Thursday, August 10, 2017

"G Whiz!" Two years ago today - Alphabet, was born and Google became "G"

Today (August 11, 2017) marks the 2 year anniversary when Google became the letter "G"and  part of the newly converged organization named Alphabet (  Happy 2nd birthday G!

So far I haven't noticed anything different since Alphabet launched 2 years ago and began using the .xyz root server which itinially launched on February 19, 2014. Have you?     According to many SEO/SEM industry leaders and, the .xyz extension has gained momentum and is here to stay.

Interesting to know stats at these URLS:
- newgTLD statistics (or copy/paste;
- Will .TOP Usurp .XYZ (or copy/paste

As of November 2015, .xyz reached 1.5 million name registrations with speculation the growth and momentm was most likely due to Google's announcement of Yet according to, as recently as June 26, 2016, .xyz had over 5.5 million registrations (nearly 600K registrations per month for the 7 months (November 2015 - June 2016) and became the 4th most registered gTLD (generic top level domain) on the worldwide web after .com, .net and .org.

The Blog post below was posted on August 11, 2015 when Google became part of and gave birth to baby G.

In the new Alphabet world at, G is for Google.

As of Monday, August 10, 2015, Google has a new name, “Alphabet.”

Who would think that the renamed, reorganized, Google corporation, is officially named after a set of 26 letters in fixed order, “Alphabet.”

Of course, Google remains its own, fine-tuned, Google brand as the internet arm for Search, Advertising, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Android, Google Apps, etc.; However, Google will be owned by the newly created company Alphabet where G = Google. Will C = Calico, F = Fiber, N = Nest, X = Google X, etc. ?

According to a recent blog by Google co-Founder Larry Page,
“What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead … Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence … For Sergey and me this is a very exciting new chapter in the life of Google -- the birth of Alphabet. We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity's most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search!” #GisforGoogle #Alphabet

REORGANIZATION OF GOOGLE – What does this mean?

All of the other venture projects, i.e., Google X (moonshot which includes driverless cars and delivery drones) Calico (biotech research), Nest (smart home projects), Fiber (high-speed internet), Ventures and Capital (investing), once part of Google, will operate under Alphabet as separate entities. Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have new titles, Alphabet CEO and Alphabet President, respectively.

Google’s new CEO is Sundar Pichai (formerly Larry Page’s deputy), who according to a recent Bloomberg post, is known as the “most powerful man in mobile.” #GisforGoogle #Alphabet

Many leading economists equate this recent Google strategy to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway business model. Although quite different, (i.e., Google innovative non-consumer product vs. Berkshire Hathaway ordinary consumer products) Berkshire’s Insurance business is the key income generator for Berkshire Hathaway just as Google Search is the key income generator for Alphabet. For the economy it means more jobs including more CEOs for many of Alphabet’s emerging entities, more financing and investment opportunities, and continued technological innovations.

RESTRUCTURING OF GOOGLE STOCK – If you own Google’s stock, what will you do?

Apparently this new stock structure has to do with transparency for Google’s investments and the new Alphabet will make future acquisitions much more seamless than before. Do you think this restructuring will shed an entirely new light to disruptive innovation and turn the markets upside down?

According to the company’s recent SEC filing, Alphabet will gradually replace Google as the publicly traded company on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Therefore all shares of Google will convert to shares of Alphabet and will represent the same amount of shares. This merger will most likely occur sometime later this year. #GisforGoogle #Alphabet

• Google SEC Filing, SEC
• Google Investor, Google
• Google Creates New Company Called Alphabet, Restructures Stock, Bloomberg
• Google Investor Relations, Google
• How Google Became Alphabet from A to Z, Wired
• A New Company Called Alphabet Now Owns Google, Wired
• What is Alphabet, Google's new company?, Business Insider becomes and G is for Google is part of the "evergreen marketing insighter" series by Gloria Buono-Daly

#GisforGoogle #Alphabet Innovation and Disruptions, Google and Alphabet, and, Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Friday, August 4, 2017

My TIFF Picks - Documentaries and Platform features

Over the past few years of attending TIFF, I’ve seen excellent documentaries on political heroes (girls’ education activist Malala Youfsafzai, the late urban planning activist Jane Jacobs), musicians (Arcade Fire, the late Sharon Jones) and obscure Hollywood players (the late costume designer Orry Kelly, who had a long affair with Cary Grant).

