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Born as María Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga on 22nd February 1971, in Manila The Philippines, Lea Salonga is a legendary actress and singer, best known to the world for giving the voice to Disney Princesses, most notably Cinderella, Jasmine and Mulan as well. She has also released ten studio albums, including “Small Voice” (1981), “Lea Salonga” (1993), “By Heart” (1999), and “Inspired” (2007), among others. Lea has been an active member of the entertainment industry since 1978.

Have you ever wondered how rich Lea Salonga is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lea`s net worth is as high as $18 million, earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry. Lea has also achieved several notable acting credits on screen, including in “Redwood Curtain” (1995), among others.

Lea Salonga Net Worth $18 Million

Lea is a daughter of Feliciano Genuino Salonga and Maria Ligaya Acantara, and grew up in Manila. Discovered at a young age, Lea was thrown into showbiz when only seven, making her debut in the musical “The King and I” (1978) with Repertory Philippines, and just two years later, she was chosen for the role of Annie in the stage production of the same title. Lea received positive critiques, which only helped her to develop her career. During the 1980s, Lea was rather busy, acting on stage, screen and also recording two albums. Some of her most notable stage appearances include Rhodora in “The Bad Seed”, then Luisa in “The Fantasticks”, only to be selected to portray Kim in the stage production of “Miss Saigon”, resulting in her first appearance in the West End, receiving the Laurence Oliver Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Encouraged further, she continued playing Kim on Broadway from 1991 until 1993, and then again from 1999 until 2001. She received several prestigious awards, including the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, then Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress – Musical and Theatre World Award.

Throughout her career Lea has continued to feature on stage, and during the ‘90s made appearances in “Les Miserables” in 1993 and 1996, then in “My Fair Lady” (1994), and “They`re Playing Our Song” (1999-2000), among others. With the beginning of the new millennium, Lea stayed focused on stage, and played such characters as Catherine in “Proof” (2002), “Lizzie Fields in “Baby” (2004), then Cinderella in 2008, and Kei Kimura in “Allegiance” (2015-2016). Most recently she appeared in “Fun Home” as Helen Bechdel. Her net worth continued to grow too.

When it comes to her musical career, Lea’s first album came out in 1981, entitled “Small Voice”, and it was eventually achieved platinum status, which only increased Lea`s net worth. Seven years later, she released her second album, called “Lea”, which achieved triple platinum status, making Lea extremely popular in The Philippines. She continued to dominate the music scene during the ‘90s, with albums “Lea Salonga” (1993), which achieved eight times platinum status, then “I`d Like to Teach the World to Sing” (1997), “Lea… In Love” (1998) with six times platinum certification, and “By Heart” (1999), which achieved four times platinum status. Since then, she has released four albums, including the Christmas album “Lea Salonga: the Christmas Album” (2000), “Songs from The Screen” (2001), and “Lea Salonga: Your Songs (2009), sales of which have certainly added a considerable amount to her net worth. Lea is also recognized for her live performances, and so far has sung for such notable people as Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and George Bush, among others.

To speak further of her singing career, Lea has released cast recordings albums, which comprise songs sang in animated films by the Disney Princesses. These have also improved her wealth.
Regarding her personal life, Lea has been married to Robert Charles Chien since 2004; the couple has one child together.

Since 2010, Lea has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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George Takei's Allegiance 2016 Kei Kimura
Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary 2016 Kim (finale)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2016 TV Series Aunt Myrna
Sofia the First 2013-2014 TV Series Mulan Princess Jasmine
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary 2010 TV Movie Fantine
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams 2007 Video Jasmine (singing voice, uncredited)
Mulan II 2004 Video Mulan (singing voice)
Sing Along Songs: Disney Princess - Once Upon a Dream 2004 Video short Jasmine / Mulan
Johnny Bravo 2004 TV Series Princess / Princess #1
ER 2001 TV Series Amparo
Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge 2001 Video Game Princess Jasmine (singing voice)
Mulan 1998 Mulan (singing voice)
Aladdin on Ice 1995 TV Movie Jasmine (singing voice, uncredited)
Sana maulit muli 1995 Agnes
Redwood Curtain 1995 TV Movie Geri Riordan
Aladdin Activity Center 1994 Video Game Jasmine (singing voice)
Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special 1993 TV Movie Singer
Bakit labis kitang mahal 1992 Sandy
Aladdin 1992 Jasmine (singing voice, uncredited)
Dear Diary 1989 Lenny Tacorda (segment "Dear Killer")
Pik pak boom 1988 Rosie
My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Mrs. Kusakabe (English version, voice)
Captain Barbell 1986 Rosemarie
Ninja Kids 1986 Yoko
Like Father, Like Son 1985 Angela
Tropang bulilit 1981 Lisa
As the World Turns 1956 TV Series Lien Hughes #2 (2001, 2003)



Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sofia the First 2013-2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Voice of the Philippines 2013 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Filthy Frank Show 2012 TV Series short performer - 2 episodes
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary 2010 TV Movie performer: "At the End of the Day", "I Dreamed a Dream", "Lovely Ladies" uncredited, "Fantine's Arrest", "Come to Me", "Valjean's Death"
Dayo 2008 performer: "Lipad"
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams 2007 Video performer: "Peacock Princess", "I've Got My Eyes On You" - as Lea Solonga
Mulan II 2004 Video performer: "Lesson Number One"
Johnny Bravo 2004 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Lea Salonga Live 2003 Video documentary performer: "Someone's Waiting For You", "Something's Comin'", "Even If", "Carpenters Medley", "Happiness", "Sunlight", "Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile", "Disney Medley", "Sun and Moon", "Last Night of the World", "On My Own", "Don't Know What To Do, Don't Know What To Say", "You Must Love Me", "Imagine", "True Colors", "Streisand Medley", "The Journey", "One Voice", "Tomorrow"
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special performer: "I Enjoy Being a Girl", "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame", "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", "Mountain Greenery", "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair"
The Broadway Concert 2002 Video documentary performer: "Maybe", "I Can See It", "I've Never Been In Love Before", "I Enjoy Being A Girl", "Love, Look Away", "Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley", "Someone Else's Story", "Nothing", "You'll Never Get Away From Me / Wherever We Go", "Too Much For One Heart", "Where Is Love", "As Long As He Needs Me", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Someone Like You", "Something Wonderful", "Being Alive"
Mulan 1998 performer: "Honor to Us All", "Reflection", "I'll Make a Man Out of You", "A Girl Worth Fighting For"
People: A Musical Celebration 1995 TV Movie performer: "How Wonderful We Are"
Great Performances 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Baywatch 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special performer: "A Whole New World"
Bakit labis kitang mahal 1992 performer: "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal"
Aladdin 1992 performer: "A Whole New World" 1992
Pik pak boom 1988 performer: "Anything For You"

Music Department

Music Department

Dayo 2008 performer: theme song
Aladdin 1992 singing voice



The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1991 TV Series Herself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The Heat Is On 1989 TV Movie documentary Herself (Kim)
That's Entertainment 1986 TV Series Herself
Broadway: The Next Generation 2018 Documentary filming Herself
Good Morning America 1992-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Kababayan Today 2015 TV Series Herself
Breakfast 2014 TV Series Herself
Lea Salonga: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center 2014 Video Herself
To Be Takei 2014 Documentary Herself
The Voice of the Philippines 2013 TV Series Herself - Coach
Show People with Paul Wontorek 2011-2013 TV Series Herself
The Broadway.com Show 2013 TV Series Herself
The Song That Changed My Life 2012 TV Series Herself
Miss Universe 2011 2011 TV Special Herself - Judge
Kababayan LA 2010 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2010 TV Series Herself
My Neighbor Totoro: Behind the Microphone 2010 Video short Herself
My Neighbor Totoro: The Totoro Experience 2010 Video documentary short Mother
The 100 Greatest Musicals 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Lea Salonga Live 2003 Video documentary Herself-Performer
Working in the Theatre 1999-2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Falling in Love: A Richard Rodgers Tribute 2002 TV Movie Herself
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Broadway Concert 2002 Video documentary Herself-Performer
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999 TV Series Herself
Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh 1998 TV Special documentary Kim / Eponine
Great Performances 1995 TV Series Eponine
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 TV Special Herself
The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream 1993 TV Movie documentary Herself
A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World 1993 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Reading Rainbow 1993 TV Series Herself
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years 1993 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
The Geraldo Rivera Show 1993 TV Series Herself
The Making of 'Aladdin': A Whole New World 1992 TV Movie documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Mickey's PhilharMagic 2003 Short Jasmine
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All 1998 Video short
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me 1993 Video short Princess Jasmine
The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song - Part I 1993 TV Movie Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Festival Prize Metro Manila Film Festival Best Theme Song Dayo (2008) · Jessie Lasaten (composer)
· Artemio Abad (composer)
2005 Golden Artist Award FAMAS Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Golden Screen Award Golden Screen Awards, Philippines Best Original Song Dayo (2008) · Jessie Lasaten (music)
· Artemio Abad (lyrics)
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song Mulan (1998) · Matthew Wilder (music by)
· David Zippel (lyrics by)
· Christina Aguilera (pop version performed by)
1996 FAMAS Award FAMAS Awards Best Actress Sana maulit muli (1995)
1996 Gawad Urian Award Gawad Urian Awards Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) Sana maulit muli (1995)
1982 FAMAS Award FAMAS Awards Best Child Actress Tropang bulilit (1981)

