Kylie Minogue is an Australian singer, recording artist, songwriter, showgirl, and actress. She was born on born 28 May 1968 in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest child of Ronald Charles Minogue. After beginning her career as a child actress on Australian television, she achieved recognition through her role in the television soap opera Neighbours, before commencing her career as a recording artist in 1987.
From the age of 11, Kylie appeared in small roles in soap operas such as The Sullivans and Skyways, and in 1985 was cast in one of the lead roles in The Henderson Kids. Her popularity in Australia was demonstrated when she became the first person to win four Logie Awards in one event, and the youngest recipient of the “Gold Logie” as the country’s “Most Popular Television Performer”, with the result determined by public vote.
Her debut album, Kylie (1988), and the single “I Should Be So Lucky”, each reached number one in the United Kingdom, and over the next two years, her first 13 singles reached the British top ten. Her debut film, The Delinquents (1989) was a box-office hit in Australia and the UK, and received generally positive reviews.
Minogue has achieved worldwide record sales of more than 68 million, and has received notable music awards, including multiple ARIA and Brit Awards and a Grammy Award. She has mounted several successful and critically acclaimed concert world tours and received a Mo Award for “Australian Entertainer of the Year” for her live performances.
Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 on 17 May 2005. Minogue underwent surgery on 21 May 2005 at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, and commenced chemotherapy treatment soon after.