She was born on January 10, 1953, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City. Her full name is Patricia Mae Andrzejewski. Her mother, Mildred, was a hairdresser, and her father, Andrew, worked with sheet metal. The family moved to the village of Lindenhurst, New York, which is in the town of Babylon on Long Island. Benatar’s first solo was a song called “It Must Be Spring,” which she sang at Daniel Street Elementary School when she was eight years old. She was interested in theater and began taking voice lessons at a young age.
Years later, she showed off the power of her 4.5-octave voice in the musical theater department at Lindenhurst Senior High, where she took part in school productions. She was going to go to Julliard, but she changed her mind and went to Stony Brook University to study health education. But after only one year at Stony Brook, Pat surprised everyone by marrying her high school sweetheart, a soldier named Dennis T. Benatar, and moving to Virginia with him, where he was stationed. Then, beginning in 1973, she worked as a bank teller in Richmond, Virginia.
Pat Benatar’s Net Worth
A singer from the United States, Pat Benatar has a net worth of $40 million. That is how much she and her husband of more than 30 years, Neil Giraldo, are worth together. Benetar has had 14 Top 40 singles. Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Love Is a Battlefield, We Belong, and Invincible were all Top 10 hits. Pat Benatar was one of the most played artists in the early days of MTV because she had won awards and was a fan favorite. Benatar is one of the best female rock singers in the world. She is a well-known mezzo-soprano.
Pat Benatar’s Personal Life
Together with her husband, Neil Giraldo, with whom she has two daughters, she spends most of her time now raising money for charity. She’s been married to Neil since 1982, and the two of them live together in Los Angeles, California.
Pat Benatar Professional Life
Pat soon got tired of being a housewife and bank clerk, so she quit her job to sing at a Holiday Inn and work as a singing waitress at a place called The Roaring Twenties. There, she met pianist Phil Coxon and formed a duo with him. They soon grew into a ten-member lounge band called Coxon’s Army.
The band became more popular, and when Dennis got out of the Army in May 1975, he and Benatar moved to New York City so Benatar could pursue a solo singing career. Rick Newman became her manager after hearing her sing “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody” by Judy Garland. She played at the club Catch a Rising Star often over the next three years. Between performances on stage, she recorded jingles for Pepsi-Cola and a few local companies. Pat joined Chrysalis Records in 1978. Soon after that, Pat and Dennis broke up, but she kept his last name.
“In the Heat of the Night,” Pat Benatar’s first album, came out in August 1979. In March 1980, it was ranked No. 12 in the U.S. In December 1980, the album was given a Platinum award. In August 1980, Benatar put out her second LP, “Crimes of Passion.” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” was her first single to break into the US Top 10 and sell more than a million copies in the US. In February 1981, she won her first Grammy for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.” In August 1981, her third album, “Precious Time,” went to No. 1 on the US Top LP chart and won her a second Grammy. “Love is a Battlefield,” which came out in 1983, was one of her biggest hits.
Benatar put out her fifth studio album, “Tropico,” in August 1984. It did not do as well on the charts. But the single “We Belong” was another top 10 hit in the U.S. and around the world. Benatar made six more studio albums after that. During the height of her fame, she went on a lot of tours all over the world.
Since “Innamorata,” which came out in 1997, Benatar has only put out one new album, “Go,” which reached No. 187 on the U.S. charts. She recorded and released a holiday song in November 2015, “One December Night.” Benatar made the song “Shine” in January 2017 to show support for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. This is her first original non-holiday recording in over 10 years. Later that same year, Benatar and producer Linda Perry worked together to make the song “Dancing Through the Wreckage” for the documentary “Served Like a Girl.” In October 2017, the song made its way onto the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. In November, it reached its highest point, at number 22. The Critics’ Choice Awards also put “Dancing Through the Wreckage” in the running for Best Song from a Documentary.