5 Things to Know About Jackie Fuchs, the Ex-Runaways Bassist Who's Ruling 'Jeopardy!'


She went to Harvard Law School with Barack Obama, similar to most individuals who frolicked with the Ramones.

Jeopardy! makes numerous headlines nowadays for questions about music -- and particularly if somebody provides a extremely dangerous reply to a kind of questions.

This previous week, there's a brand new wrinkle: a musician truly competing on the present. And she's not simply competing, she's dominating. Jackie Fuchs, the bassist from the '70s rock group the Runaways, has gained Jeopardy!'s previous 4 episodes (as of Wednesday night time, Dec. 19). We don't assume she would have seen an image of Jack White and mentioned it was Eminem.

Fuchs (who performed within the Runaways beneath the identify Jackie Fox) was final within the information cycle beneath extremely unlucky circumstances. In 2015, she alleged she had been sexually assaulted by Kim Fowley, the band's supervisor and producer. In a latest interview with Pitchfork, she famous, "Once you may speak about that on digital camera, an viewers isn’t going to faze you. It’s sort of like that’s the worst factor that may occur to you, so you understand, dropping a sport present isn't enjoyable, however it simply pales as compared."

Here is a primer on what makes the reigning Jeopardy! champion such a outstanding particular person. 

1. Her profession in music

Again, the apparent half: Fuchs performed bass within the Runaways from 1975 to 1977, and the Runaways have been an enormous deal. They have been among the many first all-female rock bands to realize widespread notoriety and their aggressive, back-to-basics fashion slot in properly with the punk explosion of the time. While she was within the band, they launched two studio albums on Mercury Records and a stay album recorded in Japan, the place they have been even larger stars. In America, they opened for the likes of Tom Petty, Talking Heads, and Cheap Trick. And after all, their lineup included a pre-solo-fame Joan Jett on guitar and co-lead vocals. Watch the Runaways carry out their signature music "Cherry Bomb" beneath.

2. She went to Harvard with Barack Obama 

Fuchs was simply 17 when she left the Runaways, so she had, as they are saying, her complete life forward of her. She earned a bachelors diploma in linguistics, summa cum laude, from UCLA and later, a legislation diploma from Harvard. During that point, one among her first-year classmates was none apart from Barack Obama. "Looking again now I can see that he had already determined that he was a future president," she wrote in Huffington Post in 2008. "He was working laborious at filling that go well with... Obama didn’t simply share at school -- he pontificated." 

three. She's a authentic polymath and polyglot 

Fuchs went on to observe legislation, specializing in leisure. She's additionally a prolific author: we talked about the Huff Post gig, and she or he's additionally written quite a few novels, novelettes, and brief tales. She speaks a number of languages, together with Italian and French. 

four. Which brings us to her sport present historical past...

We'll begin by mentioning she was on The Dating Game within the early '80s, since that does rely as a sport present. But over time, she put her encyclopedic information base to work and turned her focus to quiz reveals. She was on Game Show Network's The Chase in 2013 and later that yr, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 

5. She saved her finest for Jeopardy!

After simply her first day as champion, she simply topped her mixed winnings from Chase and Millionaire. She's (up to now) gained 4 episodes, amassing a winnings complete of $87,089. She's appropriately answered questions in regards to the B-52's, the Beatles, and Alicia Keys, although she's insisted she'd fare higher with questions on classical music and opera. The final two "Final Jeopardy" questions she bought proper have been about Mount Rushmore and the poet Dylan Thomas. 

Still, she waited till episode three to let on about her rock star previous:

She'll attempt to make it 5 straight wins Thursday, Dec. 20.