Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir by Cyndi LauperLegendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar—from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like “Time After Time,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and “True Colors,” to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years.
After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, “gal Friday the thirteenth,” as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with She’s So Unusual, which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasn’t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most. Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a cause—whether it’s women’s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS.
With her trademark warmth and humor, Cyndi fearlessly writes of a life she’s lived only on her own terms.
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A long time ago was , when Lauper was doing a photo shoot for Interview on the West Side piers. Shivering, she went into the Jane Hotel and, in her unmistakable Queens drawl, ordered a hoawt toawddy. She took off her hat to reveal a pinkish pixie cut, and underneath her coat were a biker jacket and psychedelic purple pants.
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Born near the dawn of the Great Depression in the American deep south, he quickly learned he had to work hard and pinch a penny till it squealed if he was going to escape poverty. Perhaps his deep respect for the Marines, coupled with the need to provide a comfortable life for his young family, Oscar Richard Fletcher, Jr resorted to extraordinary measures to gain entry to the US Marine Corps. Blind in his left eye because of a childhood accident, Daddy memorised the eye chart to pass the physical. He went on to achieve an excellent score for marksmanship, so must have thought for a time that his visual deficit would remain a secret. Riddled with flaws like anyone else, my father made mistakes and even broke my heart a few times.
It's been 28 years since Cyndi Lauper 's " Girls Just Wanna Have Fun " became a campy girl-power rallying cry, earning the '80s pop icon fame and fortune. Since then, Lauper -- who turns 60 this year and still sports pink "salmon"-colored hair -- has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, released plus singles, penned a best-selling memoir, and fights as a tireless advocate for LGBT equality. Lauper always dreamed of being a comedienne, but when she went to pitch a comedy show, she said the producers looked at her and saw a reality show. ET on WE tv, chronicles her life as part rock star, part working mom. At the Dalloway restaurant in Lower Manhattan, Lauper dished about the hazards of raising a teenage boy with her husband of plus years, actor David Thornton, and the struggles that come when Dad is the stay-at-home parent. Even if you're not in the same room, you're in the same house.