Cyndi Lauper Says Hangin’ With TV Icon Jean Stapleton Is One of Her Most Treasured Memories (EXCLUSIVE)
You’d better believe this girl is still having fun! It may seem hard to believe, but Cyndi Lauper has been part of the pop culture landscape for nearly 35 years. The singer, 64, has put together a resume that would leave other performers drooling, so what’s the one highlight that rises head and shoulders above the rest?
During an exclusive new interview with Closer Weekly, Cyndi singled out her Emmy Award in 1995 when she was won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Mad About You and had the honor of being at the ceremony with Jean Stapleton, the late Emmy-winning actress best remembered for her portrayal of Edith Bunker on All in the Family.
“I’ve done a lot of different things,” the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer told Closer. “I think the Emmy was pretty fantastic — but I never really spoke about what that felt like when I was there because I felt so out of place. It was really a fantastic moment, and I really didn’t feel worthy because I stood next to an idol of mine, Jean Stapleton, who I thought was just brilliant. I just thought that was a big moment.”
Cyndi is part of a select group of stars who can claim an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony, which she won in 2013 for scoring the Broadway smash, Kinky Boots. That award also holds a place in her heart. “The Tonys — of course, to win a Tony was huge,” Cyndi admitted. “I didn’t know if I was going to win. I was hoping we would win so it would become a hit, that it would be heard. I just wanted it to be heard. I was kind of shocked because I felt that not everybody gets to do that. I was lucky and it was such an important project and I felt that the project was much larger than myself, and those are the projects I want to do.”
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Congrats to the #KinkyBoots #Hamburg #Germany cast for an amazing opening night. Thanks to Jerry, DB, Rusty and Stephen for guiding this phenomenal cast! The jacket I’m wearing is from my new line at HSN #touchofcyn which will be launching December 12th. And thank you to M·A·C as the Official Cosmetic Partner. What a great evening! #macartistrelations #maccosmetics #maccosmeticsdeutschland
Kinky Boots, of course, has become a worldwide phenomenon, one which Cyndi herself has embraced as it entertains audiences around the globe. Cyndi spoke to us while promoting her new HSN line, Touch of Cyn. The clothing and jewelry line holds a special place in her heart because it’s made with a specific clientele in mind. She told Closer, “I got involved with a lot of things, but this was exciting to me because of the affordability for women who normally don’t get a chance to buy the kind of clothes — maybe a more couture style. The quality is nice for that price range. It’s also kind of really targeted to me, towards the invisible woman.”