This year is no exception with famous subjects including Andy Kaufman, Eric Clapton, Grace Jones, Sammy Davis Jr and diverse topics from filmmakers across the globe.  Here are some of my picks from the 23 documentaries announced on August 1st in no particular order (unlike my feature film picks, you will see a bit more ethnic diversity represented here.)

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Sophie Fiennes): Now 69, Jamaican born model, actress, musician and icon Jones is profiled over a ten year period. I remember when Jones was everywhere in the 80s and she’s always been a bit of a mystery.  Hopefully Fiennes (the sister of actors Ralph and Joseph) will offer some insight into her life as an artist.

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (Morgan Spurlock): This sequel to 2004’s “Super Size Me” sees filmmaker Spurlock opening his own fast food restaurant and battling the food industry once again.

One of Us (Heidi Ewing/Rachel Grady): Ewing and Grady, who are Oscar nominated directors for their 2006 documentary Jesus Camp, continue their religious exploration of three Hasidic Jews who wish to break away from their insular Brooklyn, NY community while facing threats of retaliation.  This will stream on Netflix later this fall.

Jane (Brett Morgen): A portrait of primatologist Jane Goodall, using footage from the 1960s with a score by Phillip Glass? Enough said.

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (Sara Driver): The pre fame years in the late ‘70s NYC of the American artist are explored in this documentary. Basquiat has been the subject of feature films and documentaries before, so I hope this one adds to the canon of his short life.

The Gospel According to Andre (Kate Novack): Vogue’s larger than life contributing editor Andre Leon Talley has long been a fun commentator in numerous fashion documentaries, so it’s about time he was the subject.  Vogue Editrix Anna Wintour, and desginers such as Mar Jacobs, Tom Ford and Valentino offer insight into his life and career.  I always enjoy a dishy fashion doc, so I hope this one is up there with The September Issue.

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Matt Tymauer): Speaking of dish, this screened-at- Cannes documentary profiles Scotty Bowers, an ex- marine who landed in Hollywood after WWII and became a sexual procurer to the stars.  Bowers, who is in his 90s, discusses the sex lives of stars during a time before coming out of the closet was acceptable.

The China Hustle (Jed Rothstein): This is billed as an “unsettling and eye-opening Wall Street horror story about Chinese companies, the American stock market, and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you’ve never heard of.”  Wall Street, China, and greed?  This will probably be the dishiest one of all!

Far from boring, documentaries are often my favorite movies from TIFF. Sometimes I find myself looking forward to the documentaries more than the feature films because truth is stranger (and more interesting sometimes) than fiction!

TIFF Platform Picks

Platform is a relatively new category of programming from TIFF that highlights “visionary directors” with a prize chosen by a jury of fellow visionary directors (including Wim Wenders). One of last year’s entries Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight, went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.  Of the 12 films chosen for this exclusive category, here are my picks.

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci): Veep creator Iannucci mines familiar territory, lampooning the political machinations following the death of Soviet leader Stalin in 1953.  Steve Buscemi plays his eventual successor Nikita Kruschev.  Looks like a great supporting cast including Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin and Jason Isaacs.

If You Saw His Heart (Joan Chemla):  I usually see Gael Garcia Bernal films (Rosewater, Neruda) that come to TIFF.  This year’s entry is from France.  Bernal plays Daniel, a damaged man who teeters between a life of crime and the path to redemption in the form of a woman (Marine Vacth).

Mademoiselle Paradis (Barbara Albert):  This entry is based on the life of Austrian composer Maria Theresa von Paradis (Maria-Victoria Dragus) and her attempts to cure her blindness with the help of Franz Anton Mesmer (Devid Striesow).  Yes, another biopic/period piece but I’m not familiar with Paradis’ story and I’m sure there will be some lovely classical music on the soundtrack.

Euphoria (Lisa Langseth): A story about two estranged sisters (Eva Green and Alicia Vikander) traveling through Europe to a mystery destination.  Game of Throne’s Charles Dance also stars.  The cast and premise sounds interesting and I hope the scenery will be amazing.

