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Laura Branigan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Laura Ann Branigan (July 3, 1952 – August 26, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her signature song, the platinum-certified 1982 single "Gloria", stayed on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, then a record for a female artist, peaking at No. 2. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada. In 1984, she reached number one in Canada and Germany with the U.S. No. 4 hit "Self Control". She also had success in the United Kingdom with both "Gloria" and "Self Control" making the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. Seeing her greatest level of success in the 1980s, Branigan's other singles included the Top 10 hit "Solitaire" (1983), the U.S. AC chart number one "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (1983), the Australian No. 2 hit "Ti amo" (1984), and "The Power of Love" (1987). Her most successful album was 1984's platinum-selling Self Control. She also contributed songs to motion picture and television soundtracks, including the Grammy and Academy Award-winning Flashdance soundtrack (1983), and the Ghostbusters soundtrack (1984). In 1985, she won the Tokyo Music Festival with the song "The Lucky One". Her chart success began to wane as the decade closed and after her last two albums Laura Branigan (1990) and Over My Heart (1993) garnered little attention, she generally retired from public life for the rest of the 1990s. She began returning to performing in the early 2000s, most notably appearing as Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical Love, Janis. As she was recording new music and preparing a comeback to the music industry, she died at her home in August 2004 from a previously undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm.

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Jul 3, 1952 In Brewster, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Viña del Mar International Song Festival 1963-02-14
Latest Project:
Movie Mitterrand, président culturel 2021-05-12
Known For
Poster of Where Are They Now?
Poster of Backstage
Poster of Champs-Elysées
Poster of Disco
Movie Mitterrand, président culturel Self (archive footage) 2021-05-12
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Backstage Kate Lawrence 1988-03-29
Movie Delta Pi Monica 1984-04-01
Series Automan Unknown 1983-12-15
Series Champs-Elysées Self 1982-01-16
Series CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Series Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest Unknown 1972-12-31
Series Disco Self 1971-02-13
Series Viña del Mar International Song Festival Self - Musical Guest 1963-02-14