Recognized for her flamboyant videos, outfits, and performances, Lady Gaga, born Stafani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an international superstar. She was raised Roman Catholic in a struggling lower class family. Both of her parents worked 12 hours a day to make ends meet. An American singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga learned to play piano by the age of 4. She was accepted into Juiliard at the age of 11, but instead was sent to a private Catholic school. In spite of this setback, she continued to study music, write, and perform. She actually gave her first performance in a nightclub at the age of 14. She cites such varied artists such as David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Queen as influences on her music. She was granted early admission into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at the age of 17. Lady Gaga is only one of 20 students that received this honor. She later withdrew to work on her creativity, and Gaga is only one of 20 students who received this honor. She.