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Lee Mi-ja
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Background information
Born (1941-10-30) October 30, 1941 (age 82)
Keijō, Keiki-dō, Korea
(today Seoul, South Korea)
Genres Trot
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1959–present
Korean name
Hangul 이미자
Hanja 李美子
Revised Romanization I Mi-ja
McCune–Reischauer Yi Mi-cha

Lee Mi-ja (Hangul: 이미자; born October 30, 1941) is a South Korean singer. She is widely considered the most influential trot singer in Korean music history. Lee debuted in 1959 and rose to stardom with her 1964 best-selling song, "Camellia Girl." She has released over 500 albums during her career and is known as the "Queen of Elegy," after one of her most popular songs. In 2002, she became one of the first South Korean singers to perform in North Korea.


  • 2013 MBC Entertainment Awards - Achievement Award
  • 2013 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards - Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit
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