Cyndi Lauper
Singer, actress
Cyndi Lauper
Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She achieved success in the early 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 to have four top-five singles by a female, and earned Lauper Best New Artist at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985.
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Trump Once Spread A Gross Rumor About Madonna, And Now He's Calling Her 'Disgusting'?
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Cyndi Lauper: Madonna went too far
Fox News - about 1 month
Lauper criticizes Madonna's rant
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Leave your judgment at the pink doors of 'Priscilla'
Chicago Times - about 1 month
The pink bus — the one with two drag performers and a transgender woman traversing the Australian interior and breaking into disco-crusted songs at the mere sight of a mozzie — looks more like a tea trolley on casters. The song stylings of The Weather Girls and Cyndi Lauper present some challenges...
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20 Female Empowerment Anthems That Will Get You Pumped For The Women's March
Huffington Post - about 2 months
This article is adapted from a post originally published on my blog, Musings from The FeMOMist, on June 1, 2016. To read the original piece, click here. Are you planning to march on January 21st, either in Washington, DC at the Women’s March on Washington, or at one of the sister marches throughout the country? I know that I am, and I am hopeful that the March will be an epic turning point for women’s rights in this country; possibly the one silver lining to come out of the 2016 election. The March is about justice and equality for all women, which shouldn’t be a controversial concept, yet pop culture and our society at large are constantly sending messages to girls and women that justice and equality is overrated or is somehow unnecessary. Cue these fierce anthems of female empowerment, recorded by women artists from the 1960s until the present, which help combat patriarchal notions that are deeply engrained in our psyches. Why not make a playlist and play it on an endless loo ...
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 2 months
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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Why George Michael's Music Will Always Make Us Feel Like Teenagers
Huffington Post - 2 months
George Michael was only 53 years old when he left us, but for Generation X, his music recalls the Cold War-era sounds of our youth. The soulful Wham singer hit the top of the charts in the mid-1980s by singing about the jitterbug and filming a video at the Great Wall of China. Yet, in the latter part of his career he became a nuanced and complex, if sometimes misunderstood, writer and interpreter of songs. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Careless Whisper,” and “Last Christmas” gave way to the more direct “I Want Your Sex” and later “Jesus to a Child.” As he advanced to more mature subjects, so did his audience. George Michael dominated the pop charts when Baby Boomers controlled the record labels and the rest of us were coming of age. His “Freedom 90” video captured the zeitgeist of the supermodel phenomenon with the lyric, “sometimes the clothes do not make the man.” The line was tongue-in-cheek but also begged for us to take him seriously. What an incredible voice he possessed; his 2 ...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Cindy Lauper and Gavin DeGraw Headline Concert Honoring Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families, Airing Thanksgiving Weekend
Yahoo News - 3 months
CHICAGO, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Active members of the military, veterans and their families will be honored over Thanksgiving weekend during America Salutes You, a star-studded musical spectacular asking viewers for their financial support of programs that assist military communities across the country.Concert performers include pop legend Cyndi Lauper, multi -platinum selling singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, country music legend Wanda Jackson, rapper Hoodie Allen, Gospel Grammy winner CeCe Winans, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. ...
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2016: The Year Pop Went Country
NPR - 3 months
A host of pop and rock musicians — including Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper and Beyoncé — took turns down country roads this year. Fans both old and new seem happy to follow them there.
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The Entirety Of Broadway Wants You To Get Out And Vote Today
Huffington Post - 4 months
Bette Midler, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Kristin Chenoweth, Cyndi Lauper, Andrew Rannells, Telly Leung, Danny Burstein, Laura Benanti, Nick Kroll, Jonathon Groff, Sutton Foster, Harvey Fierstein. All of Broadway, Jujamcyn Theaters president Jordan Roth claims on Facebook, wants you to get out and vote today.  In a video created by Roth, the cast and creators of every current Broadway show implore Americans to head to their polling stations and help choose our country’s next president. “It’s our time tonight to get loud,” Gavin Creel and Robbie Roth sing as images of the theater community holding “Vote” signs flash before viewers. The song, titled “Noise,” was originally released in 2011. It’s now the soundtrack for Roth’s video, which was released on Monday ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Let this be the anthem that gets you through an eventful day. If you need another one, check out the cast of “Hamilton” urging fans to #Ham4Vote. Bonu ...
