Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper Thornton (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night"—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one single "True Colors" and "Change of Heart", which peaked at number three. In 1989, she had a hit with "I Drove All Night".
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper
June 22, 1953
New York City, U.S.
Since 1983, Lauper has released eleven studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for best original score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, making her the first woman to win the category by herself. The musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. In 2016, the West End production won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards.
Lauper has sold over 50 million records worldwide. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New York's Outer Critics Circle, MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Billboard Awards, and American Music Awards (AMAs). An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT). Lauper won the inaugural Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". This music video is recognized by MTV, VH1 and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music videos of the era. She is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum's Women Who Rock exhibit. Her debut album is included in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while "Time After Time" is included in VH1's list of the 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 years. VH1 has ranked Lauper No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.
Lauper is known for her distinctive image, featuring a variety of hair colors and eccentric clothing, and for her powerful and distinctive four-octave singing range. She has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when she was invited as a special guest to attend U.S. President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration.
Life and careerEdit
1953–1979: Early lifeEdit
Lauper was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to a Catholic family. Her father, Fred, was of German and Swiss descent. Her mother, Catrine (née Gallo), is of Italian descent (from Sicily). Lauper's siblings are younger brother Fred (nicknamed Butch), and older sister, Ellen. Lauper's parents divorced when she was five. Her mother remarried and divorced again.
Lauper grew up in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens and, as a child, listened to such artists as The Beatles and Judy Garland. At age 12, she began writing songs and playing an acoustic guitar given to her by her sister.
Lauper expressed herself with a variety of hair colors and eccentric clothing, and took a friend's advice to spell her name as "Cyndi" rather than "Cindy". Her unconventional sense of style led to classmates bullying and throwing stones at her.
Lauper went to Richmond Hill High School, but was expelled, although she later earned her GED. She left home at 17, to escape her abusive stepfather, intending to study art. Her journey took her to Canada, where she spent two weeks in the woods with her dog Sparkle, trying to find herself. She eventually traveled to Vermont, where she took art classes at Johnson State College and supported herself working odd jobs. In 2019, Lauper gave the commencement address at Northern Vermont University - Johnson, the academic institution that now includes Johnson State. At this event, NVU awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.
In the early 1970s, Lauper performed as a vocalist with various cover bands. One, called Doc West, covered disco songs as well as Janis Joplin. A later band, Flyer, was active in the New York metropolitan area, singing hits by bands including Bad Company, Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin. Although Lauper was performing on stage, she was not happy singing covers. In 1977, Lauper damaged her vocal cords and took a year off from singing. She was told by doctors that she would never sing again, but regained her voice with the help of vocal coach Katie Agresta.
1980–1982: Blue AngelEdit
In 1978, Lauper met saxophone player John Turi through her manager Ted Rosenblatt. Turi and Lauper formed a band named Blue Angel and recorded a demo tape of original music. Steve Massarsky, manager of The Allman Brothers Band, heard the tape and liked Lauper's voice. He bought Blue Angel's contract for $5,000 and became their manager.
Lauper received recording offers as a solo artist, but held out, wanting the band to be included in any deal she made. Blue Angel was eventually signed by Polydor Records and released a self-titled album on the label in 1980. Lauper hated the album cover, saying that it made her look like Big Bird, but Rolling Stone magazine later included it as one of the 100 best new wave album covers (2003). Despite critical acclaim, the album sold poorly ("It went lead", as Lauper later joked) and the band broke up. The members of Blue Angel had a falling-out with Massarsky and fired him as their manager. He later filed an $80,000 suit against them, which forced Lauper into bankruptcy. After this Lauper temporarily lost her voice due to an inverted cyst in her vocal cord.
After Blue Angel broke up, Lauper spent time, due to her financial problems, working in retail stores, waitressing at IHOP (which she quit after being demoted to hostess when the manager sexually harassed her), and singing in local clubs. Her most frequent gigs were at El Sombrero. Music critics who saw Lauper perform with Blue Angel believed she had star potential due to her four-octave singing range. In 1981, while singing in a local New York bar, Lauper met David Wolff, who took over as her manager and had her sign a recording contract with Portrait Records, a subsidiary of Epic Records.
1983–1985: She's So UnusualEdit
On October 14, 1983, Lauper released her first solo album, She's So Unusual. The album became a worldwide hit, peaking at No. 4 in the U.S. and reaching the top five in eight other countries. The primary studio musicians were Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman (of The Hooters), Rick Chertoff, Richard Termini and Peter Wood. Lauper became popular with teenagers and critics, in part due to her hybrid punk image, which was crafted by stylist Patrick Lucas.
Lauper co-wrote four songs on She's So Unusual, including the hits "Time After Time" and "She Bop". On the songs she did not write, Lauper sometimes changed the lyrics. Such is the case with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". Lauper found the original lyrics to be misogynistic, so she rewrote the song as an anthem for young women.
The album includes five cover songs, including The Brains' new wave track "Money Changes Everything" (No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100) and Prince's "When You Were Mine". The album made Lauper the first female artist to have four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 top five hits from one album. The LP stayed in the Top 200 charts for more than 65 weeks, and since has sold 16 million copies worldwide.
Cyndi won Best New Artist at the 1985 Grammy Awards. She's So Unusual also received nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"), and Song of the Year (for "Time After Time"). She wore almost a pound of necklaces at her award ceremony. It also won the Grammy for Best Album Package, which went to the art director, Janet Perr.
The video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" won the inaugural award for Best Female Video at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, and made Lauper an MTV staple. The video featured professional wrestling manager "Captain" Lou Albano as Lauper's father, and her real-life mother, Catrine, as her mother, and also featured her attorney, her manager, her brother Butch, and her dog Sparkle. In 1984–85, Lauper appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone magazine, Time, and Newsweek. She appeared twice on the cover of People, and was named a Ms. magazine Woman of the Year in 1985.
Lauper appeared with professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, who played her "bodyguard" and would also later make many appearances as herself in a number of the World Wrestling Federation's "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection" events, and played Wendi Richter's manager in the inaugural WrestleMania event. Dave Wolff, Lauper's boyfriend and manager at the time, was a wrestling fan as a boy, and engineered the rock and wrestling connection.
