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Lea Salonga Biography

Birth Name:
Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga
Birth Place:
Manila, Philippines
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • 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


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