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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameElizabeth Woolridge Grant
Nicknames Lizzy
Gangster Nancy Sinatra
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Vocalist Lana Del Rey makes atmospheric, orchestral, retro-'60s-sounding pop that showcases her torchy image and sensuously husky singing style.

Del Rey was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City, to Patricia Ann (Hill), an account executive, and Robert England Grant, Jr., a copywriter turned entrepreneur. She has English and Scottish ancestry. Del Rey was raised in Lake Placid, New York. Del Rey released the single, "Kill Kill", under her given name, Lizzy Grant, in 2009, before remaking herself into the pop femme fatale character, Lana Del Rey. A video for the single, "Video Games", appeared online in August of 2011 and drew considerable buzz, as did a secret show she performed at Brooklyn's Grasslands Gallery that September. Del Rey's EP, featuring the songs "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans", was released in fall 2011. Amidst a heavy dose of hype, her debut album, "Born to Die", was announced by Interscope for release early the following year. Del Rey cemented the anticipation around the album with an appearance on Saturday Night Live (1975), becoming the first artist since Natalie Imbruglia, in 1998, to perform on the show before the release of her debut album.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985), known professionally as Lana Del Rey, is an American singer and songwriter. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia, and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana.

Raised in Upstate New York, Del Rey moved to New York City in 2005 to embark on her music career. Following numerous projects including her debut studio album and the unreleased Sirens, Del Rey's breakthrough came after the viral success of her single "Video Games" in 2011. She would then sign with Interscope and Polydor later that year. Her major label debut Born to Die (2012) proved a success, spawning her first top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Cedric Gervais remix of "Summertime Sadness". Since, Del Rey has released the US Billboard 200 number-one albums Ultraviolence (2014) and Lust for Life (2017) along with top-ten releases Paradise (2012) and Honeymoon (2015). She has received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for both Paradise and Lust for Life.

Alongside her records, Del Rey's has contributed to a variety of film soundtracks including The Great Gatsby (2013), Maleficent (2014), and Big Eyes (2014), the last having gained her a Golden Globe nomination. Other significant collaborations include on The Weeknd's Starboy (2016) and Børns' Blue Madonna (2018).

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant was born in New York City on June 21, 1985 to Robert England Grant, Jr., a Grey Group copywriter turned entrepreneur, and Patricia Ann "Pat" (née Hill), a former Grey account executive turned high school teacher. She has one younger sister, Caroline Grant, and one brother, Charlie. Her paternal grandfather, Robert England Grant, Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a vice president for Plough, Inc and Textron, and venture capitalist. She has Scottish ancestry from both her mother and father.

Grant grew up in Lake Placid, New York, and was raised Roman Catholic. She attended a Catholic elementary school and for one year, a high school where her mother taught. She began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. At age fifteen, she was sent to Kent School by her parents to resolve a budding drinking problem. Her uncle, an admissions officer at the boarding school, secured her financial aid to attend.

After graduating, Del Rey was accepted to the State University of New York at Geneseo, but she decided not to attend and instead spent a year living on Long Island with her aunt and uncle while working as a waitress. During this time, Del Rey's uncle taught her how to play guitar, and she "realized [that she] could probably write a million songs with those six chords." Shortly after, she began writing songs and performing in nightclubs around the city under various names such as "Sparkle Jump Rope Queen" and "Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena." "I was always singing, but didn't plan on pursuing it seriously", Del Rey said. "When I got to New York City when I was eighteen, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn-I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point-and that was it."

The following fall, at age nineteen, she enrolled at Fordham University where she majored in philosophy, with an emphasis on metaphysics. She has said she chose to study the subject because it "bridged the gap between God and science... I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from and why." According to Del Rey, she had trouble making friends in both boarding school and college. She lived in The Bronx while attending Fordham. Before graduating in 2008, she moved to North Bergen, New Jersey. She was also a Brooklyn resident for four years.

In college, Del Rey did volunteer work at homeless youth and drug and alcohol outreach programs, as well as helping paint and rebuild houses on an Indian reservation in Utah. She would cite this trip as integral in her decision to become a songwriter: "I remember exactly when I decided that I wanted to be a singer. I was in college, [and] we went to the Indian reservation. That day I realized that I had only two options: either making music or volunteering for a good cause. I chose the first option. If it [had] not [worked], I would [have] probably [done] social work in any small town."

On April 25, 2005, a seven-track extended play was registered under Elizabeth Woolridge Grant with the United States Copyright Office. The application title was Rock Me Stable with another title Young Like Me also listed. A second extended play, titled From the End, was also recorded under Del Rey's stage name at the time, May Jailer. Between 2005 and 2006, she recorded an acoustic album titled Sirens under the May Jailer project, which later leaked on the internet in mid-2012.

