On This Day in History, January 10: Brooklyn Grammy Girl
Pat Benatar was born Patricia Andrzejewski in Brooklyn on Jan. 10, 1953.
Her mother Mildred, a beautician, also sang in the chorus of the New York Opera Company. Her father was a sheet metal worker.
She became Pat Benatar while still a teenager. Although she was preparing for classical studies at the famed Juilliard School of Music, after graduation from Lindenhurst High School (L.I.) in 1971, she married her high school sweetheart, Army G.I. Dennis Benatar, and moved to Virginia, where he was stationed.
While supporting herself as a bank clerk and waitress at a Friendly’s restaurant in Richmond, Benatar began her career as a singing waitress in a “Roaring Twenties”-themed restaurant and performed in motel lounges. By the late 1970s, after returning to New York, she and Dennis divorced.