Raised on 104th Street in Ozone Park, Cyndi Lauper has become one of the Borough’s greatest pop icons.
Among the songs that gravitated many music fans during her musical prime were “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time” and “She Bop,” from her 1983 album “She’s So Unusual.” Lauper, a graduate of Richmond Hill High School, won the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1985, and had another #1 hit in 1986 with “True Colors.” Later, she landed acting roles in several movies, including the comedy “Vibes” with Jeff Goldblum and “Life With Mikey” with Michael J. Fox. Later, she had a recurring role on TV’s “Mad About You,” which won her an Emmy Award in 1995.
As for her most recent success, in 2013, Lauper won a Tony award for best original score for the Broadway play, “Kinky Boots.” The award made her the first woman in history to win that category by herself. Lauper was also the first artist in over 25 years to have a hit song from an album for a Broadway show. She won another Grammy in 2014 for that album.