She’s no longer a girl, but she still wants to have fun! In WE tv’s new original series, Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual (premiering Jan. 12 at 9|8c), the punk rock queen of the early ‘80s deals with the same “struggle with the juggle” that so many women face as she attempts to make time for her family, her Broadway musical and complete her autobiography. Read on for 10 more things you didn’t know about Cyndi Lauper!
1. Her real name is Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper.
A friend advised her to spell her name “Cyndi” rather than Cindy, so she did!
2. She’s a native New Yorker.
Cyndi was raised in working-class Ozone Park, Queens, as a Roman Catholic. She left home at 17 due to her abusive stepfather; her mom appears in the video for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
3. Her uncle died in Hurricane Sandy.
“I lost my Uncle George in the hurricane,” Cyndi said, according to The New York Post. George Stathis, 90, was found dead inside his home in Rockaway, Queens, five days after the October 2012 superstorm.
4. She’s married … and has been for 20-plus years!
Cyndi has been married to actor David Thornton (My Sister’s Keeper, The Notebook) since Nov. 24, 1991. Little Richard officiated at the ceremony.
5. She’s an actress.
Cyndi won an Emmy Award for her role as Marianne on Mad About You. She has also appeared on Bones (playing a psychic) and in several movies.
6. She was “fired.”
In 2010, she came in sixth place in the ninth season of The Celebrity Apprentice. Before she made it big in the early ‘80s, she worked as a waitress at IHOP, but she quit when she was demoted to hostess (and when the manager made a pass at her).
7. She made rock history.
Cyndi’s 1983 debut solo album, She’s So Unusual, became the first album to have four top five singles by a female.
8. She’s a best-selling author.
In September 2012, Cyndi released Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. On Sept. 12, she tweeted, “Not going to believe this but the memoir is #25 on the NY Times best seller list. I hope my story inspires other women to tell their story.” (Click here to read a free excerpt.)
9. She’s a mom.
Cyndi and David have a 14-year-old son, Declyn Wallace Thornton Lauper, who was named after Elvis Costello (Elvis’ first name is Declan). In her memoir, Cyndi says she regrets not having another child.
10. She’s a philanthropist.
The True Colors Fund was co-founded by Lauper to inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality and to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.