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5 Things You Didn't Know About Chip And Joanna Gaines
Huffington Post - 4 months
Are you ready to meet your “Fixer Uppers?”  Though viewers may feel like they know Chip and Joanna Gaines (and their adorable family) through their hit HGTV show, “Fixer Upper,” the unofficial mayors of Waco, Texas, are spilling even more of their secrets.  The two recently penned their first book, The Magnolia Story, which delves into Chip and Joanna’s childhood, their many business ventures, along with cute stories about their faith and their four kiddos. The Huffington Post chatted with the Gaines earlier this week during a tour stop for their new book. Here are five things you may not know about Chip and Jo:  1. The process of writing a book didn’t come easy for them.  Chip: The hardest part for me was the spelling [both laugh]. That took me a while, and then grammar was a close second right after that. But other than those two, very difficult things, I think just putting it all together. Jo and I were recalling things from 10 to 15 years ago, so she would have one ...
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Cyndi Lauper: Hillary Clinton was born for this
CNN - 5 months
I would like to discuss this election season.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cyndi Lauper
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  • 2016
    Age 62
    In February 2016, Lauper was nominated for an Olivier Award for her contribution to the UK production of "Kinky Boots" along with Stephen Oremus, the man responsible for the arrangements.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2016, Jean-Michel Jarre shipped Electronica 2 The Heart of Noise, the second album of the Electronica project, based on collaborations with artists related to electronic music (Tangerine Dream, Moby, Pet Shop Boys, etc.). This second album has a song (Swipe to the Right) product of the collaboration between Jarre and Lauper. Her son, Dex Lauper, will be opening Cyndi's October 8th Las Vegas concert date for her Detour Tour with 2 of his own songs. Lauper has been an LGBT rights supporter throughout her career, campaigning for equality through various charities and gay pride events around the world. Lauper stated that she became involved in gay rights advocacy because her sister Ellen is a lesbian and because Lauper herself was passionate about equality. Lauper cites her sister Ellen as a role model. Her song "Above the Clouds" celebrates the memory of Matthew Shepard, a young man beaten to death in Wyoming because he was gay. As a member of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board, Lauper devoted a concert tour in 2005 to promoting the Foundation's message.
    On February 17, 2016 she released her version of Wanda Jackson's "Funnel of Love"
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    In January 2016, Lauper officially announced the May 6, 2016 release date of a new country album composed of her interpretations of early country classics entitled Detour.
    More Details Hide Details The announcement was supported by a release of her version of Harlan Howard's "Heartaches by the Number" and a performance on Skyville Live with Kelsea Ballerini and Ingrid Michaelson.
  • 2015
    Age 61
    To promote her work with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis and revealing she, herself has suffered from psoriasis for the past five years, Cyndi appeared on the Today Show in July 2015.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview Cyndi revealed she is working on a project with Seymour Stein. Later it was revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone she is working on a country album with Tony Brown, and Seymour Stein as executive producer. On September 15, 2015, Kinky Boots opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.
    On June 12, 2015, Lauper appeared on The Graham Norton Show alongside Seth MacFarlane, Dara O'Briain, and Mark Wahlberg.
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    In March 2015 Lauper once again guest starred on the crime show Bones as Avalon Harmonia.
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  • 2014
    Age 60
    The Songwriters Hall of Fame included Lauper in its nomination list on October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Also during October, Lauper's fourth consecutive 'Home for the Holidays' benefit concert for homeless gay youth was announced. Acts included 50 Cent and Laverne Cox with 100% of the net proceeds going to the True Colors Fund
    On September 17, 2014, Cyndi Lauper sang on the finale of America's Got Talent.
    More Details Hide Details On September 25, as part of the Today Show's Shine a Light series, Lauper re-recorded "True Colors" in a mashup with Sara Bareilles' "Brave" to raise awareness and money for children battling cancer. By October the project had raised over $300,000.
