Marie Currie

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Marie Michelle Currie
Birth nameMarie Michelle Currie
Born (1959-11-30) November 30, 1959 (age 59)
Encino, California, US
GenresPunk rock, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, actress, artist, producer, poet
Instrumentsvocals
Years active1977–present
Associated actsCherie & Marie Currie, Cherie Currie
Websitewww.etsy.com/shop/MarieCurrieCreations/

Marie Michelle Currie (born November 30, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and artist. Currie is best known for playing in a band with her identical twin Cherie Currie called Cherie & Marie Currie. Their song "Since You Been Gone" charted at number 95 on the US charts. Marie played Singing Maid Marie in The Rosebud Beach Hotel and is now a popular multi-media sculptress and artist.

Early life[edit]

Currie was born to Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon.[1] She was raised in Encino with three siblings. Her brother is Don Currie Jr. She has an elder sister, actress Sondra Currie, and an identical twin sister, Cherie Currie. Marie was the first twin born and Cherie was the second.[2]

Currie and her twin sister were given a role on an episode of My Three Sons at the age of two. They were going to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" with Fred MacMurray but they froze during filming and their part was cut from the show.[3] Before Currie and her twin sister rose to fame, they also danced on American Bandstand. They appeared on the show as background dancers.[4]

Career[edit]

While her sister Cherie was in the Runaways, Currie worked at a fast food place. Then she started the Marie Currie band.[5] They never released a record, or received a record deal.[citation needed] However, they managed to receive some press; including a few pictures of the band landed in magazine articles across the U.S. and Japan. She started her career as a singer by singing a duet with Cherie called "Love at First Sight".[6] The song appeared on Cherie's debut album Beauty's Only Skin Deep.

In 1979, Cherie and Marie released two singles "Messin' with the Boys" and "Since You Been Gone". "Since You Been Gone" charted number 95 on U.S. charts.[7] In 1980, Cherie and Marie released their album, Messin' with the Boys[8] the album received more radio play than Beauty's Only Skin Deep. They released another single that year "This Time".

Cherie and Marie performed on television shows in the 1980s including Sha Na Na, The Mike Douglas Show,[9]The Merv Griffin Show among others.[10] In 1984, they played the singing maids in The Rosebud Beach Hotel. The twins sang, wrote, and produced songs for the film and its soundtrack. That film was Marie's acting debut.[11] In 1991, they performed at the Coconut Teaser which was a tribute concert to Paula Pierce, a member of The Pandoras. For the final performance the remaining Pandoras backed the Curries.[12]

Currie performed with her sister's band at the Runaways reunion which included Jackie Fox and Sandy West.[13] In 1997, she worked as a mortgage banker, along with her brother, Don.[14] She later became a sales and branch development manager for HighTechLending Inc, founded by her brother.[citation needed]

In 1997, Cherie and Marie re-released Messin' with the Boys with seven bonus tracks.[8] In 1998, they held a concert at the Golden Apple, in support of their re-released version of Messin' with the Boys. Cherie's ex-band mate West joined Cherie on stage to perform some of the Runaways songs.[15] In 1998, Cherie and Marie released a compilation called Young and Wild.[16] In 1999 Rocket City Records released Cherie's album The 80's Collection. The album features guest work done by Marie.[17][18]

Currie was portrayed by Riley Keough in the film The Runaways, about her sister Cherie Currie's first band the Runaways.[19]

Later years[edit]

On January 30, 2014, she wrote her first book, The Narrow Road of Light.[20][21] In July 2014, Currie and her ex-husband, Steve Lukather, appeared on the cover of Steel Notes Magazine, (alongside singer Debbie Harry, and model Josi Kat), with a lengthy feature story on her life and work featured in the issue.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Currie married Steve Lukather, lead guitarist and co-vocalist of Toto in February 1981. They met in the studio during the recording of Messin' with the Boys. They had two children together.

References in pop culture[edit]

Currie's then husband, Steve Lukather, wrote and dedicated Toto's songs, "I'll Be Over You" and "I Won't Hold You Back" to her.[citation needed]

Harmony Korine has stated that the characters Dot and Helen Darby (played by Chloë Sevigny and Carisa Glucksman) in his 1997 film Gummo "were based off a combination of Cherie and Marie Currie, home schooling, and The Shaggs."[23]

In 2018 a photo of Marie Currie appeared in Bad Reputation a documentary about Cherie's ex-bandmate, Joan Jett's career. Cherie tells the story of how Kim Fowley would not allow them both to join the Runaways because he did not want a set of identical twins being backed by an all girl rock band. Therefore, only Cherie joined.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single US Album Artist
1978 "Love at First Sight" - Beauty's Only Skin Deep Cherie and Marie Currie
1979 "Since You Been Gone" 95 Messin' with the Boys Cherie and Marie Currie [7]
1979 "Messin' with the Boys" - Messin' with the Boys Cherie and Marie Currie
1980 "This Time" TBA Messin' with the Boys Cherie and Marie Currie
1980 "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)" - Messin' with the Boys Cherie and Marie Currie

Album charts[edit]

Year Album US Artist
1978 Beauty's Only Skin Deep - Cherie Currie
1980 Messin' with the Boys TBA Cherie and Marie Currie
1997 Messin' with the Boys (Re-released) - Cherie and Marie Currie
1999 The 80's Collection - Cherie Currie/Cherie and Marie Currie

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1974-1975 American Bandstand Background Dancer, Herself
1984 The Rosebud Beach Hotel Singing Maid Marie Her twin Cherie played Singing Maid Cherie.
1991 Eureka Water herself commercial

Bibliography[edit]

Year Book L.A. Weekly
2014 The Narrow Road of Light -

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140626135026/http://www.tribute.ca/news/index.php/neon-angel-interview-with-the-runaways-cherie-currie/2010/03/26. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ https://people.com/archive/to-cherie-and-marie-currie-two-blondies-are-better-than-one-vol-13-no-8/
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyApPJP0mJ8While
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH7F7AZDU5c
  6. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Beauty's Only Skin Deep – Cherie Currie | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Messin' with the Boys – Cherie & Marie Currie | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Gina Boldman. "Messin' with the Boys – Cherie & Marie Currie | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  9. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0192977/
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyApPJP0mJ8
  11. ^ "Marie Currie Interviewed By Bradley Mason Hamlin For Mystery Island". Mysteryisland.net. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  12. ^ https://psychorizon.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/the-pandoras-hell-on-high-heels/
  13. ^ Reality Check TV (March 17, 2014). "Cherie Currie on Reality Check TV 8/17/13" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Alexxis Steele (July 4, 2014). ""In The Spotlight" interview with Multi-talented artist- Marie Currie |". Steelnotesmagazine.com. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Cherie Currie Makes Another Run At Rock".
  16. ^ "Young & Wild – Cherie Currie | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. March 10, 1998. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  17. ^ "The Runaways Singer Cherie Currie The 80's Collection CD 15 songs • $25.00". PicClick.
  18. ^ Fiala, http://www.karaoke-lyrics.net; Marek. "80's Collection - Cherie Currie". www.karaoke-lyrics.net.
  19. ^ "The Runaways". March 19, 2010 – via www.imdb.com.
  20. ^ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14756191.
  21. ^ http://thenarrowroadoflight.com/
  22. ^ "July 2014 |". Steelnotesmagazine.com. July 13, 2014. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  23. ^ "UNCULTURED: GUMMO — DoomRocket". March 13, 2015.
  24. ^ "Cherie Currie & Marie – Young & Wild". Retrieved August 26, 2015.

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