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1 Currently playing the role of Fantine in the musical revival of "Les Miserables" at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway. [March 2007]
2 Lea gave birth to her daughter, Nicole Beverly, a little past noon on May 16, 2006 in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. She was 6.10 pounds and 49 centimeters long. [May 2006]
3 Enjoying the newly wedded life with husband Rob in Los Angeles. [February 2004]
4 New York, NY, USA: Preparation for New Broadway Musical, Allegiance, to begin in 2012. [2011]
5 playing Mei-Li in the Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song [September 2002]
6 Gave birth to her first child with husband Robert, daughter Nicole Beverly, on May 16th, 2006 in Manila. The baby weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz.
7 Uses the name "Manang" as her Internet chat code name. Manang means elder/eldest sister in Ilonggo (her mother's dialect).
8 Made her concert debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall on November 7, 2005.
9 Was the first full-blooded Filipina to have won the Olivier (1990), and the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards (1991) for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in "Miss Saigon".
10 The first Filipina ever to win the prestigious Tony Award for her role as Kim in the Broadway Musical "Miss Saigon"
11 Briefly attended Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines (mid-1988 - early 1989) in a pre-med course. She initially thought she wanted to be a dermatologist. Took two courses [one in Philosophy and the other in European History] at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan during Spring semester, 2000.
12 For the longest time, her dream role was Eva Perón in the musical Evita.
13 Bought herself a white Lexus IS300 E-Shift Sedan with ivory interior on her birthday in 2002.
14 Has an adopted sister, Shiela.
15 Brother, Gerard Salonga, arranges all Lea's music. He is a multi-talented musician and symphony orchestra conductor. He is presently head of the music and audio department at Carmel House Studios (www.gc4.com) and conductor of the Global Studio Orchestra.
16 Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]

1 [In reaction to Manny Pacquiao's opposition on the Reproductive Health bill] His point, which is a valid point, is: 'We have access to contraception. Why do we still need the RH bill?' That's fine, but you have millions of pesos. What about a lot of your own constituents who have no access to it?
2 Couples or every citizen of age needs to be informed about this stuff. Both good and bad effects need to be given to married couples who want to control their family size but may not have the info. You can't just say gusto ko yung pill. You have to know how it will affect your body; you have to know what the side effects will be. There is a failure rate because of improper usage. But if you use it properly then you're able to prevent disease or unwanted pregnancy. And obviously you will not teach a nine-year-old how to put a condom up a banana. Anybody who says that is not thinking straight.
3 Because what's the use of all these contraceptives if you don't know how to use them? This kind of info needs to be transmitted to couples who are about to get married [and] couples that are married and want to control the number of children they want to have and to make them aware of the choices that are available to them. I mean, they could choose natural family planning if that's what they feel they should have. They could choose condoms or birth control pills as long as these options are available and make known that it's available, then they can make an educated decision.
4 My stand is that I am for it. I've been consistently supporting it. I can understand the arguments for and the arguments against RH Bill. There are many valid arguments on both sides and I can understand where everybody's coming from as far as what their belief system is. Basically, you have to go with what your conscience tells you and you would have to know what is right for you. Without trampling upon somebody else's belief.
5 I want every Filipino woman empowered with information regarding all options available to her regarding family planning. I want every Filipino to be armed with the right education regarding their bodies in the context of sex and reproduction; to exercise their free will in ensuring the quality of life based on their own personal, religious, and moral convictions and beliefs; and to have a fighting chance at a better life.
6 I'm probably one of the least ambitious people to ever walk the earth. Because I know the price that you have to pay. I know what that feels like at home in the Phillipines. I know what it's like to go shopping and have people stare at you. To not be able to go places because your safety is threatened. I quite enjoy the anonymity I have here--being recognized for my work but still be able to walk down the street and go shopping and be undisturbed and have my privacy respected. And that's not always the case at home. I appreciate the level of celebrity I've achieved at home, but I'm someone who doesn't do well with it.
7 I just refuse to date actors. I've done that, and I don't want to do that anymore. It's just the stress of traveling and being away from each other so much.
8 And if you really believe in your heart of hearts that you have the talent, go for it. But you've got to make sure you really have the talent. I was watching that TV show, American Idol, and they were showing these auditions. The contestants think in their heart that they're talented, and the judges would say, 'You are appalling. You cannot sing.' And I painfully had to agree. But they really believe that they have something. You need a very objective person to say you've got talent.
9 Love your enemies... it's not always an easy tenet to live by... and I have more often than not been inclined to wish my enemies ill than well.
10 If you ain't got nothing nice to say, just shut the f*** up.
11 I have no inner monologue.

1 She has a small, deep dimple near the right corner of her mouth. It appears when she smiles.
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