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Also Known As: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper Died:
Born: June 22, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: singer, actress, songwriter, director, wrestling promoter

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Along with only a select few musical artists of the Me Decade, Cyndi Lauper's songs helped define the era that gave birth to MTV, Reaganomics, and the Brat Pack. The singer emerged as one of the most recognizable icons of the 1980s, thanks to her eponymous hit, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (1983), a timeless anthem that inspired young women everywhere to reach for their neon-colored hairspray, pile on their costume jewelry, and dance their troubles away. Lauper's success stemmed not only from her signature art punk-inspired look, but also from her considerable vocal prowess and confident, youthful energy. She also used her unique voice - the same voice that breathed life into such inspirational tunes such as "True Colors" (1986) and "Time After Time" (1984) - to speak out on human rights issues and equality for the gay community. In 2010, Lauper competed on the reality series "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ) where she went head-to-head with other stars for a chance to do business with real estate mogul Donald Trump. It was another bold move from an artist who kept the world captivated with her positive spirit, unique style, and timeless pop music standards beloved by generations of fans. ...

Along with only a select few musical artists of the Me Decade, Cyndi Lauper's songs helped define the era that gave birth to MTV, Reaganomics, and the Brat Pack. The singer emerged as one of the most recognizable icons of the 1980s, thanks to her eponymous hit, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (1983), a timeless anthem that inspired young women everywhere to reach for their neon-colored hairspray, pile on their costume jewelry, and dance their troubles away. Lauper's success stemmed not only from her signature art punk-inspired look, but also from her considerable vocal prowess and confident, youthful energy. She also used her unique voice - the same voice that breathed life into such inspirational tunes such as "True Colors" (1986) and "Time After Time" (1984) - to speak out on human rights issues and equality for the gay community. In 2010, Lauper competed on the reality series "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ) where she went head-to-head with other stars for a chance to do business with real estate mogul Donald Trump. It was another bold move from an artist who kept the world captivated with her positive spirit, unique style, and timeless pop music standards beloved by generations of fans.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Here and There (2009)
2.
 Lipstick & Dynamite (2004) Cast
3.
 Opportunists, The (1999) Sally Mahon
5.
 Life With Mikey (1993) Geena Briganti
6.
 Off and Running (1992) Cyd
8.
 Vibes (1988) Sylvia Pickel
9.
 VH1 Divas (2004) Performer
10.
 45th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2003) Presenter
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared with groups Flyer and Blue Angels in late 1970s
1983:
Released debut album <i>She's So Unusual</i>, which included hit singles "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time"
1985:
Wrote and performed title song for Steven Spielberg's "Goonies"; also served as film's musical director
1985:
Participated in USA for Africa's famine relief charity single "We Are the World"
1986:
Released second album <i>True Colors</i>
1986:
Sang theme song for CBS series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (credited as Ellen Shaw)
1988:
Made film debut in quirky comedy "Vibes"
1989:
Released third album <i>A Night to Remember</i>
1989:
Co-directed first music video "I Drove All Night" from <i>A Night to Remember</i>
1993:
Guest starred on hit NBC sitcom "Mad About You" as John Pankow's ex-wife
1993:
Played Michael J. Fox's ditzy secretary in "Life with Mikey"
1998:
Contributed cover version of The Trammps' classic "Disco Inferno" for "A Night at the Roxbury" soundtrack
1999:
Guest starred on an episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox) singing the National Anthem
2000:
Co-starred as Christopher Walken's disgruntled girlfriend in "The Opportunists"
2000:
Took part TV special "Women Rock! Girls and Guitars," in which she performed Paul McCartney hit "Maybe I'm Amazed"
2005:
Appeared on Showtime's hit drama "Queer As Folk"
2006:
Made Broadway debut in "The Threepenny Opera"
2008:
Headlined "True Colors Tour 2008"
2009:
Played herself on third season finale of "30 Rock" (NBC)
2010:
Competed on third season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC)
2009:
Released dance-oriented album <i>Bring Ya To The Brink</i>
2010:
Recorded blues album <i>Memphis Blues</i>
2013:
Starred on We TV reality series "Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual"
2013:
Made Broadway debut as co-writer (with Harvey Fierstein) of "Kinky Boots," based on 2005 film of the same name
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Education

Richmond Hills High School: Richmond Hills , New York -
Johnson State College: Johnson , Vermont -

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
David Wolff. Manager. Appeared in several videos; no longer together.
husband:
David Thornton. Actor, screenwriter. Born c. 1953; married on November 24, 1991.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Fred Lauper.
mother:
Catrine Dominique Lauper. Appeared in many of Lauper's early videos including "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "True Colors".
brother:
Fred Lauper.
sister:
Elen Lauper. Acupuncturist. Ran for mayor of Phoenix, Arizona on the Socialist Workers Party ticket.
son:
Declyn Wallace Lauper Thornton. Born on November 19, 1997.
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