Lady Gaga's Biography
Who is Lady Gaga?Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on 28 March 1986 in New York.
She heralds from an Italian New York family, and was precocious, having written her first piano ballad by the time she was 13 and played clubs such as New York's the Bitter End by the time she was 14.
Lady Gaga studied at Convent of the Sacred Heart School and briefly at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
However, Lady Gaga, who derives her name from Queen's song Radio Gaga, was spending more time on her music and stage act.
When she was 19, Lady Gaga was signed but then dropped by Def Jam Records.
However, she was picked up by Interscope on her 20th birthday, and as well as writing for some of their artists such as the Pussycat Dolls, she released her own album The Fame in 2008, which spawned the singles Just Dance and Poker Face.
Rolling Stone reported that "The Fame, was almost entirely inspired by her relationship with a heavy-metal drummer named Luke, and their breakup profoundly changed Gaga."
In November 2009 Lady Gaga released The Fame Monster.
She achieved much critical acclaim. She was named one of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 and in 2010 won two Grammys and three Brit Awards.
In an interview in Interview magazine Lady Gaga explained about her tattoos that one commemorated her favourite writer, Rainer Maria Rilke, and another celebrated the Haus's collaboration with Japanese photographer Araki.
On 21 March 2010, Lady Gaga's album The Fame and single Telephone (featuring Beyonce) both reached number one in the UK.
In August 2010, Lady Gaga received a record 13 nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards. At the awards, a month later, she won eight of the awards including video of the year.
In September 2010, the BBC reported that according to the Guinness Book of records, Lady Gaga had set the record for most weeks in the UK chart with 154 weeks in the top 75 and she was also the most searched for female on the internet.
In 2015, Lady Gaga got engaged to the actor Taylor Kinney, however they broke up in July 2016.
In August 2016, Warner Bros announced that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were joining forces to remake A Star is Born, for which she ended up being nominated for an Oscar for best actress.
Her previous acting experience included playing Countess in FX's American Horror Story: Hotel, for which she received a Golden Globe best actress in a limited series/TV movie award.
In September 2016, she released her first single in three years, Perfect Illusion, from the forthcoming album Joanne.
In December 2016, Lady Gaga revealed that she had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since she was raped at the age of 19.
On 5 February 2017, Lady Gaga jumped off the roof of Houston's NRG stadium as part of her Superbowl show.
In 2019, she won an Oscar for best song for the aforementioned film A Star is Born.
In 2020, Lady Gaga's album, Chromatica, entered the UK charts at number one, outselling the rest of the top 10 combined.
In 2017, Lady Gaga on stage in Boston paid tribute to her acting coach Elizabeth Kemp, who had died aged 65.
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