Laura Branigan biography

Laura Branigan

Euro disco, Musical Artist

1952 – 2004


Who was Laura Branigan?

Laura Ann Branigan was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is best remembered for her 1982 Platinum-certified hit "Gloria" and for the Top Ten single "Self Control". Branigan is also remembered for the Top 10 "Solitaire" and for the number-one Adult Contemporary hit "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", as well as several other US Top 40 hits. As well as her music, she was also known for her powerful, husky alto singing voice which spanned four octaves.

Branigan also contributed songs to notable motion picture and television soundtracks, including the Grammy and Academy Award-winning Flashdance soundtrack, the Ghostbusters soundtrack, and the Baywatch soundtrack.

Her signature song "Gloria" stayed on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, at the time a record for a female artist. The song holds a place in the top 100 singles of both 1982 and 1983.

Branigan died at her home in 2004, aged 52, from a previously undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm.


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Jul 3, 1952
Mount Kisco
Also known as
  • Laura Brannigan
  • Branigan, Laura
  • Irish American
  • United States of America
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Aug 26, 2004
East Quogue

on July 23, 2013

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  • Laura was born 1952 in Mount Kisco. Siblings James (deceased) and Susan is missing. Laura and Larry married Dec 8, 1978 (New Tork marriage license #22691). Laura died at age 52. Everything else is wrong!! 
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