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Lita Ford is a British-born, American musician, who was the lead guitarist in the all-girl hard rock band The Runaways.
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Produced by Mike Chapman, the album featured Ford's first hit, "Kiss Me Deadly.' She scored her first Top Ten single with the ballad "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.
Ford's success was short-lived, and she stepped out of the spotlight for more than a decade. In 2009, however, she re-emerged with her studio album Wicked Wonderland. That year, Ford toured with the heavy metal band Queensryche. In 2010,
a film based on The Runaways was released, with actress Scout Taylor-Compton playing a fictionalized Ford. In post-film interviews, Ford denied the possibility of a Runaways reunion.
Ford's success in the late 1980s was celebrated with a marriage to W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes. The couple divorced after two years. In 1994, Ford married singer Jim Gillette from the band Nitro. The couple had two sons together: James, born in May 1997, and Rocco, born in June 2010. The family moved to Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean, where Gillette started a successful building and real estate business. For the decade that Ford was off the scene, she devoted her time to her family, homeschooling her children for a number of years.
In early 2011, news broke that Ford and her husband were getting a divorce after 16 years of marriage. According to Ford, her difficult divorce helped inspire her new album, Living Like A Runaway—Ford originally planned to title the album "The Healing"—which is slated to be released in June 2012.
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