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Cyndi Lauper is an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s with a string of pop hits such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."
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Cyndi Lauper forged her own path with her unique sound and one-of-a-kind look. Her video for “Girls Just Wanna have Fun” became a pop anthem, and made her a staple of the MTV generation.
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Her most recent album, Memphis Blues (2010), featured her take on several classic blues songs.
At the 67th Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 9, 2013, Lauper's musical with Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots, won six Tony Awards, including for best musical, best leading man and best original score. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, the production centers on the life of Charlie Price, who,
after inheriting his father's nearly bankrupt shoe factory, discovers the man he's meant to be with the help of an entertainer named Lola.
Outside of music, Lauper has been a tireless activist for the gay rights movement. "Civil rights have to be afforded to every American, no matter what their color, gender or sexual preference. You can't say this is a democracy if that isn't the case," she told WWD. She helped establish the True Colors Fund, which works to promote awareness and fight for equality. On the fund's website, Lauper writes "Everyone—whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender—should be allowed to show their true colors, and be accepted and loved for who they are. Every American should be guaranteed equal treatment at school, at work, in their relationships, in service of their country ... and in every part of their lives." In addition to touring to raise money for the fund, Lauper competed on the reality show The Celebrity Apprentice to help out her charity.
Lauper has been married to actor David Thornton since 1991. The couple has a son, Declyn, together.
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