50 years old (Born on February 22, 1971)
Award winning Filipino singer and actress; She is famous from Miss Saigon.Bought herself a white Lexus IS300 E-Shift Sedan with ivory interior on her birthday in 2002. Brother, Gerard Salonga, arranges all Lea's music. He is a multi-talented musician and symphony orchestra conductor. He is presently head of the music and audio department at Carmel House Studios (www.gc4.com) and conductor of the Global Studio Orchestra. Uses the name "Manang" as her Internet chat code name. Manang means elder/eldest sister in Ilonggo (her mother's dialect). The first Filipina ever to win the prestigious Tony Award for her role as Kim in the Broadway Musical "Miss Saigon" Gave birth to her first child with husband Robert, daughter Nicole Beverly, on May 16th, 2006 in Manila. The baby weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz.
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Fun Facts About Lea Salonga
Was the first full-blooded Filipina to have won the Olivier (1990), and the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards (1991) for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in "Miss Saigon".
Made her concert debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall on November 7, 2005.
For the longest time, her dream role was Eva Peru00f3n in the musical Evita.
Briefly attended Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines (mid-1988 - early 1989) in a pre-med course. She initially thought she wanted to be a dermatologist. Took two courses [one in Philosophy and the other in European History] at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan during Spring semester, 2000.
Has an adopted sister, Shiela.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.