Factbox: Lady Gaga, pop talent wrapped in flamboyant fashion

Mon May 16, 2011 9:21am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga ditched the music and switched to the media on Monday with a stint as a guest editor at the London headquarters of the global free newspaper network Metro.

Here are some facts about the meat dress-wearing Lady Gaga

* LIFE DETAILS:

-- Her real name is Stefani Germanotta and she was born on March 28, 1986 in New York.

-- Gaga learned to play the piano by the age of four. She attended a private Catholic school, studying music and performing. She held her first public performance at the age of 14 in a New York nightclub.

-- The inspiration for her name, she has attributed to the Queen song, "Radio Ga Ga."

-- She was granted early admission to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at the age of 17. She studied music and worked on her songwriting skills but later withdrew to find creative inspiration.

* ROAD TO FAME:

-- In 2007, Lady Gaga began work at Interscope Records as a songwriter for other groups on the label, including Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, and The Pussycat Dolls.   Continued...