Cyndi alwasy came across as a genuine nice person and a true artist. I have all her albums and still marvel at her vocal range. On the Twelve Deadly Cyns Tour 94-95 I had the pleasure of seeing her live in Liverpool. The big notes she took in her stride and I realised this lady was an amazing vocalist. She joked with the audience, gave that flirty, kooky laugh often and absolutely loved performing to a crowd. I don't think she has got the credit she deserves from the music press although her peers and music business professionals have praised her. I still feel her input has been largely ignored.
I did not know but her song "Time After Time" has been covered by over 100 artists and is #22 on Rolling Stone's Best Songs of the Lat 25 Years and #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs Of The 80s. "True Colors" is also the LGBT anthem and was the idea to name True Colors United, advocates for homeless and runaway youths.
She has also acted in various roles, mostly cameos as herself, happy to send herself up which shows she doesn't take herself too seriously. Still singing and performing today she has influenced the likes of Katy Perry, Vanessa Paradis and Tegan And Sara. Although her video persona was always the cute, vulnerable but quirky, crazy girl she is extremely intelligent and is very knowledgeable about all forms of the music business. Her albums matued each time until she had enough knowledge and savvy to branch into other genres. If you listen to her 5th album, "Hat Full Of Stars" from 1993 it so much more complicated and more adult than the debut "She's So Unusual". An experienced and intelligent artist and real professional with a warm sense of humour and outlook, that's Cyndi.