Patti Smith Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography, Family, Boyfriends

Patti Smith Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography, Family, Boyfriends
Patti Smith Quick Info
Height 5 ft 7¾ in
Weight 53 kg
Date of Birth December 30, 1946
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Eye Color Blue

Patti Smith is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author, and poet who has often been referred to as the “punk poet laureate”. She became an influential figure of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. She has also released albums like Peace and NoiseBangaDream of LifeEasterRadio EthiopiaGone AgainTrampin’WaveGung Ho, and Twelve. Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2005 and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Born Name

Patricia Lee Smith

Nick Names

Patti, The Godmother of Punk

Patti Smith as seen while performing at Provinssirock festival in Seinäjoki, Finland in June 2007
Patti Smith as seen while performing at Provinssirock festival in Seinäjoki, Finland in June 2007 (Beni Köhler / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sun Sign

Capricorn

Born Place

Grant Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Reaidence

Rockaway, Queens, New York, United States

Nationality

American

 

Education

Patti Smith studied at Deptford Township High School, from where she graduated in 1964. She also attended Glassboro State College (later: Rowan University).

Occupation

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Poet

Family

  • Father – Grant Harrison Smith (Machinist at a Honeywell plant)
  • Mother – Beverly Smith (A jazz singer turned waitress)
  • Siblings – Linda (Younger Sister), Kimberly (Younger Sister), Todd (Younger Brother)
  • Others – William Walter Harrison Smith (Paternal Grandfather), Jessie Pollard (Paternal Grandmother), Franklin Milton “Frank” Williams (Maternal Grandfather), Marguerite Hanscom Smith (Maternal Grandmother)
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Manager

Patti Smith has been represented by Primary Talent International, Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom.

Genre

Punk Rock, Art Punk, Proto-punk, Art Rock

Instruments

Vocals, Guitar, Clarinet

Labels

Arista, Columbia Records

Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, her net worth had been $16 Million.

Build

Slim

Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse Smith at the 2011 Time 100 gala
Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse Smith at the 2011 Time 100 gala (David Shankbone / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0)

Height

5 ft 7¾ in or 172 cm

Weight

53 kg or 117 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Patti Smith has dated –

  1. Tom Verlaine
  2. Paul Simonon
  3. Penny Arcade – She once hooked up with performance artist Penny Arcade.
  4. Jim Carroll
  5. Todd Rundgren
  6. Bruce Springsteen
  7. Robert Mapplethorpe – She met photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in New York City while working at a bookstore. They eventually started dating and struggled with times of poverty as well as Mapplethorpe with his own s*xuality. She has referred to him as “the artist of my life” and has credited him to be one of the most important people in her life. They remained lifelong friends after their breakup and he died in 1989.
  8. Allen Lanier (1973-1978)
  9. Jimmy Iovine (1978)
  10. Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith (1980-1994) – She got married to Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith, former guitar player for Detroit rock band MC5 and his own Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, in 1980. They were blessed with 2 children – a son named Jackson Smith (b. 1982) and a daughter named Jesse Smith (b. 1987). On November 4, 1994, Fred died of a heart attack.
  11. Sam Shepard – Actor and playwright Sam Shepard once went out with Patti.
  12. Oliver Ray – Patti was previously romantically involved with guitarist Oliver Ray.
  13. Ralph Fiennes (2009) – She had a short-termed romance with English actor, film producer, and director Ralph Fiennes in 2009.
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Note – On April 26, 1967, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter, whom she placed for adoption.

Race / Ethnicity

White

Patti Smith is of Irish, English, Welsh, and Cornish descent.

Hair Color

Gray

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Bisexual

Distinctive Features

Lanky frame

Religion

She was raised a Jehovah’s Witness but left organized religion as a teenager because she felt it was too confining.

When she was around 11 or 12, she had an avid interest in Tibetan Buddhism and once stated, “I fell in love with Tibet because their essential mission was to keep a continual stream of prayer”. Howevre, as an adult, she concluded that religious dogmas are “… man-made laws that you can either decide to abide by or not.”

From Left to Right - Patti Smith, National Book Critics Circle President Jane Ciabattari, and NBCC board member John Reed at the 2010 National Book Critics Circle awards
From Left to Right – Patti Smith, National Book Critics Circle President Jane Ciabattari, and NBCC board member John Reed at the 2010 National Book Critics Circle awards (David Shankbone / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0)

Patti Smith Facts

  1. Her family shifted from Chicago to Germantown, Philadelphia when Patti was 4 years old and later moved to Pitman, New Jersey. They then moved to The Woodbury Gardens section of Deptford Township, New Jersey.
  2. After graduating from Deptford Township High School, Patti Smith worked in a factory.
  3. Her memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award on November 17, 2010.
  4. In December 2010, she was placed 47th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Artists.
  5. Patti Smith has supported the US Green Party.
  6. Earlier in her career, she declined to embrace feminism: “I have a son and a daughter, people always talk to me about feminism and women’s rights, but I have a son too—I believe in human rights.”
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