Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Mills College in California, and eventually graduated from Barnard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, studying art history. In 1972, she obtained an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University.
She performed in New York through the 1970s, becoming more popularly known in 1981 with the single O Superman, which reached number two on the national pop charts in Britain. O Superman was part of a larger stage work entitled United States and included on the following album Big Science. Her more recent stage work includes a multimedia presentation inspired by Moby-Dick.
She wrote the New York City article for the Encyclopædia Britannica.
Anderson has collaborated with William Burroughs, Peter Gabriel, Mitchell Froom, David Sylvian and boyfriend Lou Reed. She became NASA's first artist-in-residence in 2003 (see the second external link).
Laurie Anderson Facts
|June 5, 1947 (76)
|Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Heart of a Dog
|Laurie Anderson: Homeland, The Story of the Lark
|Laurie Anderson Collected Videos
|William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
|Donna Karan's Dream
|How to Lose Friends and Alienate People