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Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

Highest Rated: 97% Sisters with Transistors (2020)

Lowest Rated: 74% Before Night Falls (2000)

Birthday: Jun 5, 1947

Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA

Laurie Anderson became a unique musical force by combining her background in avant-garde/experimental art with comparatively conventional rock/pop settings, creating some of the most innovative, unprecedented recordings of the '80s and beyond. Born on June 5, 1947 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, she would study in New York, where she graduated from Barnard and earned an M.F.A. at Columbia. She began working on her idiosyncratic brand of multimedia performance art in 1969. Over the course of the '70s, Anderson's performance pieces and installations made her a respected figure in the avant-garde art scene. But her career entered a whole new phase with the release of her first widely distributed single, "O Superman," in 1981. The record, featuring spoken word and minimalist electronics, became a surprise hit, reaching No. 2 in England and charting high in several other countries. Virtually overnight, Anderson became widely known as a recording artist, hailed by audiences with no knowledge of her previous work. Warner Bros released Anderson's debut LP, Big Science, in 1982, making her a cult hero among fans of alternative music. Anderson's next LP, 1984's Mister Heartbreak, took a step toward slightly more conventional song structures, with help from players like Adrian Belew and Bill Laswell. The video for "Excellent Birds" featuring Peter Gabriel earned Anderson even more attention. Anderson would shift back and forth between the conceptual and the song-oriented throughout her discography, while almost always balancing between the two. Anderson began a much-publicized relationship with Lou Reed in the '90s, leading to their marriage in 2008, and the two would often be a part of each other's projects. Though Anderson's albums usually attracted her biggest audiences, she always continued working in a multiplicity of media, including ballet, gallery exhibitions, and theatrical pieces. Anderson became a widow when Reed lost his life to liver disease in 2013. In the late 2010s, she continued to explore, releasing Landfall, a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, and Songs from the Bardo with Jesse Paris Smith (daughter of Patti Smith) and Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal.

Highest rated movies

88% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
80% Feminists: What Were They Thinking?


2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Laurie Anderson, 05/30/2015, ©HBOMR 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Laurie Anderson, 05/30/2015, ©HBOMR



97% 67% Sisters with Transistors Narrator - 2020
80% 59% Feminists: What Were They Thinking? Unknown (Character) - 2018
96% 64% Heart of a Dog Narrator,
Original Music
$418.6K 2015
90% 82% Emptying the Skies Original Music - 2013
88% 76% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Unknown (Character) $46.4K 2010
74% 83% Before Night Falls Additional Music $4.2M 2000
93% 88% Monster in a Box Original Music $299.5K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Moon July Unknown (Character) - 1987
91% 69% Something Wild Original Music $6.4M 1986
No Score Yet 92% Home of the Brave Herself/Fenway Bergamot/The Voice of Reason (Character),
Original Music
- 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kitchen Presents Two Moon July Original Music - 1986


No Score Yet No Score Yet 60 Minutes Guest 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2020
No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2011
No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1986