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Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga or popularly known as Lea Salonga was born on February 22, 1971 in Manila, Philippines. She is a Filipina soprano vocalist and performer. She is well-known for her lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. Her performance led her to the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theater World awards.
Lea Salonga Net Worth $18 Million
Lea Salonga is also the very first Asian to play the roles of Eponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misrables on Broadway. She was also the voice behind the characters Jasmine in Aladdin (1992) and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004). She was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with all the Disney company. Locally, Lea has received the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), the Philippine equivalent of OSCAR for the best Child Actress. Lea also won three Aliw Awards as Best Child Performer.
In 1978, at age seven, Lea Salonga made her professional debut in the musical The King and I by Repertory Philippines. Seven became the lead star of Annie and joined several other productions. In age ten, she began her singing career when she recorded her first record Small Voice and received a gold certification. In 1988, seven’s second record Lea was launched. Lea was an associate of the cast of That’s Entertainment of German Moreno. Lea has played in many movies and family-oriented shows. She had performed for Queen Elizabeth II, George Bush and Bill Clinton. Lea also started for international acts like Menudo and Stevie Wonder in their Manila concerts. Lea made her concert debut in the prestigious Carnegie Hall on November 7, 2005.
Lea Salonga briefly attended Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines in a pre-med class because she initially thought that she wished to be a dermatologist. Lea took Philosophy and History at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan in the 2000 Spring term. Lea married Robert Charles Chien on January 10, 2004 and they have one kid named Nicole Beverly born on May 16, 2006. Lea has an estimated net worth of $18 million.