Cyndi Lauper

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Singer • Songwriter • Actress • Activist

Birth Name: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper

Birth Date: June 22, 1953

Age: 70 years old

Birth Place: Queens, New York

Catchy songs and quirky style made Cyndi Lauper a breakout star in 1983, and she had continued success for decades after. Lauper was in fact a relative veteran at age 30 when her album She's So Unusual caught on. Born in Astoria, Queens, she studied art in college and sang in various cover bands before joining the group Blue Angel, whose one 1980 album was a new-wave artifact that never caught on.

She went back to the clubs and worked her way to another record deal, with Portrait/CBS in 1983. The single "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (written by new-waver Robert Hazard, who'd meant it to be a little ruder) was an immediate hit, and further success followed with "All Through the Night" and "She Bop," the latter without doubt the first hit song about female masturbation. The album went multi-platinum and received a brace of Grammy nominations (she won for Best New Artist in 1985) and even the backup band, the Hooters, spun off a successful career of their own. Her followup album, True Colors was initially a smaller hit, but its ballad title track became a signature song.

Written to comfort a friend who had AIDS, the song became an anthem in the gay community, which would eventually repay Lauper in kind. Though her album sales declined, she would remain a fixture in the pop world, also moving into movies with her first starring vehicle, "Vibes" in 1988. Her personal style also made her a fixture on talk shows, with her thick New York accent and multicolored hair and makeup becoming trademarks. Her serious side also developed on future albums, notably 1996's Sisters of Avalon, and she would remain a vocal supporter of the LBGT community.

By 2010 she was enough of an icon to be honored with an official Mattel doll in the Barbie series. The same year brought her roots album, Memphis Blues, for which she was joined in the studio by B.B. King and Allen Toussaint, and on the supporting tour by Dr. John. Her future however would be on Broadway.

2012 brought the debut on Kinky Boots, a musical built around Harvey Fierstein's book and Lauper's lyrics and score, and set in the fashion/drag queen world. Though a slow starter it became a long-running hit, winning four Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Thus Lauper became the first rock artist to write a successful, original musical-succeeding where Jimmy Buffett, Randy Newman and Paul Simon had all failed. (She was also the first woman to win for original score.) As the show took off she did a 2013 tour of She's So Unusual, performing the full album for its 30th anniversary.

The following year she made a country album, Detour, and 2018 found her working with Hooters partner Rob Hyman on a second musical, based on the 1988 film "Working Girl."

Credits

Cyndi Lauper's Golden Years

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2024

Johnson & Knopfler's Music Legends

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2024

The Greatest Night in PopStream

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2024
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The Horror of Dolores RoachStream

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2023
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Joni Mitchell: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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2023

Let the Canary SingStream

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2023

Skyville Live: Cyndi Lauper

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2021

Retro: Iconic Women

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2021

Retro: Totally '80s

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2021

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2021

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2020

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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2020

United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to the Unsung Heroes

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2020

GMA3: What You Need to Know

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2020

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

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2020

Retro: '80s @ the Movies

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2020

Retro: Women Who Ruled the '80s

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2020

Sounds of Pride '20

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2020

Retro: Get Physical

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2020

Fashion Patrol: The 80s

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2020

Hit Halloween: 15 Videos to Rock Your Costume Party

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2020

Country: The Chicks' Picks

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2020

Guest Curator: The Chicks

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2020

Saved by the '80s New Years

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2020

Retro: Vintage Valentine

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2020

WWE's The Bump

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2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

Access Daily

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2019

Gloria and Emilio Estefan: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Spring Break in the '80s

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2019

80s Back to School

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2019

Retro: '80s #1 Hits

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2019

The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors

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2018

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

Magnum P.I.Stream

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2018

WE Day

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2018

Play Hits - Ligado no Sucesso 2

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2018

Throwback Halloween: 20 Killer Videos to Rock Your Party

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2018

20 Songs To Get You Through Thanksgiving

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2018

Cyndi Lauper Fashions Premiere

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2017

Young SheldonStream

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2017

Megyn Kelly Today

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2017

Daily Blast Live

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2017

Logo Trailblazer Honors 2017

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2017

Who the F... Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago

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2017

America Salutes You

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2016

Harry

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2016

Harry

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2016

Greatest Hits

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2016

Cyndi Lauper: Funnel Of Love

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2016

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

Speakeasy

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2015

Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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2014

