Deborah Harry Biography
In October 1973, Deborah Harry met Chris Stein while she was a member of a theatrical girl group band Stilletoes. Stein, graduate of New Yorks School of Visual Arts was amazed by Deborahs hard-hitting personality. Deborah left the band Stilletoes and formed Angel and the Snake with Stein. In 1974, Blondie was formed. Blondie was not derived from Deborahs famous blonde curls. She took it from the phrase of a truck driver who taunted her Hey Blondie, give us a screw as she passed by. They spent eight years together and recorded several singles which include Heart of Glass, Tide is High, Call Me and Rapture.
Their third album Parallel Lines sold 20 million copies worldwide. In the middle of their bands success, Deborah was able to land small roles on television. In 1983, Deborah starred in the controversial video which provokes viewers to commit murder. Chris Stein, their band guitarist had fallen ill with rare and fatal genetic disease called Pemphigus. Deborah then dropped all her singing and acting stints to nurse Stein.
Deborah Harry returned in 1986 with Rockbird but she has decided to spend her time in acting. After performing with Jim Hensons Muppet, she played the title role in Forever Lulu (1987) opposite Alec Baldwin. She also appeared in Wiseguy on CBS in 1989. Deborah returned to music and released Def, Dumb and Blondie. She continued to appear on various films like Hairspray in 1988. She won critical admiration for her portrayal as a waitress in James Mangolds Heavy.
In 1993, Deborah Harry released Debravation and toured with the group The Jazz Passengers. Blondie reunion was official in 1999. Deborah began working with Stein, Destri and Burke again and released an album after 17 years. The album No Exit was a success. In 2003, the follow-up album came out, The Curse of Blood. Their group was honoured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.