Lea Salonga

  • Birth Name: Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga
  • Birth Place: Manila, Philippines
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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  • Originated the role of Kim in the 1989 West End production of Miss Saigon; she later transferred with the show to Broadway in 1991.
  • Named as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1991.
  • Provided the singing voices for Princess Jasmine from Aladdin (1992) and Fa Mulan from Mulan (1998), and later reprised the role in other Disney productions.
  • Became the first Asian actress to play the role of Éponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway in 1993.
  • Was the first Filipino artist to be signed to an international record label with Atlantic Records in 1993.  
  • Was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2010.
  • Was named a Disney Legend in 2011.


  • 1991, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1990, Olivier Awards — Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical: Winner


  • Sheila Salonga — Sister
  • Feliciano Genuino Salonga — Father
  • Gerard Salonga — Brother
  • Robert Charles Chien — Husband
  • Jeff Salonga — Half Brother
  • María Ligaya Alcantara Imutan — Mother
  • Nicole Chien — Daughter


  • Attended University of the Philippines, College of Music, Quezon City, Philippines; attended Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines

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