Jane Marie Genevieve Wiedlin (born May 20, 1958) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actress best known as the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the all-female new wave band, The Go-Go’s. Wiedlin has also had a solo musical career.
Jane Wiedlin was born in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee.Her father, Robert Wiedlin, Sr., an oral surgeon, was born in Chicago, Illinois, of German and German-Swiss ancestry. Her mother, Betty Jane (n├®e Herro),was of Lebanese heritage, from Oconomowoc, where many immigrants from Lebanon settled. Wiedlin’s parents met while students at Marquette University and later, married. Jane spent her early childhood growing up in West Allis, another suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is one of five children, with a sister and three brothers, growing up in a Catholic family. When Wiedlin was six, her father took a job with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, at a VA Hospital in Los Angeles and her family followed in tow.