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Debbie Harry is a singer and actress who became famous for leading the new wave band Blondie. Her blond hair and cool sexuality made her an instant music icon.
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Debbie Harry's band Blondie was often advertised as a punk band but many of their sounds resembled pop music of the time.
Debbie Harry, the lead singer of the band Blondie, had a star power that transcended every facet of her life and career.
Blondie emerged from the burgeoning New York Punk and New Wave scene of the mid-70s to take the world by storm. Deborah Harry became the sexy and glamorous face of the band that scored hits with "Heart of Glass," and "Call Me."
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He recovered, but their relationship didn't survive. Harry released a solo album Rockbird in 1986, scoring a minor hit with the song "French Kissin'." She also continued to act in such films as John Waters's Hairspray (1988), Heavy (1995) and Cop Land (1997),
and appeared on the television series Wiseguy in 1989.
Switching musical styles, Harry joined the Jazz Passengers as lead vocalist for their 1997 album Individually Twisted. That same year, she reunited with her Blondie bandmates to tour in Europe. Their first album together in more than 15 years, No Exit, was released in 1999. The album's song "Maria" hit the top of the charts in England, but wasn't received as well in the United States. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Debbie Harry continues to perform and act. In 2006, she appeared in the theatrical dance production The Show (Achilles Heels) and the independent film Full Grown Men. More recently, she has made appearances on several popular TV series, including Ghost Whisperer, Smash and Glee.
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