Lea Salonga ( born February 22, 1971 in the Philippines ) is a Filipino singer, actress and musical actress. Your full name is Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga.
The first six years of her life spent Lea Salonga in Angeles City before moving to Manila with their parents. She is the elder sister of the composer Gerard Salonga. In the Philippines, Lea Salonga began her career as a child star and made her debut as a singer in 1978. Their first album, Small Voice was published in 1981 and was honored in the Philippines with gold and platinum. In 1988, she took in New York to audition for the musical Miss Saigon and was the female lead for the first performance in London in 1989. In 1990 she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for the presentation of Kim as best actress in a musical. In 1991, she played the Kim also in the Broadway premiere and subsequently received and the Tony Award. Between 1989 and 2001 she played the Kim regularly in London, New York and also in her home in Manila.
In 1992 she took over for the Disney animated production Aladdin Princess Jasmine on vocals. At the Academy Awards in 1993, the film won an Oscar for Best Song and Lea Salonga sang at the ceremony. In 1993 she took over the role of Eponine in Les Misérables on Broadway.
In 2001, she starred in the TV series Young and Passionate - Funny People plays the role of Lien Hughes in place of Ming -Na. 2002 Lea Salonga returned to Broadway for a premiere and played a major role in the musical Flower Drum Song by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. In addition to her singing and acting career since 2008 Lea Salonga writes columns for the Philippine newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Lea Salonga married in 2004 in Los Angeles, the Sino -Japanese manager Robert Charles Chien and since 2006 has been the mother of a daughter.