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'A real tough cookie with a long history'



Born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, but better known as Pat Benatar, our favorite female 80s rocker turns 53 today. (That's no stage name -- her name changed when she married Dennis Benatar in 1971, though she later divorced and married her guitarist Neil Giraldo.) And she's the topic of our "Stuck in the 80s" podcast this week.

Some quick trivia to get you in the mood:
-- Wonder where she got her great voice? She trained to be an opera singer.
-- Her video for "You Better Run" was the second music video ever shown on MTV. (Everyone knows the first one, right?)
-- Her trademark fashion sense in the early 80s (mocked in the movie classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High)? That was a Halloween costume she wore onstage one night as a joke. But the audience loved it and she stuck with it.

And a question for the fans. What movie features her song "Love is a Battlefield?"

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:15pm]


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