Exene Cervenka Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Richa Upadhyaya
Feb 08, 2024 By Richa Upadhyaya
Originally Published on Feb 08, 2023
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About Exene Cervenka

Christene Lee Cervenka, popularly Exene Cervenka, is an American singer, poet, and artist.

Exene Cervenka is a punk, rock, and folk singer. She has been active in the music industry since 1978.

She is known for being the co-lead vocalist and co-writer in the band 'X'. 'X' is a punk rock band. She was the lead singer alongside John Doe. They also wrote a lot of songs together for the group. She also learned to play the guitar from Dave Alvin from the American punk band, 'The Blasters'. She is an acclaimed writer, too, with authored books.

Exene Cervenka Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Exene Cervenka’s net worth?

Exene Cervenka's net worth is estimated to be $45 million.

How much does Exene Cervenka earn per year?

Exene Cervenka's net worth in the past year was estimated to be around $1-5 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Exene Cervenka?

Exene Cervenka is 5 ft 2 in (157 cm).

How old is Exene Cervenka?

Exene Cervenka was born on February 1, 1956. That makes her 66 years old in 2022.

Childhood And Education

Exene Cervenka was born on February 1, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Louis Charles Cervenka and Margaret Gertrude Cervenka are her parents. She is the second of her parents' four daughters. Actor Mirielle Cervenka was her sister. Most of Cervenka's growing years were spent in Tallahassee, Florida, before she moved to Santa Monica, California, in 1976. She first met musician John Doe when she was 21, at a poetry workshop held at the "Beyond Baroque Foundation" in Venice, California. Later, she started working there. Additionally, she took guitar lessons from Dave Alvin.

The family moved around a lot during her childhood. She attended the Catholic School and St. Petersburg High School. She dropped out when she was sixteen and took various jobs to sustain herself. Those included selling cemetery plots, working as a waitress, busboy, and phone solicitors. It was only after John Doe's discovery that her career turned.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Exene Cervenka’s partner?

Exene Cervenka was married to John Doe, her co-lead singer in the band 'X'. The couple got married in April 1980. In 1985, the two got separated.

She then married actor Viggo Mortensen in 1987. She met him on the set of the movie 'Salvation'. The two have a son together. His name is Henry Blake Mortensen. Exene and Viggo got divorced in 1997.

She was also briefly married to musical Jason Edge of the rock band 'Original Sinners'.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Exene Cervenka met John Doe in a poetry workshop in Venice, California, at the Beyond Baroque Foundation. Exene used to work there. She was 21 years old. When John Doe founded the punk band 'X' with Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake, Doe asked Exene to join them as their co-lead singer.

Exene joined the Los Angeles-based band 'X' joined the group making John and Exene the lead vocalists and the band's key songwriters. X's debut album 'Los Angeles' was released in 1980. Their second album 'Wild Gift' was released the following year. Their third album was released the next year, along with their founding their country album, 'The Knitters'. In 1985, the first album of 'The Knitters' was released. In 1984, the fourth studio album of the 'X', 'More Fun in the New World,' was released. The song 'Burning House of Love from their fifth album 'Ain't Love Grand' was performed on the music program 'American Bandstand'. Although the song was a minor hit, it is their most popular TV appearance. The band released two more albums under Elektra Records before they disbanded. It was around Doe and Cervenka's divorce. Following the breakup, she moved away from Los Angeles and began her solo career with the solo release 'Old Wives' Tales' and 'Running Sacred.' The band 'X' reunited with Exene, Doe, and Bonebrake coming together. They dropped a new studio album, 'Hey Zeus!,' in 1993. Even Zoom joined them later, and the reunited band went on several tours. She even launched her short-lived album 'Auntie Christ' with Bonebrake from 'X' and Matt Freeman from 'Rancid'. Here she played the guitar. Cervenka released her third solo album, the 22-track record 'Surface to Air Serpents', which featured her poems. In 2005, 'The Kinitters' band reunited and came up with the album 'The Modern Sounds of the Knitters'. Exene Cervenka's fourth solo album was released the next year, named 'Sev7en'. She released two more solo albums in 2009 and 2011: ' Somewhere Gone' and 'The Excitement of Maybe'.

Throughout her career since 1978, the punk singer has worked under record labels Bloodshot, RhinoKill, Rock Stars, Nitro2.13.61, Rykodisc, and Freeway. Exene Cervenka released seven studio albums with her debut band, 'X'. She has six solo studio albums credited to herself.

Exene Cervenka's career as a poet and writer was also equally eventful. She published her first book series in 1982 titled 'Adulteres Anonymous'. It was a collaborative work with artist Lydia Lunch. She posted a poem in 1985 titled 'Twin Sisters'. It was also a joint work with artist Wanda Coleman. In 1985, she recorded a poetry performance at Santa Monica. The beginning of the 200s saw several pieces of hers being published, including "Virtual Unreality," "A Beer on Every Page," and "Just Another War." The last one was a joint project with photojournalist Kenneth Jarecke, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

The Los Angeles boutique 'You've Got Bad Taste' was co-owned by John Roecker and Exene Cervenka from 1996 until 1999. The shop specialized in kitsch and other novelty items that were "off-color."

Charity Work

Exene Cervenka performed for a good cause to raise money for the "Domestic Abuse Women's Network" at the "Puss Puss Cafe" in Capitol Hill. She raised money for the "National Multiple Sclerosis Society" as a teen. Exene was herself diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Exene Cervenka and 'X' have been enthusiastic supporters of the nonprofit Sweet Relief, which supports uninsured artists.

What awards has Exene Cervenka won?

Not much is known about the punk singer winning any awards.

Exene Cervenka’s Hobbies And Interests

Exene Cervenka is interested in conspiracy theories and has fallen into a lot of trouble. She suggested that the shootings in Isla Vista were a scheme to impose stronger gun control laws. She later released an apology video acknowledging the severity of her actions.

Other Interesting Exene Cervenka Facts And Trivia

  • Exene Cervenka 's son Henry Blake Mortensen is an actor.
  • Exene Cervenka 's zodiac sign is Pieces.
  • Exene Cervenka presently lives in Southern California, Orange County.

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Written by Richa Upadhyaya

Bachelor of Arts specializing in history

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Richa UpadhyayaBachelor of Arts specializing in history

A dedicated writer, Richa has a passion for creating educational content for children. Currently pursuing a degree in History from Delhi University, she has honed her writing skills and produced engaging content for various outlets. In addition to her academic pursuits, Richa has obtained qualifications in art and dance, adding to her creativity and ability to connect with younger audiences. She has also volunteered her time to work with charities, helping them with their communication and fundraising efforts.

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