Cyndi Lauper, definitive ‘80s pop star and eternal fighter of the good fight, celebrates a birthday on June 22. Here’s a small platter of her coolness that you may not be aware of:
6. Her trademark single, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” was originally written by Robert Hazard from the perspective of a womanizer. Lauper altered the lyrics to make the song the feminist party anthem that never gets old.
5. Cyndi recorded the theme song for the Goonies – “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” – which also features a wonderfully ‘80s video. Come for the treasure maps and the singing skeletons, and stay for her undeniable vocals.
4. Ms. Lauper founded the True Colors Fund. The Fund operates the Forty to None Project, which fights the problem of homelessness among LGBT youth, who constitute 40% of the young homeless population, and the Give A Damn Campaign, aimed at raising awareness about issues of gay rights.
3. Because of her involvement with these organizations, Lauper was present when President Obama signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009, an act that made anti-gay violence a hate crime. Speaking of the President, Lauper performed this incredible version of “Try a Little Tenderness” at the White House:
2. She has won Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. That Tony was for “Kinky Boots,” a musical Lauper adapted the music and lyrics for from a British film of the same name. With all that acclaim, she’s only an Oscar away from the coveted EGOT – and we have no doubt she can do it, maybe for a movie musical version of “Kinky Boots.”
1. Her breakthrough album, “She’s So Unusual,” turned 30 years old this past October. Just this month, her “timeless” classic “Time After Time” from the iconic album went to no. 1 on the charts!
Mad respect, Cyndi! Share your favorite Cyndi Lauper moment with us in the comments!