Wendy O. Williams, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Wendy O. Williams

American Vocalist and Actress

Date of Birth: 28-May-1949

Place of Birth: Rochester, New York, United States

Date of Death: 06-Apr-1998

Profession: actor, singer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Gemini


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About Wendy O. Williams

  • Wendy Orlean Williams (28 May 1949 – 6 April 1998) was an American singer, songwriter, and actress.
  • Born in Webster, New York, she came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics.
  • Her onstage theatrics included partial nudity, exploding equipment, firing a shotgun, and chainsawing guitars.
  • Dubbed the "Queen of Shock Rock" and the "Metal Priestess", Williams was considered the most controversial and radical female singer of her time.
  • Performing her own stunts in videos, she often sported a mohawk hairstyle.
  • In 1985, during the height of her popularity as a solo artist, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Leaving home at 16, Williams hitchhiked to Colorado, earning money by crocheting string bikinis.
  • She travelled to Florida and Europe landing various jobs such as lifeguard, stripper, macrobiotic cook, and server at Dunkin' Donuts.
  • After arriving in New York City in 1976, she began performing in live sex shows, and in 1979 appeared in the porno Candy Goes to Hollywood.
  • That year manager Rod Swenson recruited her to the Plasmatics and the two became romantically involved.
  • The band quickly became known on the local underground scene, performing at clubs such as CBGB. Three albums with Plasmatics later, Williams embarked on a solo career and released her debut album, WOW, in 1984.
  • Albums Kommander of Kaos (1986) and Deffest! and Baddest! (1988) followed, before her retirement from the music industry.
  • Williams made her non-adult screen debut in Tom DeSimone's film Reform School Girls (1986), for which she recorded the title song.
  • She also appeared in the 1989 comedy Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog, television series The New Adventures of Beans Baxter, and MacGyver.
  • On 6 April 1998, Williams committed suicide near her home in Storrs, Connecticut by gunshot.
  • She had attempted to kill herself twice in the years leading up to her death; allegedly she had also been struggling with deep depression.

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