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Pat Benatar

"Pat Benatar" (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953) is an American rock singer.

She was born in Brooklyn to a Polish-Irish family and grew up in Lindenhurst, New York. She initially studied voice and opera, following in the footsteps of her mother. At 19, she married her high school sweetheart, Dennis T. Benatar in 1971, providing her the surname with which she became famous. She immediately moved to Richmond, Virginia with her husband, where she worked as a bank clerk and sang gigs at night. She and her husband moved to New York in 1975 where they were soon divorced.

Benatar then began to pursue her singing career in earnest. She was discovered at an amateur-night contest in the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star in 1977. After performing successfully several times at the club, Benatar finally found her onstage persona in the form of a wild Halloween costume which she had worn as a joke. In several interview, Benatar recounted her realization for the new audience reactin: "The crowd was always polite, but this time they went out of their minds,...

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