In 1985, Lauper released the single "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough", from the soundtrack to the movie The Goonies, and an accompanying video which featured several wrestling stars. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1986–1988: True Colors and VibesEdit
In 1986, Lauper appeared on the Billy Joel album The Bridge, with a song called "Code of Silence". She is credited as having written the lyrics with Joel and she sings a duet with him. In the same year, Lauper also sang the theme song for the series Pee-wee's Playhouse, credited as "Ellen Shaw". In 1987, David Wolff produced a concert film for Lauper called Cyndi Lauper in Paris. The concert was broadcast on HBO.
Lauper made her film debut in August 1988 in the quirky comedy Vibes, alongside Jeff Goldblum, Peter Falk, and Julian Sands. Lauper played a psychic in search of a city of gold in South America. Deborah Blum and Tony Ganz produced the film, with David Wolff as associate producer. To prepare for the role, Lauper took a few classes in finger waving and hair setting at the Robert Fiancé School of Beauty in New York, and studied with a few Manhattan psychics. The film flopped and was poorly received by critics, but would later be considered a cult classic.
Lauper contributed a track called "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)" for the Vibes soundtrack, but the song was not included. A music video was released, a high energy, comic action/adventure romp through a Chinese laundry. The song reached No. 54 on the US charts, but fared better in Australia, reaching No. 8.
1989–1992: A Night to Remember and marriageEdit
A Night to Remember – Lauper's third album – was released in the spring of 1989. The album had one hit, the No. 6 single "I Drove All Night", originally recorded by Roy Orbison, three years before his death on December 6, 1988. Lauper received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1990 Grammy Awards for "I Drove All Night", but overall album sales for A Night to Remember were down. The music video for the album's song "My First Night Without You" was one of the first to be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Because of a friendship with Yoko Ono, Lauper took part in the May 1990 John Lennon tribute concert in Liverpool, performing the Beatles song "Hey Bulldog", and the John Lennon song "Working Class Hero". She also took part in Ono and Lennon's son Sean's project called "The Peace Choir", performing a new version of Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance".[better source needed]
1993–1995: Hat Full of Stars and Twelve Deadly CynsEdit
Lauper's fourth album Hat Full of Stars was released in June 1993 and was met with critical acclaim, but failed commercially, unsupported by her label. The album, which tackled such topics as homophobia, spousal abuse, racism, and abortion sold fewer than 120,000 copies in the United States and peaked at No. 112 on the Billboard charts. The video for the album's song "Sally's Pigeons" features the then-unknown Julia Stiles as the young Cyndi.
1996–2000: Motherhood and Sisters of AvalonEdit
On November 19, 1997, Lauper gave birth to her son Declyn Wallace Lauper Thornton. Her fifth album, Sisters of Avalon, was released in Japan in 1996 and elsewhere in 1997. The album was written and produced with the help of Jan Pulsford (Lauper's keyboard player) and producer Mark Saunders. As in Hat Full of Stars, some of the songs in Sisters of Avalon addressed dark themes. The song "Ballad of Cleo and Joe" addressed the complications of a drag queen's double life. The song "Say a Prayer" was written for a friend of hers who had died from AIDS. "Unhook the Stars" was used in the movie of the same name. Again without support from her label, the release failed in America, spending a single week on the Billboard album chart at No. 188. This album also met with much critical praise, including People magazine, which declared it "90s nourishment for body and soul. Lauper sets a scene, makes us care, gives us hope."
On January 17, 1999, Lauper appeared as an animated version of herself in The Simpsons episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken", singing the National Anthem to the melody of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". In the same year, Lauper opened for Cher's Do You Believe? Tour alongside Wild Orchid. She also appeared in the films Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and The Opportunists.
2001–2004: Shine and At LastEdit
On October 12, 2000, Lauper took part in the television show Women in Rock, Girls with Guitars performing with Ann Wilson of Heart and with the girl group, Destiny's Child. A CD of the songs performed was released exclusively to Sears stores from September 30 to October 31, 2001, and was marketed as a fundraiser for breast cancer.
In 2002, Sony issued a best-of CD, The Essential Cyndi Lauper. Lauper also released a cover album with Sony/Epic Records entitled At Last (formerly Naked City), which was released in 2003. At Last received one nomination at the 2005 Grammy Awards: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), for "Unchained Melody". The effort was also a commercial hit, selling 4.5 million records
In April 2004, Lauper performed during the VH1's benefit concert Divas Live 2004 alongside Ashanti, Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone and Patti LaBelle, in support of the Save the Music Foundation.
2005–2007: The Body AcousticEdit
She made appearances on Showtime's hit show Queer as Folk in 2005, directed a commercial for Totally 80s edition of the board game Trivial Pursuit in 2006, served as a judge on the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards and made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated The Threepenny Opera as Jenny. She performed with Shaggy, Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver/Stone Temple Pilots, Pat Monahan of Train, Ani DiFranco, and The Hooters in the VH1 Classics special Decades Rock Live. In 2006, she sang "Message To Michael" with Dionne Warwick and "Beecharmer" with Nellie McKay on McKay's Pretty Little Head album.
2008–2009: Bring Ya to the BrinkEdit
Other projects for 2008 included the True Colors Tour and a Christmas duet with Swedish band The Hives, entitled "A Christmas Duel". The song was released as a CD single and a 7" vinyl in Sweden. Lauper also performed on the "Girls Night Out", headlining it with Rosie O'Donnell in the US.
2010–2012: The Celebrity Apprentice, Memphis Blues, memoirEdit
Memphis Blues—Lauper's 7th studio album—was released on June 22, 2010, and debuted on the Billboard Blues Albums chart at No. 1, and at No. 26 on the Billboard Top 200. The album remained No. 1 on the Blues Albums chart for 14 consecutive weeks; Memphis Blues was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Lauper made international news in March 2011 for an impromptu performance of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" while waiting for a delayed flight at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires. A video was later posted on YouTube.
In November 2011, she released two Christmas singles exclusive to iTunes. The first release was a Blues-inspired cover of Elvis Presley's classic "Blue Christmas", and the second was a new version of "Home for the holidays", a duet with Norah Jones. In June 2012, Lauper made her first appearance for WWE in 27 years, to promote WWE Raw's 1000th episode to memorialize "Captain" Lou Albano.
In September 2012, Lauper performed at fashion designer Betsey Johnson's 40 year Retrospective Fashion show. She also released a New York Times Best Selling memoir that detailed her struggle with child abuse and depression.
