A. Jobs before rock stardom for Pat Benatar included being a bank clerk and a singing waitress.
As a teenager, she was training to go to the Juilliard School of Music. That is, until she rebelled. She never attended.
She was born Patricia Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953, renamed Benatar after a brief marriage with a GI named Dennis Benatar at the age of 19 in 1972.
Halloween 1977 proved a pivotal night in Benatar’s early, spandexed music career. She entered a Halloween contest at the Cafe Figaro in Greenwich Village dressed as a character from the film Cat-Women of the Moon. Later that evening, she went onstage at Catch a Rising Star still in costume and her persona was born. Between appearances at Catch a Rising Star, she recorded commercial jingles for Pepsi-Cola and a number of regional brands. She headlined New York City’s Tramps nightclub over four days in spring 1978, where her performance was heard by representatives from several record companies including Chrysalis Records co-founder Terry Ellis who signed her the following week. Pat Benatar and Dennis Benatar divorced shortly after, although she kept his surname.