    She was a guest on 36 dates of Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour, starting April 23, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details A new album was confirmed by Lauper on a website interview. Lauper hosted the Grammy Pre-Telecast at the Nokia Theatre, L.A. on Jan 26, where she later accepted a Grammy for Kinky Boots (Best Musical Theater Album). On April 1 (March 1 in Europe), Lauper released the 30th Anniversary edition of She's So Unusual through Epic Records It featured a remastered version of the original album plus three new remixes. The Deluxe Edition featured bonus tracks such as demos and a live recording as well as a 3D cut-out of the bedroom featured in the 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' music video with a reusable sticker set.
    In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording.
    More Details Hide Details In 2016 the West End production won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards
  • FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 59
    She was the first woman to have four Top 5 hits from a debut album, the first woman to win the composing category solo during the 2013 Tony Awards and one of only four women to have won competitive Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards.
    More Details Hide Details Lauper's song "Time After Time" has been covered by over 100 artists and was ranked at #22 on Rolling Stones 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years and at #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s. "She Bop", the third single from She's So Unusual made history as the first and only top ten song to directly mention a gay porn magazine. The single was included in the PMRC's "Filthy Fifteen" list that led to the parental advisory sticker that marked recordings thought to be unsuitable for young listeners. In their 1984 retrospective Rolling Stone listed She Bop as the 36th best song of that year, praising it for its unusual playfulness regarding sexuality. Her song "True Colors" is recognized by many as an LGBT anthem. Her many projects supporting LGBT rights made her a gay icon. The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Lauper has won two awards from 15 nominations.
    In the summer of 2013, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of her debut album She's So Unusual, Lauper embarked on an international tour covering America and Australia.
    More Details Hide Details The show consisted of a mix of fan favorites and the entirety of the She's So Unusual record.
    Lauper has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for gay and transgender rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when the singer was invited as a special guest to attend US President Barack Obama's second-term inaugural.
    More Details Hide Details Lauper was born at Boulevard Hospital in Astoria, Queens, New York City, to a Catholic family. Her father, Fred, was of German and Swiss descent. Her mother, Catrine (née Gallo), is Italian American (from Sicily). Lauper's siblings are younger brother Fred (nicknamed Butch), and older sister, Ellen. Lauper's parents divorced when she was five and her mother remarried and divorced again. Lauper grew up in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens and, as a child, listened to such artists as The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Billie Holiday. At age 12, she began writing songs and playing an acoustic guitar given to her by her sister. Lauper expressed herself with a variety of hair colors, eccentric clothing and even took a friend's advice to spell her name as "Cyndi" rather than "Cindy".
  • 2012
    Age 58
    In September 2012, Lauper performed at fashion designer Betsey Johnson's 40 year Retrospective Fashion show.
    More Details Hide Details She also released a New York Times Best Selling memoir that detailed her struggle with child abuse and depression. Lauper composed music for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots with Harvey Fierstein. The musical was based on the 2006 independent film Kinky Boots. It opened in Chicago in October 2012 and on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013. In May, Lauper won for best score for Kinky Boots at the 63rd annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. The musical led the 2013 Tony Awards, with 13 nominations and six wins including Best Musical and Best Actor. Lauper won the award for Best Original Score. Lauper was the first woman to win solo in this category.
    In June 2012, Lauper made her first appearance for WWE in 27 years, to promote WWE Raw's 1000th episode to memorialize "Captain" Lou Albano.
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  • 2011
    Age 57
    In November 2011, she released two Christmas singles exclusive to iTunes.
    More Details Hide Details The first release was a Blues-inspired cover of Elvis Presley's classic "Blue Christmas", and the second was a new version of "Home for the holidays", a duet with Norah Jones.
    Lauper made international news in March 2011 for an impromptu performance of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" while waiting for a delayed flight at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires.
    More Details Hide Details A video was later posted on YouTube.
  • 2010
    Age 56
    Memphis Blues—Lauper's 7th studio album—was released on June 22, 2010 and debuted on the Billboard Blues Albums chart at No. 1, and at No. 26 on the Billboard Top 200. The album remained No. 1 on the Blues Albums chart for 14 consecutive weeks; Memphis Blues was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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    In March 2010, Lauper appeared on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, coming in sixth place.
