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Cyndi Lauper (born Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper) came into this world on June 22, 1953 in NY City. As a child, she was expelled from several parochial schools. By the age of 12, she was writing her own songs, and she eventually earned her GED. To support herself, Lauper worked as a waitress, an office assistant, and sang in a Japanese restaurant. She also played in bands. With the band Blue Angel, Lauper first tasted success; the band landed a record deal.
As a soloist, Lauper rose to fame in the 1980s with a string of pop hits such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." The song’s video was a regular on MTV. Her debut album, on which the song resides, was released in 1983 (She’s So Unusual). With her flamboyant style and pop melodies, Lauper’s album sold over five million copies. She won the 1984 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In 1986, she released a second album (True Colors), which sold nearly one million copies. The songs “True Colors” and “Change of Heart” earned Lauper two nominations for the 29th annual Grammy Awards.
1988 saw her film debut (Vibes), but the movie was a box office flop. She later had a recurring role on the TV sitcom Mad About You; in 1995, she won an Emmy for that role. Lauper released an album in 1993, and one in 2010, but neither brought her the same level of success as the release of her previous albums. Since 1989, she has released nine studio albums.
Cyndi Lauper is active in the “gay rights” movement, and helped establish the True Colors Fund. It promotes awareness and fight for equality. Since 1991, Lauper has been married to actor David Thornton. The couple have a son together..