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Patti Smith Biography

Birth Name:
Patricia Lee Smith
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Musician, poet

Fast Facts

  • Worked briefly at a toy factory after graduating high school
  • Moved to New York to pursue an artistic career in 1967
  • Costarred with Sam Shepard in his autobiographical play Cowboy Mouth in 1971
  • Wrote as a music journalist for Creem and Rolling Stone magazines in the 1970s
  • Was honored with the title of Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2005
  • Won the 2010 National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids


  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated