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Overview (2)

Born in Mount Kisco, New York, USA
Died in East Quogue, New York, USA  (brain aneurysm)

Mini Bio (1)

Laura Branigan was born on July 3, 1952 in Mount Kisco, New York, USA. She was married to Laurence Ross Kruteck. She died on August 26, 2004 in East Quogue, New York.

Spouse (1)

Laurence Ross Kruteck (8 December 1978 - 15 June 1996) (his death)

Trade Mark (2)

Had an onstage habit of brushing her hair back with one hand, while singing
Many of her hits were English-language remakes of European hit songs, for the American market.

Trivia (14)

She broke both femurs when she fell 10 feet from a ladder while hanging wisteria outside her New York State home. [June 2001]
Performed the last song on American Bandstand (1952) with Dick Clark - "Shattered Glass," in 1987.
Had a brother, Billy Branigan, who's a singer, writer and producer. They worked together on Laura's "Over My Heart" album.
Was originally announced as the singer of the theme for the Bond film, Octopussy (1983), by producer Albert R. Broccoli.
Known mostly for her smash hit songs like "Gloria", "Self-Conrol", "Solitaire", "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?", "The Lucky One", "The Power of Love" and "Spanish Eddie". She also did international tours and unique music videos, which were filmed in Britain and other European countries.
Had a unique five-octave range voice.
After she died of a brain aneurysm in her sleep, brother Marc Branigan said she had complained to a friend of having a continual headache for about two weeks before she died, but had not sought medical attention.
Music video for her single "Spanish Eddie" was a re-telling of West Side Story (1961).
She also performed the ballad "Sin Hablar", along with Mexican singer Luis Miguel.
She largely left the music industry in 1994 after husband Larry Kruteck was diagnosed with colon cancer. He died in 1996.
Atlantic Records signed her in 1979.
In later years she continued to perform and record music, and dated the drummer in her band, Tommy Bayiokos. She spent most of her time, however, caring for her mother, Kathleen, 83, who had Alzheimer's, while gardening and cooking for friends.
She recorded her first album when she joined the group Meadow at age 20. The album, "The Friendship," was released in 1973 on Paramount Records following the release of two singles in 1972, "Here I Am" and "Cane and Abel". The record label failed to adequately promote the album and it received little airplay. Not long afterwards Meadow disbanded.
Neither surviving brother came forward about her true age at the time of her death.

Personal Quotes (1)

I want to touch people's hearts, to get right down to their souls.

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