Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), better known as Cyndi Lauper, is a Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and stage actress whose melodic voice and wild costumes have come to epitomize the 1980s and New Wave thrift store kitsch, the decade, genre, and style in which she first came to fame.
Cyndi Lauper was born in Queens, New York to Swiss German-American Fred Lauper and Sicilian Italian-American Catrine Dominique.
Lauper began her career in a cover band, but soon began performing her own songs. Her musical career could have finished before it began when she nearly quit singing altogether due to strained vocal chords in 1977. However, in 1980 she released a rockabilly album on Polydor with the New Wave band Blue Angel. Despite much critical acclaim, the album "went lead" as Lauper says, and the band split as Lauper filed for bankruptcy.
In 1983, Lauper's new manager and boyfriend, David Wolff, produced the album She's So Unusual, a worldwide hit which made Lauper a household name. The CD was a mixture of teen-friendly pop-rock, synthesized dance music, punk-edged vocals and ...