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Linda Eder

Linda Eder (born February 3, 1961) is an American singer and actress.

Born in Tucson, Arizona on February 3, 1961 and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Her parents, Georg and Leila, 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.

Eder has performed on numerous occasions at New York's Carnegie Hall and Palace Theater, at the John F.

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, at the Louise M.

Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, State Theatre in Minneapolis, Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, at the Morton H.

Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and at the Wortham Center in Houston.

Before her work on Broadway, Eder gained experience in the entertainment industry.

She teamed up with classmate Paul Todd, who had 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 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 2004; 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 has yet to open on Broadway.

Eder is a recipient of the Theater World Award (1996-97) for her work in Jekyll & Hyde.

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