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Cyndi Lauper



Biography

>After winning a Grammy in 1985 for best new artist and becoming the first artist in history to have five top ten singles from a debut album, Cyndi Lauper continues to win critical acclaim as a singer, musician, actor and writer. Cyndi has released 11 albums, over 40 singles and has sold more than 25 million records world wide. She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards, 18 MTV awards and ranked #58 of the 100 Greatest Women Of Rock by VH1. She has appeared in countless benefits and awards shows spanning her 30 year career - from We Are the World in 1984 to headlining the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert held in Oslo this past December. Her song, Time after Time, has been covered by dozens of artists, including the late, great Miles Davis, and together with Girls Just Want To Have Fun have remained two of the most popular and recognizable songs of the past 20 years. Her latest release, The Body Acoustic, celebrates her career both as a songwriter and a vocalist. It's a collection of her hits, fan favorites, as well as two new songs, all performed unplugged.

As an actor, Cyndi has appeared in such features as Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Fine Line/Mirimax), Life With Mikey (Touchstone), Off and Running (Independent), Vibes (Columbia/Imagine) and opposite Christopher Walken in her critically acclaimed dramatic role in The Opportunist (Independent). Television credits include Queer as Folk (2005), Live and Kicking and Noel's House Party (both for the BBC) and her Emmy Award Winning performance (Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy Series) as Marianne Lugasso on Mad About You (94-99). Cyndi has also lent her talents to other film and TV projects voicing animated projects for Disney and The Simpsons as well as scoring soundtracks for the films Off and Running and Private Property and the title song for Nick Cassavete's, Unhook The Stars. Cyndi's latest endeavors have landed her on Broadway, in the role of Jenny in The Threepenny Opera.

Updated October 2006
Cyndi Lauper