More films TBA as the festival gets closer, so if anything catches my eye, I will sure to keep posting!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

My TIFF Picks - First Slate

I recently wrote a post about my experiences attending the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which will be happening this coming September 7-17.  On July 25th, TIFF heads Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey held a press conference to announce the first slate of films vying for Oscar buzz and eventual accolades.  High profile directors such as Darren Aronofsky (Mother!), Alexander Payne (Downsizing), Angelina Jolie (First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers), George Clooney (Suburbicon) and Joe Wright (The Darkest Hour) will have their features screened at TIFF.

TIFF happens right after the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals, which often snag highly sought after titles first and create buzz via social media.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, of the 47 films announced thus far, only 11 are world premieres.  (Apparently TIFF cut its lineup this year by about 60 movies overall to make the festival more navigable and is no longer showing films at venues outside the downtown core of Toronto)

Onto my picks for TIFF 2017. I tend to pick films based on the director, actors and film subject matter (I also like biopics – as you will see below).  Here are my top picks so far, in no particular order, with links to trailers, if available. 

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (Angela Robinson): Luke Evans plays William Moulton Marston, the creator of the Wonder Woman comics and explores his unconventional relationship with his wife (Rebecca Hall) and another woman (Bella Heathcote).  Given the success of the recent Wonder Woman film, I’m curious to learn more about the man who started it all.  Plus, Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall always give strong performances.

The Darkest Hour (Joe Wright): Gary Oldman as Sir Winston Churchill, during World War 2?  Yes, please.  After watching John Lithgow play Churchill in Netflix’s The Crown, I’m curious to see how Oldman’s portrayal compares (and Oldman is one of my favorite character actors and I try to see everything he’s in).

The Shape of Water (Guillermo Del Toro) Del Toro’s films are hit and miss for me, but TIFF loves him.  Sally Hawkins plays a mute woman who works in a government lab who forms a bond with a unique (alien?) creature.  The trailer looks really intriguing and Hawkins is another actor who rarely misses.  Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon also star.

Submergence (Wim Wenders):  German director Wenders has long made interesting films including the groundbreaking Wings of Desire about angels longing to be human.  I am curious to see how this love story of a water engineer and a deep sea researcher (James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander) pans out.

Suburbicon (George Clooney): Co-written with the Coen Brothers, the seedy, violent underbelly of  1950’s suburbia is examined.  Matt Damon and Julianne Moore star as a couple who apparently make bad choices in a “Leave it to Beaver” style community.  Also stars Oscar Issac.
Downsizing (Alexander Payne): Speaking of Matt Damon, he also stars in this film as a man who literally shrinks to downsize his life.  The cast looks great with Alec Baldwin, Laura Dern, Kristen Wiig and Neil Patrick Harris.

I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie):  Being a figure skating fan, this one is on my list.  Margot Robbie plays disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding, who infamously was involved in an attack on her rival skater, Nancy Kerrigan.  I hope this will be an insightful look at the pressure of being an elite athlete with a scrappy background.  (Either that or a total cheese-fest).

Woman Walks Ahead (Susana White): Jessica Chastain stars as Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, who travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull, and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.  I will watch Chastain in almost anything, and the premise looks interesting.

The Square (Ruben Östlund): This satire from Swedish filmaker Östlund about the post-modern art world won the Palm d'Or at Cannes.  Cast includes Dominic West, Elisabeth Moss and Claes Bang.

The Catcher Was a Spy (Ben Lewin): Paul Rudd plays Moe Berg, a baseball player turned spy during WWII.  Cast includes Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, and Sienna Miller.

Mary Shelley (Haifaa al-Mansour): Elle Fanning plays the famed author of Frankenstein, with Douglas Booth, Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt and Tom Sturridge (who is currently being tortured 8 shows/week in 1984).

The Current War (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon): Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison? This is the third, I believe, biopic that Cumberbatch has starred in (he’s already played Julian Assange and Alan Turing), so I’m curious to see how he takes on the American inventor, as he races to create sustainable electricity.  Festival favorite Michael Shannon plays George Westinghouse.

Victoria & Abdul (Stephen Frears): Dame Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria and charts her unusual relationship with an Indian clerk (Ali Fasal). Dench won as Oscar nearly 20 years ago for playing Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love for a total of six minutes, so imagine what she could do playing a monarch for an entire movie?

Breathe (Andy Serkis):  After contracting polio at 28, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) is given months to live. With help from his wife (The Crown's Claire Foy) and inventor Teddy Hall (Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville), Cavendish devotes his remaining days to helping fellow patients and the disabled.  This is LOTR's Serkis directorial debut and could be another The Theory of Everything if it avoids too much sappyness.  

