Legal name: Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga
María Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga KLD (born February 22, 1971), better known as Lea Salonga (/ˈleɪə səˈlɒŋɡə/), is a Filipina singer and actress who starred in the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards. Salonga is the first Filipino artist to sign to an international record label (having been signed to Atlantic Records in 1993). She is also the first Philippine-based artist to have received a major album release and distribution deal in the United States (the second being Charice Pempengco with her 2010 album Charice), and one of the best-selling Filipino artists of all time, having sold over five million copies of her albums worldwide.
She was the first Asian actress to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. She portrayed Éponine in the musical's 10th anniversary production and Fantine in 25th anniversary show in London. She also provided the singing voice of two official Disney Princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin (1992), and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998). Salonga was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with The Walt Disney Company.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license