Wendy O. Williams
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Wendy O. Williams
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.
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The Lady Aye: There Will Be Blood: The Gorgeous Ladies of Bloodwrestling Get Down and Dirty
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Has New York City's downtown underground entertainment scene tapped out for good? In recent years, it seems so... CBGBs is a snotty designer retailer, Continental is a "bro" bar and Luna Lounge is long gone. So, what's left on the Lower East Side that's dangerous, cheap and fun? Thanks to the recent rise of martini boutiques, tourists and artisanal hotels, not much. But luckily Gorgeous Ladies of Bloodwrestling (or G.L.O.B.) are trying to turn the sanitized tides. Part spectator sport/part self-indulgent performance art, these ladies (and several "lads") spend their weekends rolling around on dive bar floors, splattered with Karo-based blood and trying to pin down their fellow "alcoholic athletes in their prime." Will this league of amateur grapplers prove to be another ironic hipster sport, mainstream hit or post-feminist public statement? Frankly, it's too early to tell. It's still too disorganized, do-it-yourself and self-aware. Based on one woman's opinion (mine), ...
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Delamorte's Dungeon of Deadly Delights: Sybil Danning Part 2
Dread Central - almost 5 years
Hey there, Fiends! First of all I would like to wish you all a happy Easter and hope that you have had a killer day! On to the show! Last night we concluded our once in a lifetime interview with the absolutely amazing Sybil Danning! We were once again joined by our own "Apocalypse" Amy Lynes as well as a very special guest co-host, the "Monster Man" himself, Syfy Channel's Cleve Hall! Together we spoke about the campy but super-classic Howling II, the conceptual fight sequence between herself and punk legend Wendy O. Williams in the cult classic Reform School Girls, and the future vampire role that Sybil plans on unleashing to the horror masses! Talking with Sybil was a "bucket list" moment for myself and the Dungeon. For everyone that has followed the show for the first time straight from the almighty Dread, we thank you so much! And we have so many more sights to show you all so stick around! Next week, we travel back into the undead apocalypse as we attempt to continue ou ...
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Happy Wendy Williams Day - KTXL
Google News - over 5 years
The Sacramento City Council issued a resolution declaring Thursday “Wendy Williams Day”. She will be touring the city Thursday morning, followed by lunch with a lucky group of viewers and then she'll talk with hundreds of people at Thunder Valley
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Wendy Williams Wanted Carson Kressley To Be Paired With Louis Van Amstel - RumorFix (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Talk show host Wendy Williams was hoping for the first ever same sex pairing on Dancing with the Stars, she tells RumorFix exclusively. The daytime diva, who was on DWTS last season, says, “I would love to see Louis & Carson together!
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Wendy Williams Dishes on Her Tour - MyFox Los Angeles
Google News - over 5 years
Los Angeles - The "Queen of All Media" Wendy Williams joined us live Tuesday on GDLA... See what she had to say about the "The Wendy Williams Show," and her 17 city tour "Say It Like You Mean It" in the media player. Wendy Williams will be at the
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Wendy Williams chats with the Face of 'FNA - WALA-TV FOX10
Google News - over 5 years
Talk show host Wendy Williams made a special visit to Alabama while promoting the new third season of 'The Wendy Williams Show'. Her 'Say It Like You Mean It' Summer Tour made a stop in Birmingham. Wendy served as a guest judge for the annual Stokin'
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American Idol, Wendy Williams together in Memphis Friday - Memphis Business Journal
Google News - over 5 years
“American Idol” auditions are returning to Memphis Friday, along with daytime talk show host Wendy Williams. Williams will judge local talent at Wolfchase Galleria beginning at 9 am while her “Say It Like You Mean It” summer tour makes a Memphis stop
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Talk-show diva Wendy Williams brings Jersey-glam to town - Houston Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
That's talk-show host and daytime diva Wendy Williams, who was in Houston on a 18-city tour to promote the new season of The Wendy Williams Show. I met her at Fox 26 studios for a quick interview, then rode on her tour bus to the Breakfast Klub with
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Wendy Williams hits Chesterfield Mall today - STLtoday.com
Google News - over 5 years
Taking a cue from her "The Wendy Williams Show" theme song, she's on her "Say It Like You Mean It Summer Tour" across the country, meeting fans and more. That tour includes a stop at 2 pm today in the food court of Chesterfield Mall
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Wendy Williams makes Lowcountry stop today - Charleston City Paper
Google News - over 5 years
Some interviews require a little poking and prodding for information from a celeb, but that's not the case with Queen-of-All-Media Wendy Williams. She loves the art of talk and it shows. She's currently on her Say It Like You Mean It
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Cheese Grits, A Southern Treat - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Wendy Williams, who grew up in the North, prefers a Southern influence when it comes to cooking. Wendy Williams and her husband Lee, along with their three daughters have lived here in Peachtree Corners for almost 15 years
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Wendy Williams Wins Urban X Award - AVN News (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
LOS ANGELES—Transsexual star Wendy Williams won an Urban X Award for Best Transsexual Interracial Website for her site, HotWendyWilliams.com. This win marks Williams' second consecutive Urban X Award. Her website also won Best Transsexual Website in
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See Wendy Williams LIVE! - WSOC Charlotte
Google News - over 5 years
“The Wendy Williams Show” is bringing the fun and excitement of the popular daytime talk show on the road for the summer with the launch of the “Say It Like You Mean It Summer Tour.” This multi-city tour will feature daytime star and New York
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Business leaders remember man as 'likeable, lovable' - Times and Transcript
Google News - over 5 years
Wendy Williams, president of Business Fredericton North, said she's still processing the news. "Mitch was just a great guy. I've known him for years. He always had time for everybody. You could bounce anything off him. And I know the business community
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103 Reasons Why I Love Wendy Williams - ChicagoNow
Google News - over 5 years
After the hot topics segment, the women welcomed Wendy Williams on the program. Now, I've never really noticed how BIG that woman is! Not "fat" big, but just Amazonian fabulous-big! I can't really tell you what she was promoting on the show because at
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Jennifer Lopez divorce just a 'publicity stunt' says Wendy Williams - Gather Celebs News Channel
Google News - over 5 years
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's divorce is nothing but a "publicity stunt," says Wendy Williams. William's talked about this today as if she were very sure this is the case, and she thinks Jennifer Lopez is doing this all to gather publicity for her
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Video - Wendy Williams Claims 'penis Disposal' Was 'efficient' - Contactmusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
Wendy Williams, the American television personality, chatting with reporters outside Boa's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Williams, wearing an elegant purple dress, was quizzed on the recent story about a Californian woman drugging her
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wendy O. Williams
    FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 48
    On April 6, 1998, Williams committed suicide near her home in Storrs, Connecticut.
