Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born in New York City to a Catholic family on March 28, 1986
Father's name: Joseph Germanotta
Mother's name: Cynthia Bissett
Sister: Natali Germanotta
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Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta into a strict Catholic family on 28 March 1986 in New York. She began playing piano at the age of four and honed her formative skills while attending the private all-girls Roman Catholic school ‘Convent of the Sacred Heart’. She wrote her first ballad at the age of thirteen and from fourteen was performing at local open-mic nights. She also appeared in several school productions, such as ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.’ At fifteen she even had a small role in ‘The Sopranos’. Aged seventeen, after leaving high-school, she was encouraged by her mother to apply for the 'Collaborative Arts Project' in New York to study music -she was one of twenty students to gain early admission to the establishment. In her second year, she dropped out in order to focus on her music career, her father agreed to pay her rent for a year if she promised to return home if things didn’t go according to plan.
Gaga's first foray into the limelight occurred in summer 2005 when she recorded two songs with hip-hop artist Grandmaster Melle Mel for an audio book that accompanied a children's novel called ‘The Portal in the Park’. In September 2005 she established the Stefani Germanotta Band with some friends from her former university. Playing a mixture of self-penned tracks and covers of classic rock songs, SGB generated a small fan base at bars across New York. In 2006 Stefani worked with music producer Rob Fusari who’d chosen Stefani to front a new band, he also helped create her persona and, he claims, the stage name Lady Gaga. Their musical relationship took a while to become successful but in 2006, when Def Jam’s A&R man heard some of their electropop recordings, he signed Gaga to the label. The intention was to release an album in nine months' time but after just three the label dropped her. Devastated, Gaga returned home and submerged herself in the seedy nightlife of New York’s Lower East Side; she became a go-go dancer, experimented with drugs and alienated her once supportive family. It was during this time that she met Lady Starlight and the pair began to perform together, they were invited to perform at 'Lollapalooza’ in 2007 and the show was a success, confirming to Gaga that her musical oeuvre, ostensibly, glam rock with a pop twist, was working. Later that year, Fusari encouraged Gaga to work with Streamline Records and she became a songwriter for Sony/ATV. After writing songs for the likes of Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and the Pussycat Dolls she signed to Cherry tree Records.
In 2008 she moved to Los Angeles and released her debut album ‘The Fame’ on 19 August 2008. The ‘Fame Ball tour’ helped the album to sell but it wasn't until the lead single ‘Just Dance’ reached the international charts that she became a household name. In January 2009, it topped charts across the globe, the sale of her album went through the roof and ‘Just Dance’ earned her first Grammy nomination which became one of the world’s best-selling singles. Her next song ‘Poker Face’ was even bigger selling 9.8 million copies and winning Best Dance Grammy at the 52nd edition of the awards, ‘The Fame’ won Best Dance/Electronica album. More accolades followed including Billboard's Rising Star title, three MTV VMA nominations and she took home the prize for Best New Artist for the video of her third single ‘Paparazzi’.In 2009 she realised her EP, ‘The Fame Monster’, the lead single ‘Bad Romance’ topped the charts in eighteen countries and won her two more Grammys. Her next single ‘Telephone’, featuring Beyonce Knowles, became her fourth UK number one single. Her following single ‘Alejandro’ was criticised for the accompanying video. ‘Telephone’ had been risqué but ‘Alejandro’ was criticised for being blasphemous, despite this (or because of it) she became the first musician to attract more than one billion views on YouTube. She also went on to win eight of its thirteen nominations at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to which she wore her now iconic meat dress.
