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.
Annie Golden (Norma Romano from oitnb) used to front a punk band omg pic.twitter.com/0X0ZsdlBEJ— Will (@w_butz) June 18, 2015
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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