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Lady Gaga

Singer / Songwriter

Born: 28 March 1986
Birthplace: New York, New York
Best known as:

The crazy-dressing singer of the single "Poker Face"

Name at birth: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta


Lady GaGa is a singer, songwriter, and proudly aggressive seeker of pop culture celebrity. Her 2008 debut album, The Fame, stated her goal and achieved it all at once. Born into a New York Italian family, she went to Convent of the Sacred Heart (the same high school as Paris and Nicky Hilton) and attended New York University. A self-professed fan of the glam rock of David Bowie and Queen, she made her way into the New York club scene and wrote songs for the Pussycat Dolls before scoring her own record deal and releasing The Fame, with its driving and danceable hit singles "Poker Face," "Just Dance" and "Beautiful Dirty Rich." While delivering the dance hits, Lady Gaga became just as famous for her devotion to fantastical costumes and and outrageous fashion, as she sported a look that was equal parts Cher, Joan Crawford and Liberace. She stayed in the headlines with the EP The Fame Monster (2009, with the hit single "Bad Romance"), remixes, and popular videos such as "Telephone," with Beyoncé. Her second full studio album, Born This Way, was released in May of 2011.

Extra credit:

Lady Gaga's fans are known affectionately as Little Monsters... She spells her name Gaga or GaGa, depending on whim... According to a 2009 report in The Times of London, she "works with a collective called the Haus of GaGa, who collaborate with their muse on clothing, stage sets and sounds. 'In this industry, you get a lot of stylists and producers thrown at you, but this is my own creative team, modelled on Warhol's Factory. Everyone is under 26 and we do everything together.'"

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