- Date of Birth:
- September 22, 1958
- New York City
Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1958 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania) is an American rock star. Joan moved with her family to Rockville, Maryland in 1967. She got her first guitar at age 14 but quit when her instructor kept trying to teach her folk songs. After her family moved to West Covina, California, Joan was able to pursue her interests in rock and roll. In 1975, Joan was a founding member of The Runaways, along with Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, Sandy West and Jackie Fox. Over the next four years, Joan and the Runaways would tour Europe, America and Japan. They would also open for bands like the Ramones, Cheap Trick and Tom Petty. After the Runaways broke up in 1978, Joan pursued a solo career. She released her self-titled debut in 1980. In 1982, Joan and her band, The Blackhearts, had their first taste of mainstream success with a cover of the Arrows song, “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” The song became a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one single for seven weeks and it was the No.3 song for 1982. Joan followed it with a string of Top 40 hits and multiple albums. Joan has tried her hand at acting, appearing in the 1987 movie Light of Day and in a 1997 episode of the sitcom, Ellen. In 2015, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Best Known For:
Joan Jett is best known as an American rock and roll star, with hit singles “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.”
Kristen Stewart portrayed Joan in the 2010 biopic, The Runaways. Joan has remained private about her sexual orientation. She is a vegetarian. She is also an avid sports enthusiast, known for supporting UFC champion Ronda Rousey, as well as being a fan of baseball, football and Women’s basketball.