- Was a member of the Glee Club and the Future Teachers of America while in high school.
- Was accused of vulgar and indecent language and was arrested in Tampa, Florida, on November 15, 1969. Was released on a fifty-dollar bond.
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
- In 2001, Topps trading cards, in their American Pie Baseball brand produced a 'Piece Of American Pie' memorabilia insert set that included a Joplin-worn dress that is seen on her 'Pearl' album.
- Ranked #3 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
- She was voted the 47th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
- Was friends with Jimi Hendrix.
- Was good friends with Grace Slick.
- Was good friends with Kris Kristofferson. He wrote her song, "Me and Bobby McGee".
- Loved to drink Southern Comfort.
- Was cremated and her ashes were scattered on the Pacific Ocean.
- Was the oldest of three children. Had a younger sister, Laurel Lee, and a younger brother, Michael Ross.
- October 4, 1970: Died of heroin overdose in room 105 of the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles. Her chauffeur was the one who discovered her dead on the floor in her room.
- Wrote her will shortly before her death. In her will, she set aside $2500 for her friends to throw a party in the event of her death. After she died of a heroin overdose on October 4th, 1970, her friends followed her wishes and threw a party in her honor at a club in San Francisco. The party invitations read: "Drinks Are On Pearl".
- The character Frankie in American Pop (1981) was based partially on her and partially on Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick.
- Was high school classmates with former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who gave her her nickname of "Beat Weeds."
- Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen penned "Chelsea Hotel #2" about her.
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