    More Details Hide Details She donated her winnings to her True Colors Fund. Lauper also performed a song from her upcoming album Memphis Blues in the show's live season finale.
    In January 2010, Mattel released a Cyndi Lauper Barbie doll as part of their "Ladies of the 80s" series.
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  • 2009
    Age 55
    On November 17, 2009, Lauper performed a collaborative work with Wyclef Jean called "Slumdog Millionaire", performing it on the Late Show with David Letterman.
    More Details Hide Details The collaborative effort stems from Jean's latest album: Toussaint St. Jean: From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion.
    Lauper performed a duet with Leona Lewis on VH1 Divas on September 19, 2009, singing "True Colors", and performed a comedy skit with Eminem at the MTV VMA's in September 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She also played herself in 30 Rocks third season finale and appeared as Avalon Harmonia, a psychic, on the Season 5 premiere of Bones.
    Lauper's TV appearances in 2009 included the American soap opera As the World Turns, performing "Time After Time" as a duet with Allison Iraheta, on the season 8 finale of American Idol and at the 2009 TV Land Awards on April 19 dressed as the "Empress of Evil" for a musical tribute to Sid and Marty Krofft.
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  • 2008
    Age 54
    In August 2008, she contributed an article titled "Hope" to The Huffington Post, encouraging Americans to vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming United States presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Lauper performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Lauper was one of the earliest female artists to harness MTV. She was described by AllMusic's Lindsay Planer as "an iconoclastic vocalist who revolutionized the role of women in rock and roll." Over her thirty-year career, she influenced multiple recording artists including Katy Perry, Alanis Morissette, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, India Arie, Jewel, Jill Scott, Joan Osborne, Kasey Chambers, Maximum Balloon, No Doubt, P!nk, Sophie B. Hawkins, Vanessa Paradis, Tegan and Sara, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Lil' Kim, Lady Gaga, Little Boots, and Yelle. Due to her success and influence Lauper has been inducted in to both the Hollywood and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Spotify notes that She's So Unusual and her distinctive idiosyncratic appearance "helped popularize the image of punk and new wave for America, making it an acceptable part of the pop landscape". Rolling Stone magazine stated that her debut was "arguably the first time explicitly punk-influenced elements were front-and-center on the pop landscape, both musically and via Lauper's Patrick Lucas-styled ensembles, dressing up the droll Reagan decade in feminist chutzpah." The album ranked at #487 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. The album ranked at #41 on Rolling Stones list of Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2012. Rolling Stone's review stated, "A wild and wonderful skyrocket of a voice...
    Bring Ya to the Brink received one Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album and charted two #1 hits on the Billboard Dance chart. "Set Your Heart" was used in the Japanese advertising campaign for the 2008 Toyota MarkX ZIO.
    More Details Hide Details Other projects for 2008 included the True Colors Tour and a Christmas duet with Swedish band The Hives, entitled "A Christmas Duel". The song was released as a CD single and a 7" vinyl in Sweden. Lauper also performed on the "Girls Night Out", headlining it with Rosie O'Donnell in the US.
    Lauper's sixth studio album, Bring Ya to the Brink was released in the United States on May 27, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details By the time of the album's US release, the single "Set Your Heart" already had significant airplay in Japan and Lauper had already begun an Australian tour with Katie Noonan and Kate Miller-Heidke. The album featured dance tracks written with artists including Axwell, The Scumfrog, Basement Jaxx, Digital Dog, Dragonette, Kleerup, and others.
  • 2006
    Age 52
    On October 16, 2006, Lauper was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Lauper took a role and wrote a song for the Serbian movie Here and There, which stars her husband, David Thornton.
  • 2005
    Age 51
    She made appearances on Showtime's hit show Queer As Folk in 2005, directed a commercial for Totally 80s edition of the board game Trivial Pursuit in 2006, served as a judge on the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards and made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated The Threepenny Opera as Jenny.
    More Details Hide Details She performed with Shaggy, Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver/Stone Temple Pilots, Pat Monahan of Train, Ani DiFranco, and The Hooters in the VH1 Classics special Decades Rock Live. In 2007, she sang "Beecharmer" with Nellie McKay on McKay's Pretty Little Head album, and "Letters To Michael" with Dionne Warwick.
