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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NamePatricia Mae Andrzejewski
Nicknames Patti-B
The Five Foot Giant
The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Pat Benatar was born Patricia Andrzejewski in Brooklyn and raised in suburban Lindenhurst, Long Island. Her mother Millie had sacrificed her own career as an opera singer to bring up Pat and son Andrew. Years later, it was Pat who sang classically, honing the powers of her 4.5-octave voice as a member of Lindenhurst High's musical theater department. Having been accepted at Juilliard, Pat shocked friends and family by marrying her high-school sweetheart Dennis T. Benatar, a soldier, and moving off to Virginia where he had been stationed. Before long, the tedium of life as a housewife/bank teller proved too much for Pat, and she joined Coxon's Army, a cabaret band on the Richmond club circuit. Coxon's Army rose to new heights of fame, and Pat was instilled with the confidence to move to New York City and pursue her own dream, which brought her to Manhattan's "Catch A Rising Star".

Having thrilled the audience with her first performance on amateur night, Pat soon found herself with a paying gig, a manager and a recording contract, but her image was still in limbo. Primarily singing torch songs and Judy Garland classics, she longed to perform hard-rocking tunes in the Led Zeppelin vein. Her wishes were fulfilled when her handlers introduced her to Cleveland guitar-man Neil Giraldo, whose aggressive playing unleashed Pat's inner rocker. She had found her muse, and when her audience roared one Halloween night over a sultry costume she wore on stage, she had found her image.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Family (1)

Spouse Neil Giraldo (20 February 1982 - present)  (2 children)
Dennis T. Benatar (July 1972 - 1979)  (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Her onstage costumes
Mezzo-soprano vocals
Small stature

Trivia (21)

Has two daughters: Haley Giraldo (February 16, 1985) and Hana Juliana (March 12, 1994).
Attended and graduated from Lindenhurst High School in Long Island, New York in 1971.
Has appeared with husband Neil Giraldo on the April 24, 2002 episode of That '80s Show (2002).
Her video for "You Better Run" was the second music video to be aired by MTV on August 1, 1981.
August 11, 2002 was declared "Pat Benatar Day" in Babylon, New York. She was also presented with the key to Babylon by town supervisor Steve Bellone at the Babylon Town Hall.
Her groundbreaking music video "Love is a Battlefield" (directed by Bob Giraldi and choreographed by Michael Peters) was the first ever music video to integrate spoken dialogue into recorded music.
The character Pat Bernardo in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) was inspired by Benatar. During an early lunch room scene, Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) have a discussion about Bernardo and the "Pat Benatar look".
Album: "In the Heat of the Night" (1979) (Chrysalis) Album: "Crimes of Passion" (1980) (Chrysalis) Album: "Precious Time" (1981) (Chrysalis) #1 on Billboard album-chart Album: "Get Nervous" (1982) (Chrysalis) Album: "Live From Earth" (1983) (Chrysalis) Album: "Tropico" (1984) (Chrysalis) Album: "Seven the Hard Way" (1985) (Chrysalis) Album: "Wide Awake in Dreamland" (1988) (Chrysalis) Album: "Best Shots" (1989) (Chrysalis) Album: "True Love" (1991) (Chrysalis) Album: "Gravity's Rainbow" (1993) (Chrysalis) Album: "Innamorata" (1997) (CMC International) Album: "Go" (2003) (Bel Chiasso/Welk).
Winner of four consecutive Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female" (1980-1983) and nominated four more times in 85, 86, 88 and 89.
Married Neil Giraldo on Maui on February 20, 1982. Daughter Hana Juliana is named for one of the nearby cities on the Island of Maui.
Has six platinum solo albums and four gold solo albums.
Was discovered during an amateur night-contest at the famed New York City comedy club Catch-A-Rising-Star, and signed shortly-after to Chrysalis Records (1977) by founder Terry Ellis.
Daughter, Haley Giraldo, was a Miss Golden Globe presenter at The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) ceremony.
Inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 30, 2008.
Sang opera before going into rock music.
Ranked #66 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Ranked #74 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists.
Ranked #39 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Her father had Polish ancestry. Her mother had Dutch, English, German and Irish ancestry.
Currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Recognized in the 2nd and following Guardians of the Galaxy appearances as the name of Star Lord's ship.

Personal Quotes (2)

Most chick-singers say "If you hurt me, I'll die"...I say, if you hurt me, I'll kick your ass.
A kid named Joey lived across the street from me once, and he'd push snow in my face before school. I could never do anything about it, because I was a girl and real small. But after about a week, I got real pissed off. So I had two friends hold him on a slide. Then I punched his teeth out.

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