Cherie Currie in 2010
|Birth name||Cherie Ann Currie|
November 30, 1959 |
Encino, California, US
Rock and roll
|Occupations||Musician, singer, songwriter, actress, artist|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
|Associated acts||The Runaways, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lita Ford|
Cherie Ann Currie (born November 30, 1959) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actress and artist. Currie was the lead vocalist of The Runaways, a rock band from Los Angeles, in the mid-to-late 1970s
Currie was born to Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon. She was raised in the Encino district of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. Her brother is Don Currie Jr., and her sisters are actress Sondra Currie and Cherie's twin, Marie Currie.
Currie was the teenage lead vocalist for the all-female rock band The Runaways with bandmates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox and Vicki Blue. Bomp! magazine described her as "the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot".
Currie joined The Runaways in 1975, at age 15. The teen rock anthem "Cherry Bomb" was written for her at the audition. Assessments of her impact at that time differ; one reviewer has written that "the received wisdom that [the Runaways] carved out new territory for female musicians is hard to justify – it's doubtful that the predominantly male audience who flocked to see the 16-year-old [Currie] in her undies picked up any feminist subtext".
After three albums with The Runaways, (The Runaways, Queens of Noise and Live in Japan), Currie went on to record three other albums. She recorded Beauty's Only Skin Deep as a solo artist for Polygram Records. With her twin sister Marie, she recorded Messin' with the Boys for Capitol Records and Young and Wild for Raven. She then worked as an actress, starring in movies such as Foxes, Parasite, Wavelength, Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Rosebud Beach Hotel, Rich Girl, and others, as well as numerous guest spots on television series (Matlock and Murder, She Wrote, among others).
Currie struggled with drug addiction for much of her younger life, which was a major factor in the abrupt ending of her career. She later wrote a memoir, Neon Angel, recounting life in the band and her traumatic experiences with drug addiction, sex abuse and her broken family. The Runaways, a 2010 musical biographical drama film executive-produced by Joan Jett, focuses on the group's early beginnings and explores the relationship between Currie and Jett. In the film, Currie is portrayed by Dakota Fanning.
With The Runaways
- 1977 – Live in Japan
- 1978 – Beauty's Only Skin Deep
- 1980 – Messin' with the Boys (with Marie Currie)
- 1998 – Young and Wild (compilation, with Marie Currie)
|1983||Twilight Zone: The Movie||Sara||Segment #3|
|1984||Murder, She Wrote||Echo Cramer||TV episode: "It's a Dog's Life"|
|1984||The Rosebud Beach Hotel||Singing Maid Cherie|
|1990||Matlock||Renee Thorton||2 episodes: "The Informer: Part 1" and "The Informer: Part 2"|
|1991||Matlock||Betsy Rhodes||TV episode: "The Suspect"|
|2005||Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways||Herself||Film by former Runaways bassist Victory Tischler-Blue documenting The Runaways' musical history.|
|2013||Hansel and Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft||Ms. Thoman||Direct-to-DVD release|
|Warehouse 13||Herself||TV episode "Runaway"|
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- Sunday Times Culture, 25 April 2010
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Cherie Currie|
- Official website
- Cherie Currie's Chainsaw Art site
- Cherie Currie on Myspace
- Cherie Currie at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Runaways website