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Birth name: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper.
Born: June 22, 1953 Queens, New York, U.S.
Cyndi Lauper biography (bio):
Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. She became a household name in the mid-eighties with the release of the album, She's So Unusual and became the first artist in history to have four top ten singles released from one album. Cyndi has released 11 albums, over 40 singles, and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. She continues to tour the world in support of human rights.
Early life and pre-fame:
Arguably the biggest female star of the early MTV era, Lauper was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in a rough area of Queens. Her parents are Fred and Catrine Lauper. Her mother uses the stagename, "Catrine Dominique" for the music videos she has starred in. Her father was of German and Swiss descent and her mother was Italian American (Sicilian, precisely). She has a sister (Elen) and a brother (Frank/Butch).
At the age of five, Cyndi's parents divorced, and her mother took the three children and moved them to Ozone Park which was at that time a poor neighborhood in Queens, New York. Cyndi had gone to a Catholic school but was kicked out after they found out her parents were no longer together. Cyndi was sent to another Catholic school, part of a convent, in upstate New York. Cyndi claims that the new school was very abusive. She says that she was scratching the back of another girl one night when a nun physically attacked her and called her a lesbian. Cyndi left the convent after six months, returning to a local public school near her home.
Cyndi's mother had remarried and divorced again, and went to work as a waitress trying to support three children. It was during this time that Cyndi saw how women can be oppressed, and how things aren't always equal in the world. Cyndi knew this was a situation she wanted to get out of, and she found hope through music. She began listening to artists like Judy Garland, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Beatles. Her mother always wanted her to be independent and encouraged creativity, but Cyndi always felt like an outcast.
At the age of 12, Cyndi learned how to play a guitar that she had inherited from her sister. Cyndi started to write her own lyrics during this time. She had a great love of art and music and tried to find ways to express herself. Even at the early age of 12, Cyndi started dying her hair different colors and wearing clothes that most people would find unusual.
Cyndi 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 and earned 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 ended up taking art classes at Johnson State College. She supported herself by working various odd jobs. Feeling homesick, she eventually returned to Ozone Park.
In the mid-seventies 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 Cyndi was now performing onstage, she wasn't happy singing cover songs.
In 1977, Cyndi damaged her vocal cords, and took a year off. She was told by three doctors that she would never sing again. Cyndi's friends told her to see a vocal coach, which led her to (Katie Agresta), who helped Cyndi regain her voice by teaching her proper vocal exercises.