Award-winning, genre-crossing songwriter whose hit songs were featured in films, TV, and sung by numerous high-caliber artists.
Her first hit was Solitaire from 1983, sung by
She owned her own publishing company that allowed her to maintain the rights to her music. She allowed no one into her Hollywood Hills office, a room that hadn't been cleaned in decades out of superstition.
Her father David, an insurance salesman, encouraged her to keep on writing songs. She, by her own admission, was a rebellious child growing up.
She wrote the theme song for 1998's Armageddon, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, which was sung by Steven Tyler and Aerosmith.