Brooklyn, New York, USA
Claim to Fame
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
New Wave, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Punk/New Wave
Party/Celebratory, Exuberant, Wistful, Carefree, Stylish, Quirky, Cheerful, Confident, Playful, Reflective, Whimsical, Passionate, Cynical/Sarcastic, Theatrical, Amiable/Good-Natured, Rowdy, Joyous, Street-Smart, Fun, Energetic, Earnest
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Producer
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General Educational Development
Full Name at Birth
Cynthia Anne Stephanie Lauper
Singer, Songwriter, LBGT activist
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Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT activist. Her career has spanned over 30 years. Her debut solo album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night"—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one hit of the same name and "Change of Heart", which peaked at number 3.
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson
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Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She achieved success in the mid-1980s with the release of the debut solo album She's So Unusual in 1983, which included four Billboard Hot 100 top five songs: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop," and "All Through the Night." It became the first album in history to have four top five singles by a female, and earned Lauper Best New Artist at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with True Colors in 1986, which included two Billboard Hot 100 top ten songs: the number one smash "True Colors" and "Change of Heart," and earned two nominations at the 29th Grammy Awards.
Since 1989, she has released nine studio albums to critical acclaim, her most recent 2010's Memphis Blues (album) which became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number 1 for 13 consecutive weeks.
Lauper has released over 40 singles, and as of 2011 had sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and 1 million DVDs and 20 million singles, making her one of the best selling artists of all time. She has won numerous awards, including Grammy, Emmy, MTV VMA, Billboard and AMA. In 1999, Lauper ranked No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll by VH1.
The daughter of Fred and Catrine Lauper, Cyndi Lauper was born and raised in Ozone Park, in the borough of Queens in New York City. Her family is Roman Catholic. Her mother uses the stage name "Catrine Dominique" for the music videos in which she has appeared. Her father was of German and Swiss descent and her mother is Italian American (from Sicily). She has an older sister, Ellen, and a younger brother, Fred (nicknamed Butch).
After Lauper's parents divorced, her mother remarried, divorced again, and went to work as a waitress. It was during this time that Lauper began listening to artists such as Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and the Beatles. Her mother encouraged her independence and creativity. At the age of twelve, Lauper learned how to play an acoustic guitar, which her sister had given to her, and she started to write her own lyrics. She had a great love of art and music and tried to find ways to express herself. Even at this early age, Lauper started dyeing her hair different colors and wearing radical fashions. Lauper was accepted in a special public high school for students with talent in the visual arts, but she was held back and eventually dropped out, earning her GED sometime later. At the age of seventeen, she left home, planning to study art. Her journey would take her to Canada, where she spent two weeks in the woods with her dog, Sparkle, trying to find herself. She eventually wound up in Vermont, where she took art classes at Johnson State College. She supported herself by working at various odd jobs.
In the mid 1970s, Lauper performed as a vocalist with various cover bands (such as Doc West and Flyer, who still perform under the names Gap Wilson Band and Red, White and Blues Band), in the New York metropolitan area, singing hits by bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company. Even though Lauper was now performing on stage, she was not happy singing cover songs. In 1977, Lauper damaged her vocal cords and took a year off. She was told by three doctors that she would never sing again. Vocal coach Katie Agresta helped Lauper regain her voice by teaching her proper vocal exercises.
In 1978, after regaining her voice, Lauper met saxophone player John Turi through her manager Ted Rosenblatt. Turi and Lauper became writing partners and formed a band called Blue Angel. They decided to put everything they had into making an album of original material. A few demos were recorded and the tape found its way over to Steve Massarsky, who was managing The Allman Brothers Band. Massarsky said the tape was horrible, but he was attracted to Lauper's voice. He saw them play live and eventually started managing the band after buying their contract out for $5,000. Many people wanted to sign Lauper only if she would sign on as a solo artist. Lauper held out, wanting the band to be included in any deal she made. Polydor Records eventually signed them as a band. In 1980, they released a self-titled album on Polydor Records. Rolling Stone magazine later included it as one of the 100 best new wave album covers (2003). Lauper hated the cover, often saying they made her look like Big Bird. Despite critical acclaim, the album sold poorly (or "went lead", as Lauper says) and the band broke up. Polydor Records had a regime change, and the label would not let the band back into the studio unless they had a hit. The members of Blue Angel had a falling out with Massarsky and fired him as their manager. He later filed an $80,000 suit against them. This suit forced Lauper into bankruptcy.
Flourescent Pink, Bright Orange, Lemon Yellow, Lime Green, Aqua, Purple
Declyn Wallace (son)
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Music Genre (Text)
Pop, Rock, New Wave, Blues, Soul
Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer
Portrait, Epic, Daylight, Downtown
Blue Angel The Hooters
Couple Profile Source
Richmond Hill High School, Queens, NY (dropped out)
Johnson State College
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
So What Arts Management and Media, Inc., ICM Partners
(1995) TV commercial: Dominoes Pizza (Japan), (2003) TV commercial: Dr. Pepper, (2002) TV commercial: Dr. Pepper, (9/87) Radio commercial: Sticklets Gum, (2006) TV commercial: Directed and appeared in a commercial for Trivial Pursuit Totally '80s edition board game, featuring other popular 1980s celebrities
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Music Genre (Text)
rock, new wave, synthpop, blues, soul
Blue Angel, The Hooters