Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is a singer, songwriter and actress professionally known as Lady Gaga. Born at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, United States, She is the older sister of fashion designer and stylist Natali Veronica Germanotta.
The parents of Gaga and Natali are internet entrepreneur Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr. and philanthropist and business executive Cynthia Louise Bissett Germanotta. Joseph, who is of Italian descent, and Cynthia, who is of Italian, French-Canadian, English, German and Scottish descent, encouraged Gaga to pursue music.
Disc jockey and musical performer Colleen “Lady Starlight” Martin helped Gaga mold her onstage persona. Here are 13 more things about Gaga:
- When she was 11 years old, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart. She started performing at open mic nights and bars when she was 14 and gained early admission to Collaborative Arts Project 21, a music school at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University when she was 17. (a)
- She appeared as an extra playing a girl at the swimming pool in “The Sopranos” Season 3 episode 9 “The Telltale Moozadell,” which aired on April 22, 2001.
- On October 28, 2008, when she was 22, Streamline, KonLive, Cherrytree and Interscope Records released her debut studio album “The Fame.” The U.S. and international version contained 14 songs including “Paparazzi,” “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” featuring Colby O’Donis. (a) (b)
- On May 23, 2011, Streamline, KonLive and Interscope Records released her second studio album “Born this Way.” The standard edition had 14 songs including “Born this Way,” “The Edge of Glory” and “Government Hooker.” (b)
- She made her official acting debut by playing La Camaleón in the action thriller film “Machete Kills,” which was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2013. Among her co-stars were Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Hudgens. On November 11, 2013, Streamline and Interscope Records released her third studio album “Artpop.” The standard edition had 15 songs including “Artpop,” “Dope” and “Applause.” (b)
- She played Bertha in the action thriller film “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” which was released in the U.S. on August 22, 2014. Among her co-stars were Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis and Ray Liotta. On September 23, 2014, Streamline, Interscope Records and Columbia Records released her collaborative album with Tony Bennett titled “Cheek to Cheek.” The standard edition had 11 songs including “Firefly,” “I Won’t Dance” and “But Beautiful.” (a) (b)
- On February 14, 2015, Taylor Kinney proposed to her at her parents’ Italian-American restaurant Joanne Trattoria in New York and they became engaged. (c)
- She played The Countess / Scathach in “American Horror Story: Hotel,” which aired on FX from October 7, 2015 to January 13, 2016. For her performance, she won the Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, which was broadcast live on January 10, 2016 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, USA. She was also in the cast of “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” which aired on FX from September 14, 2016 to November 16, 2016. (a)
- On October 21, 2016, Streamline and Interscope Records released her fifth studio album titled “Joanne.” The standard edition had 11 songs including “John Wayne,” “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons.” (b)
- On February 5, 2017, she headlined the Super Bowl LI Halftime show at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, USA. The events around the production and release of “Joanne” and her halftime performance at Super Bowl LI were the subject of the documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” which made its debut at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. In the documentary, she also talked about her relationship with Kinney, which ended in July 2016. (d)
- She starred opposite Bradley Cooper in the fourth filmed version of “A Star Is Born,” which was released in the U.S. on October 5, 2018. She co-wrote “Shallow,” the lead single from its soundtrack, with Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson and performed it with Cooper. The song won Best Original Song at the 91st Academy Awards, which took place on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles where she was also nominated for Best Actress but lost to “The Favourite” actress Olivia Colman. (a)
- On May 29, 2020, Streamline and Interscope Records released her sixth studio album titled “Chromatica.” The standard edition had 16 songs including the collaboration songs “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande, “Sour Candy” with Blackpink and “Sine from Above” with Elton John. (b)
- On January 20, 2021, she performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the inauguration of the 46th U.S. president Joe Biden. (e)