More films will be announced in August and I will be sure to add to my wish list or revise the above.  There is no guarantee I will get to see all the films on this list as it will depend on the schedule and availability of tickets.  In any case, the films they’ve announced so far look really promising!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

On being inspired, creative and avoiding toxicity in life

"Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people"
~~  Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) , longest-serving First Lady of the United States, held post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.

I shared this quote "Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people," by First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, as I have always been inspired and moved by her but especially this quote. A recent article titled "10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague," excerpted this quote and brought it back to my attention. Of course I've shared this article both on LI and FB. What strikes me most is how relevant this has been for me in my life.

Better to listen, better to look, best to speak less - thats why we have 2 eyes, 2 ears and just 1 mouth. The more one ignores ignorance, moves away from toxicity (whether at work or with family) and instead observes, imagines, lives, loves, laughs, etc., the more success one has. Be it accomplishing goals, making dreams become real, or simply trying out new things. And it's not rocket science to know how turning negative energy into positive energy leads to many pleasures and surprises in life.

Another article that really inspires me is an allthingsdigitalmarketing blog posting titled "Private Sessions with Be Beautiful Pilates," by Andrea Goldstein. I was immediately drawn to it not just from the title, but the opening sentence provided a wealth of perspective and intrigue that made me want to read the entire article right away. I learned the importance of motivation, and why one should never feel insecure about trying out new things while being comfortable in your own body/skin.

Now to creativity and my invention. When I first started my journey to the world of ideas, invention and now to actual product, I never realized how important the virtues of patience and persistence were going to be. Thank goodness the loooooong enduring process that I'm experiencing is indeed worth every nanosecond of sweat and breath I've put into myelashCurler. I'm so excited to report to everyone that the first sample run is in - YAY! After testing, I realize a bit more R&D is needed and I should know more soon. I'm awaiting more feedback before myelashCurler becomes what I imagine it to be - complete, polished, product and works seamlessly as I know it will. Stay tuned as more information will be on the way soon. Bookmark or ~ you go to the same place either way :) See ya soon.

#creativity #invention #ideas #inspiration #EleanorRoosevelt

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Private Sessions with Be Beautiful Pilates

When someone mentions Pilates, you may picture a room of lean, fit bodies on Reformer machines doing all sorts of complicated movements.  It can be a bit intimidating to those who don’t spend every day devoted to fitness or are beginners who want to avoid injuries.

A few years ago, I was feeling clumsy and out of shape from sitting at a desk all day.  My chiropractor recommended that I look into Pilates classes to help strengthen my core and improve posture. While doing some online research, I found 5 star reviews about Be Beautiful Pilates, run by Flavia Bruni.  In addition to the glowing reviews, her lessons had had been named “Best Pilates for Women” by New York Magazine and she happened to be up the block from my office in SoHo.  

I soon met with Flavia, a native of Italy, and immediately took to her warm, nurturing, and down to earth personality. As a professional dancer, she is very concerned with body awareness and the prevention of injuries.  Flavia assessed where I was in my fitness and slowly introduced different exercises.  In our weekly one-on-one sessions, we discovered that using the reformer aggravated my lower back so she instead taught me movements on the mat. 

Flavia Bruni
As I got more comfortable with the exercises, the Reformer was incorporated a bit more.  Yet, most of my session is done on the mat using therabands, balls of all sizes and the Pilates springboard on the wall for arm and leg strengthening.  

An hour with Flavia feels more like a great physical therapy session than an exercise class.  Working with her enables me to do movements that loosen up my body from sitting at a desk.  Her lessons are not only designed to make you feel better and stronger in the present, but also to keep the body moving in a  healthy way as it ages.

Flavia introduces more complex exercises when she thinks I am ready for them and offers encouragement to try them.  If anything causes pain or feels wrong, she will never insist that you need to complete the exercise.  She is also continuously learning about different exercise techniques to help her clients.  She incorporates movements from Feldenkrais, dance, yoga and other modalities that complement the Pilates exercises.   