2013–2015: Kinky Boots and touringEdit
Lauper composed music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, with Harvey Fierstein writing the book. The musical was based on the 2006 independent film Kinky Boots. It opened in Chicago in October 2012 and on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013. In May, Lauper won for best score for Kinky Boots at the 63rd annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. The musical led the 2013 Tony Awards, with 13 nominations and six wins including Best Musical and Best Actor. Lauper won the award for Best Original Score. Lauper was the first woman to win solo in this category. After a six-year run and 2,507 regular shows, Kinky Boots ended its Broadway run on April 7, 2019. It is the 25th-longest-running Broadway musical in history. It grossed $297 million on Broadway.
In the summer of 2013, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of her debut album She's So Unusual, Lauper embarked on an international tour covering America and Australia. The show consisted of a mix of fan favorites and the entirety of the She's So Unusual record. She was a guest on 36 dates of Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour, starting April 23, 2014. A new album was confirmed by Lauper on a website interview.
On April 1 (March 1 in Europe), Lauper released the 30th Anniversary edition of She's So Unusual through Epic Records It featured a remastered version of the original album plus three new remixes. The Deluxe Edition featured bonus tracks such as demos and a live recording as well as a 3D cut-out of the bedroom featured in the 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' music video with a reusable sticker set.
On September 17, 2014, Lauper sang on the finale of America's Got Talent. On September 25, as part of the Today Show's Shine a Light series, Lauper re-recorded "True Colors" in a mashup with Sara Bareilles' "Brave" to raise awareness and money for children battling cancer. By October the project had raised over $300,000.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame included Lauper in its nomination list in October 2014. Also during October, Lauper's fourth consecutive 'Home for the Holidays' benefit concert for homeless gay youth was announced. Acts included 50 Cent and Laverne Cox with 100% of the net proceeds going to True Colors United
In March 2015, Lauper once again guest starred on the crime show Bones as Avalon Harmonia.
To promote her work with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis and revealing she, herself has suffered from psoriasis for the past five years, Lauper appeared on the Today Show in July 2015. During the interview Lauper said she is working on a project with Seymour Stein. Later it was revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone she is working on a country album with Tony Brown, and Seymour Stein as executive producer.
On September 15, 2015, Kinky Boots opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End.
On August 30, 2017, songwriters Benny Mardones and Robert Tepper sued Lauper for lifting elements from their song "Into the Night" for Kinky Boots’ final song "Raise You Up". In August 2019, a filed letter by Mardones' lawyer stated that all parties involved have agreed in principle to settle the case. No more details were given at the time.
2016–present: Detour and moreEdit
In January 2016, Lauper announced she would release a new album on May 6, 2016. This composed of her interpretations of early country classics entitled Detour. The announcement was supported by a release of her version of Harlan Howard's "Heartaches by the Number" and a performance on Skyville Live with Kelsea Ballerini and Ingrid Michaelson. On February 17, 2016, she released her version of Wanda Jackson's "Funnel of Love".
In February 2016, Lauper was nominated for an Olivier Award for her contribution to the UK production of Kinky Boots along with Stephen Oremus, the man responsible for the arrangements. In January 2017, this production's album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
In May 2016, Lauper was featured on "Swipe to the Right" from Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise by French producer Jean-Michel Jarre. This second album of the Electronica project is based on collaborations with artists related to electronic music (Tangerine Dream, Moby, Pet Shop Boys, etc.).
In March 2018, it was announced that Lauper together with co-'Time after time' songwriter Rob Hyman is going to compose the score for the musical version of the 1988 film 'Working Girl' which starred Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver. She teamed up with Hyman because she wanted "the music to sound like the 80s". The musical will be staged by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley. A developmental production premiere of the musical is planned for the 2021/2022 season.
For Grandin Road, Lauper exclusively designed her own Christmas collection, 'Cyndi Lauper Loves Christmas', available from September 2018. "I've always loved Christmas, it reminds me to find some happiness in the little things," said Lauper.
Her annual Home For The Holidays concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York was held on December 8, 2018.
Lauper guest starred playing a lawyer in an episode of the reboot of the television series Magnum P.I.. The episode, titled "Sudden Death", aired on October 22, 2018.
On November 15, 2018, it was announced that Lauper will receive the Icon Award at the Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music Event on December 6 in New York City. According to Jason Lipshutz, Billboard's editorial director, "The entire world recognizes the power of Cyndi Lauper's pop music, and just as crucially, she has used her undeniable talent to soar beyond music, create positive change in modern society and become a true icon."
The song "Together" was featured in the Canadian computer-animated film "Racetime" released in January 2019. Originally written and performed in French by Dumas, Lauper performed the English translation in the English version of the film originally titled "La Course des tuques".
On June 26, 2019, Lauper performed at the opening ceremony of Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019. Backed by the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, Lauper played two concerts on July 12 and 13, 2019 at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.
"Japanese Singles Collection – Greatest Hits" is a 2-disc greatest hits album that includes all of Laupers' singles released in Japan from 1983 to 1995 in chronological order. The second disc contains 26 music videos. Nine of these are available for the first time on DVD. The album will be released on September 6, 2019, nine days after its original Japanese release.[needs update]
In September 2019, it was announced that Lauper will star alongside Jane Lynch in the new Netflix comedy series described as "kind of The Golden Girls for today". As of March 2021, there has not been any updates on this project.
On January 26, 2020, Lauper sang a chorus from the song "I sing the Body Electric" of the soundtrack from 1980's movie Fame at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Show held in Los Angeles. Other performers were Ben Platt, Camila Cabello, Debbie Allen, who starred in the original movie, and more. It was a send off to long time Grammy Awards television producer Ken Erhlich. He will retire after a four decade run of producing the show.
On April 23, 2020, Lauper participated in an online fundraising concert to raise money for LGBTQ nightlife workers who struggled financially because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lauper ended the concert performing "True Colors". The concert was initiated by the Stonewall Inn Gives Back nonprofit organization of the historic Greenwich Village gay bar. Other performing artists were Kate Pierson, Our Lady J, Rufus Wainwright and Darren Hayes amongst others.
In November 2020, Lauper dueted with former top ten "American Idol" finalist Casey Abrams on a cover version of the song 'Eve of Destruction'.
Lauper was in a relationship from 1982 to 1988 with her then manager, Dave Wolff.
Lauper has been an LGBT rights supporter throughout her career, campaigning for equality through various charities and gay pride events around the world. Lauper stated that she became involved in gay rights advocacy because her sister Ellen is a lesbian and because Lauper herself was passionate about equality. Lauper cites her sister Ellen as a role model.
