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Laura Branigan Net Worth

Laura Branigan Net Worth is
$5 Million

Laura Branigan Biography

Laura Ann Branigan, born on the 3rd of July 1952, was an American singer and songwriter who became famous for her songs “Gloria”, “Self-Control”, and “Solitaire” which became international hits and chart-toppers. She passed away in 2004.

So how much is Branigan’s net worth? As of mid-2017, based on authoritative sources it is reported to be $5 million, acquired largely from her years as a singer.

Laura Branigan Net Worth $5 Million

Born in Brewster, New York State, of part Irish descent Branigan, is the daughter of Kathleen and James Branigan, and was the fourth to five siblings. While attending Byram Hills High School, Branigan was already showing potential in performing as she was active in joining school productions. After high school she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and while meantime also working as a waitress, met Walker Daniels, Sharon Storm and Chris Van Cleave and together they formed the band Meadow. They later on added Bob Valdez to the group, and in 1973 they were able to release their first album “The Friend Ship”, but the album was unsuccessful, and the group disbanded, but these early years helped set up her career and also net worth.

After Meadow, in 1976 Branigan worked for a while as a backup singer and at various other jobs to make ends meet. Finally in 1979, after a chance meeting with Sid Bernstein, a producer and promoter, she was signed immediately to Atlantic Records. Even though she already had a recording company backing her up, Branigan had a hard time producing her first album. Atlantic was having a hard time with the strength and range of her voice, and how they can promote her still as a pop singer. Finally in 1981, her song “Looking Out for Number One” hit the radio waves and had a brief stint in the US dance chart.

In 1982, Branigan’s self-titled debut album was finally released, and the songs “All Night Me” and “ I Wish We Could Be Alone” immediately became instant hits, but it was her song “Gloria” that brought her international fame. The popularity of the song eventually led to it being certified platinum, and the album going gold, and her performance of “Gloria” was even nominated for a Grammy. The success of her first album catapulted her to fame and tremendously increased her wealth.

Branigan second album – “Branigan 2” – also became an immediate hit. Her songs “Solitaire” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” led the album to popularity, and so she went on to release five more albums, all of which received a positive reception from fans. Some of her best hits throughout her career include “The Lucky One”, “Ti Amo”, “Satisfaction”, “Spanish Eddie” and “Hold Me” to name a few. Her overall success as singer became a huge help in her overall net worth.

Aside from her fruitful singing career, Branigan also had her time in front of the camera, and appeared in various movies and television shows. Some of the shows she appeared in include “An American Girl in Berlin”, “CHiPs”, “Automan”, and “Knight Rider”. She also appeared in the movie “Mugsy’s Girls” and “Backstage”, and in 2002 she also performed in the off-Broadway musical production of “Love, Janis”.

In terms of her personal life, Branigan married Larry Kruteck in 1978, a lawyer who was 20 years her senior. When Kruteck was diagnosed with colon cancer, she decided to leave her career and focus on her husband’s health, but unfortunately Kruteck died in 1996, two years after his diagnosis.

Branigan passed away in her sleep in 2004 at her East Quogue, New York lodge – the cause was attributed to a ventricular brain aneurysm.

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Quick Facts

Full NameLaura Branigan
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 3, 1952, Brewster, New York, United States
DiedAugust 26, 2004, East Quogue, Southampton, New York, U.S.
ProfessionSinger, Actress
EducationByram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City
NationalityAmerican
SpouseLarry Kruteck (m. 1978–1996)
ParentsKathleen Branigan, James Branigan, Sr.
SiblingsBilly Branigan, Marc Branigan, Self Control, Gloria, Power of Love
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/laurabranigan
IMDBhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0105104
AwardsAcademy Award-winning "Flashdance" soundtrack (1983), Grand Prix Award for Best Vocal Performance (Tokyo Music Festival, 1984)
Record LabelsAtlantic Records
AlbumsThe Friend Ship, Shine On: The Ultimate Collection (2010), Branigan (1982), Branigan 2 (1983), Self Control (1984), Hold Me (1985), Touch (1987), Laura Branigan (1990), Over My Heart (1993)
Music GroupsMeadow (band)
NominationsGrammy Awards - Best pop vocal performance/Album of the year (1982-1983), American Music Awards - Favorite pop/rock female video artist (1984)
MoviesBackstage (1988), Laura Branigan: Cry Wolf (Video short, 1987), Knight Rider, Laura Branigan: Self Control (Video short, 1984), Delta Pi )(1984), An American Girl in Berlin (1981), Love, Janis (2002)
TV ShowsOn Stage America (1984), Talking Food (TV show, 1995), Monsters (1991), Automan (TV Series, 1984), CHiPs (TV Series, 1982-1983), Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer (TV movie, 1983)


