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Geelong, Victoria, Australia (1968 – 2011)

Christine Joy Amphlett (born 25 October 1954 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia) was the lead singer of Australian rock band Divinyls. She is also known as Chrissy Amphlett.

Amphlett had played in various bands since 1968 and met Mark McEntee at a concert at the Sydney Opera House in 1980, and the pair formed Divinyls shortly after. After several years of live gigs in Sydney, they recorded several songs to be used on the soundtrack of the film Monkey Grip.

Divinyls consisted of an ever-changing lineup around the core of Amphlett and McEntee, whose relationship was volatile throughout their career. Nonetheless, the band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1990 with the success of the single “I Touch Myself” which reached Number 1 in Australia, 10 in the UK and 4 in the US. Divinyls did not release another album for nearly six years, splitting up around the time of Underworld’s release in Australia.

Amphlett has also worked as an actress. Her first foray into theatre was the 1976 X-rated musical “Let my People Come”, in which she played Linda Lips. She made her film debut in the 1982 film Monkey Grip, in which she had a supporting role as the temperamental lead singer of a rock band loosely based on Divinyls.

In 1988, Amphlett starred alongside Russell Crowe in the first Australian production of Will Russell’s stage musical Blood Brothers.

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