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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 July 1945Miami, Florida, USA
Birth NameAngela Tremble
Nicknames Debbie
Blondie
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Deborah Harry was born Angela Tremble on July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida. She was adopted at three months of age and raised by the Harry family in Hawthorne, New Jersey. In the 1960s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny and hung out at Max's Kansas City, a famous Warhol-inhabited nightspot. Her professional singing career started in 1968 with a folk band called The Wind in the Willows. She sang backup on their first (and only) album. The band broke up shortly after failing to achieve commercial success or critical acclaim. In 1973, she met Chris Stein, who became her longtime boyfriend. They created Blondie in 1974 after they both were in the Stilletoes, a theatrical "girl group" band. Blondie struggled for a few years, then went on to be one of the most successful bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but the group broke up in 1982.

Harry has released five solo albums, acted in several movies and television series and a few commercials (Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans, Sara Lee, Revlon). She has done many benefit shows in support of AIDS charities, a Broadway show ("Teaneck Tanzi"), poetry readings, and been one of the most notorious characters in the New York downtown scene. As of 1995, she was doing shows in the United States and Europe with the Jazz Passengers and Elvis Costello, filming two new movies (Heavy (1995) with Liv Tyler and Evan Dando and Drop Dead Rock (1996) with Adam Ant) and topping the dance charts with two newly remixed Blondie singles ("Rapture" and "Atomic"). Several Blondie tribute albums have been released and a Blondie remix album titled "Remixed, Remade, Remodeled" came out in 1995.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: lab@primenet.com

Trade Mark (3)

Bleached blonde hair
Sparkling green eyes
Seductive deep voice

Trivia (25)

Was a former beautician, barmaid and Playboy Bunny.
Her band Blondie reunited in 1997 and released their first album since their 1982 breakup.
Her band Blondie was formed in 1974 and broke up in 1982.
Name of her band was originally called Angel and the Snake, but she changed the name to Blondie after the countless catcalls from truck drivers who would yell out the window at her when she was walking down the street, "Hey! Blondie!".
Lead singer and songwriter for the punk rock/New Wave group Blondie.
Blondie's video for their hit song "Rapture" featured a cameo appearance New York artist/Andy Warhol disciple Jean Michel Basquiat, whose life was portrayed in the film Basquiat (1996).
In 1981, "Harper's Bazaar" named her to their 10 Most Beautiful Women in America list.
Has admitted to getting a face lift.
Ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
"Eat to the Beat", released in 1979, is an early video collection by Blondie. The late supermodel Gia Carangi appears in the eighth video "Atomic".
Has starred in the Broadway play "Teaneck Tanzi" with Andy Kaufman. She played a female wrestler and Kaufman played the referee. The play was her Broadway debut and closed after opening day.
Dyed her hair red for her role as James Woods's masochistic girlfriend in David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983).
She and Blondie are credited, due to the rapped section of the song "Rapture" (which, among other things, name-drops Fab 5 Freddy) and its graffiti-filled video, with helping to popularize hip hop music, especially among white audiences.
Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006 and the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on May 22, 2006.
Was good friends with Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of punk rock musician Sid Vicious.
Was up for the female lead roles in the movies Raging Bull (1980) and TRON (1982).
Ranked #18 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Was the original choice for Pris in Blade Runner (1982) before Daryl Hannah was cast.
Has stated that if she had the choice of any actress to play her in a film, she would choose Michelle Pfeiffer. Not surprisingly, Michelle stated in an interview that when she was in her twenties, strangers would come up to her thinking she was Debbie Harry.
Worked in New York City's very first Head Shop, a shop specializing in drug paraphernalia used for consumption of cannabis and other recreational drugs.
Currently lives in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, New York City at The London Terrace Gardens Apartments.
She appeared as a diva on VH1 Divas 2004 (2004). [April 2004]
After touring with her band Blondie for a whole year, she performed a benefit concert for cancer in memory of Ramones. She performed with Shirley Manson of Garbage and also her band Blondie. [October 2004]
She performed with Cyndi Lauper and Erasure in the first annual "True Colors" tour, which supports the GLBT community and advocates for the basic values and freedoms that should be shared by all Americans. She performed as a solo artist to promote her CD "Necessary Evil". [June 2007]
Featured as a (2010) Mattel Barbie Doll in the Ladies of the '80s Pink Label Collection [#R4461] along with Cyndi Lauper and Joan Jett. [July 2009]

Personal Quotes (14)

I wish I had invented sex.
I could be a housewife... I guess I've vacumed a couple of times.
The only person I really believe in is me.
(on her refusal to locate her birth parents) I know who I am, and it would be an insult to the Harrys.
(from an early 1980s interview) Performing in front of a camera is a new adventure for me. It's a new and much more intellectual process. Music is more of the moment, more spiritual. It's an event!
[on actress Kirsten Dunst playing her in a proposed biographical film]: She's a really sweet person. I've met with her a couple of times and hung out with her socially. She's just a sweetie. She's probably capable of a lot of things she hasn't been asked to do yet, and doing something that's sort of left of center would be great for her.
The only place left for rock to go is toward more girl stars. There's nothing left for men to do. There's bound to be more male stars, but they can't express anything new.
Why should you force your brain cells to remember a lot of stuff when the most important thing you can do is to come up with new stuff? For me you know, I'm just writing now and trying to think of things that take the twist with a lot of the stuff. Why should I sit here and be chronological or like a time machine with old information? It doesn't make sense to me.
I'm very comfortable and happy with Chris, it's a good thing, something happens with our two minds, which automatically just fits together. Even now everything is sort of parallel. We don't even think about it, it just happens. I think we're lucky that we actually found each other. I never expected anything like that to happen, I never knew that anything like that even existed.
[on how she would have dealt with fame starting out young] Gee, I don't know, I think I'd probably have been a better star, I think I would have gone for it in a much more showbiz kind of way. Which probably would have been better in the long run, you know? What I really wanted was to be was a beatnik, I really wanted to be an underground artist. That was really where my thrust was, being a pop star - I thought it was such bullshit, you know? I knew it was bullshit, I didn't really give a rat's ass about any of it, I wanted to be famous, but I didn't really care about carrying any of it on, you know. In a sense it would have been better if I had approached it in a more legitimate showbiz kind of way.
That was always what I felt was the beauty of rock 'n' roll, it was entertainment and showbiz yet it had the idea of the voice of the people, it had an essence to it which was socially motivated. Not that I want to change to world, you know? But it was sort of relevant to real life, it involved the real essence of poetry or the real essence of fine art. But it was also entertainment. That was the real vitality.
[on the 1970s]: You know I always felt about that period, that all of those drugs that came around that wiped out a lot of us and obliterated a lot of stuff, was all politically sanctioned. I always felt that and Chris said that too; that a lot of people who really had something important to say or do were subdued.
[on her status as a sex symbol back in her day] Being hot never hurts!
[on current pop bands, 2014] I see a lot of people brimming with self-confidence that really don't have anything to offer. I met a person who had the... I guess temerity is the word, to say that they were an idea person. If you're an idea person, carry out one of your ideas. Do them, do them. Don't just wait for someone. The work is where you get your shit together.

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