Singer of Divinyls Hit ‘I Touch Myself’ Dies at 53 But Lives On as a Role Model for Women in Rock

chrissy amphlettOur condolences to the family and friends of Divinyls' singer Chrissy Amphlett, who died yesterday at the age of 53 after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Though Divinyls recorded five albums between 1982 and 1996, the band is best known for their 1991 hit "I Touch Myself", due in no small part to Amphlett's trademark look -- a schoolgirl uniform with fishnets and long red hair -- and seductive vocals. As her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charlie Drayton, said in a statement:

"Chrissy's light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women."


In no way was the Australian singer a one-hit wonder, either. International audiences may not know that Amphlett's career went way beyond the smash success of "I Touch Myself." Born in Australia, Amphlett spent her teen years making an impression in Europe (i.e., getting arrested for singing on the street). Besides forming the Divinyls when she moved back home, she also carved out a niche for herself as a working actress on stage and screen; her credits include starring with Russell Crowe in a stage production of the musical Blood Brothers.

Crowe tweeted about Amphlett's death when he heard the news:

"Dear Chrissie, The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."

Loving life and reciting verse. That's how we'll all remember Chrissy Amphlett.

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