Laura Branigan

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Laura Branigan
Birth name Laura Ann Branigan
Born July 3, 1957(1957-07-03)
Brewster, New York, United States
Died August 26, 2004(2004-08-26) (aged 47)
East Quogue, New York, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 1978–2004
Labels Atlantic

Laura Ann Branigan (July 3, 1957 – August 26, 2004[1]) was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She was best known for her 1982 platinum hit "Gloria". She also starred on several television shows. Branigan's songs were featured in soundtracks for the movies Flashdance and Ghostbusters.[2]

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Branigan was born July 3, 1957 in Brewster, New York.[3] Her father was an account executive and mutual funds broker.[4] She attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in the 1970s.[3] Branigan then toured Europe with Leonard Cohen, as a backup singer.[3] She started her solo career in 1982. Her first album Branigan was released in 1982.[5] A song "Gloria" from that album stayed on top of the pop charts for 36 weeks.[6] It reached number six on the British pop charts. It was a remake of an Italian song from the 1970s.[7] The song got her a nomination for a Grammy for best female pop singer.[6] She was nominated for three more during her career.[6] She released seven more albums.[1] She co-wrote the song How Am I Supposed To Live Without You? with a then unknown Michael Bolton.[7]

She died of a brain aneurysm in her sleep at her home in East Quogue, New York.[7] She was age 47.[2]

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