Wendy Orlean (or Orleans) Williams was either born in Rochester or Webster, NY on May 28, 1949. Williams ran away from home as a teenager to New York where she performed as a topless dancer. She became the lead singer of the seminal punk rock group, The Plasmatics debuting on July 26, 1978 at New York's underground music club, CBGB. She died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Storrs, Connecticut on April 6, 1998.

In addition to her music career, Williams appeared in at least five films and two television episodes.

A Wendy O. Williams Filmography

Candy Goes to Hollywood (1979)
MacGyver, Television Series ("Harry's Will" episode 6.7, 1985)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (uncredited 1986)
Reform School Girls (1986)
The New Adventures of Beans Baxter, Television Series (1987)
Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog (1990)

Williams musical performance career commenced with The Plasmatics. She continued as a solo artist following the breakup of the band.

A Wendy O. Williams Discography

With The Plasmatics -

New Hope for the Wretched (Stiff 1980)
Beyond the Valley of 1984 (Stiff 1981)
Metal Priestess (? 1982)
Coup D'etat (Capitol 1982)

Solo -

W.O.W. (Passport 1984)
Kommander of Kaos (Gigasaurus 1986)
Maggots: The Record (Profile 1987)
Deffest! And Baddest! (Deffest/Profile 1988)

(note: The following sources were full of numerous inconsistencies.)

"Plasmatics" IN Encyclopedia of Popular Music / Colin Larkin (ed.) New York : MUZE UK, 1998. vol. 6, p. 4261

"The Plasmatics" IN The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll / Patricia Romanowski, Holly George-Warren (eds.) New York : Fireside, 1995. p. 772

Article in Hartford Advocate

Official Plasmatics web site

Internet Movie Database

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