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Linda Eder

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Born in Brainerd, Minnesota to Georg (from Austria) and Leila (from Norway), Eder was exposed to music at an early age. She cites Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Eileen Farrell as her childhood inspiration. Eder denotes Garland, specifically, as her greatest influence.

She is considered by many to be the pre-eminent female concert vocalist in America, and regularly sells out concert halls all over the country. She has performed on numerous occasions at New York's Carnegie Hall and Palace Theater, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, at Davies Hall in San Francisco, Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, at The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and at the Wortham Center in Houston.

Before making it big on Broadway, Eder had already had much experience in the entertainment industry. She teamed up with classmate Paul Todd, who had already won international awards for his piano and organ playing, and began the "Paul and Linda Show." They traveled all over the U.S. performing concerts. After the duo went separate ways, Eder tried her hand at the talent show, Star Search, where she reigned undefeated for a still record 13 weeks. Her performance caught the notice of Angel Records and, subsequently, Frank Wildhorn. She starred in two 1991 stagings of his musical Svengali, the 1997 Broadway production of his Jekyll & Hyde, and the 2003 Goodspeed Musicals production of his Camille Claudel. The two married in 1998 and divorced in 2005; they have one son, Jake.

Eder also appeared in the title role in the Connecticut tryout run of Camille Claudel, with a score by Wildhorn and Nan Knighton. The show never transferred to New York.


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