“It didn’t seem like a sacrifice at all,” she explains, “because our careers were so entwined, so enmeshed. And being sick on your own is no fun.” The pair are still close, and reformed their professional partnership in the late nineties. As regards to Blondie, we have a co-dependence.” Acutely aware of her iconic status, Debbie Harry has always been an advocate for women’s empowerment.
“The reason we were successful as partners when we were together in a couple is the same reason that we’re successful as partners when we’re not a couple. Asked whether she considered herself a feminist, she famously replied, “how can one be a woman and not be a feminist?
“They explained it to me in a really nice way,” Harry told the in 2014, Harry revealed that she sometimes clashed with her adoptive parents. And of course they weren’t artists and the whole idea was barbaric.
With platinum blonde hair, red lips and cut-glass cheekbones she was the unrivalled first lady of punk and defined the tough New York look.
Harry describes her trailblazing style as cobbled together from comic books and Hollywood films, mixed in with English punk influences and the harsher, tough inspiration of the New York scene.
Women’s calling cards, unfortunately, are based on their looks. “I’m amazed by ageing and how it happens differently for different people.
I allow myself one or two cigarettes a day; I’m not much of a drinker; I don’t do drugs any more. Deborah’s a prettier name than Debbie, which is more for a younger girl.
Her impressive film resume includes appearances in David Cronenberg’s Unfortunately, a great deal of tabloid press coverage of Harry’s still-prosperous career insists on reporting on her as a sex symbol in decline.