"Lea Salonga-Chien" (born on February 22, 1971 in Manila) is a Tony Award-winning actress and ''Filipino Music Award'' winning singer from the Philippines who achieved international recognition for her portrayal of Kim, the lead role in the musical ''Miss Saigon'' and as Eponine in Les Misérables. She is of Tagalog descent.
On January 10, 2004, she married "Robert Charles Chien", a Chinese-Japanese managing director of an entertainment software company. Their first daughter together, "Nicole Beverly", was born on May 16, 2006.
Lea Salonga was born "Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga" to Feliciano Genuino Salonga and Ligaya Alcantara Imutan, who were never legally married. She spent the first six years of her childhood in Angeles City, Pampanga, before moving to Manila.
At the age of seven, she made her professional debut in the Philippines by performing in the musical ''The King and I'' by Repertory Philippines. She has since appeared in other productions, such as: ''Annie'', ''Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'', ''Fiddler on the Roof'', ''The Rose Tattoo'', ''The Sound Of Music'', ''The Goodbye Girl'', ''Paper Moon'', ''The Fantasticks'', and ''Flower Drum Song''.
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