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Belinda Carlisle

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: CA, USA
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About Belinda Carlisle

She is a Grammy Award-nominated American singer and best-selling author. Carlisle gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of The Go-Go's, who made history as the first all-female music group to write their own songs and play their own instruments to top the Billboard charts. The Go-Go's are considered by some to be the most successful all-female band of all time. As part of the Go-Go's, Carlisle sold more than seven million albums, and later went on to a successful solo career that spawned hits such as "Mad About You," "Summer Rain," "I Get Weak," "Leave a Light On" and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", which topped the charts internationally, including in the United States and United Kingdom. Her autobiography, Lips Unsealed, released in June of 2010, reached #27 on the New York Times Bestseller List and received favorable reviews.

Carlisle was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, to Harold and Joanne. Harold was a contractor, and Joanne raised the children at home. Belinda was the first of seven children, with three brothers (Butch, Joe and Josh) and three sisters (Hope, Mary and Sarah). Her father left home when Belinda was five years old. Her mother later remarried, but Carlisle was not close to her step father. She grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, at school she became a cheerleader. She graduated from Newbury Park High School. At the age of 19, she left home with the confidence that one day she would be a star.

Early career and The Go-Go's:

Carlisle's first venture into music was a brief stint as drummer for the punk band The Germs, under the name Dottie Danger. Around this time Carlisle made some back-up singing for the Black Randy and the Metrosquad.Soon after leaving The Germs, she co-founded The Go-Go's (originally named The Misfits), with friends and fellow musicians Margot Olaverria, Elissa Bello, and Jane Wiedlin. Olaverria and Bello were soon out of the group and the new line-up included bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock. The Go-Go's became one of the most successful American bands of the 1980s, helping usher New Wave music into popular American radio, and becoming the first all-female band, who wrote their own music and played their own instruments, to ever achieve a #1 album. The Go-Go's recorded two more studio albums on I.R.S. Records, including 1982 Vacation, which went gold. "Head over Heels," from their 1984 album Talk Show, made it to #11, but they never repeated the success of their 1981 multi-platinum debut, Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed".

Solo career:

The Go-Go's broke up in 1985, and Carlisle embarked on a solo career (although she continued to work with fellow Go-Go Charlotte Caffey).

Go-Go's Reunion:

In 2001, the Go-Go's reunited again and released an album of new material, God Bless The Go-Go's. Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong co-wrote the only released single "Unforgiven". The album was well-received by critics, and reached number #57 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Around the time of the Go-Go's definitive reunion tour, Carlisle appeared nude for the cover feature and a full pictorial of the August 2001 edition of Playboy.

In 1984, Carlisle made a foray into acting in the movie Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and performed backing vocals for the Don Henley recording of "She's on the Zoom" from the Vision Quest soundtrack.

In 1986, Carlisle married Morgan Mason, son of the British actor James Mason, and former Special Assistant to the President of the United States. Mason made appearances in Carlisle's videos "Mad About You," and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth". They have a son, James Duke Mason, born on April 27, 1992.

In the early 1980's, Carlisle dated Mike Marshall (outfielder) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

She has been reported as being "deeply into Buddhism" and chants Nam Myoho Renge Kyo daily. In an interview, printed on March 7, 2007, the singer stated that: "I was wondering about happiness and started reading a lot of books by the Dalai Lama, and slowly embraced Buddhism" (published by Newindpress, India). She told the Sydney Morning Herald: "I don't smoke any more, I don't drink any more and I don't do drugs any more. I am very much into my Buddhism. I found turning 40 a real passage in time for me."

Carlisle endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States during the Democratic primaries and subsequently endorsed Barack Obama during the general election.

In January 2009, it was announced that Carlisle was appointed the new spokesperson for NutriSystem. On November 8, 2009, Belinda appeared on the UK BBC cookery show "Something for The Weekend"; she assisted while making Fig Rolls.

Studio albums:

   * 1986: Belinda
   * 1987: Heaven on Earth
   * 1989: Runaway Horses
   * 1991: Live Your Life Be Free
   * 1993: Real
   * 1996: A Woman and a Man
   * 2007: Voila
   * 1986: Belinda
   * 1987: Heaven on Earth
   * 1989: Runaway Horses
   * 1991: Live Your Life Be Free
   * 1993: Real
   * 1996: A Woman and a Man
   * 2007: Voila

Compilation albums:

   * 1992: The Best of Belinda, Volume 1
   * 1992: Her Greatest Hits
   * 1999: A Place on Earth: The Greatest Hits
   * 2002: The Collection

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belinda_Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle discography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belinda_Carlisle_discography

The Go Go's discography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Go-Go%27s_discography

The Germs (band): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germs_%28band%29

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0137594/

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Belinda Carlisle's Timeline

1958
August 17, 1958
CA, USA
1986
1986
Age 27