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Cherie Currie is a singer and actress who fronted the influential band The Runaways.
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While the band's records never topped the charts in the U.S., the group's influence was evident, and in Japan especially the band found some commercial traction.
But the grinding tour schedule took its toll on Currie in particular, and after three records, she decided to leave The Runaways. She didn't, however,
abandon music. In 1980 she recorded an album with her sister for Capitol Records called Messin' With the Boys.
With her new freedom and her name recognition, Currie felt liberated to try other creative endeavors. The same year she teamed up with her sister in the recording studio, Currie was cast opposite Jodie Foster in the movie Foxes. She went on to do additional acting work in movies such as Wavelength (1983) and Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), as well as appear on television shows such as Murder She Wrote and Matlock. In recent years, Currie has also become an expert chainsaw sculptor.
Currie has had her troubles as well. Alcohol and drug problems gripped her life. She eventually became clean, though, and in a revealing 1989 memoir called Neon Angel, Currie wrote candidly about her life with The Runaways and the years that followed.
In recent years, Currie and her former bandmates have enjoyed a much-deserved renaissance. Much of it was sparked by the 2010 movie about the group, The Runaways. The film tells the true and important story of how Currie and her bandmates blazed a new trail for future female rock musicians and bands like The Bangles and The Go-Gos.
Currie, who became a mother in 1990, lives in Southern California.
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