Cyndi Lauper whose full name is Cynthia Ann Stephanie is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and LGBT rights activist. In 1983 she came out with her debut album She’s So Unusual which gave her four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The songs were “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Time After Time”, “She Bop”, and “All Through the Night”. At the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985, she won the Best New Artist award.
Cyndi Lauper’s success continued with her second album True Colors which came out in 1986 and included the number one hit “True Colors” and another popular song “Change of Heart”. In 1998 she released a Christmas album Merry Christmas…Have a Nice Life including some standards and original material. In 1999 Lauper appeared as an animation on a The Simpsons episode “Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken”. The same year she opened for Cher’s Do You Believe? Tour and has appeared in the films “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle” and “The Opportunists”.
Lauper came out with a successful blues album Memphis Blues in 2010. The album sold 600,000 copies all over the globe. The single from this album was “Just Your Fool”.
In 2011 she came out with her autobiography which details her fight with child abuse and depression and became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2013 Lauper wrote both the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. The musical won for Best Score among other awards at the 2013 Tony Awards.
Being a most versatile singer Lauper came out with Detour a country music album in 2016. The singles from the album were “Hard Candy Christmas” which at one time was a song sung by Dolly Parton and “Funnel of Love”. The album also includes a Patsy Cline song “I Fall to Pieces” and it was interesting to see that Lauper could make all these songs her own.
Throughout her career, Cyndi Lauper has released more than 40 singles and sold over 50 million records worldwide. She has had the honor to win Grammy, Emmy, Tony, MTV, VMA, Billboard and AMA awards. VH1 ranked Lauper at number 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll.
In 2010 the American toy company Mattel released a Cyndi Lauper Barbie doll as part of their “Ladies of the 80s” series. She continues to tour and to perform.