At her first performance in 2006 for the Williamsburg Live Songwriting Competition, Del Rey met Van Wilson, an A&R representative for 5 Points Records, an independent label owned by David Nichtern. In 2007, while a senior at Fordham, Del Rey submitted a demo tape of acoustic tracks titled No Kung Fu to 5 Points Records, who subsequently offered her a recording contract for $10,000. Del Rey used the money to relocate to Manhattan Mobile Home Park, a trailer park in North Bergen, New Jersey, and subsequently began working with producer David Kahne, with whom she released a three-track EP titled Kill Kill in October 2008 as Lizzy Grant. She explained that "David asked to work with me only a day after he got my demo. He is known as a producer with a lot of integrity and who had an interest in making music that wasn't just pop." The album, however, was shelved, causing her to shift her focus: She began to work in community service. "Homeless outreach, drug, and alcohol rehabilitation-that's been my life for the past five years", she told Vogue UK in 2012. Her debut full-length album, titled Lana Del Ray, was released in January 2010. Her father, Robert Grant, helped with the marketing of the album, which was available for purchase on iTunes for a brief period before being withdrawn.

David Kahne, who produced Grant and previous label owner David Nichtern have both stated that Grant bought the rights back from her label, 5 Points, as she wanted it out of circulation to "stifle future opportunities to distribute it-an echo of rumors that the action was part of a calculated strategy. Del Rey met her current managers, Ben Mawson and Ed Millett, three months after Lana Del Ray and they helped her to get out of her contract with 5 Points Records, where, in her opinion, "nothing was happening." Shortly after, she moved to London, and moved in with Mawson "for a few years." When choosing her stage name, she said: "I wanted a name I could shape the music towards. I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba - Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue." She has said her lawyers and managers made up the name Lana Del Rey and persuaded her to adopt it. On September 1, 2010, Del Rey was featured by Mando Diao in their MTV Unplugged concert at Union Film-Studios in Berlin.

After uploading them to her YouTube channel in 2011, Del Rey's videos for the songs "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans" became viral internet sensations, and she was signed by Stranger Records to release "Video Games" as her debut single. She told The Observer, "I just put that song online a few months ago because it was my favorite. To be honest, it wasn't going to be the single but people have really responded to it." The song earned her a Q award for "Next Big Thing" in October 2011 and an Ivor Novello for "Best Contemporary Song" in 2012. The same month, she signed a joint deal with Interscope Records and Polydor to work on her second studio album Born to Die.

Del Rey built anticipation to the album by doing a number of live appearances, such as promotional concerts at the Bowery Ballroom and at the Chateau Marmont, and with performances at television shows such as De Wereld Draait Door, and Later... with Jools Holland. Del Rey also performed two songs from the album on Saturday Night Live on January 14, 2012 and received a negative response from critics and the general public. Del Rey's performance was defended by the evening program's guest host, actor Daniel Radcliffe, despite not having seen her performance.[58] She had earlier defended her spot on the program, saying: "I'm a good musician [...] I have been singing for a long time, and I think that [SNL creator] Lorne Michaels knows that [...] it's not a fluke decision." The following week on SNL, Kristen Wiig impersonated Del Rey where she humorously defended herself during Weekend Update.

At the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards, Del Rey received nominations in the categories Best Alternative, Best Push, and Best New Act. Winning Best Alternative, Del Rey presented the award for Best Female to Taylor Swift. At the 2013 BRIT Awards, she won the award for International Female Solo Artist, making it her second BRIT Award to date. Her win surprised critics who highly anticipated Taylor Swift to win the award. In March 2013, she recited Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself" for the French fashion magazine, L'Officiel Paris.

Del Rey's seventh single, "Dark Paradise", was released as a single in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on March 1, 2013. Del Rey won the ECHO Awards for Best International Newcomer and Best International Pop/Rock Artist on March 21, 2013. A music video for Del Rey's cover of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel#2" was released on March 27, 2013. The following month, in April 2013, another self-produced video was released; it showed Del Rey and her boyfriend, Barrie-James O'Neil, covering "Summer Wine", by Lee Hazlewood. "Burning Desire" became available for purchase as a stand-alone download on March 19, 2013 as the second promotional single from Paradise; its music video was premiered the previous month on Valentine's Day of 2013.