Although private sessions are more expensive, if you have injuries, are out of shape, or just want some personalized time with a trainer who will design an exercise program just for you, don’t hesitate to contact Flavia. If you mention this blog post, you will get 10% off your first lesson.  You won’t regret it!  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

U2 and The Lumineers – MetLife Stadium – June 28, 2017

U2 (l-r The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, Bono) photo credit: Kara Hrabosky 
I first saw U2 in concert in the fall of 1987 in support of The Joshua Tree.  I can still remember the opening chords of “Where the Streets Have No Name” sending shivers up my teenage spine.  The Joshua Tree went on to sell over 25 million copies and cemented the Irish band’s status as one of the best live bands in the world.  Make all the jokes you want about St. Bono, it’s quite a feat for a band to be intact 30 years later with all of their founding members who started in the late '70s in Dublin.  (For the record, those members are the aforementioned singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.) 

So when I heard that U2 were touring in support of the 30th Anniversary of their landmark album, I made sure to get a ticket.  Admittedly I haven’t been a big fan of some of their efforts over the last two decades (Pop, anyone?) but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this record live again and to see if the songs held up three decades later.

But first, the openers.  The Denver based Lumineers have become popular over the past five years or so, due to their indie folk rock sing along hit “Ho, Hey.” They played that song along with about a dozen others to warm up the crowd, including “Ophelia” from their 2016 release Cleopatra.  The band, lead by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, played to the half filled stadium as we waited for the headliners.

The Lumineers
And wait patiently, we did. About 90 minutes later, after a recorded track of The Waterboys' “The Whole of the Moon,” U2 hit the stage, launching into a few of their early hits I used to listen to on WLIR, one of the first radio stations in the US to support  them.   Those songs were “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and "New Year’s Day" (from War), “Bad” and “Pride (in the Name of Love),” their tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King (from 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire).  During “Bad,” Bono had the audience light up their phones and it’s always spine tingling to see a stadium lit up (in ’87 we used cigarette lighters).  All of these songs sounded amazing and laid the road for what was to follow.  

Then the opening chords of “Where the Streets…” started and yes, I did get the chills, as the crowd roared in appreciation.  They continued to play the entire album in order accompanied by stunning HD images of the desert, mostly filmed by famed rock photographer and video director Anton Corbijn.  

After quipping about turning over the record for Side B, the band played rarely heard live tracks including “Exit” and “Mothers of the Disappeared” to finish off the centerpiece set.  The intro to “Exit” was accompanied by a clip from an obscure 1950s TV series where a con man named Trump promised to protect people by building a wall.  (Imagine that!

Bono did not call out our current president by name, but U2 has always been a political (and humanitarian) band and mentioned that America is not just a place but an idea where immigrants are welcome to the land of opportunity.  This point was hammered home during one of the encores, ”Miss Sarajevo,” where a young Syrian refugee was featured on the screens wanting a new life in the US, and then a huge image of her passport photo was literally handed above part of the crowd.

Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
The band also celebrated women with a sharp rendition of Achtung Baby's “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)” with Bono mentioning the band’s wives and daughters in attendance and also showing many remarkable women in history across the screen. Some notable names were poet Maya Angelou, punk pioneer Poly Styrene, Gloria Steinem, Madeleine Albright and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The encore included a mix of post Joshua Tree hits including “One,” “Elevation,” "Beautiful Day" and “Vertigo.” U2 closed the show with a new song called “The Little Things You Give Away.”

So, to answer my original question: does The Joshua Tree hold up after all these years?  Yes! The songs don’t sound dated at all, and many of the themes of the record (love, loss, desperation, desire, wanting a better life) are timeless.  I’m paraphrasing here but Bono himself said that songs are mysterious things and when you think you know them well, they can surprise.   By mixing stunning visual imagery with these timeless songs and tight musicianship, U2 still delivers an unforgettable live experience.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy 64th Birthday Cyndi Lauper! ... Happy Birthday to Cyndi Lauper ... lala lala lala ... may your wishes come true .... happy birthday to you

Happy Birthday to Cyndi Laupe ... lala lala lala ... may your wishes come true .... happy birthday to you !

I was so fortunate to briefly speak with Cyndi Lauper, where she was being honored at the in 2013 during the Women Who Care Honoree in NYC May 6, 2013

Below is an  reposting from 2013

Cyndi Lauper turns 60; Doesn't look a day over 30 - Happy B-Day to you

“I lucked out when I started to sing. I'd already experienced failing at everything else…I absolutely refuse to reveal my age. What am I - a car?” 
~~ Cyndi Lauper 

 American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist.

