Lady Gaga, born Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an unconventional figure in music. Her albums like “The Fame” and “Born This Way”have been influential for people all around the world. Though she started as a musician, her work has extended far beyond that into television, film, fashion, and philanthropy. Her March 28 birthday is a time to learn a little more about an American icon and infuse some of her creativity into your day.
Key Moments in Lady Gaga's Life
"A Star is Born"
Though Lady Gaga has conquered the music industry, she recently made a huge splash in Hollywood. Gaga played the lead female role in "A Star is Born," the fourth remake of a film that was originally released in 1937. The Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper version received strong reviews both for its screenplay and music.
"American Horror Story: Hotel" gained a pop star
Gaga had long dreamed of becoming an actress. In the fifth season of "American Horror Story," she reached her goal by starring as the hotel owner. She went on to receive a Golden Globe for her work.
Lady Gaga released her debut album after relocating to Los Angeles. Two singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," reached number one in the U.S. and several other countries. The album was Lady Gaga's big break.
March 28, 1986
Lady Gaga born in Manhattan
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born to a Catholic family in New York City. She was playing piano by the age of four.
How to Celebrate Lady Gaga's Birthday
1. Don a signature Lady Gaga look
While not everyone can rock a meat dress, we can all add a little Lady Gaga pizzazz to our wardrobe. Whether it's simply using a little sparkly eyeshadow or trying some eccentric jewelry, get a little inspiration from your favorite pop star.
2. Check out some Lady Gaga music videos
Lady Gaga has created dozens of crazy music videos over the years. Has it been a while since you've watched "Love Game"? Do you need some dance inspiration from "Alejandro"? Spice up your day with some of Lady Gaga's best work.
3. Support one of her philanthropic organizations
Lady Gaga is an active philanthropist, working on causes from LGBT rights to AIDS research. Her organization, the Born This Way Foundation, supports youth empowerment.
Lady Gaga's 4 Wildest Controversies
1. The Meat Dress
Artistic or horrific? Designer Franc Fernandez sure helped Lady Gaga push the envelope at the MTV Video Music Awards.
2. The Breast-Milk Flavored Ice Cream
The Icecreamists took it upon themselves to release an ice cream flavor called "Baby Gaga," which included breast milk as an ingredient; needless to say, Gaga was not amused and threatened to sue.
3. The Anti-Religious Song
Not one to shy away from religious criticism, Lady Gaga's song "Judas" is among her most controversial — especially given that it was released days before Easter.
4. The Ex-Boyfriend Lawsuit
In 2010, Gaga's ex-boyfriend (and ex-business partner) sued her for a hefty $30.5 million. They would eventually settle for $12 million.