|Real Name/Full Name:
|Maria Ligaya Carmen Imutan Salonga
|53 years old
|22 February 1971
|Ermita, Manila, Philippines
|Robert Charles Chien (m. 2004)
|Children/Kids (Son and Daughter):
|Yes (Nicole Beverly Chien)
|Is Lea Salonga Lesbian?
|Singer and actress
|Net Worth in 2024:
Lea Salonga is a popular singer and actress from the Philippines who is best known as a television performer and for singing voices of two Disney Princesses (Jasmine and Mulan). She is the first Asian woman to win the Tony Award and the first Filipino artist to sign a contract with an international record label. Salonga is also the first actress of Asian descent to portray the character of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway.
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Early Life & Biography
Maria Ligaya Carmen Imutan Salonga was born on February 22, 1971, in Manila, Philippines, to her parents Feliciano Genuino Salonga and María Ligaya Alcantara. Her father was the owner of a shipping company while her mother was a homemaker. Salonga spent most of her childhood days in Angeles City. She has a brother, Gerard Salonga, who is a conductor.
When Salonga was seven years old, she made her debut in the musical The King and I with Repertory Philippines. In the next two years, she appeared in several other productions like Fiddler on the Roof, The Goodbye Girl, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and others. At the age of ten, Salonga recorded her first album, Small Voice, which received a gold certification.
Salonga completed her schooling from the O. B. Montessori Center in Greenhills. She also attended the University of the Philippines, where she got trained in music.
Salonga met Robert Charles Chien while performing in the musical Flower Drum Song. He was the managing director of an entertainment software company in Los Angeles. The couple got married in 2004 and have a daughter together.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 22 February 1971, Lea Salonga is 53 years old as of today’s date 28th February 2024. Her height is 1.57 m tall, and her weight is 58 kg.
Lea Salong started her career as a child actor in several television projects during the 1980s. She hosted her own musical television show, Love, Lea, in 1983.
In 1989, she appeared as Kim in the musical Miss Saigon in London. For her performance, she won several awards, including the 1990 Laurence Olivier Award, Theatre World Awards, and many more. The following year, she performed in the homecoming concert in Manila entitled A Miss Called Lea. In 1993, she portrayed the character of Éponine in the Broadway production of Les Misérables. In the same year, she released her debut album with Atlantic Records.
In 1995, Salonga played the role of a Vietnamese American child in the TV movie Redwood Curtain. Fans, as well as critics, highly appreciated the work. In 1998, she released her music album, Lea… In Love, which received platinum status in the Philippines. She gave her voice for the title character in the Disney animated movies Mulan and Mulan II.
Salonga played the role of a Chinese immigrant in the Broadway musical Flower Drum Song in 2002. In 2005, she performed to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall, which was her first US concert tour. She released the music album Inspired in 2007. The following year, she became a columnist in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. From 2008 to 2009, Salonga appeared in the musical Cinderella. She was seen as Grizabella in the musical Cats. She was also one of the judges in the 60th Miss Universe 2011 Beauty Pageant in Brazil.
Awards & Achievements
Lea Salonga has won several awards and nominations in her illustrious career. In 1990, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical” for her work in Miss Saigon. She also won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for the same.
In 1990, Salonga was given the Presidential Award of Merit by then Philippine President Corazon Aquino. In 2002, she won the Lead Actress in a Musical from the Los Angeles Theatre Ovation Award. She was awarded the Golden Artist Award at the 53rd FAMAS Awards for her international achievements.
In 2005, Salonga won the Aliw Award in the category of Entertainer of the Year. She has also been nominated for several other awards, including Grammy Awards, Gawad Urian Awards, FAMAS Awards, MTV Asia Awards, and many more.
Net Worth & Salary of Lea Salonga in 2024
As of February 2024, Lea Salonga has an estimated net worth of more than $20 million. She has made this huge wealth through her successful career as a singer and actress.
Salonga has appeared in several commercially hit television shows and movies like Tropang Bulilit, That’s Entertainment, The Heat is on in Saigon, Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal, My Neighbor Totoro, Mulan II, Sofia the First, and many more.
She has appeared in many Broadway musicals and stage shows. Salonga has also performed in live events, musical tours, and concerts all around the world, which helps in increasing her net worth.
Lea Salonga is one of the most renowned artists in the world. She started her career at the age of eight and has continuously worked hard to achieve this success and fame. She continues to entertain her fans across the globe.