Sunday 25 September 2016

OITNB's 'silent Norma' actress used to front a punk band in the 70s

Published 25/06/2015 | 11:10

Annie Golden playing Norma in Orange in the New Black
Annie Golden playing Norma in Orange in the New Black

Orange is the New Black character Norma hasn't said a word throughout the three series of the hit Netflix show.

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So the fact that actress Annie Golden, who plays her, used to front a punk band in the 70s is all the more surprising!

Annie was lead singer with The Shirts and they were a regular at music club CBGB in the East Village in New York.

In 1984 Annie's song 'Hang up the Phone' was featured in John Hughes' classic Sixteen Candles.

Annie Golden singing with The Shirts - pic: Ebet Roberts
Annie Golden singing with The Shirts - pic: Ebet Roberts

Acting wise you might remember her as the taxi driver ferrying Bruce Willis in Twelve Monkeys or as a lady looking for legal assistance in I Love You Philip Morris.  She also had roles in Cheers and Miami Vice.

Here she is below performing Teenage Crutch with The Shirts in 1979.

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