Deborah Harry

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Deborah Harry

Born

7/1/1945, Miami, Florida, USA

Birth Name

Deborah Ann Harry

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Blondie, Debbie Harry
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Biography

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Deborah Ann Harry was adopted when she was a baby. She had always dreamed of being a star and she finally got that chance when she joined the band Blondie. She was in a band previously called Wind and the Willows, a hippie band that was a flop.…more

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  • Trivia

    • Deborah was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty over 60, in May 2007.

    • Debbie was one of the artists to perform in the 2006 closing night at New York's legendary punk club, CBGB's.

    • Deborah was considered for the role of Pris in Blade Runner (1982) but Daryl Hannah was chosen instead.

    • As of 1989, she dropped using Debbie as a stage name and returned to using Deborah.

    • Debbie has done television commercials, including ones for Sara Lee, Revlon, and Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans.

    • Debbie refuses to find her birth parents, saying "I know who I am, and it would be an insult to the Harrys."

    • Debbie has done many benefit concerts for AIDS awareness.

    • Debbie and Blondie toured with Iggy Pop in 1977.

    • In 1999, Debbie and other members of Blondie filed a breach of contract lawsuit against EMI Records, stating that EMI failed to adhere to royalty rates established in 1996 for the band's 1977-1982 output for EMI predecessor Chrysalis Records.

    • (March 14, 2006) Debbie had a falling out on-stage at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony with former Blondie members Frank Infante, Nigel Harrison, and Gary Valentine, who had sued unsuccessfully in 1999 to be readmitted in the band. Debbie and the others ignored them when they walked on-stage, and Frank begged them to be allowed to play with the band by saying "Debbie, are we allowed?" before Blondie performed Heart Of Glass,' 'Rapture,' 'Atomic' and 'Call Me.'
      Debbie said "Can't you see my band is up there?" and Frank replied: "Your band? I thought Blondie was being inducted" before
      walking off-stage.

    • Debbie's recording label at the time, EMI, almost didn't release the single of Blondie's #1 hit, "Heart Of Glass," because the executives believed it was "too disco," coming out in 1980, when disco popularity was fading out.

    • Debbie's first solo album, "KooKoo," (1981) featured a cover designed and painted by H.R. Giger, the famed Swiss artist who created the designs for the creatures and sets used in the "Alien" series of movies. It features Debbie with spikes going through her face, a typical surreal characteristic of Giger's work.

    • Debbie appeared on "The Muppet Show" on the February 21, 1981 episode singing "One Way Or Another," with Muppets dressed in black and white business suits, the same public style of her Blondie male bandmates at that time.

    • Debbie and Blondie did some of the first music videos, before the advent of MTV, most notably for the song "Rapture," which is now recognized in hip-hop circles as helping bring the genre into the mainstream music scene.

    • Debbie dyed her hair red for the 1983 film Videodrome, to avoid comparisons of her Blondie character with her role in that film. She has recently gone back to this look. (2006)

    • (2006) Blondie has been nominated to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

    • Debbie worked as a waitress at Max's Kansas City nightclub, before going into singing. Max's was a reknowned counter-culture/underground meeting place in the late 1960s - early 1970s.

    • Debbie was good friends with the Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the famed British punk rock group The Sex Pistols, believed to have been murdered by Sid in 1978.

    • Debbie hung out at CBGBs in the 1970s, a New York City club that was a focal point for the growth of the punk rock movement in America.

    • Debbie grew tired of people confusing "Blondie" with her instead of it being the name of the group and launched a campaign in 1979 to prove her point, with buttons given out that read "Blondie Is A Group."

    • Debbie joined a girl group, The Stilettos, in the early 1970s, and their back-up group included Chris Stein, her future boyfriend and Blondie guitarist.

    • Debbie appeared on Broadway with Andy Kaufman in the wrestling play "Teaneck Tanzi", which opened and closed in one night, in April 1983.

    • Debbie did a voice part for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a cab dispatcher.

    • Debbie became the oldest female to have a #1 single in Britain, at the age of 53, on February 23, 1999, a record she still holds.

    • In the E! True Hollywood Story of Blondie, Deborah said that she was once attacked by a man who she was able to fight off. She later found out that man was serial killer Ted Bundy.

    • After touring with her band Blondie for a whole year in 2004, they did a benefit concert for cancer in memory of Jeffry Ross Hyman (aka Joey Ramone), founding member of the Ramones.

    • She was ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

    • In 1981 "Harper's Bazaar" named her to their 10 Most Beautiful Women in America list.

    • She has admitted to getting a face lift.

    • Name of her band was originally called "Angel and the Snakes, " but she changed the name to "Blondie" after the countless cat calls from truck drivers who would yell out the window at her when she was walking down the street, "Hey! Blondie!"

    • In 1998, Deborah and her band "Blondie" reunited and released their first album since their 1982 breakup.

    • She's a former Playboy bunny.

    • Her band "Blondie" broke up in 1982.

  • Quotes

    • Deborah Harry: I wish I would have invented sex.

    • Deborah Harry: The only person I really believe in is me.

    • (about the group's many ups and downs)
      Deborah Harry: "It's been a standing joke for years, every time something weird would happen we would say, 'It's the curse of Blondie.' A lot of people take it seriously, but it's silly. It's sort of a Vincent Price, horror movie type title. I think it's lucky.

    • (about her and Blondie members' lawsuit against EMI Records)
      Deborah Harry: The reality of what musical artists actually earn is extremely disheartening. An artist's work is repeatedly repackaged and marketed, and the artist rarely sees increased income.

    • Deborah Harry: I could be a housewife. I guess I've vacuumed a couple of times.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Deborah Harry...what an artist! Not only did she front Blondie but she wrote some of the best songs they ever recorded. Always saying whats in her mind she has been admired by many. Not only does she sing but she acts as well...This is someone who reallymoreless

    10
    Okay for me DeborahHarry is one of the best artist over all. I own all Blondie cds and there is not one song that i skip becase they are all that good. Each cd tells a diffrent story and in each cd you can tell what new influences and ideas Debbie, along the ban were bringing.



    Not only does she sing great but she acts GREAT. I think she really deserves more credit for her acting ability. If you don't believe me go rent "Heavy" and you'll see what im talking about. She can adapt to a caracter's life in the movie so well that you truly do believe her as the person she is presenting. She is truly an open actress.



    In conclusion, debbie harry has influenced many...those who she has influenced have had a great carreer. That must be something good.moreless
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