Manhattan’s UpperWest Side was home to a young Stefani Germanotta and her family.
or glamorous vacations—it went toward providing the girls with a quality education that could be used as a springboard for leading a successful life. Germanotta’s parents sent her and Natali, who was half a dozen years younger, to Sacred Heart, a small yet prestigious Catholic girls’ school.
“Sacred Heart may have been prestigious, but there were lots of different kinds of girls. Some had extreme wealth, others were on welfare and scholarship, and some were in the middle, which was my family. All our money went into education and the house.”
Germanotta dove into her classes and took them seriously, but she also embraced the extracurricular activities that the school provided. When music
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