Gaga’s second worldwide tour ‘The Monster Ball’, was one of the highest-grossing tours of all time and was followed by the release of her second album ‘Born This Way’ on 23 May 2011 to positive critical acclaim. It sold 1.108 million copies in its first week but the tour had to be cut short after Gaga damaged her hip. The subsequent singles, ‘Born this Way’ (the 1000th number one single in the history of the charts) ‘Judas’ -featuring another controversial video- and ‘The Edge of Glory’ did well in the charts but ‘Marry the Night’ and ‘You and I’ didn’t fair quite as well. Nonetheless, in the same year she was ranked as the second most played artist of the year. After taking a sabbatical, Lady Gaga released ‘Artpop’ in November 2013. It went on to become her second number one album, though not as critically well-received as her previous two efforts. The singles ‘Applause’, ‘Do What U Want’ and ‘G.U.Y’ released on Gaga’s 28th birthday have merely added to her impressive CV. Her achievements include five Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards as well as a string of acting credits and a burgeoning portfolio of philanthropy and activism. Lady Gaga remains an irrepressible tour de force at the top of her game.
High School: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Manhattan, NY (2003)
University: Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (dropped out 2003)
She is a Singer, songwriter, record producer, LGBT activist, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. In 2005, Lady Gaga was briefly signed by Def Jam Records, but was dropped just months later. Being dropped by the label propelled the singer to perform on her own in clubs and venues on New York City's Lower East Side. There, she collaborated with several rock bands, and began her experimentation with fashion. In 2007, at the age of 20, Gaga began work at Interscope Records as a songwriter for other artists on the label, including Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, and The Pussycat Dolls. R&B singer Akon discovered Gaga while she was performing a burlesque show that she created, called "Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue." Impressed, Akon signed the performer to his label under the Interscope umbrella, Kon Live. Through 2007 and 2008, Gaga wrote and recorded her debut album, The Fame. The record was received positive reviews and popular success in the United States. With the help of her own creative team, "Haus of Gaga," the performer also began to make a name for herself internationally. Lady Gaga's debut single, "Just Dance," was released to radio in early 2008, and received both popular and commercial acclaim. The song was then nominated for a Grammy Award (for best dance recording) in 2008. The song lost to Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," but this didn't keep Gaga from reaching No. 1 on the mainstream pop charts in January 2009. The second single off of The Fame, "Poker Face," earned Gaga even more success. The song topped singles charts in almost every category, and in almost every country. Both songs were produced by Akon's affiliate RedOne, who co-wrote most of Lady Gaga's album. She released her second album ‘The Fame Monster’in 2009.Her third album Artpop, released in 2013, topped the U.S. charts and included the successful singles "Applause" and "Do What U Want". Gaga participated with Tony Bennett to release a Jazz album, Cheek to Cheek, The album is scheduled to be released on September 23, 2014.
She loves to make & sing music & she loves to be in art galleries. She also likes fishing.
I've been actually really very pleased to see how much awareness was raised around bullying, and how deeply it affects everyone. You know, you don't have to be the loser kid in high school to be bullied. Bullying and being picked on comes in so many different forms.
Whether I'm wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I'm always the same person inside.
I don't think I could live without hair, makeup and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through. I believe in the glamorous life and I live one.
Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger. I just felt like a freak. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm trying to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world.
'Born this Way' is about being yourself, and loving who you are and being proud.
I feel like if you're a really good human being, you can try to find something beautiful in every single person, no matter what.
I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification.
Gay marriage is going to happen. It must.
So there's nothing more provocative than taking a genre that everybody who's cool hates - and then making it cool.
Fashion is that thing that saved me from being sad.
I am a walking piece of art every day, with my dreams and my ambitions forward at all times in an effort to inspire my fans to lead their life in that way.
I love my daddy. My daddy's everything. I hope I can find a man that will treat me as good as my dad.
There really is no difference between the bully and the victim.
When I say to you, there is nobody like me, and there never was, that is a statement I want every woman to feel and make about themselves.
I don't want to make money; I want to make a difference.
If you were to ask me what I want to do - I don't want to be a celebrity, I want to make a difference.
I'm half living my life between reality and fantasy at all times.
I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community.
I am my own sanctuary and I can be reborn as many times as I choose throughout my life.
I'm terrified of therapy because I don't want it to mess with my creativity.
The only big things I've purchased are my dad's heart valve and a Rolls-Royce for my parents, for their anniversary. And that was only because my dad had a Lady Gaga license plate on our old car and it was making me crazy because he was getting followed everywhere, so I bought him a new car.