Belinda Carlisle was born Belinda Jo Carlisle on August 17, 1958 in Hollywood California.
Belinda was born to Harold Carlisle - a contractor, and Joanne - a housewife.
Belinda is the oldest of 7 children. Her brothers and sisters are Butch, Hope, Mary, Joe, Josh and Sarah.
When she was young, her family lived at 1322 N. Naomi St. in Burbank, Ca. They lived in a modest two-bedroom house in a lower middle income neighborhood. Her mom and dad slept on a pullout sofa.
They weren't poor, but she did have to wear hand me down clothes that didn't quite fit.
Even early on, Belinda had weight problems.
Her father was an alcoholic and her mother struggled to make ends meet. Belinda's birth father had left the family when Belinda was 5 years old.
Her mother remarried 2 years later to Duke Kurczeski (stepfather). Her stepfather was very strict and there was a lot of tension in the household.
Belinda, Butch and Hope had their last names changed from Carlisle to their new stepfather's last name, Kurczeski. Four more children were born to Belinda's mom and step-dad.
As a youngster - Belinda was a total tomboy. She had a purple Stingray bicycle with a banana seat and sissy bar. She was one of the first girls in California to play on a boy's basketball team.
She was often a trouble maker. She was in a Girl Scout Troop but got expelled after three days for placing cicadas in people's sleeping bags.
In 1968, the family moved to Thousand Oaks, California (located about 40 miles outside Los Angeles, CA).
In high school she was a pretty good student. She excelled in athletics. She played basketball and was part of the track and field team. She was also a cheerleader.
Although she was awarded a scholarship for her athleticism, she didn't go off to college after graduation. After graduating in 1976, she left home and moved to Hollywood - just as LA was was about to be hit with the '80's punk rock movement.