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Laura Branigan was born on 3 July 1957


Laura Branigan (July 3, 1957 - August 26, 2004) was a popular American singer/actress from Westchester County, New York best known for the song "Gloria" (1982). Branigan received the first of her four Grammy Award nominations for the song. Her other hits included "Self Control", "Solitaire", and "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?"
Branigan studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and worked as a waitress while in school. She was the lead singer for a band named "Meadow", whose album was titled The Friend Ship (released 1973). She eventually got a job singing back-up vocals for Leonard Cohen. She was signed by Ahmet Ertegun to Atlantic Records in 1979, but the label was at first unsure how to categorize Branigan, given her strong dramatic voice that had a five octave range. She eventually recorded Branigan, the album that contained "Gloria," and the song, originally a hit only in Italy, became an international hit. Interestingly, American radio was not initially receptive to "Gloria", as it was a combination of American and European sound. However, the song was embraced by dance clubs, especially gay dance clubs, and this helped to win over American radio stations and propel the song to become one of the biggest hits of the decade.

Branigan went on several global tours and was especially popular in Australia, South Africa, and Chile. She occasionally made acting appearances, first in 1981 for a German television movie, and then after the success of "Gloria", guest appearances on American television series shows such as CHiPs and Automan. She would later do independent films such as Mugsy's Girls (aka Delta Pi, 1985) with Ruth Gordon, and the Australian film Backstage (1988).
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