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Benatar It's been a long time since she hit the top of the charts with killer singles like "Treat Me Right" and "Hell is for Children," but Pat Benatar is still cranking out the live shows with gusto. The pint-sized star turns 55 years old today.

Though her last big hit -- "Sex as a Weapon" -- came way back in '85, Benatar continued her recording career through the 90s. These days, she lives a slightly quieter and more comfortable life -- on a farm in Hawaii with her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo. However, she launches a short tour of the Northeast and Midwest in April. Hey, what about the rest of the U.S.?

While we wait for a show near us, try this quick Pat Benatar quiz:

1. TRUE OR FALSE: Pat changed her name from Patricia Mae Andrzejewski because it was too difficult to spell on show fliers.

2. TRUE OR FALSE: She was discovered as a singer after performing at amateur night at the comedy club Catch A Rising Star.

3. TRUE OR FALSE: Her first big hit was a cover of John Mellencamp's "I Need A Lover."

4. TRUE OR FALSE: Her video for "Shadows of The Night" featured future Fast Times at Ridgemont High stars Sean Penn and Phoebe Cates.

5. TRUE OR FALSE: Her signature "Pat Benatar" wardrobe was actually a Halloween costume she wore on stage as a joke.

Surely real 80s fans will get all these correct. Still need help? Then go way back in time and re-listen to our old Stuck in the 80s podcast on Pat Benatar.

[tbt* photo by Slobodan Juric]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:28pm]


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