Her song "Above the Clouds" celebrates the memory of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man beaten to death in Wyoming. As a member of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board, Lauper devoted a concert tour in 2005 to promoting the Foundation's message.
She co-founded the True Colors tour for Human Rights throughout the United States and Canada in June 2007. One dollar from each ticket was earmarked for the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for LGBT individuals. In 2008, Lauper started True Colors United (TCU) after learning that, while 10% of American youth identify themselves as LGBT, up to 40% of American homeless youths do so. The organization works to end youth homelessness, focusing on the experiences of LGBT youth. She set up the True Colors Residence in New York City for LGBT homeless youths. The 30-bed facility offers temporary shelter and job placement help. In April 2010, TCU launched the Give a Damn campaign, to help get straight people more involved in LGBT rights.
In August 2008, she contributed an article titled "Hope" to The Huffington Post, encouraging Americans to vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming United States presidential election. Lauper performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Lauper was described by AllMusic's Lindsay Planer as "an iconoclastic vocalist who revolutionized the role of women in rock and roll". Over her 40-year career, she influenced multiple recording artists including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Vanessa Paradis, Tegan and Sara, and Yelle. Due to her success and influence Lauper has been inducted into both the Hollywood and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Spotify notes that She's So Unusual and her distinctive idiosyncratic appearance "helped popularize the image of punk and new wave for America, making it an acceptable part of the pop landscape". Rolling Stone magazine stated that her debut was "arguably the first time explicitly punk-influenced elements were front-and-center on the pop landscape, both musically and via Lauper's Patrick Lucas-styled ensembles, dressing up the droll Reagan decade in feminist chutzpah." The album ranked at No. 487 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. The album ranked at No. 41 on Rolling Stone's list of Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2012. Rolling Stone's review stated, "A wild and wonderful skyrocket of a voice... Lauper's extraordinary pipes connect with the right material, the results sound like the beginning of a whole new golden age." Thirty years after its release, the album was praised as 'everlasting' and a 'once-in-a-lifetime album'.
Her iconic cover and re-arrangement of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" established her as 'a feminist idol'. Sheila Moeschen argued that the song 'embodied a different kind of feminine aesthetic that ran counter to the raw sensuality and edginess of her contemporaries like Madonna or veteran rockers Joan Jett and Pat Benatar' that introduced 'a nation of women to a new kind of female role model, one that celebrated difference and encouraged playfulness in self-expression'. John Rockwell wrote that the song was "a giddily upbeat attestation to female pleasure that simultaneously made a feminist statement, fulfilled male fantasies and—especially in its often-played video version—evoked the warmth of family and friends". The video for "Girls" won the first-ever Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs. It featured a multicultural cast of women with teased, sideways hair and neon eye shadow, singing alongside Lauper.
Lauper's song "Time After Time" has been covered by over 100 artists and was ranked at No. 22 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years and at No. 19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.
"She Bop", the third single from She's So Unusual made history as the first and only top ten song to directly mention a gay porn magazine. The single was included in the PMRC's "Filthy Fifteen" list that led to the parental advisory sticker that marked recordings thought to be unsuitable for young listeners. In their 1984 retrospective Rolling Stone listed "She Bop" as the 36th best song of that year, praising it for its unusual playfulness regarding sexuality.
- She's So Unusual (1983)
- True Colors (1986)
- A Night to Remember (1989)
- Hat Full of Stars (1993)
- Sisters of Avalon (1996)
- Merry Christmas ... Have a Nice Life (1998)
- At Last (2003)
- Shine (2004)
- Bring Ya to the Brink (2008)
- Memphis Blues (2010)
- Detour (2016)
|2000||Matters of the Heart||Herself||Broadway concert|
|2006||The Threepenny Opera||Jenny (Ginny Jenny/Low-Dive Jenny)||Broadway musical|
|2013||Kinky Boots||N/A||Broadway musical (writer)|
|2017||SpongeBob SquarePants||Broadway musical (writer, "Hero is My Middle Name")|
|1989||The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!||Herself||1 episode: "Robo Koopa/Captain Lou is Missing"|
|1990||Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme||Mary ("Mary Had a Little Lamb")||TV movie|
|1990||The Wall – Live in Berlin||Young Pink||TV movie|
|1993–1999||Mad About You||Marianne Lugasso||4 episodes|
|1999||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Pidge (voice)||1 episode: "The Happy Prince"|
|1999||The Simpsons||Herself (voice)||1 episode: "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"|
|2004||Higglytown Heroes||Operator Hero (voice)||1 episode: "Smooth Operator/Stinky Situation"|
|2005||That's So Raven||Ms. Petuto||1 episode: "Art Breaker"|
|2005||Queer as Folk||Herself||1 episode: "I Love You"|
|2006||Top of the Pops||Co-presenter||1 episode: "13/03/2006"|
|2006||The Backyardigans||Herself (voice)||1 episode: "International Super Spy: Part 1"|
|2008||Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List||Herself||1 episode: "Fly the Super Gay Skies"|
|2008||Gossip Girl||Herself||1 episode: "Bonfire of the Vanity"|
|2009||30 Rock||Herself||1 episode: "Kidney Now!"|
|2009||The Apprentice: The Celebrity Apprentice 3||Herself/Contestant||Season 3|
|2009–2015, 2017||Bones||Avalon Harmonia||5 episodes|
|2012||Bob's Burgers||Performer (voice)||1 episode: "The Belchies"|
|2012||Happily Divorced||Kiki Kappelmaster||1 episode: "Follow the Leader"|
|2013||Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual||Herself||12 episodes (executive producer)|
|2014||Front and Center||Herself||1 episode|
|2015||BrainSurge Jr.||Substitute Host||1 episode|
|2018||Magnum P.I.||Vanessa Nero||1 episode|
|2020||Young Sheldon||Herself (voice)||1 episode|
|2020||Bubble Guppies||Miss. Goo Goo (voice)||1 episode|
|1984||Prime Cuts||Herself (cameo)|||
|1991||Off and Running||Cyd Morse|||
|1993||Life with Mikey||Geena Briganti|||
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Picnic Guest (uncredited)|||
|1996||Sesame Street Elmocize||Twyla (cameo)||Direct-to-video|
|2000||The Opportunists||Sally Mahon|||
|2005||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||Herself (cameo)|||
|2009||Here and There||Rose|||
|2011||Dirty Movie||Little Johnny's Mom|||
|2014||Henry & Me||Nurse Cyndi||Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production|
- Fun Tour (1983–84)
- True Colors World Tour (1986–87)
- A Night to Remember World Tour (1989)
- Hat Full of Stars Tour (1993–94)
- Twelve Deadly Cyns World Tour (1994–95)
- Sisters of Avalon Tour (1996–97)
- Summer Tour '99 (1999)
- Shine Tour (2001–03)
- At Last Tour (2003–04)
- The Body Acoustic Tour (2005–06)