Last Week Tonight With John OliverStream

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Herself
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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

Big Brother Brasil

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2014

Henry & Me

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Nurse Cyndi
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2014

Front and Center

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2013

The Big Interview With Dan RatherStream

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2013

OnSTAGE

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2013

OnSTAGE

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2013

Cyndi Lauper: All Through the Night

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2013

The Real

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2013

Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual

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2013

Home & Family

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2012

Katie

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2012

Tale e quale show

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2012

Anderson Live

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2012

Finding Your RootsStream

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2012

CBS This Morning: Saturday

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2012

CBS This Morning

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2012

The Chew

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2011

Q With Jian Ghomeshi

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2011

Happily DivorcedStream

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2011

The VoiceStream

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2011

Bob's BurgersStream

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2011

National Lampoon's Dirty Movie

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Little Johnny's Mom
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2011

The Talk

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2010

The Talk

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2010

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

The Project

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2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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2009

Cyndi Lauper: Time After Time

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2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

Here and There

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2009

The Doctors

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2008

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

The Celebrity Apprentice

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2008

Cyndi Lauper: True Colors

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2008

Cyndi Lauper: Into the Nightlife

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2008

Gossip GirlStream

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2007
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Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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2007

Private Sessions

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2007

Chelsea Lately

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

The Better Show

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2007

30 RockStream

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2006
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Rachael Ray ShowStream

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2006

The One Show

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2006

America's Got TalentStream

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2006

etalk

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2006

The Colbert Report

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2005

BonesStream

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Avalon Harmonia
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2005
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The Naked Brothers Band

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2005

The Naked Brothers Band

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2005

Nobels fredspris 2004

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2004

Cyndi Lauper Live...At Last

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2004

Cyndi Lauper Live...At Last

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2004

Cyndi Lauper -- Live at Soundstage

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2004

Tavis Smiley

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2004

Cyndi Lauper: At Last

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2004

Cyndi Lauper: A Night To Remember

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2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Big Brother Brasil

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2002

Chris Isaak Show

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2001

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

The Opportunists

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Sally Mahon
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2000

The Early Show

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1999

The View

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1997

The View

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1997

Theater Talk

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1996

Access HollywoodStream

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1996

Cyndi Lauper: You Don't Know

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1996

Cyndi Lauper: Sisters Of Avalon

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1996

Cyndi Lauper: Ballad Of Cleo & Joe

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1996

Die Harald Schmidt Show

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1995

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

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1995

Cyndi Lauper: Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some

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1994

Cyndi Lauper: I'm Gonna Be Strong

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1994

Cyndi Lauper: Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun)

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1994

Late Show With David Letterman

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1993

Cyndi Lauper: Sally's Pigeons

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1993

Cyndi Lauper: Who Let In The Rain

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1993

Cyndi Lauper: That's What I Think

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1993

Life with MikeyStream

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Geena Briganti
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1993
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Mad About YouStream

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1992

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

Off and Running

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1990

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme

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1990

The SimpsonsStream

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1989
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Cyndi Lauper: I Drove All Night

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1989

Cyndi Lauper: Hole In My Heart

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1989

Vibes

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1988

Enquête en tête

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1988

Cyndi Lauper Feat. Chuck D.: What's Going On

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1986

Cyndi Lauper: Boy Blue

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1986

The Patti LaBelle Show

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1985

All Star Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular

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1985

Cyndi Lauper: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough

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1985

Cyndi Lauper: Time After Time

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1983

Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Want To Have Fun

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1983

Cyndi Lauper: She Bop

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1983

Cyndi Lauper: Money Changes Everything

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1983

Entertainment Tonight

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1981

CBS News Sunday MorningStream

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1979

Austin City LimitsStream

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1976

Good Morning America

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1975

Good Morning America

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1975

Great PerformancesStream

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Franchise
1972

Canada AM

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1972

As the World Turns

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Soap
1956

Today

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1952

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