Divinyls’ Chrissy Amphlett: 5 Things You Might Not Have Known
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Divnyls' singer Chrissy Amphlett died Sunday from complications of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53.
Some rock fans know her best from her band's sexy 1991 top 5 hit "I Touch Myself." Here are five things about Chrissy you might not have known.
1. She played Russell Crowe's mother in the musical Blood Brothers, staged in Australia in 1988. Crowe tweeted out his respects to his one-time co-star, writing, "Dear Chrissie [sic], The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving live and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."
2. "Science Fiction," written by Chrissy and Divinyls' lead guitar Mark McEntee, was named by the Australasian Performing Right Association as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time in 2001. The list is topped by the Easybeats' "Friday on My Mind" and also includes Midnight Oil's "Beds are Burning," Men At Work's "Down Under," and Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over."
3. Chrissy played Judy Garland in the 1998 touring production of The Boy From Oz, but was replaced by Isabel Keating when it hit Broadway in 2000 with Hugh Jackman taking the male lead. However, she reprised the role when the production returned to Australia and played arenas.
4. During the band's heyday, CDs were the format of choice, but playing on the band's name, Virgin America issued a special version of their self-titled 1990 album on CD with a cover made of pieces of their vinyl LP.
5. She once had a romantic relationship with Divinyls guitarist McEntee, but she married the band's American drummer Charley Drayton, whose credits include work with the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards' X-pensive Winos, the Cult, and Fiona Apple. He issued a statement upon her death that said, in part, "Hers was a life of passion and creativity. She always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women."