Broadway actress Lea Salonga celebrates her 41st birthday today. This Womanity Awardee for the Arts has been in the entertainment industry for decades, and her star hasn't stopped in its ascent since she starred in her first international role as Kim in the West End musical Miss Saigon.

Lea continues to do the country proud. In June 2011, she got good reviews from The New York Times for her cabaret show, New York in June. In August 2011, she was also recognized as a Disney Legend.

What else makes this Broadway star a woman worth watching and emulating? Scroll through the gallery below for just 10 reasons among many. If you've got any to add, don't forget to tell them to us in a comment.


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