At age 16, Lita Ford joined The Runaways, a band formed by lead singer Cherie Currie and guitarist Joan Jett. One year later, the band scored a record deal and released their debut album. Future Bangle Micki Steele was also in the group.
Lita Ford was born to a British father and an Italian mother in London in 1958. At the age of 4, she moved with her family to the United States and took up guitar at age 11.
She was briefly married to Chris Holmes, the guitarist for the band W.A.S.P. She also dated Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.
In 1992, she was a member of the house band on Howie Mandel's short lived talk show, Howie.
In the mid '80s, Lita Ford was engaged to Black Sabbath
guitarist Tommy Iommi. Iommi co-produced Ford's album The Bride Wore Black
, which was never released. In an interview with metal magazine Kerrang!
in 1989, Ford explained that there was "a certain amount of bad blood" between herself and Iommi.
The original cover for Lita Ford's 1983 debut solo album Out for Blood featured Ford standing in front of a spider web holding a broken, blood-spurting guitar. It was later replaced by a more conservative picture of Ford holding her in-tact guitar in front of a purple background.
Lita Ford's second album, 1984's Dancin' on the Edge, did better commercially than her debut album Out for Blood the year before. Dancin' on the Edge featured Randy Costillo on drums (who later played for Ozzy Osbourne) and Hugh McDonald on bass (who is now known as Bon Jovi's studio/session bassist.)
In 2010, Lita Ford contributed her voice to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game Brutal Legend. Ford appears as a character named Rima, along with fellow entertainers Jack Black, Tim Curry, Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, and Rob Halford.
In 1994, Lita Ford married Nitro lead singer Jim Gillette. The couple have two sons: James and Rocco. In 2011, Ford announced that she and Gillette were divorcing, despite the fact that they had begun plans to work on a new series for TLC. The series was later dropped because of the impending divorce.
In our interview with Lita Ford, she explained that her home life was great, and that she was a runaway in band name only. "I think I was the only girl in The Runaways who did have a solid family," she said. "Other girls in The Runaways had families that were divorced or maybe had one parent that had passed away and the other parent remarried. My parents were the only ones that were literally till death do us part."