Lita Rossana Ford (born September 19, 1958) is a top female guitarist who led The Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a solo career.
A native of London, England, Lita moved to the United States at a young age and settled in Los Angeles.
Rock guru Kim Fowley put together an all-female rock band in 1975, and Lita was the choice for lead guitar. They named the band "The Runaways," and its success is considered a seminal moment in rock history.
Playing up their nubile good looks, the girls were an immediate hit and toured throughout the remainder of the 1970s. Differences over what type of music to play led to the band's breakup in April 1979.
Setting out on a solo career, Lita released "Out for Blood" in 1983 and "Dancin' on the Edge" the following year. Ford began amping up the leather sexuality, and soon she began recouping her fans. She became a top tour act of the late '70s with her sweat-drenched leather girl act going over well.
Lita took some time off in the '90s to raise her two sons, then returned in the 2000s with a vengeance. "Wicked Wonderland" in 2009 did not set the world on fire, but fans loved it. "Living Like a Runaway" in 2012 was more of a return to the good old times, though it did not chart either.
Lita Ford retains her trademark leather look to this day, and continues to grind out the tunes that made her famous.
Lita released her autobiography, "Living Like A Runaway, a Memoir," in June 2016. It was published by Dey Street Books.
In the film "The Runaways" (2010), Ford was portrayed by actress Scout Taylor-Compton.
Lita married former Nitro vocalist Jim Gillette in 1994 after a whirlwind two-week courtship. They had two sons, James and Rocco Gillette, and settled in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The pair divorced in 2012.
Ford has made a few small appearances in films. She played a small role in the 1992 horror/comedy film "Highway to Hell." She played a character called "The Hitchhiker"
Lita appeared in video game Brütal Legend as Rima alongside other rock legends.
Lita supports Toys for Tots, and in 2013 recorded a Christmas single with former Runaways bandmate Cherie Currie to benefit the charity.
Lita released collection album "Time Capsule" in 2016.
Lita appeared with Twisted Sister on "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on A Twisted Christmas (2006).
|Lita Ford and Joan Jett in the 1970s|