    In 2005, under a new contract with Sony Music, Lauper released The Body Acoustic, an album that featured acoustic reinterpretations of tracks from her repertoire.
    More Details Hide Details The album also included two new tracks one of which was "Above the Clouds". Guest performers on the album included Shaggy, Ani DiFranco, Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, Jeff Beck, Puffy AmiYumi, Sarah McLachlan, and Vivian Green. "Time After Time" with Sarah McLachlan charted on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
  • 2004
    Age 50
    In April 2004, Lauper performed during the VH1's benefit concert Divas Live 2004 alongside Ashanti, Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone and Patti LaBelle, in support of the Save the Music Foundation.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 49
    Lauper also released a cover album with Sony/Epic Records entitled At Last (formerly Naked City), which was released in 2003. At Last received one nomination at the 2005 Grammy Awards: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), for "Unchained Melody".
    More Details Hide Details The effort was also a commercial hit, selling 4.5 million records
  • 2002
    Age 48
    In 2002, Sony issued a best-of CD, The Essential Cyndi Lauper.
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  • 2001
    Age 47
    Just weeks before the album's scheduled release on September 11, 2001, her label (Edel America Records) folded.
    More Details Hide Details A five-song EP of Shine was released in June 2002, but the full-length album was released exclusively in Japan. An album of Shine remixes was eventually released through Tower Records. On October 12, 2000, Lauper took part in the television show Women in Rock, Girls with Guitars performing with Ann Wilson of Heart and with the girl group, Destiny's Child. A CD of the songs performed was released exclusively to Sears stores from September 30 to October 31, 2001, and was marketed as a fundraiser for breast cancer.
    In 2001, Lauper prepared a new album Shine.
    More Details Hide Details The album was a return to her early punk-rock sound and featured Japanese pop superstar Ryuichi Sakamoto, and George Fullan of Train.
  • 2000
    Age 46
    In 2000, Lauper also co-wrote the song "If You Believe" with Faye Tozer of the British pop group Steps, for the band's third studio album, Buzz.
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    In 2000, Lauper contributed the song "I Want a Mom That Will Last Forever" to the children's movie Rugrats in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details The song was written with Mark Mothersbaugh.
  • 1999
    Age 45
    Lauper contributed a cover version of The Trammps's "Disco Inferno" to the soundtrack for the film A Night at the Roxbury. The song was also released as an EP and earned Lauper a nomination 1999 Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording.
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    On January 17, 1999, Lauper appeared as an animated version of herself in The Simpsons episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken".
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, Lauper sings the National Anthem to the melody of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". In the same year, Lauper opened for Cher's Do You Believe? Tour alongside Wild Orchid. She also appeared in the films Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and The Opportunists.
  • 1998
    Age 44
    In November 1998, Lauper released the Christmas album Merry Christmas Have a Nice Life.
    More Details Hide Details The album contained both original material and standards, and was co-produced and mixed by William Wittman.
  • 1997
    Age 43
    On November 19, 1997, Lauper gave birth to her son Declyn Wallace Thornton.
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  • 1996
    Age 42
    Her fifth album, Sisters of Avalon, was released in Japan in 1996 and elsewhere in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The album was written and produced with the help of Jan Pulsford (Lauper's keyboard player) and producer Mark Saunders. As in Hat Full of Stars, some of the songs in Sisters of Avalon addressed dark themes. The song "Ballad of Cleo and Joe" addressed the complications of a drag queen's double life. The song "Say a Prayer" was written for a friend of hers who had died from AIDS. "Unhook the Stars" was used in the movie of the same name. Again without support from her label, the release failed in America, spending a single week on the Billboard album chart at No. 188. This album also met with much critical praise including People magazine, which declared it "90s nourishment for body and soul. Lauper sets a scene, makes us care, gives us hope."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 39
    In 1993, Lauper returned to acting, playing Michael J. Fox's ditzy secretary in Life with Mikey.
    More Details Hide Details She also won an Emmy Award for her role as Marianne on the sitcom Mad About You.
    Lauper's fourth album Hat Full of Stars was released in June 1993 and was met with critical acclaim, but failed commercially, unsupported by her label.
    More Details Hide Details The album, which tackled such topics as homophobia, spousal abuse, racism, and abortion sold fewer than 120,000 copies in the United States and peaked at No. 112 on the Billboard charts. The video for the album's song "Sally's Pigeons" features the then-unknown Julia Stiles as the young Cyndi. Lauper co-wrote several songs for the album with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ailee Willis, Nicky Holland, Tom Gray, Hugh Masekela and The Hooters. That same year, Lauper recorded "Boys Will Be Boys" with The Hooters for their album Out of Body. The Hooters dedicated their song "Private Emotion" to her. The greatest hits album, Twelve Deadly Cyns and Then Some, was released outside of the US in 1994 and reached US audiences in summer of 1995. It included two re-recorded tracks, "I'm Gonna be Strong", originally recorded with Blue Angel, and a reworking of her first hit, newly christened "Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)".
  • 1991
    Age 37
    On November 24, 1991, Lauper married actor David Thornton.
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  • 1990
    Age 36
    Because of a friendship with Yoko Ono, Lauper took part in the May 1990 John Lennon tribute concert in Liverpool, performing the Beatles song "Hey Bulldog" and the John Lennon song "Working Class Hero".
    More Details Hide Details She also took part in Ono and Lennon's son Sean project called "The Peace Choir", performing a new version of Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance".
    On July 21, 1990, Lauper joined Roger Waters and other artists performing "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" as part of the concert The Wall in Berlin.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the concert, Lauper also performed "The Tide Is Turning" with Waters, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams, Paul Carrack and Van Morrison. Three hundred thousand people attended the concert and over five million people worldwide watched on live television.
    Lauper received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1990 Grammy Awards for "I Drove All Night", but overall album sales for A Night to Remember were down.
    More Details Hide Details The music video for the album's song "My First Night Without You" was one of the first to be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
  • 1989
    Age 35
    A Night to Remember – Lauper's third album – was released in the spring of 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The album had only one hit, the No. 6 single "I Drove All Night".
  • 1988
    Age 34
    Lauper made her film debut in August 1988 in the quirky comedy Vibes, alongside Jeff Goldblum, Julian Sands, Elizabeth Peña, and Peter Falk.
    More Details Hide Details Lauper played a psychic in search of a city of gold in South America. Ron Howard produced the film, with David Wolff as associate producer. To prepare for the role, Lauper took a few classes in finger waving and hair setting at the Robert Fiance School of Beauty in New York, and studied with a few Manhattan psychics. The film flopped and was poorly received by critics. Lauper contributed a track called "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)" for the Vibes soundtrack, but the song was not included. A music video was released, a high energy, comic action/adventure romp through a Chinese laundry. The song reached No. 54 on the US charts, but fared better in Australia, reaching No. 8. "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)" became the opening song on her 2008 Australian tour.
  • 1987
    Age 33
    In 1987, David Wolff produced a concert film for Lauper called Cyndi: Live in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details The concert was broadcast on HBO.
  • 1986
    Age 32
    In 1986, Lauper appeared on the Billy Joel album The Bridge, with a song called "Code of Silence".
    More Details Hide Details She is credited as having written the lyrics with Joel and she sings a duet with him. In the same year, Lauper also sang the theme song for the series Pee-wee's Playhouse, credited as "Ellen Shaw".
    Lauper released her second album, True Colors, on September 15, 1986.
    More Details Hide Details It reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and sold 2 million copies in the US. She increased her involvement in production and songwriting on her second album, co-writing most of the songs with Essra Mohawk, John Turi, Billy Steinberg, and Tom Kelly. Guests included Angela Clemons-Patrick, Nile Rodgers, Aimee Mann, Billy Joel, Adrian Belew, The Bangles, Ellie Greenwich and Rick Derringer. True Colors was not as commercially successful as She's So Unusual, but it did contain three high-charting singles, including the title track, "True Colors", which became Lauper's second song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100; "Change of Heart" (No. 3); and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (No. 12). A fourth single from the album, "Boy Blue", did not reach the top-40. She donated the proceeds of that song to AIDS research. The song "True Colors" (written by Steinberg and Kelly) was licensed to Kodak for use in its commercials.
    Lauper received two nominations at the 1986 Grammy Awards: Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "What a Thrill" and Best Long Form Music Video for Cyndi: Live in Paris.
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  • 1985
    Age 31
    In 1985, Lauper released the single "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough", from the soundtrack to the movie The Goonies, and an accompanying video which featured several wrestling stars.
    More Details Hide Details The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
    In 1985, Lauper participated in USA for Africa's famine-relief fund-raising single "We Are the World", which sold more than 20 million copies since then.
    More Details Hide Details Lauper appeared with professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, who played her "bodyguard" and would also later make many appearances as herself in a number of the World Wrestling Federation's "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection" events, and played Wendi Richter's manager in the inaugural WrestleMania event. Dave Wolff, Lauper's boyfriend and manager at the time, was a wrestling fan as a boy, and engineered the rock and wrestling connection.
    She appeared twice on the cover of People, and was named a Ms. magazine woman of the year in 1985.
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    Lauper won Best New Artist at the 1985 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details She's So Unusual also received nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"), and Song of the Year (for "Time After Time"). It also won the Grammy for Best Album Package, which went to the art director, Janet Perr.
    Lauper is also noted for appearing in the first-ever WWE WrestleMania, managing wrestler Wendi Richter who won the WWF Women's Championship in 1985.
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    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"—earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Since 1989, Lauper has released nine studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues, became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at #1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, making her the first woman to win the category by herself. The musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical.
  • 1984
    Age 30
    In 1984–85, Lauper appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone magazine, Time, and Newsweek.
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    The video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" won the inaugural award for Best Female Video at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, and made Lauper an MTV staple.
    More Details Hide Details The video featured professional wrestling manager "Captain" Lou Albano as Lauper's father, her real-life mother, Catrine, as her mother, and also featured her attorney, her manager, her brother Butch, and her dog Sparkle.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 29
    On October 14, 1983, Lauper released her first solo album, She's So Unusual.
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at No. 4 in the US, and became a worldwide hit. The primary studio musicians were Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman (of The Hooters), Rick Chertoff, Richard Termini and Peter Wood. Lauper became popular with teenagers and critics, in part due to her hybrid punk image which was crafted by stylist Patrick Lucas. Lauper was interested in writing her own songs, but the record company provided her with songs to record that were written by other writers. Lauper sometimes changed the lyrics in the material she was given by the record company; such is the case with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". Lauper found the original lyrics to be misogynistic, so she rewrote the song as an anthem for young women. The album's second single "Time After Time" was co-written by Lauper and Rob Hyman. "Time After Time" hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. The song would earn Lauper an RIAA Gold certification for record sales that reached 500,000 copies.
  • 1981
    Age 27
    Music critics who saw Lauper perform with Blue Angel believed she had star potential due to her four-octave singing range, In 1981, while singing in a local New York bar, Lauper met David Wolff, who took over as her manager and had her sign a recording contract with Portrait Records, a subsidiary of Epic Records.
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  • 1978
    Age 24
    In 1978, Lauper met saxophone player John Turi through her manager Ted Rosenblatt.
    More Details Hide Details Turi and Lauper formed a band named Blue Angel and recorded a demo tape of original music. Steve Massarsky, manager of The Allman Brothers Band, heard the tape and liked Lauper's voice. He bought Blue Angel's contract for $5,000 and became their manager. Lauper received recording offers as a solo artist, but held out, wanting the band to be included in any deal she made. Blue Angel was eventually signed by Polydor Records and released a self-titled album on the label in 1980. Lauper hated the album cover, saying that it made her look like Big Bird, but Rolling Stone magazine later included it as one of the 100 best new wave album covers (2003). Despite critical acclaim, the album sold poorly (or "It went lead", as Lauper later joked.) and the band broke up. 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, which forced Lauper into bankruptcy. After this Lauper temporarily lost her voice due to an inverted cyst in her vocal cord.
  • 1977
    Age 23
    In 1977, Lauper damaged her vocal cords and took a year off from singing.
    More Details Hide Details She was told by doctors that she would never sing again, but regained her voice with the help of vocal coach Katie Agresta.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on June 22, 1953.
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