To hear Cyndi Lauper's signature Queens New York accent, see her curly to spiked trendy hair-dos of ever-changing colors from pastel hues to flaming reds, you understand how her fashion flair and eclectic style top her complete head-to-toe pop icon status. Cyndi Lauper is the epitome of individual expression, philanthropy and accomplishment -- thanks to Lauper, there are many firsts for women including her latest -- Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the Tony Awards in Radio City Music Hall, New York City -- legendary Lauper became the first women ever to win (exclusively without any co-writers, co-composers, etc.) the prestigious Tony Award for best original score (music & lyrics) for Broadway’s “Kinky Boots” which won 5 other Tony Awards. 

"... I can't say I wasn't practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech,"
an emotional Lauper said as she accepted her Tony Award. She stressed her hard work ethics and how inspired she was by the "Kinky Boots" folks, then thanked her family, producer Harvey Fierstein, and fellow nominees. "...I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums. That's how I learned how to sing..." Lauper explained thanks to her mother.

Legendary Lauper has been producing so many meaningful lyrics about acceptance and individuality, and after seeing her in person at a recent fundraiser where she was among the honorees, she doesn’t look a day over 30. Happy birthday Cyndi Lauper! Happy birthday to you! Thanks for all you do for women.

Born Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper on June 22nd in Ozone Park, Queens, New York City. Her father, Fred Lauper, was of German and Swiss descent and her mother, Catrine, Italian American (from Sicily).

She has an older sister, Elen, and a younger brother, Fred (nicknamed Butch).

Photo right of Cyndi Lauper on the red carpet, Honoree at Women Who Care Gala, NYC on May 6, 2013, by Gloria Buono-Daly.

Lauper first achieved success in the early 1980s with the release of her debut solo album She's So Unusual in 1983, which was an instant commercial success. It spawned 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".

It became the first album in history recorded by a female artist to achieve this, and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with True Colors in 1986, which included two Billboard Hot 100 hits: The number one "True Colors" and "Change of Heart", which peaked at number 3. She also earned two nominations at the 29th Grammy Awards in 1987.

In January 2010, American toy company Mattel released a Cyndi Lauper Barbie doll as part of their "Ladies of the 80s" series.

In March 2010, NBC began airing the ninth season of The Celebrity Apprentice featuring Lauper and other celebrities such as Sharon Osbourne and Bret Michaels. The show had been filmed from October 19, 2009 to November 12, 2009. Donald Trump fired her on the May 9, 2010, episode, leaving her in sixth place. Lauper donated her winnings to her own True Colors Fund. In the season finale, she performed her upcoming album Memphis Blues in front of the boardroom live.

Lauper has been married to David Thornton since 1991. They have one son, Declyn Wallace Thornton (born 1997). Lauper was raised Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school. She refers to herself as a "Recovering Catholic.”

On June 24, 2012, Lauper appeared as a Grand Marshall for the annual Gay Pride Parade in New York City. She also discussed the contributions of her organization the "True Colors fund" to the LGBT community, and later performed that evening for a Pride event as well.

Lauper composed music for the musical show Kinky Boots with Harvey Fierstein, based on the 2006 independent film "Kinky Boots". The musical opened in Chicago in October 2012 and on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013. The musical leads the 2013 Tony Awards with 13 nominations including best original score. In May Lauper won for best score for Kinky Boots at the 63th annual awards by New York’s Outer Critics Circle, the show also won Best musical and Best Actor for Billy Porter.

Lauper made international news in March 2011 while waiting for a delayed flight at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires. There, she gave an impromptu performance of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, as other passengers joined in and sang along with her. A video of the performance was later posted on YouTube.

Will Google celebrate Lauper’s 60th with a doodle?

Additional Resources 

► The 23 Greatest Cyndi Lauper Songs Of All Time, Ranked, TrailBlazers  
► Cyndi Lauper Web site 
► Cyndi Lauper, Wikipedia"> 
► Cyndi Lauper, Honoree at Women Who Care Gala May 6, 2013 
► Cyndi Lauper’s impromptu airport performance of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Time, March 8, 2011 
► Cyndi Lauper airport performance on YouTube 
► Cyndi Lauper, The Sex is in the Heel from Kinky Boots on YouTube 

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