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1She recorded her first album when 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 company failed to adequately promote the album, so after receiving little airplay, Meadow disbanded.
2In recent years she continued to perform and record music and dated the drummer in her band, Tommy Bayiokos. But she spent most of her time caring for her mother, Kathleen, 83, who has Alzheimer's, while gardening and cooking for friends.
3Atlantic records signed her in 1979.
4She largely left the music industry in 1994 following her husband, Larry Kruteck, being diagnosed with colon cancer. He died in 1996.
5She also performed the ballad "Sin Hablar", along with the worldwide famous Mexican singer Luis Miguel.
6Music video for her single "Spanish Eddie" was a re-telling of West Side Story (1961).
7After she died of a brain aneurysm in her sleep, her brother Marc Branigan said she had complained to a friend of having a continual headache for about two weeks before she died but she had not sought medical attention.
8Had a unique five-octave range voice.
9Known 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.
10Was originally announced as the singer of the theme for the Bond film, Octopussy (1983), by producer Albert R. Broccoli.
11Toured Europe as a backing vocalist for Leonard Cohen in the late 70s.
12Had a brother, Billy Branigan, who's a singer, writer and producer. They worked together on Laura's "Over My Heart" album.
13Performed the last song on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) with Dick Clark - "Shattered Glass," in 1987.
14She broke both femurs when she fell 10 feet from a ladder whilst hanging wisteria outside her New York State home. [June 2001]


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Many of her hits were English-language remakes of European hit songs, for the American market.
2Had an onstage habit of brushing her hair back with one hand, while singing


Quotes

#Quote
1I want to touch people's hearts, to get right down to their souls.


Filmography

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctors2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Le mirage2015performer: "Self Control"
Welcome to the Basement2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Guapas2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Killing2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Midnight Heat2007performer: "Self Control"
Everybody Hates Chris2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cold Case2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Dad!2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lather Effect2006performer: "Gloria"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories2006Video Game performer: "Gloria"
Saturday Night Live2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video Game performer: "Self Control"
The Preppie Murder1989TV Movie performer: "Self Control"
Baywatch1989TV Series performer: "I Believe"
Coming to America1988performer: "Come Into My Life"
Salsa1988performer: "The Magic of Your Love"
Killer Party1986performer: "The Lucky One"
Violets Are Blue...1986performer: "One Day"
Hittimittari1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Magic of David Copperfield VII: Familiares1985TV Special performer: "Breaking Out"
Hollywood Wives1985TV Mini-Series performer: "Hollywood Wives"
Miami Vice1984TV Series performer - 1 episode
Body Rock1984performer: "Sharpshooter"
Ghostbusters1984performer: "HOT NIGHT"
Automan1984TV Series performer - 1 episode
An Uncommon Love1983TV Movie "The Lucky One"
Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer1983TV Movie performer: "Gloria"
Flashdance1983performer: "Imagination", "Gloria"
Love Is Forever1983TV Movie performer: "Love Is Forever", "Passion and Valor"

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monsters1991TV SeriesAmanda Smith-Jones
Backstage1988/IKate Lawrence
Laura Branigan: Self Control1984Video short
Automan1984TV SeriesJessie Cole
Delta Pi1984Monica
CHiPs1983TV SeriesSarah

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The RuPaul Show1998TV SeriesHerself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1997TV SeriesHerself
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar1996TV SeriesHerself - Jury Member / Herself - Performer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1985-1990TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
New American Bandstand 19651982-1988TV SeriesHerself
Die verflixte Sieben1987TV SeriesSinger
Supermodels of the World1987TV MovieHerself
The 13th Annual American Music Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Living Seas1986TV MovieHerself
Cap d'any a TV31985TV MovieHerself
Cantantes y sonantes1985TV SeriesHerself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration1985TV SpecialHerself
Nöjesmassakern1985TV SeriesHerself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
Champs-Elysées1984TV SeriesHerself
Solid Gold1984TV SeriesHerself - Host
On Stage America1984TV SeriesHerself
The 11th Annual American Music Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 19841983TV MovieHerself - Performer
Musikladen1983TV Series
The 10th Annual American Music Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
Saturday Night Live1982TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2015TV SeriesHerself
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards2005TV Special
Hittimittari1984-1985TV SeriesHerself
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  • Stig-Åke Persson

    You need to check up the facts before publishing. You are wrong in many parts. Her birthplace, siblings, (song titles as siblings?) Larry Kruteck, etc. Meadows member are not correct. One name from 1972 is missing. Can you tell me your sources and references. For your information, my research about Laura has been published at the web.

  • Stig-Åke Persson

    Still a mess. Do you need help? Or just Google Laura Branigan born 1952, and you will find all you need. Btw, Laura’s official websites denies my research, they still proclaim 1957 and Brewster, while IMDb has correct information. It is written by me. Look and you will find.

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