Born on November 30, 1959, in Los Angeles, Cherie Currie secured her place in the annals of rock music as a member of the seminal girl band the Runaways. However, it was her twin sister, Marie Currie, who was actually offered a spot in the band. Approached in a club by group Svengali Kim Fowley and guitarist Joan Jett, Marie Currie passed on the opportunity, but Cherie Currie took the chance, auditioning for the fledgling act and getting the nod as lead singer. Quickly earning a record deal, the Runaways suffered from being viewed as a novelty and Currie's suggestive attire only served to give credence to naysayers. Currie would appear on the group's first three releases, The Runaways, Waitin' for the Night, and Live in Japan (Japan being where the band achieved its greatest level of success, notching several gold records and a rabid group of followers). The albums managed little commercial success in the States, barely eking out a place on the charts, but in years to come the Runaways' reputation as pioneers would increase considerably and their body of work would be reassessed in light of its influence on a generation of female musicians.