Cherie Currie

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Actor, Singer & Musician

AmericanBorn Cherie Ann Currie

American singer, musician, actress and artist

Born on November 30, 1959 in Encino, California , United States (64 years)

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Cherie Ann Currie (born November 30, 1959) is an American singer, musician, actress and artist. Currie was the lead vocalist of The Runaways, a rock band from Los Angeles, in the mid-to-late 1970s. She later became a solo artist. Currie and her identical twin sister, Marie Currie, released the album Messin' with the Boys in 1980 as Cherie & Marie Currie. Their duet "Since You Been Gone" reached number 95 on US charts. She is also known for her role in the movie Foxes.

...   Cherie Ann Currie (born November 30, 1959) is an American singer, musician, actress and artist. Currie was the lead vocalist of The Runaways, a rock band from Los Angeles, in the mid-to-late 1970s. She later became a solo artist. Currie and her identical twin sister, Marie Currie, released the album Messin' with the Boys in 1980 as Cherie & Marie Currie. Their duet "Since You Been Gone" reached number 95 on US charts. She is also known for her role in the movie Foxes.


Early life
Currie was born to Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon. She was raised in Encino, California. She has an identical twin sister, Marie Currie, an elder sister, actress Sondra Currie, and a brother, Don Currie Jr.
Currie and her twin sister were given a role on an episode of My Three Sons at the age of two. They were due to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" with Fred MacMurray but they froze during filming and their part was cut from the show. Before Currie and her twin sister rose to fame, they appeared on American Bandstand as background dancers.


Career


The Runaways
In 1975, when she was 15 years old, Currie joined the all-female rock band The Runaways, performing as lead vocalist. Her bandmates were 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".


Solo
Currie recorded three albums with the Runaways, The Runaways, Queens of Noise and Live in Japan. She signed a four album deal with Mercury, but left the Runaways after the third album. To fulfil her contract, she recorded Beauty's Only Skin Deep for Polygram Records as a solo artist. Marie Currie was featured on the track "Love at First Sight".


Cherie and Marie Currie
After Cherie left The Runaways at age eighteen, she performed in clubs in Los Angeles. Marie joined her onstage for encores, which drew a positive response from audiences. When Marie joined Cherie on a promotional tour in Japan, they had the idea of recording an album together. They recorded Messin' With The Boys for Capitol Records, released in 1979. "Since You Been Gone", a cover of the Russ Ballard song, reached number 95 on the charts.Cherie and Marie performed on television shows in the 1980s including Sha Na Na, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Merv Griffin Show. They wrote and produced songs for the soundtrack of the 1984 film The Rosebud Beach Hotel. They acted and sang together in the film. In 1991, Cherie and Marie Currie performed a tribute concert to Paula Pierce, a member of The Pandoras. For the final song, the remaining Pandoras backed the Curries. Currie performed at the Runaways' reunion in 1994 with Jackie Fox and Sandy West. Her sister Marie joined the three Runaways on stage and performed with the band.In 1998, Cherie and Marie held a concert at the Golden Apple, in support of their re-released version of Messin' with the Boys. Cherie's ex-bandmate West joined Cherie on stage to perform some of the Runaways songs. The Curries and West signed autographs after the show. In 1998, the compilation Young and Wild was released. It included tracks from Beauty's Only Skin Deep, Messin' With The Boys, and songs by The Runaways. Another compilation, 80s Collection, was released in 2000 by Times Square Productions.


Film and Television
Cherie starred in the film Foxes in 1980 with Jodie Foster, and received strong reviews for her acting debut. She also appeared in Parasite, Wavelength, Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Rosebud Beach Hotel (with Marie Currie), and Rich Girl. She made guest appearances on television series including Matlock and Murder, She Wrote. In 1984 Currie was cast as Brenda in Savage Streets, but was replaced by Linda Blair. She was also cast as the lead singer of the fictional band the Dose in the film This Is Spinal Tap, but her character was cut out of the film. Cherie was considered for a part in the 1985 film Explorers but, according to her autobiography, she was in the throes of drug dependency and couldn't even make it to a meeting.