After the release of Paradise, Del Rey penned the original song "Young and Beautiful" for the soundtrack of the 2013 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby with director, co-writer, and co-producer Baz Luhrmann. Following the song's release, it peaked at 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Del Rey's highest peak on the chart. However, shortly after its release to contemporary hit radio, the label prematurely pulled it and decided to send a different song to that format; on July 2, 2013, a Cedric Gervais remix of Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" was sent there; a sleeper hit, the song proved to be a success, surpassing "Young and Beautiful", reaching number 6 and becoming her first American top ten hit. The remix won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2013. Alongside Paradise, Del Rey announced plans to launch a short film titled Tropico. Tropico was filmed in late June 2013 and directed by Anthony Mandler.

On November 22, 2013, an official trailer for Tropico was released; at the end of the trailer, it was announced that the film would be uploaded to Del Rey's official VEVO account on December 5, 2013. The short film premiered on December 4 at Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Before showing the film, Del Rey told the audience "I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record, Ultraviolence". Journalists identified the phrase from the Anthony Burgess' dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange (1962), but reports were conflicting as to whether or not the title was stylized as one or two words. On December 6, 2013, an EP, also titled Tropico, was made available for purchase via iTunes; it includes the film itself along with the three aforementioned songs.

In October 2015, Del Rey announced that she planned writing material for her new record. She stated that her last two albums had a "Californian" sound, but if she were to make an album with a "New York" sound it would be a little harder, faster, more upbeat, and less dreamy. In January 2016, Del Rey was nominated with the "Favorite Female Artist" award at the People's Choice Awards, and she also received a Brit Award nomination for International Female Solo Artist, her third nomination in the category and fourth overall. In February and March 2016, Del Rey and her managers, respectively, officially revealed that she began working on her fifth studio album, just months after releasing her fourth.

In 2016, Del Rey performed on two songs on The Weeknd's third studio album Starboy. She provided uncredited backing vocals on "Party Monster" and was featured on an interlude entitled "Stargirl Interlude". "Love", the lead single off of Del Rey's fifth studio album, Lust for Life, was released on February 18, 2017. The music video was directed by Rich Lee. Soon after, Lust for Life was officially announced on March 29, 2017, when a trailer for the album was uploaded to Del Rey's Vevo channel. The album includes collaborations with Stevie Nicks and other artists, and was released on July 21, 2017. About the album, Del Rey stated "I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed." During a livestream in February 2017, Del Rey described the aesthetic of the album as having a "retro sensibility with a futuristic flair". She released the official cover art for Lust for Life on April 11, 2017. Her first collaboration, "Lust for Life" featuring The Weeknd, was released on April 19, 2017 as the second single from the album. Del Rey released the song "Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind" on May 15, 2017.

In 2010, Del Rey acted in a short film called Poolside, which she made with several friends on a reported budget of $400. On January 4, 2012, it was reported she had signed a deal with Next Model Management agency. H&M confirmed that Del Rey would be modeling and recording a cover version of the popular 1950s prom anthem "Blue Velvet" for their 2012 Autumn Campaign. H&M's 2012 Winter campaign, featuring Lana Del Rey, was released on October 12. This is the second H&M campaign Lana Del Rey is featured in. On August 22, 2012, executives announced that Del Rey would endorse their new Jaguar F-Type which was unveiled by Del Rey at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's global brand director, explained their choice, saying Del Rey had "a unique blend of authenticity and modernity". The song "Burning Desire", which was initially available for immediate digital download upon pre-ordering Del Rey's third EP, Paradise, was later made available for purchase on Amazon.com and 7digital as a stand-alone download on March 19, 2013, one month after its music video hit YouTube. The song serves as the title track to a 13-minute promotional short film for the Jaguar F-Type, called Desire. The film, directed by Adam Smith, was produced by Ridley Scott and stars Damian Lewis.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Trade Mark (6)

Dugazon singing voice
Often references Old Hollywood
Theatrical sound
Voice that ranges from a dark whimsical tone to an almost childlike innocent tone
Hand tattoo
Vintage inspired clothing

Trivia (32)

