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Born: June 5, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: singer, composer, filmmaker, poet, performance artist, violinist, fine artist, dancer

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Multimedia personality who combines poetry, stories, comedy, movement, songs, film, slides, and electronic effects to intriguing and entertaining effect in live shows and albums. Although her performing abilities have garnered quite a following, it is Anderson's film score contributions to such films as "Something Wild" (1986), "Swimming to Cambodia" (1987), and "Wings of Desire" (1987) that have won her recognition among mainstream audiences. Anderson's self-conceived, performed and directed "Home of the Brave" (1986) concert feature (which showcases such popular Anderson works as "Sharkey's Day," "Excellent Birds" and "Language D'Amour") makes original use of recording technology developed in part by Anderson herself.

Multimedia personality who combines poetry, stories, comedy, movement, songs, film, slides, and electronic effects to intriguing and entertaining effect in live shows and albums. Although her performing abilities have garnered quite a following, it is Anderson's film score contributions to such films as "Something Wild" (1986), "Swimming to Cambodia" (1987), and "Wings of Desire" (1987) that have won her recognition among mainstream audiences. Anderson's self-conceived, performed and directed "Home of the Brave" (1986) concert feature (which showcases such popular Anderson works as "Sharkey's Day," "Excellent Birds" and "Language D'Amour") makes original use of recording technology developed in part by Anderson herself.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Home of the Brave (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 BAM150 (2012)
3.
 Rugrats Movie, The (1998) Voice Of Newborn Baby
4.
 Heavy Petting (1988) Herself
5.
 Home of the Brave (1986) Herself
6.
7.
 Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001) Host (Part 1)
8.
 Video Killed the Radio Star (2000) Interviewee
10.
 CyberSpace (1995)
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Gave up classical violin at age 16
1970:
Taught art history at City College in NYC, Staten Island College and Pace University
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Began performing multi-media shows in the 1970s
1975:
First major performance "As:if" at NYC's Artist Space
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Designed electronic instrument, the "tape bow violin"
1978:
Museum of Modern Art exhibited "Headphone Table: When You Were Hear"
1983:
Premiered work, "United States", at Brooklyn Academy of Music; became one of the first newly named "performance artists" to receive widespread recognition
1983:
Performed song, "Closed Circuit", in first feature, "System Without Shadow"
1986:
Directed first feature, "Home of the Brave" (also starred, conceived, co-produced music for concert, film and soundtrack and composed words and music)
1987:
Scored first film, "Swimming to Cambodia", starring Spalding Gray and directed by Jonathan Demme
1989:
Contributed music, "Bad Blood", to TV special, "Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey"
1992:
Wrote the score to "Monster in a Box", starring Gray and directed by Nick Broomfield
1992:
Debuted "Stories From the Nerve Bible"
1996:
Created the CD-ROM "Puppet Motel"
1999:
Signed exclusive recording contract with Nonesuch Records
1999:
Premiered "Songs and Stories from Moby Dick" in Dallas (April); toured USA and Europe
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Education

Mills College: Oakland , California - 1965 - 1966
Barnard College: New York , New York - 1969
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1972

Notes

Anderson invented the tape bow violin, an electronic method of creating various sampling patterns from input audio tape placed where the strings should be and playback capacities on the actual violin body.

There is an official web site at www.laurieanderson.com

Reportedly Anderson was once Junior Miss Illinois. According to the New York Post (January 16, 2001), Anderson told Webster Hall curator Baird Jones, "I was a manic enthusiast for entering beauty contests. That's my horrible secret and it still makes me hang my head."

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companion:
Lou Reed. Singer, musician, actor.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Arthur Anderson.
mother:
Mary Louise Anderson.

Bibliography close complete biography

"United States Live"
"Stories from the Nerve Bible" HarperPerennial

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