to perform

Global fame at the age of 22 is early, but not sudden, not if the will to get there possessed you as a child and had you standing at the top of the stairs singing the same song over and over, trying the patience of your family, who nevertheless understood and supported you. “I remember so clearly being just enamored and overwhelmed by the mystery of Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and her voice and her power as a performer,” she said. “It used to make me cry, and even when I was really little I always wanted to be an actress.” (As if fated, Gaga will star in Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born,” in the role previously played by Garland.)

To perform is not a need for her, it is a must: “My whole life is a theater piece.” She doesn’t remember herself as being different from her classmates, though she will concede that they may have felt it in her eagerness to practice, in her willingness to miss out on the fun, to be in almost every school show, the jazz band, to study piano, take ballet and tap classes. Her career answered them.

-Darryl Pinckney ‘Lady Gaga on Her New Album — and Everything That Came Before‘ The New York Times Style Magazine


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