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Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga
Background information
Born: Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga
February 22, 1971 (age 43)
Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines
Died:
Cause of death:
Nationality: Flag of the Philippines Filipino
Alternate names: Lea Salonga-Chien
Occupation(s): Singer and actress
Years active: 1978-present
Spouse(s): Robert Charles Chien (2004-present)
Partner(s):
Children: Nicole

Lea Salonga-Chien, OLD (born February 22, 1971) is a Filipina soprano singer and actress who is well known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1991, and was also one of the first Asians to play the roles of Éponine Thénardier and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables.

She is well known for providing the singing voices of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin in 1992, and Mulan in Mulan in 1998. Salonga reprises her role as Mulan's singing voice in Mulan II in 2005. As Jasmine, she recorded A Whole New World (duet with Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin) and Reflection as Mulan. The afforementioned songs remain two of Salonga's most well-known.

Salonga was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with the company.

In 2013, Salonga reprised the singing voice of Princess Jasmine for Sofia the First, in the episode "Two to Tangu". In this episode, she performed the song "The Ride of Our Lives", singing with Ariel Winter as Sofia and Darcy Rose Byrnes as Princess Amber.

She also voiced Yasuko Kusakabe in My Neighbor Totoro.

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