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Which Surprising "Orange Is the New Black" Actress Fronted a 70s Punk Band?

Which Surprising "Orange Is the New Black" Actress Fronted a 70s Punk Band?

Honorary Litchfield inmates, prepare to have your minds blown. It turns out that an unsuspecting "Orange Is the New Black" cast member has a crazy real-life back story—as a punk singer who opened for the Talking Heads and Television in the 70s, and eventually headlined at Manhattan punk mecca CBGB.

That actress: Annie Golden, who plays Norma Romano, the near mute character who memorably broke her silence to sing in a Christmas play on "OITNB." If you don't believe us, watch a 70s-era Golden belt out a tune called “Teenage Crutch” with her band, The Shirts, above. And take a look at the photo evidence, of Golden in her punk heyday, below.

It was while performing with The Shirts that Golden was discovered by filmmaker Miloš Forman, who cast her in his big-screen adaptation of "Hair." In the 80s, Golden went solo, with her song "Hang Up the Phone" getting a colorful music video and a prime position on the "16 Candles" soundtrack.

 

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