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  • 1997
    Age 47
    She attempted suicide again in 1997 with an overdose of ephedrine.
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  • 1993
    Age 43
    Williams first attempted suicide in 1993 by hammering a knife into her chest where it lodged in her sternum.
    More Details Hide Details However, she changed her mind and called Swenson to take her to the hospital.
  • 1991
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She explained this move by saying that she "was pretty fed up dealing with people." Despite her reputation as a fearsome performer, Williams in her personal life was deeply devoted to the welfare of animals, a passion that included a vegetarian diet, working as a wildlife rehabilitator and being a natural foods activist. In one TV talk show appearance on KPIX's The Morning Show, she accused Debbi Fields (of "Mrs. Fields" cookies) of being "no better than a heroin pusher" for using so much processed white sugar in her products.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Plasmatics' last tour was in late 1988. Williams appeared in Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog, directed by Paul S. Parco, in 1990. In 1988, Wendy put out another solo album, this time a "thrash rap" album called Deffest! and Baddest! under the name "Ultrafly and the Hometown Girls."
  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, she starred in Tom DeSimone's indie-film Reform School Girls.
    More Details Hide Details Neither she nor manager Rod Swenson liked the film when it came out, but at this point the producers had heard Kommander of Kaos (her second solo album) and wanted to include 3 tracks from the album in the movie score. They approached Rod about producing the title track for the film and having Wendy sing it. The band reluctantly agreed to do it. Uncle Brian from the Broc joined Rod as co-producer and also played sax. He also appeared in the video that the film company had asked Rod to produce and direct, playing the sax and wearing a tutu.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 34
    In 1984, she released the W.O.W. album, produced by Gene Simmons of Kiss.
    More Details Hide Details Kiss members Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Eric Carr, and Vinnie Vincent also perform on the album. Gene Simmons plays bass but is credited as Reginald Van Helsing. In 1985 Wendy starred in The Rocky Horror Show at the Westport Playhouse in St. Louis. The show played for over six months, but a nationwide tour fell through.
    After releasing three albums with Plasmatics, Williams embarked on a solo career and in 1984 released her debut album, WOW.
    More Details Hide Details She followed with the albums Kommander of Kaos (1986) and Deffest! and Baddest! (1988), before she retired from the music industry. Williams made her 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, and television series The New Adventures of Beans Baxter and MacGyver.
  • 1982
    Age 32
    Williams recorded a duet of the country hit "Stand by Your Man" with Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead in 1982.
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  • 1981
    Age 31
    Meanwhile, the Plasmatics toured the world although a concert in London was cancelled by the promoters due to safety reasons causing the press to dub the band "anarchists." During the shooting of an appearance on NBC's SCTV in 1981, studio heads decided they would not air Williams' performance unless she changed out of a costume that revealed her nipples.
    More Details Hide Details Williams refused. The show's make-up artists found a compromise and painted her breasts black.
    In January 1981, Milwaukee, Wisconsin police arrested her for simulating masturbation on stage.
    More Details Hide Details Also charged with battery to an officer and obscene conduct, she was later cleared of all charges. Later that same year while in Cleveland, Ohio, Williams was acquitted of an obscenity charge for simulating sex on stage wearing only shaving cream (she subsequently covered her nipples with electrical tape to avoid arrest). In November an Illinois judge sentenced her to one year supervision and fined her $35 for attacking a freelance photographer who tried to take her picture as she jogged along the Chicago lakefront.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was a casting call for radical artist and Yale University graduate Rod Swenson's experimental "Captain Kink's Theatre". She replied to the ad and began performing in live sex shows. She later appeared in Gail Palmer's adult film, Candy Goes to Hollywood (1979), credited as Wendy Williams. She was featured as a performer on a parody of The Gong Show shooting ping pong balls across the set from her vagina.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Williams was born on May 28, 1949 in Webster, New York.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was a chemist at Eastman Kodak. She studied clarinet at the Community Music School program of the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and later was a clarinetist in her high school's concert band. At the age of six, she appeared tap-dancing on the Howdy Doody show as a member of the "Peanut Gallery". She had her first run-in with the law at the age of 15, when she was arrested for sun bathing nude. Williams attended R. L. Thomas High School in Webster at least partway through the tenth grade, but left school before graduating. Her schoolmates and teachers recalled Williams as a "shy and pretty girl, an average student who played in the junior high band, paid attention to her hair and clothes, and who spoke so softly you had to lean toward her to hear her." At the age of 16, she left her home and hitchhiked her way to Colorado where she earned money by selling crocheted string bikinis. Afterwards, she headed for Florida working as a lifeguard and then to Europe, where she worked as a macrobiotic cook in London and as a dancer with a gypsy dance troupe. Around that time, she got arrested multiple times, for shoplifting and passing counterfeit money.
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