- Bring Ya to the Brink Tour (2008)
- Memphis Blues Tour (2010–11)
- Japan Tour (benefit shows in Japan to aid for Earthquake and one show in Philippines only) (2012)
- She's So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Tour (2013-2014)
- Detour Tour (2016)
- American Music Awards Concert Series (Japan concert and a couple warm-up dates on east coast in US only) (1991)
- True Colors (with Erasure, Debbie Harry and others) (2007)
- True Colors (with The B-52s, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and others) (2008)
- Girls Night Out Tour (with Rosie O'Donnell) (2009)
- Australian Tour (with Blondie) (2017)
"Special Guest" ofEdit
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1985||Cyndi Lauper||Best New Artist||Won|
|She's So Unusual||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Time After Time"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Female Pop Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|1986||"What a Thrill"||Best Female Rock Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|1987||"True Colors"||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|"911"||Best Female Rock Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|1988||"Cyndi Lauper in Paris"||Best Performance Music Video||Nominated|
|1990||"I Drove All Night"||Best Female Rock Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|1999||"Disco Inferno"||Best Dance Recording||Nominated|
|2005||"Unchained Melody"||Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)||Nominated|
|2009||Bring Ya to the Brink||Best Electronic/Dance Album||Nominated|
|2011||Memphis Blues||Best Traditional Blues Album||Nominated|
|2014||Kinky Boots||Best Musical Theater Album||Won|
|2017||Kinky Boots (Original West End Cast)||Best Musical Theater Album||Nominated|
Note: "We Are the World" (which featured Cyndi Lauper as a vocalist) also won Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Music Video, Short Form, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986. Song of the Year is credited to the songwriters and not the performer, The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group were presented to the producer in 1986, the song was produced by Quincy Jones. Best Music Video, Short Form is presented to the director and producer, Tom Trbovich directed the video while Quincy Jones served as producer.
Note: Lauper received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), as she was one of the three arrangers along with Steve Gaboury and Don Sebesky.
The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known informally as the Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. Lauper is the first woman to win a Tony solo for Best Score.
|2013||Kinky Boots||Best Original Score||Won|
An Emmy Award recognizes excellence in the television industry.
|1994||Mad About You: A Pair of Hearts||Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series||Nominated|
|1995||Mad About You: Money Changes Everything||Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series||Won|
MTV Video Music AwardEdit
The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. Lauper won one award from 14 nominations, being the first person to win in the category Best Female Video.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1984||"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Best New Artist||Nominated|
|Best Female Video||Won|
|Best Concept Video||Nominated|
|Best Overall Performance||Nominated|
|"Time After Time"||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|Best Female Video||Nominated|
|1987||"True Colors"||Best Female Video||Nominated|
|"What's Going On"||Best Cinematography||Nominated|
|1993||Rolling Stone||The 100 Top Music Videos||"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"||No. 22|
|1999||VH1||100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll||Cyndi Lauper||No. 58|
|MTV||100 Greatest Videos Ever Made||"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"||No. 39|
|Rolling Stone||100 Best Albums of the '80s||She's So Unusual||No. 75|
|2000||Rolling Stone||100 Greatest Pop Songs||"Time After Time"||No. 66|
|2001||VH1||100 Greatest Videos||"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"||No. 45|
|2002||Rolling Stone||50 Essential "Women in Rock" Albums||She's So Unusual||No. 41|
|2003||VH1||100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years||"Time After Time"||No. 22|
|Rolling Stone||500 Greatest Albums of All Time||She's So Unusual||No. 494|
|2006||VH1||100 Greatest Songs of the 80's||"Time After Time"||No. 19|
|"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"||No. 23|
|2017||VH1||VH1 Trailblazer Honor||LGBT activism|
|2019||Library of Congress||National Recording Registry||She's So Unusual|
- "Cyndi Lauper Biography (1953–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Give a Damn". The Huffington Post. October 11, 2011.
- "Cyndi Lauper Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "The Tony Award Nominees". Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- Gerard, Jeremy (April 4, 2016). "London Loves Lin-Manuel Miranda Too (and 'Kinky Boots' & Judi Dench) – Olivier Awards". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper and the secret feminist history of 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'". The Washington Post. April 30, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
- "Cyndi Lauper, Wild '80s Girl Power Icon, on Parenting, Marriage". ABC News. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Coscarelli, Joe (February 18, 2015). "Songwriters Hall of Fame to Honor Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper, Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia". ArtsBeat. The New York Times. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
- "Rolling Stone: 'The 100 Top Music Videos'". Rockonthenet.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Wood Rudolph, Heather (January 29, 2013). "Feminist History in Song: Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'". The Sexy Feminist blog. Archived from the original on May 18, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "MTV: '100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made'". Rockonthenet.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "VH1: 100 Greatest Videos". Rockonthenet.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Morrison, Shelby (April 15, 2013). "30 Years Later: Cyndi Lauper's 'She's So Unusual'". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums". Rockonthenet.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "VH1's Best Songs of the Past 25 years". Rockonthenet.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "VH1: 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll". Rockonthenet.com. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- Gladstone, Brooke. "Interview With Cyndi Lauper". On the Media.
- Jerome, Jim. "She Wants to Have Fun", People, September 17, 1984. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
- Daunt, Tina (January 15, 2013). "Cyndi Lauper, Ben Folds, Others Join Lineup for Obama's Inaugural". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper Biography". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on August 29, 2009.
- "Cyndi Lauper – and Lou Reed". Archived from the original on March 27, 2005.
- "Cyndi Lauper – Photos, Videos, Music, Biography". Cyndilaupersite.com. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
- "10 Things You Didn't Know About Cyndi Lauper". WETV. November 19, 2012. Archived from the original on September 24, 2014.
- McDonnell, Evelyn (December 1, 2003). "Cyndi Lauper: two decades after blazing the way for a generation of female pop singers, the original day-glo diva is reigniting her career with a collection of songs as colorful as she is.(Interview)". Brant Publications, Inc.
- "50 interesting facts about singer Cyndi Lauper". BOOMSbeat. August 4, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Sunday Book Review – Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir". The New York Times. November 30, 2012.
- "Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED, List No. 2". About.com Education. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper Biography". Lyrics.songonlyrics.net. January 12, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- Ahearn, Victoria (June 11, 2015). "Cyndi Lauper says she once hitchhiked 300 km to Algonquin Park". CTVNews. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
- "Cyndi Lauper: Dream Girl". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 3, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper – Bornrich". Bornrich.com. September 17, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- VTD Editor (March 25, 2019). "Cyndi Lauper to give commencement address at Northern Vermont University-Johnson". VT Digger. Montpelier, VT.
- "50 interesting facts about singer Cyndi Lauper". Boomsbeat.com. August 4, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Biography | Cyndi Lauper – Photos, Videos, Music, Biography". Cyndilaupersite.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- Anderson, Porter. "Steve Massarsky: Starting small with BIG". cnn.com. Cable News Network. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper: Dream Girl". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 3, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper". MTV. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
- Chiu, David. "Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual Is 30: New Tour With Cher, Kinky Boots". TIME. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper". Lifetime.co.uk/. AETN UK. Archived from the original on September 4, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- Rourke, Mary (February 8, 1985). "Capturing Head-to-Toe Look of the '80s". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- Elan, Priya (September 27, 2008). "Music: Priya Elan pays tribute to the man who wrote Girls Just Want To Have Fun". The Guardian. London. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "Cyndi Lauper is back, and the girl still wants to have fun". Entertainment.TimesOnline.co.uk. Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
- Varga, George (June 7, 2013). "Cyndi Lauper still proudly 'unusual'". U-T San Diego. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
- "The GRAMMYs' Trailblazing Women, Part One". Grammy.com. December 2, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- "Classic Album covers : She's So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper". Nevermindthebuspass.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- "Captain Lou Albano Dies at 76; Wrestle Appeared in Cyndi Lauper Videos". The Lost Angeles Times. October 15, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Julio Licinio's Blog: Discovery to change your life: "Girls just want to have fun"". Juliolicinio.blogspot.ca. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- Paglia, Camille (December 14, 1990). "Madonna – Finally, a Real Feminist". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- Matera, Joe. "'We are the World': 25 Years Later." Goldmine.(February 12, 2010): pp. 28–31.
- "Cyndi Lauper Wrestler Biography". Icelebritieshub.tumblr.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper – Online World of Wrestling". Onlineworldofwrestling.com. Archived from the original on February 21, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- Ellison, Lillian (2003). The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle. ReaganBooks. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-06-001258-8.
- "Cindi Lauper interview Rock N Roll Wrestling". Australiansportsentertainment.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper – Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- Grammy Awards 1986, Awards & Shows.
- "Billboard 200, The Week of October 4, 1986". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
- "Bastet Glasba: Blue Angel/Cyndi Lauper". bastetglasba.blogspot.ca. June 22, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper – Filmbug". Filmbug.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper Biography". Lyrics.songonlyrics.net. January 12, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
- Australian Charts (1988). "Australian Charts". ARIA Charts. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
- "Videos Closed-captioned – Sun Sentinel". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. August 10, 1989. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Liverpool – Beatles – Lennon remembered". BBC. May 20, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Peace Choir Give Peace a Chance". YouTube. August 20, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- Neustatter, Angela (July 5, 1992). "How We Met: 41. David Thornton and Cyndi Lauper". The Independent. Archived from the original on March 28, 2019. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
- "– quote: "... Hat Full of Stars ... The record stiffed, peaking at 112". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- Pringle, Gill (September 17, 2007). "A Stiles of her own". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper | Television Academy". Emmys.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper". IMDb. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
- Barron, James; Phoebe Hoban (January 28, 1998). "PUBLIC LIVES; In Their Words". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- "Cyndi Lauper – Front and Center Entertainment". Retrieved April 7, 2020.
- Cyndi Lauper; Jancee Dunn (February 28, 2017). "13". Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster. pp. 236, 243. ISBN 978-1-4391-4789-4.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 14, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Women Rock!". Retrieved March 8, 2017.
- "BIOGRAPHY: Cyndi Lauper Lifetime". Thebiographychannel.co.uk. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Live 2004". IMDb.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "Message to Michael - Cyndi Lauper, Dionne Warwick | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
- "Pretty Little Head - Nellie McKay | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
- "Long Island Music Hall of Fame | Preserving & Celebrating the Long Island musical heritage". Limusichalloffame.org. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper". Lifetime UK. January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
- "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan.se. Archived from the original on December 26, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "Tour: Summer 2009: Girls Night Out Tour with Rosie O'Donnell". Cyndi Lauper. Archived from the original on May 4, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "Wyclef Jean & Cyndi Lauper To Perform On David Letterman". Archived from the original on November 18, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
- Smith, Hortense. "Barbie Doll Versions Of Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, And Cyndi Lauper Arriving In December". Jezebel.com. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
- "'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Catch Up With Her". Newsroom.mtv.com. May 10, 2010. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Front & Center with Cyndi Lauper – Highline Ballroom". Highline Ballroom. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper Cheers Stuck Travelers in Argentina – ABC News". ABC News. March 7, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "Watch Cyndi Laupers impromptu airport performance of girls just wanna have fun". Time. March 8, 2011.
- ""Rowdy" Roddy Piper talks about his "Rock 'N' Wrestling" reunion with Cyndi Lauper: WWE.com Exclusive". WWE. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Leung, Mariana (September 12, 2012). "Betsey Johnson and Cyndi Lauper – NY Fashion Week fashion design, indie clothing, style, beauty". Ms. Fabulous. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper Wins Tony for Best Original Score". Archived from the original on June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
- Entertainment Weekly, May 18, 2012.
- "Kinky Boots – Official Broadway Site". Kinkybootsthemusical.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Pippin, Kinky Boots & Vanya Lead Winners' List for 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards". Broadway.com. May 13, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Cyndi Lauper wins Tony for Best Original Score". UPI. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- Healy, Patrick (April 30, 2013). "'Kinky Boots' Leads With 13 Tony Nominations; Tom Hanks Gets Nod for 'Lucky Guy'". The New York Times.
- "Official Website | Cher Confirms Cyndi Lauper As Special Guest On Her Upcoming Dressed To Kill Tour. On Wwhl With Andy Cohen". Cher. January 29, 2014. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Cher 'D2K Tour 2014' with special guest Cyndi Lauper". Pinnacle Bank Arena. Archived from the original on August 18, 2014.
- Omar, Aref (September 16, 2013). "SHOWBIZ: Days with Cyndi Lauper". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Performers, Presenters Announced". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- ""Kinky Boots" Wins Best Musical Theater Album". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper interview: She's still having fun". The Independent. April 4, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "News – Cyndi Lauper". Cyndilauper.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "'America's Got Talent' finale adds Cyndi Lauper, Travis Barker to celebrity line-up". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Sindler, Robin (September 25, 2014). "Watch: Hoda Kotb, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper fight pediatric cancer with "Truly Brave' music video". TODAY.
- "Hoda Kotb's Fundraiser on CrowdRise". Crowdrise.com.
- "SongHall – Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2014 Nominees For Induction Announced". Songhall.org.
- Daniel Kreps (October 22, 2014). "50 Cent, Laverne Cox Join Cyndi Lauper to Help LGBT Youth". Rolling Stone.
- "Bones". TV Fanatic. March 30, 2015.
- "Hear Cyndi Lauper Cover Dolly Parton's 'Hard Candy Christmas'". Rolling Stone. December 8, 2015.
- "Kinky Boots Stage Production Notes". Filmed Live Musicals. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Hershberg, Marc. "'Kinky Boots' to Keep on Kicking in Court". Forbes.com. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
- "Cyndi Lauper Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over 'Kinky Boots'". August 13, 2019.
- "Hear Cyndi Lauper's Rockabilly Take on 'Heartaches by the Number'". Rolling Stone.
- "Skyville Live Shines Again With Cyndi Lauper, Kelsea Ballerini and Ingrid Michaelson". Country Weekly.
- "Cyndi Lauper Goes Country on New Single 'Funnel of Love' (First Listen)". People.
- "Olivier Awards 2016: 'Gypsy' and 'Kinky Boots' lead nominations". Newsweek Europe.
- "Waitress and Bright Star Cast Albums Among Grammy Award Nominees". Playbill.
- "Jean-Michel Jarre announces new album Electronica 2, shares Peaches collaboration — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
- "On the Road with Cyndi Lauper: "I Intend to Sing 'til I Die"". Vanity Fair.
- "Cyndi Lauper Shines in ACL's 42nd Season". Austin City Limits.
- Fierberg, Ruthie (March 22, 2018). "Cyndi Lauper on Writing the Working Girl Musical and What Song Will Not Be in the Show". Playbill.com. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
- "Bridget Carpenter & Christopher Ashley Join Cyndi Lauper on Working Girl Musical". Broadway.com. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
- Road, Grandin. "Grandin Road Introduces Cyndi Lauper Loves Christmas, An Exclusive Holiday Collection". Prnewswire.com.
- Mary Jane (October 22, 2018). "Cyndi Lauper guest stars as lawyer Vanessa Nero on Magnum P.I." Monsters and Critics.
- Rania Aniftos. "Janelle Monáe and Cyndi Lauper to Be Honored at Billboard's Women in Music Event". Billboard.
- "Cyndi Lauper - Together (from La Course Des Tuques)". Retrieved April 7, 2020.
- Arnold, Chuck (April 5, 2019). "Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, Ciara to open NYC Pride 2019". Nypost.com. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
- Thompson, Simon. "Review: Cyndi Lauper's Perfectly Imperfect Bee-g Night At The Hollywood Bowl". Forbes.
- "Cyndi Lauper / Greatest Hits: Japanese Singles Collection / CD+DVD set | superdeluxeedition". Retrieved April 7, 2020.
- "Jane Lynch Reveals Netflix Show With Cyndi Lauper Following Emmy Win". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Schneider, Michael (September 16, 2019). "Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper Developing 'Golden Girls'-Style Comedy for Netflix".
- "2020 Grammy Awards: Ken Ehrlich Tribute Performance 'I Sing the Body Electric'". Billboard. January 26, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
- Gans, Andrew (January 23, 2020). "Ben Platt, Debbie Allen, Cyndi Lauper, More to Perform Fame Song at the 2020 Grammy Awards". Playbill. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
- Quinn, Anna (April 23, 2020). "Cyndi Lauper, Todrick Hall To Join Virtual Stonewall Concert". Patch. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Coleman, Danny (November 19, 2020). "Casey Abrams Teams Up with Cyndi Lauper on "Eve of Destruction"". Archived from the original on November 19, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
- Barron, James; Phoebe Hoban (January 28, 1998). "PUBLIC LIVES; In Their Words". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
- "Cyndi Lauper, Vicki Lawrence, others put spotlight on skin conditions". Healio.com. April 12, 2017.
- "Cyndi Lauper's Psoriasis Battle Shows Her 'True Colors'". Consumer HealthDay. October 25, 2017.
- "Cyndi Lauper discusses how she manages her psoriasis - American Academy of Dermatology". Aad.org. Archived from the original on August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors'". GA Voice. July 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper joins honorary board of Matthew Shepard Foundation". The Advocate. December 14, 2005. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
- "Lauper, Others Headline Gay Rights Tour". ABC News. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- Oh, Inae (August 25, 2011). "Cyndi Lauper Opens Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
- Lauper, Cyndi (August 24, 2008). "Hope". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 30, 2008.
- "Blue Angel – Blue Angel – Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Ryan, Chris (March 30, 2010). "What Will Katy Perry's New Album Sound Like? Check Out 5 Video Clues". MTV News. Archived from the original on April 10, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper: 'Madonna wasn't my competition'". Music News. May 2, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
- "Cyndi Lauper | Music Bloodline". Musicbloodline.info. Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- Maloy, Sarah (December 12, 2012). "Watch Tegan & Sara Sing Cyndi Lauper: Candid Covers". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
- "Cyndi Lauper Followers". MTV. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Tarantino, Lauper, others chosen for Hollywood Walk of Fame – US News". US News & World Report.
- "Cyndi Lauper Releases Lost Track from Iconic She's So Unusual for 30th Anniversary Album | Out Magazine". Out.com. March 28, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- Ross, Dalton (April 1, 2014). "Cyndi Lauper's 'She's So Unusual': An everlasting, once in a lifetime album | The Music Mix". ew.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- Moeschen, Sheila (April 11, 2013). "Girls Still Just Wanna Have Fun: At 30, Cyndi Lauper's Feminist Anthem Endures". Huffington Post.
