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|Birth name||Laura Ann Branigan|
July 3, 1952|
Brewster, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 26, 2004
East Quogue, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1972–1996, 2002–2004|
Laura Branigan (July 3, 1952 – August 26, 2004) 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.
Branigan was born on July 3, 1952 in Brewster, New York, United States. Her father was an account executive and mutual funds broker. In 1970, she graduated from high school and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
After graduating from H.S. in 1969 she went an arts school in New York. She was breifly in a band but then when out on her own.
A song "Gloria" from that album 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". It reached number six on the British pop charts. It was a remake of an Italian song from the 1970s. The song got her a nomination for a Grammy for best female pop singer. She was nominated for three more during her career.
She released seven more albums. She co-wrote the song How Am I Supposed To Live Without You? with a then unknown Michael Bolton.
She also appeared in the 1988 movie Backstage.
In 1978, Branigan met Larry Kruteck at a combined St. Patricks Day and birthday party in Manhattan and married him in the same year. In 1994 her husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. She quit singing to take care of him full time. Kruteck died in 1996.
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