Lady Gaga, 29, is the daughter of internet entrepreneur Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr. and Cynthia Louise. Despite the fact that she grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, her parents both came from lower-class families.
Gaga began playing the piano at the age of 4. From age 11 she attended a Private Roman Catholic School for Girls.
After high school, her mother encouraged her to apply for the Collaborative Arts Project 21, a musical theater training conservatory at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. But after a year, she left it, and decided to focus on her musical career. Her father agreed to pay her rent for a year, on the condition that she re-enroll at Tisch if unsuccessful.
Gaga recorded a couple of songs, then began a band with some friends. In 2006, she met her music producer, and they established a company titled Team Lovechild. In 2008, Gaga relocated to Los Angeles, to complete her debut album and set up her own creative team called the Haus of Gaga. And there, it all started.
Now Lady Gaga one of the best-selling music artists. Besides her career in music, Gaga is an outspoken activist for LGBT Rights Worldwide. She also launched the Born This Way Foundation, that focuses on youth empowerment and career development. The sales of Gaga-endorsed lipstick have raised more than $202 million to fight HIV and AIDS.