Wendy O. Williams

Wendy O. Williams

Born May 28, 1949

Wendy Orlean Williams, better known as Wendy O. Williams, was the lead singer for the American punk band the Plasmatics, as well as a solo artist. Her stage theatrics included blowing up equipment, near nudity and chain-sawing guitars. Dubbed "The Queen of Shock Rock," Williams was widely considered the most controversial and radical female singer of her day. She often sported a Mohawk haircut.… Read More

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1949 Birth Williams was born on May 28, 1949 in Webster, New York. … Read More


1976 27 Years Old In 1976, Williams arrived in New York City where she saw an ad in the Show Business magazine that lay open on the Port Authority Bus Terminal station floor. … Read More
1977 28 Years Old By 1977, Swenson became Williams' manager and recruited her to join his newly formed punk rock band, Plasmatics. They made their debut in July 1978 at the Manhattan music club CBGB.


1981 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1981, Milwaukee, Wisconsin police arrested her for simulating masturbation on stage. … Read More
1982 33 Years Old Williams recorded a duet of the country hit "Stand by Your Man" with Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead in 1982.
1984 35 Years Old 1 More Event
After releasing three albums with Plasmatics, Williams embarked on a solo career and in 1984 released her debut album, WOW. … Read More
1985 36 Years Old Dubbed "The Queen of Shock Rock," Williams was widely considered the most controversial and radical female singer of her day. She often sported a Mohawk hairstyle. In 1985, she was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance category during the height of her popularity as a solo artist.
1986 37 Years Old In 1986, she starred in Tom DeSimone's indie-film Reform School Girls. … Read More
1987 38 Years Old In 1987, she starred as the part-time friend/enemy in the underground spy world to the title character on Fox's The New Adventures of Beans Baxter. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old Wendy's last known performance of a Plasmatics song occurred due to the prompting of Joey Ramone. She performed "Masterplan" one final time with Richie Stotts, when Richie's band opened for the Ramones on New Year's Eve, 1988.


1991 42 Years Old In 1991, Williams moved to Storrs, Connecticut, where she lived with her long-time companion and former manager, Rod Swenson, and worked as an animal rehabilitator and at a food co-op in Willimantic. … Read More
1993 44 Years Old Williams first attempted suicide in 1993 by hammering a knife into her chest where it lodged in her sternum. … Read More
1997 48 Years Old She attempted suicide again in 1997 with an overdose of ephedrine.
1998 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 6, 1998, Williams committed suicide near her home in Storrs, Connecticut.
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