Britney Most-Searched-For Person Of 2004

BRITNEY SPEARS' busy year of headline-grabbing antics have helped her earn the title as the most-searched-for person on the internet for the third time in four years.

The tally, compiled by AMERICA ONLINE, places twin actresses MARY-KATE and ASHLEY OLSEN second, beating American TV personalities REGIS PHILBIN and KELLY RIPA.

The top three "mother" searches were JULIA ROBERTS, SHAR JACKSON - the ex-girlfriend of Spears' husband KEVIN FEDERLINE - and LIV TYLER, who gave birth to baby boy on Tuesday (14DEC04).

Top of the most searched-for male category was musician USHER, with KOBE BRYANT being the most-searched athlete.