- Green, Emma (April 1, 2014). "The Feisty Feminism of 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun,' 30 Years Later – Emma Green". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "VH1: 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years: 1–50". Rock On The Net. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- "VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's: 1–50". Rock On The Net. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- "The Essential Cyndi Lauper: Ranking Her Top 20 Songs". Thebacklot.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "Cyndi Lauper, "She Bop"". Rolling Stone.
- "Gay Iconography: Cyndi Lauper Is A Not-So-Unusual Choice| Gay News". Towleroad.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper". Classic Rock Review. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Guterman, Jimmy (September 25, 1986). "True Colors". RollingStone. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Chart History Cyndi Lauper". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Cyndi Lauper - Hat Full of Stars". Album of the Year. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Merry Christmas...Have a Nice Life". Genius. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
- "Cyndi Lauper - At Last". Discogs. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Shine". Rate Your Music. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
- Harrison, Quentin (May 25, 2018). "Cyndi Lauper's 'Bring Ya to the Brink' Turns 10 - Anniversary Retrospective". Albumism. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Keefe, Jonathan (June 20, 2010). "Review: Cyndi Lauper, Memphis Blues". Slant Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Harris, Keith (May 6, 2016). "Detour". RollingStone. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Cyndi Lauper". Playbill. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "The Threepenny Opera". Musicals101. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Blistein, Jon (September 29, 2018). "Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots' to Close on Broadway". RollingStone. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Watch the Stars of SpongeBob SquarePants Sing 'Hero Is My Middle Name' on Today". Broadway.com. May 4, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Siegel, Alan (September 9, 2020). "Brotherly Love: The History of 'The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!'". The Ringer. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Blackard, Cat (September 10, 2009). "Audio Archaeology: Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "The Happy Prince: The Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "January 17, 1999 - Cyndi Lauper Loaned Her Voice and Likeness to FOX-TV's "The Simpsons"". Need Some Fun. January 24, 2021. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- DeMott, Rick (April 11, 2005). "Disney Channel Picks Up 2nd Season of Higglytown Heroes". Animation World Network. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Gittleman, Danielle (February 15, 2021). "10 Celebrities Who Have Guest Starred on a Disney Channel Show". The Things. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Cyndi Lauper 'Shines' in the Final Season of Showtime's Queer as Folk Series Premieres Sunday, May 22 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)". The Futon Critic. February 15, 2005. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "'TOTP Archive - 13/03/2006'". TOTP Archive. March 13, 2006. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
- McCarthy, Sean (September 16, 2007). "'Backyardigans' Kid's Model Story Began with News". Daily News. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Wilkinson, Amy (June 17, 2008). "'My Life on the D-List' Recap: Australia, Meet Kathy Griffin". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Oswald, Anjelica; Singh, Olivia (July 17, 2019). "20 Celebrities You Didn't Remember Were on 'Gossip Girl'". Insider. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Kreps, Daniel (May 15, 2009). "Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige Join Mock "30 Rock" Choir". RollingStone. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Ross, Dalton (March 16, 2010). "The Celebrity Apprentice Season Premiere Recap: Cyndi Lauper Calls Trump Fat and Disses His Wife!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Rancilio, Alicia (September 18, 2009). "Cyndi Lauper Taps into Her Psychic Side on 'Bones'". Daily Herald. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Snlerson, Dan (February 21, 2012). "Cyndi Lauper Sings New Version of 'Goonies' on 'Bob's Burgers'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "First Look: Cyndi Lauper Guests on Happily Divorced". Du Quoin Call. December 18, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual". TV Guide. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Cyndi Lauper". Front and Center. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Jane, Mary (October 22, 2018). "Cyndi Lauper Guest Stars as Lawyer Vanessa Nero on Magnum P.I." Monsters&Critics. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Young Sheldon - A Baby Tooth and the Egyptian God of Knowledge". StarryMag. April 22, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Sandy C (April 8, 2020). "Exclusive Sneak Peek: Syndi Lauper is Ms. Goo Goo on Bubble Guppies". Hidden Remote. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Prime Cuts Video Music. WorldCat. OCLC 16571581. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Erica D (August 16, 2019). "Contemporary Film Talk: 'Vibes' (1988)". Poppity Talks Classic Film. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Elley, Derek (June 16, 1992). "Off and Running". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Ebert, Roger (June 4, 1993). "Reviews - Life with Mikey". Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle - Full Cast & Crew". TV Guide. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Sesame Street: Elmocize. WorldCat. OCLC 1090865843. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "The Opportunists". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Lee, Felicia R (January 27, 2007). "The Naked Truth About the Brothers". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- Nichols, Michelle (April 24, 2009). "Cyndi Lauper Shares Screen with Husband". Reuters. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
- "National Lampoon's Dirty Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "'Henry & Me': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. August 21, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Artist: Cyndi Lauper". Grammy.com. Archived from the original on July 26, 2021. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Winners Best Album Package - Incl. Album Cover, Graphic Arts, Photography". Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Winners Song of the Year/New Song of the Year". Grammy.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Winners Record of the Year". Grammy.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Winners Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal". Grammy.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Winners Best Music Video, Short Form". Grammy.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Cyndi Lauper wins first Tony Award for 'Kinky Boots' | The Music Scene". Accessatlanta.com. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "MTV VMA 1984". Awards and Shows. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "MTV VMAs 1987". Awards and Shows. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
- "Collectorsroom: Rolling Stone e os 100 melhores discos dos anos 80!". Collectorsroom.blogspot.com. April 19, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs: 1–50". Rock On The Net. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "Rolling Stone: The 50 Essential 'Woman In Rock' Albums". Rock On The Net. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (1–100)". RockOnTheNet.com. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's: 1–50". RockOnTheNet.com. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- Crowley, Patrick (June 23, 2017). "Logo's Trailblazer Honors: Hayley Kiyoko, Alex Newell & Wrabel Tribute Cyndi Lauper With 'True Colors' Performance". Billboard. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
- Andrews, Travis M. (March 20, 2019). "Jay-Z, a speech by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and 'Schoolhouse Rock!' among recordings deemed classics by Library of Congress". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Cyndi Lauper|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cyndi Lauper.|