Cyndi Lauper: Italian of the Week

Apr 13, 2015 2624

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born on June 22, 1953. Her mother, Catrine Gallo, is an Italian American whose family is from Sicily. Cyndi was raised in Queens, NY, as a Roman Catholic. She dropped out of high school and moved out on her own when she was 17.

She began singing in local cover bands and working odd jobs to make ends meet. In 1977, she damaged her vocal chords and was told that she would never be able to sing again. She ignored her doctor's warnings and sought help from opera singer Katherine Agresta who was able to train and help Cyndi sing again.

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