Later years
Currie was a guest vocalist on Shameless's 2013 album, Beautiful Disaster. Currie released singles with ex-bandmate, Lita Ford and Glenn Danzig the same year. On October 19, 2013, Currie won the Rock Legend Award at the sixth annual Malibu Music Awards. The award was presented to her by ex-bandmate, Lita Ford. That night Currie and Ford played on stage together for the first time in 37 years. Currie released another studio album, Reverie, in 2015. The album features guest work from ex-bandmate, Lita Ford, Currie's son, Jake Hays, and Currie's ex-manager, Kim Fowley. Cherie toured the UK in November 2015, to support her new album. Her special guest on her UK tour was Last Great Dreamers. While in the UK, Currie recorded a live album entitled "Midnight Music in London" which features a special live appearance by Suzi Quatro. It was released in 2016. In late May and early June 2016 Currie toured Australia and New Zealand. In 2018, Currie and her son were nominated for the Marshall Hawkins Award for Best Original Score for the film Take My Hand.In 2019, Currie's album Blvds of Splendor was released on April 13. The album featured guests including Slash, Billy Corgan, Juliette Lewis, and The Veronicas.On August 2, The Motivator, her album with Brie Darling, was released.In 2020 Cherie Currie released an audio version of her memoir, Neon Angel. It reached number 1 on Amazon's Best Biographies of Punk Rock Musician. In the same year, Currie contributed her vocals to the song "Flatten the Curve" for the band FTC.Currie is now a wood-carving artist, using a chainsaw to create her works. She has been doing chainsaw art since 2002 and opened her own gallery in 2005 in Chatsworth, California. As a chainsaw artist, Currie has competed in and won awards at three world Chainsaw Art competitions.


Personal life
Currie struggled with drug addiction for much of her younger life, a major factor in the abrupt ending of her career. She wrote a memoir, Neon Angel, recounting life in the band and her traumatic experiences with drug addiction, sex abuse, and her broken family. In the 1980s, Currie began working in drug and psych facilities, later becoming a counsellor.The Runaways, a 2010 biographical drama film executive-produced by Joan Jett, focuses on the group's beginnings and explores the relationship between Currie and Jett. Dakota Fanning portrays Currie.
Currie married actor Robert Hays on May 12, 1990, and they had one son together, the musician Jake Hays. Currie and Hays divorced in 1997.


Influence on pop culture
In 1979 an alternative cover photo of Currie's album Beauty's only Skin Deep appears in the background of the feature film Rock 'n' Roll High School. It appears when the Ramones are backstage.Characters in the 1997 film Gummo, sisters Dot, Helen, and Darby (played by Chloë Sevigny, Carisa Glucksman, and Darby Dougherty) were influenced by the Currie twins. Writer and director Harmony Korine, stated that, "Dot and Helen were based off a combination of Cherie and Marie Currie, home schooling, and The Shaggs."In a season 3 episode of The O.C., Marissa makes an entrance to "Cherry Bomb". She does so while dressed in a provocative schoolgirl outfit.


Discography


With the Runaways


Studio albums
1976 – The Runaways
1977 – Queens of Noise


Live albums
1977 – Live in Japan


Solo


Studio albums
1978 – Beauty's Only Skin Deep
1980 – Messin' with the Boys (with Marie Currie)
1998 – Young and Wild (with Marie Currie)
1999 – 80's Collection (with Marie Currie)
2015 – Reverie
2019 – Blvds of Splendor
2019 – The Motivator


Live albums
2013 – Live in Los Angeles 8/30/13
2016 – Midnight Music in London


EPs
2007 – Cherry Bomb


Guest appearances
1978 – Yesterday & Today – Struck Down
1981 – 707 – The Second Album
1984 – various artist – The Rosebud Beach Hotel Soundtrack (with Marie Currie)
1991 – various artist – Rich Girl Soundtrack
1990 – Tater Totz – Stereo: Sgt. Shonen's Exploding Plastic Eastman Band Request
1993 – Atsushi Yokozeki Project – Raid
1998 – Precious Metal – What You See Is What You Get: The Very Best of Precious Metal
2001 – Katt Lowe & the Othersyde – Katt Lowe & the Othersyde
2004 – Texas Terri Bomb! – Your Lips...
2006 – Rick Derringer – Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Coo: The Best of Rick Derringer
2007 – Dee Dee Ramone / Johnny Ramone / Marky Ramone – Ramones Solo Performances
2008 – The Ramones – The Family Tree
2003 – The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs – Maximum Overdrive
2013 – Shameless – Beautiful Disaster
2013 – Warehouse 13 – Runaway
2013 – Glenn Danzig – "Some Velvet Morning"
2018 – Fanny Walked The Earth – "When We Need Her"
2020 – FTC – "Flatten the Curve"
2020 - Cherie Currie and Dave Schulz - "What The World Needs Now Is Love"
2020 - Ryan Cassidy - "Small Price (featuring Cherie Currie)"
2021 - Ryan Cassidy - "Second Chance (featuring Cherie Currie)"
2023 - Ten Cent Revenge - "Need To Know"


Singles


Album charts


Filmography


Bibliography


References


External links

Cherie Currie's Chainsaw Art site
Cherie Currie at IMDb
All Music
2016 Interview – Australian Rock Show Podcast Archived April 18, 2021, at the Wayback Machine



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