Sunday, April 26, 2009
Search: alice cooper
Why: I am writing an essay about how much I dislike masked psychopaths in movies. In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), he played Freddy Krueger's abusive foster father.
Answer: Vincent Damon Furnier. He was born Feb. 4, 1948, in Detroit.
The More You Know: Early press releases claimed that the stage name was agreed upon after a session with a Ouija board, during which it was revealed that Furnier was the reincarnation of a 17th century witch named Alice Cooper. However, this story was a publicity stunt - the name actually came out of thin air, conjuring an image of "a cute and sweet little girl with a hatchet behind her back." (Other rumors included that the name was an inside joke associated with a character in the "Andy Griffith" spin-off "Mayberry RFD," and that Alice Cooper is the name of Betty Cooper's mother in Archie Comics.) The band hoped that the concept of a male playing the role of an androgynous witch - in tattered women's clothing and wearing make-up - would cause social controversy and grab headlines. Furnier later said that the name change was one of his most important and brilliant career moves.