Her stage name came from a series of managers and lawyers over the last 9 years (as of 2014) who wanted a name that they thought better fit the sound of the music. It's a combination of the late old Hollywood actress Lana Turner and the Ford Del Rey (car).
Has described herself as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra"; and cites Britney Spears, Thomas Newman, Eminem, Elvis Presley, Antony and the Johnsons, and Kurt Cobain as her musical influences.
Her debut single, "Video Games", attained worldwide success, reaching number one in Germany and top-ten positions in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (as of December 2011).
Parents are Robert and Patricia Grant; has a younger brother and sister.
Stated that she has suffered from alcohol dependence. At age 15, she was sent to Kent School, a boarding school in Connecticut, for three years to get sober.
Close friends with actress Jaime King.
Older sister of Caroline Grant, a photographer, who goes by the name of Chuck Grant.
Angelina Jolie handpicked her to perform the song "Once Upon a Dream" as the main theme for Maleficent (2014).
Her name in Spanish means "king's money".
Ranked #82 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
Performed gratis at the wedding of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West (May 2014).
Was accepted at State University of New York at Genesso, but declined. She decided to take a gap year and the following fall she attended Fordham University, where she studied metaphysics, a branch of philosophy.
She has English and Scottish ancestry.
Was an alcoholic as a youngster and was sent to a boarding school in Connecticut for three years to deal with her alcohol issues.
Is the oldest of three children from Robert and Patricia Grant. Has one sister, Caroline, and one brother, Charlie.
Her favorite football club is Loverpool FC.
She lived in The Bronx and later moved to New Jersey while in college and volunteered at homeless youth and drug and alcohol outreach programs, as well as helping paint and rebuild houses on an Indian reservation in the western United States.
Loves soft drinks and often makes reference to Them in her songs.
Before she started singing, she wanted to be a poet.
Her favorite foods are spaghetti and chocolate cake, which she says she eats every day.
She is a big fan of Guns N'Roses.
She is a natural blonde.
She used to work as a babysitter and briefly kept doing it even after her music career took off.
Used to be able to speak fluent Spanish when she was younger.
Is retiring her song "Cola" because it was about Harvey Weinstein.
Born To Die is the second longest running album on the Billboard 200 by a female artist.
She received her first recording contract at the age of twenty while performing at a local club. She worked in community service jobs when her first album got shelved by the record company.
She collaborated with Cheryl Cole on her album A Million Lights.
Her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant. She was born to Rob and Pat Grant and raised alongside her siblings Caroline and Charlie. She briefly dating rapper G-Eazy before splitting in September 2017.
Her 2012 album Born to Die peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Her musical style is known as "Hollywood sadcore".
Steven J. Horowitz recalled that when he first interviewed Lana for her first Billboard cover, she ordered granola, a large bowl of yogurt and strawberries. But instead of taking all that for herself, she only took a few bites from it and then tried to convince him to take something from the remaining food and eat it. From that moment on, he knew she was an icon.

Personal Quotes (37)

[on being a fan of Britney Spears] I'm not really interested in a ton of female musicians but there is something about Britney that compelled me - the way she sings and just the way she looks.
I'm a writer first and a singer second.
Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the best of the past.
I'm not a natural performer or exhibitionist. When I was younger, I hated the focus, and it made me feel strange.
I used to wonder if it was God's plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world.
When I was very young I was sort of floored by the fact that my mother and my father and everyone I knew was going to die one day, and myself too. I had a sort of a philosophical crisis. I couldn't believe that we were mortal.
A lot of the time when I write about the person that I love, I feel like I'm writing about New York.
I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I've had and also the people I've had around me.
Having a simple career as a musician who liked music was good enough for me.
I have taken taking my music to labels for years, and everyone just thought it was creepy. They thought the images with the music were weird and verging on psychotic.
I love to sing and I really love to write, but in terms of being onstage, I'm not that comfortable, which I think is sort of clear.
I write my own songs. I made my own videos. I pick my producers. Nothing goes out without my permission. It's all authentic.
I've been writing since I was really young, so I considered myself a writer for a really long time.
I'm personally more struck by visual things more than musical.
When I was young I felt really overwhelmed and confused by the desire not to end up in an office, doing something I didn't believe in.
In New York I pretty much live in diners - I order French Fries, Diet Coke floats and lots of coffee.
I don't know that much about who directs what movies, but I'm definitely inspired by the look of old movies; I find them to be really beautiful.
I'm always just surprised when someone writes something about me.
When I walk outside, people have something to say about it.
I don't really have any gimmicks. I don't actually do anything that's strange. I don't even wear weird things.
I knew I wanted to do something creative. I didn't think I'd have the luxury of doing something like that, because I didn't know anyone who had pursued anything they really adored, but I had dreams for singing or writing.
When I feel like I'm being overwhelmed it's hard to remain a guiding force. That's one reason to keep things small, play small venues, that sort of thing, which is what I always wanted to do.
When you're an introvert like me and you've been lonely for a while, and then you find someone who understands you, you become really attached to them. It's a real release.
[on being a fan of Amy Winehouse] Amy would be my number one whether she was here today or not.
What I like about Marilyn [Monroe] was how nice she was to other women, how warm she was. Jackie [Kennedy Onassis] had an air of legend about her and she holds a special place in my heart. When Kurt [Cobain] died in '94, there were people in the fourth grade who knew everything about him. I didn't until I was 18, but in terms of what I like about him - just everything, anything, all of it.
He [Eminem] really changed my life because I didn't know music could be intelligent. He was talking about his own life and he wasn't just rhyming over music for rhyme's sake... That made me think I could talk about the way things were instead of just making stupid music.
I remember exactly when I decided that I wanted to be a singer. I was in college, [and] we went to the Indian reservation. That day I realized that I had only two options: either making music or volunteering for a good cause. I chose the first option. If it [had] not [worked], I would [have] probably [done] social work in any small town.
I was social [as a teenager], just in a different way. I loved my teachers. I feel like kids can be hard to get along with sometimes and I don't know anyone from my school I've been to. I'm sure they were nice.
I've been reading tabloids since I was nine. I love a good story. Some of the talking points took on a tone that really had nothing to do with me.
I'd say no [I didn't make some choices that were different]. It's what you do when it's time for your second record. I'd written everything I wanted to write. I'd liked what I'd done, I'd liked my first record, it was autobiographical and beautiful. "Video Games" is a five-minute ballad with no instruments, it was a downscale from what I'd been doing with a fucking live orchestra. It was synthetic harps and no drums. It was a perfect melody for me, I thought it matched me. When people liked it, it was my least commercial song, it wasn't even a song anyone wanted on the Internet. It was a baby.
My parents were lovely. They've always been supportive. When you love your child, you don't know what to do with someone who wants to do what no one else does successfully. If I had someone younger I loved, I'd be worried for them too if I didn't have guidance to give them. I was never successful in a noteworthy way, no one wrote about me, and I didn't have recognition. I've met a lot of musicians along the way who thought I was good, and they knew that was important to me. Having a simple career as a musician who liked music was good enough for me. They slowly came to understand that was going to be my future. It's changed in the last three months. I don't know what it means. It's definitely different, though.
If I had known as many people were going to see the video [for "Video Games"] as they have, I would have made different choices. Seeing myself on the screen makes me cringe. I understand that I am that way, pouty. [Lana purses her lips] I think if that many people were going to see it, I would have made different choices. Do I regret it? I believe nothing happens by mistake. You know, the universe has a divine plan. That sounds dramatic. So I guess I don't regret it, but I can't say I'm happy with it. I'm happy with other things in my life. The video wasn't my finest moment. That's fine. [laughs]
[January 2012] I wanted to be part of a high-class scene of musicians. It was half-inspired because I didn't have many friends, and I was hoping that I would meet people and fall in love and start a community around me, the way they used to do in the '60s. I wanted to be seen as a good singer, and not much more than that. I did find it hard to make friends, but it wasn't because of the people, but because I was sort of a cerebral person, an over-thinker. I was trying to figure out a vision for my future that would make me happy. People would be surprised to know that I live a really quiet life. I do a lot of the same things every day when I'm home. I still have the same babysitting job. I babysit twice a week. When I'm here that's what I do, because it's something I've been doing for a while. But I've been travelling a lot.
[on her album Ultraviolence] It's a little more stripped down but still cinematic and dark. I've been working on it really slowly but I love everything I've done. I've been writing in Santa Monica and I know what the record sounds like. Now I just have to finish it. Musically I've worked with the same three guys.
Well, smoking is one of them [guilty pleasures]. Sugar, coffee. I must have 13 cups a day. It's a shame about the health consequences because a lot of great things happen over coffee and a cigarette. A lot of great songs were written... Yeah. I'm a chain-smoker. Dude, I have to [smoke while performing live on stage]. I can't get through it... I'm a chain-smoker. If people come and see you at a show for 80 minutes they literally know everything about you. With 5,000 people coming, they film you so the people in the back can see you on the screens. There isn't a moment when you can turn around and gather yourself. Everything you feel, everything you're emoting, is just there. I have toured so much more than I thought I would; I thought I would be more of a studio singer. But I toured Europe for two years.
I'm not gonna lie - I had complex feelings about spending the weekend dancing whilst watching tensions w[ith] North Korea mount. I find It's a tightrope between being vigilantly observant of everything going on in the world and also having enough space and time to appreciate God's good earth the way it was intended to be appreciated. On my way home I found myself compelled to visit an old favorite place of mine at the rim of the world highway where I took a moment to sit down by the sequoia grove and write a little song. I just wanted to share this in hopes that one individual's hope and prayer for peace might contribute to the possibility of it in the long run. Hope everyone has a nice day, with love from California.
God knows I live / God knows I died / God knows I begged / Begged, borrowed and cried / God knows I loved / God know I lied / God knows I lost / God gave me life / And God knows I tried

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