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Cyndi Lauper

Holy crap — Cyndi Lauper is 53 years old! This bit of trivia is shocking but true. The girl who just wanted to have fun is all grown up now. Somehow she managed to survive the '80s, but the same cannot be said for some of her decade-of-decadence contemporaries (whatever happened to Tiffany?). Others among the early MTV-era hotshots had to drastically reinvent themselves to stay employed. Madonna became Shiva, then Esther, and Debbie Gibson must now be addressed as Deborah, but Cyndi Lauper is still Cyndi. She keeps doing some of the same song and dance she did two decades ago, and she's not at all above slipping into some multicolored spandex for a public appearance. The woman knows what works. So if the urge to take a tuneful trip back in time is too strong to resist, then crimp your hair, tight roll your jeans, and make no apologies.
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C. Murphy Hebert