Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is a multitalented singer, songwriter and actress who was born in Ozone Park, Queens, NY on June 22, 1953. She got her start in the music industry in the mid-70s as a vocalist for cover bands in New York City. Not content with simply working as a cover singer, Lauper began work on her solo career. Her debut album, She's So Unusual was released in 1983 to immediate success; four tracks, including the iconic "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" became top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Lauper is the first female artist in history to achieve such a feat in her debut. She's So Unusual would later receive four Grammy nominations, and help her win the coveted Best New Artist trophy.
In addition to enjoying a historic and celebrated musical career, Lauper has also achieved success as an actress. Her role of Marianne Lugasso on the mid-90s tv hit Mad About You earned her an Emmy award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Other noteworthy appearances on That's So Raven, Bones, The Simpsons, and 30 Rock have established her reputation as a versatile actor and performer.
Lauper cemented her status as an artist and activist in 2008 when she founded the True Colors Fund, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote equality amongst the LGBT community. Her appearance on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice in 2009 helped raise $45,000 for the organization. Lauper's efforts to balance her career, family, and her True Colors charity work will also be chronicled in 2013's Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual on WEtv.
Cyndi Lauper and her husband, actor David Thornton, reside in New York City. They have a son.