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Rebecca Blasband, (Becky Blasband) (born July 8, 1967, in New Hope, Pennsylvania) is a singer/ songwriter and screenwriter.
Growing up on a 200 year old farm, she studied music with a private tutor and attended Buckingham Friends and Friends Select School in Philadelphia. At thirteen years old she studied theater with John Strasberg and the Mirror Repertory Company in New York City.
Rebecca attended New York University's Film School/Tisch School of the Arts and studied dramaturgy and play writing at Playwright's Horizons studio. For three years, Rebecca studied theater with David Mamet, William H. Macy and Steven Schachter in Vermont and Lincoln Center NY. She performed with and participated in the founding years of the Atlantic Theater Company as well as performing Off Broadway.
During her years of NY Theater, Rebecca performed her original songs in downtown clubs of NYC. Her music career received strong industry attention and she was cast in the very first MTV Real World NYC, which was originally created as an MTV documentary on young artists in NYC and became a groundbreaking series. The show reached over 55 million households worldwide, was featured in the museum of television and radio, and gave the first cast members a strong pop-cultural identity.
During the course of the series Rebecca was involved in two incidents on the show which made headlines. The first was her romance with the show's director, Bill "Corky" Richmond. During the show, the three female cast members were sent to Jamaica's Hedonism II resort. Rebecca and Richmond became close while in Jamaica. This enraged the show's producers; Richmond was subsequently reassigned, and a rule was established that off-camera personnel could not get involved with on-camera members of The Real World's production.
The second incident involved a heated argument she had with her African-American roommate, Kevin Powell, about the quality of life in The United States, and racism. Both called each other a racist and the argument was heightened by the national attention of the Rodney King police beating. Rebecca said that the intense argument match was completely blown out of proportion and edited to portray her and Powell as deliberately obtuse and ignorant.
After Real World concluded, Rebecca toured with and opened for Squeeze, Aimee Mann, Jon Bon Jovi, Fountains of Wayne, Chris Whitley and Matchbox 20, and solo as headliner. Signed to Mercury/PolyGram and Warner Chappell Music Publishing, Rebecca released the LP entitled rapt, and has became a critically acclaimed songwriter. Manager Miles Copeland invited her to participate in his two week troubadour's writer's workshop in his chateau in France along with eighteen other talents including Cher, Patty Smyth and Chris Difford.
Rebecca continues to perform and record original music. In screenwriting, she has partnered with Lance Khazei,to produce an animated sitcom television series. Blasband and Khazei have also co-written a high adventure action romance feature film.