the tiny town of Star, Mississippi, Faith had a loving family life, if not a typical one. "I had been told that [my birth mother] had an affair with a married man, and he didn't want to leave his wife to marry her, so she gave me up for adoption," Faith has said.

"But it was completely untrue." In fact, that story may well have been constructed to spare Faith the painful truth that her birth parents did go on to marry each other and have another child--whom they did not put up for adoption.

Luckily, Ted and Edna Perry were looking to add to their brood of two boys, Wesley and Steven.