Angela Bowie, born Mary Angela Barnett, is a Cypriot-born American actress, model, and author. She is best recognized for her high-profile divorce from her ex-husband, English singer David Bowie. The couple married in 1970 and parted ways in 1980 after having a son, renowned film director Duncan Jones. Born to a United States Army veteran in Cyprus, Angela Bowie grew up alongside an elder brother. After spending her early years in Switzerland and USA, she moved to England to study at Kingston Polytechnic in 1967. Angela Bowie has always led quite a controversial life, which started during her college days when she gained notoriety for her same-sex affair. She enjoys being the center of attention and as of today, has built a successful career as an actress, journalist and author. On television, Angela Bowie is known for her appearances in 'The Tonight Show', 'The Mike Douglas Show', and 'Celebrity Big Brother'. As an author, she has published two memoirs.
Childhood & Early Life
Angela Bowie was born as Mary Angela Barnett on September 25, 1949, in Ayios Dhometios, Nicosia, Cyprus. Her father, Col. George M. Barnett, was a United States Army veteran. Her mother, Helena Maria Galas Barnett, was a naturalized Canadian. She has one brother.
She received her early education in Cyprus, England, and Switzerland. At the age of 16, she left Switzerland for USA.
She returned to England in 1967 and went on to study at Kingston Polytechnic. She also attended Connecticut College. However, she was expelled from there for having a homosexual affair.
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Angela Bowie started her career in the 1970s, initially appearing in the TV shows ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘The Mike Douglas Show’. In 1973, she featured in a concert film titled ‘Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’.
In 1981, she published her first autobiography under the title ‘Free Spirit,’ in which she also talked about her college-time homosexual affair. The following year, Bowie featured on the television show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ where she recited poetry.
In 1987, she had an acting role in ‘Eat the Rich’. The black comedy film, by Peter Richardson, starred Nosher Powell and Lanah Pellay.
The new decade saw her in ‘Glitter Goddess of Sunset Strip’, released in 1991. She then made an appearance in the film ‘Demented’ in 1994.
In 2002, she featured as a bartender in the movie ‘Deadrockstar’. That year, she also wrote a book called ‘Bisexuality’. This was followed by her music composition "The Last Time", a song that featured in the 2003 album ‘Orly Flight’.
In 2009, she played the role of Helen Price/Constance in ‘La Funcionaria Asesina’ aka The Slayer Bureaucrat.
In 2015, Angela Bowie released a book titled ‘Fancy Footwork: Poetry Collection’. A year later, she participated as a contestant on season 17 of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ alongside celebrities like Stephanie Davis, Christopher Maloney, Nancy Dell'Olio and Winston McKenzie.
Angela Bowie has also been associated with the Frock Magazine as a "roving reporter".
In 1993, Angela Bowie got her second autobiography published. Titled 'Backstage Passes: Life On the Wild Side with David Bowie', this bestseller was later updated in 2000.
Family & Personal Life
Angela Bowie met singer cum musician David Bowie in 1969 through a mutual friend. They married a year later, on March 19, 1970, at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London. They were not in love; their marriage was one of convenience. Their son, Duncan Jones, was born on May 30, 1971.
After nine years of marriage, Angela separated from Bowie, and their divorce was finalized on February 8, 1980. She received £500,000 and a ten-year gagging clause as a part of the divorce settlement. She left their son with her ex-husband.
Following her divorce, she started dating musician Drew Blood. They had a daughter, named Stacia Larranna Celeste Lipka.
Since 1993, Angela Bowie has been in a relationship with electrical engineer Michael Gassett, who is about 20 years her junior. The couple lives in Georgia.
She has a troubled relationship with her son Duncan Jones and has not seen him since he was 13. In a 2010 interview, she mentioned that their reconciliation was unlikely. The actress cum author also talked about the estrangement during her appearance on ‘Celebrity Big Brother.’
Duncan Jones got engaged to photographer Rodene Ronquillo in June 2012. They got married in November that year, on the very day Ronquillo got diagnosed with breast cancer.