|Birth name||Jacqueline Louise Fuchs|
|Also known as||Jackie Fox|
|Born||20 December 1959|
|Genres||Punk rock, hard rock, heavy metal|
|Occupations||Musician, bassist, attourney|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass, guitar|
|Associated acts||The Runaways, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Sandy West|
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2010)|
Jacqueline Louise Fuchs (born 20 December 1959), is an American musician and attorney. Under her former stage name of Jackie Fox, she played the bass guitar for the pioneering all-woman rock band, The Runaways. She is the sister of screenwriter Carol Fuchs and sister-in-law of Castle-Rock Entertainment co-founder, Martin Shafer.
A merit scholar, Fox was set for an early entry to UCLA to study mathematics when the opportunity to join the fledgling rock band The Runaways presented itself. Fox was "discovered" dancing at the Starwood Club by Rodney Bingenheimer, the self-proclaimed 'mayor of the Sunset Strip,' who introduced her to producer/impresario Kim Fowley. She had initially auditioned for the lead guitar position but the band hired Lita Ford instead. Some time later, she was called back and offered the bassist position in the band, which she accepted. Fox joined The Runaways in 1975, shortly before her sixteenth birthday.
Fox played on The Runaways' second studio album Queens of Noise but was not permitted to play on the band's 1976 debut album. According to multiple sources, including Cherie Currie's memoir Neon Angel and the liner notes of the Raven Records release of The Runaways, Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison was hired to play bass on the first album due to manager Fowley's refusal to let Fox play on the record. Fox herself acknowledges this.
Fox's final appearance with The Runaways' was on their 1977 Live in Japan album. It was during the Japanese Tour on which that album was recorded that Fox decided to leave the band. According to Fox herself in the 2005 documentary film Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways, she was distraught over the band members' inability to get along with each other and called her close friend Randy Rhoads of the L.A. band Quiet Riot, who encouraged her to come home. Vicki Blue was quickly hired as her replacement.
Though she had quit the band three years earlier, Fox appears on 1980's Flaming Schoolgirls, an outtakes compilation featuring songs recorded during the Queens of Noise recording sessions in 1976. She would later appear on the compilation albums, Neon Angels and Best of the Runaways.
Fox refused to give permission for her name to be used in the 2010 Hollywood feature film The Runaways. Instead, the producers created a fictional character named Robin (portrayed by actress Alia Shawkat) as the band's bassist in the film.
After the Runaways
In the years following her tenure with The Runaways, Fox has worked in a variety of fields, most notably as a record promotions executive, as a modeling agent, as the promoter of Tony Robbins' Firewalking seminars, and most recently as an entertainment attorney in the motion picture and television arenas, representing actors, writers, directors, authors and producers.
Fuchs received her B.A., summa cum laude, from UCLA in Linguistics and Italian, with a specialization in computing, and her J.D. from Harvard, where Barack Obama was one of her classmates. Fox speaks Italian and French, as well as conversational Greek and Spanish. She has written a script called "Delilah's Scissors" with Victory Tischler-Blue and appeared in Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways, Tischler-Blue's 2005 documentary about the Runaways. Fuchs has also written for the Huffington Post blog, although she has had no entries on that site since May 2009.
In 2013, she appeared as a contestant in the fourth episode of The Chase, and on September 6, 2013, she was a contestant on the syndicated version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, now hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. She had banked up to $16,100, but ended up with only $1,000 after missing a question.
References in pop culture
Albums by the Runaways
- Victory Tischler-Blue (2004). Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways. Sacred Dogs Entertainment. "[Fowley] kicked me out of the studio and hired Nigel Harrison, who went on to be the bass player in Blondie so it's not actually me on the first album."
- "The Insider: Alia Shawkat - Nylon Magazine". Nylonmag.com. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
- Weekly Standard interview Jacqueline Fuchs discusses Barack Obama
- Huffington Post Jacqueline Fuchs interview
- "Runaways bassist Jackie Fox on ‘The Dating Game,’ 1980". November 29, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- The Germs, Germicide, Bomp! Records, 1981
- Jackie Fox on Myspace
- Jackie Fuchs at the Huffington Post
- Jackie Fox's Runaways site
- Blog of Jackie Fox's Runaways essays
- "Why Barack Obama Reminds Me of Joan Jett" – a 2008 Huffington Post entry in which she discusses her impressions of Obama in law school