Cyndi Lauper explode onto the charts with her debut album, She’s So Unusual (1983). With her diverse clothing, flamboyantly styled hair and infectious pop tunes, Lauper took the music world by surprise, as well as the record sold nearly 5 million copies.
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born on June 22, 1953, in Brooklyn, Ny. Growing up, Lauper felt to be an outcast. Lauper and her two siblings were raised by her mom, who was employed as a waiter to support the family. She failed to do well in school, and was apparently kicked out of several parochial schools in her youth. Despite her hard times, she found a love of singing for a very young age, and was composing her own songs by the age of 12.
After eventually obtaining a high school equivalency degree, Lauper worked several odd jobs before her music career took off. She waited, served as an office helper, and even sang in a Japanese restaurant to get a period. In this time, Lauper also played in several groups. She had her first taste of success together with the group Blue Angel, which got a record deal.
Going solo, Lauper explode onto the charts with her debut album, She’s So Unusual. With her diverse clothing, flamboyantly styled hair, and infectious pop tunes, Lauper took the music world by surprise. The 1983 record sold nearly 5 million copies and featured her first hit, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” The tune became a female party anthem, as well as the video for it went into heavy rotation on MTV. Lauper became extremely popular almost immediately, scoring a string of hits that contained the ballads “Time After Time” and “All Through the Night.”
Her 1986 followup album, True Colors, sold almost 1 million copies. Sales for her following records, nevertheless, started to drop off. Researching new creative paths, Lauper made her movie debut in 1988 starring opposite Jeff Goldblum in Vibes. The film performed badly in the commercial and crucial lands. She’d much better chance on the little display with a recurring character on the sitcom Mad About You, which starred Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser. In 1995, Lauper won an Emmy for her work on the show. She later appeared on such shows as That Is So Raven and Bones.
Lauper never gave up music, yet. While not a commercial success, Hat Full of Stars (1993) was an artistic accomplishment for her. The record was widely praised by critics for the tunes, which took on tough issues like domestic abuse and homophobia. In following records, Lauper continued to write about social and political problems, also to investigate various types of music. Her latest record, Memphis Blues (2010), featured her take on several classic blues tunes.
Outside of music, Lauper is a tireless activist for the gay rights movement. “Civil rights must be afforded to each American, irrespective of what their colour, sex or sexual preference. She helped create the True Colors Fund, which works to market knowledge and fight for equality. On the fund’s web site, Lauper writes “Everyone—whether straight, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender—should be permitted to reveal their true colours, and be accepted and loved for who they’re. Every American ought to be guaranteed equal treatment at school, on the job, within their relationships, in service of the nation … and in every element of the lives.”
The couple has a son, Declyn, collectively.