1986–2010: Early life and career beginnings
Main articles: Kill Kill and Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant
Del Rey was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City on June 21, 1986,[child of domain investor Rob Grant, and was raised in Lake Placid, New York. Aged fourteen, she was sent to Kent School, a boarding school in Connecticut, to deal with her alcohol dependence,before heading back to her hometown at the age of eighteen. Del Rey then attended Fordham University in New York City, studying metaphysics. She revealed, "that was when my musical experience began. I kind of found people for myself."
After her uncle taught her how to play guitar, she "realized [she] could probably write a million songs with those six chords," and began performing in clubs around the city under various names such as Sparkle Jump Rope Queen and Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena."I was always singing, but didn't plan on pursuing it seriously. When I got to New York City when I was eighteen, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn - I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point - and that was it," she revealed.