Born In: Brixton, South London, England
Sharon Osbourne is a celebrity wife turned media personality and businesswoman. She came into view of the public eye when she married the famous heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. A reality television show, ‘The Osbournes’ following the life of their family was aired on MTV following which she became a prominent public figure. Leveraging on her new found celebrity status she became a talent show judge and appeared on shows like ‘The X Factor’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’. The daughter of a music promoter and manager, she grew up surrounded by music and musicians. She had a difficult childhood marked by her mother’s indifference and her father’s alcoholism and violence. In spite of making a lot of money her father was a poor financial manager and the family often struggled in poverty. This taught young Sharon an important lesson—to manage finances wisely. She began managing Ozzy, a former client of her father’s and also started dating and eventually marrying him. Appearing on ‘The Osbournes’ gave her greater visibility and she went on to carve a niche for herself as an individual, separate from her identity as a celebrity wife. Her autobiography ‘Extreme’ became a No.1 ‘Sunday Times’ bestseller and sold in excess of two million copies. This gutsy woman is also a cancer survivor.
Also Known As: Sharon Rachel Osbourne, Sharon Rachel Levy
Spouse/Ex-: Ozzy Osbourne (m. 1982)
father: Don Arden
mother: Hope Shaw
Born Country: England
awards: 2003 - The most amazing woman
Sharon Osbourne was born to music promoter and manager Don Arden and his wife, Hope Shaw, on October 9, 1952. Her father was a very violent person and she endured a difficult childhood. Her mother had become cold and indifferent following a car accident.
After Ozzy was kicked out of his band, she helped him recruit a talented backing band comprising of Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake with whom he would release his solo album. Ozzy’s solo album, The Blizzard of Ozz, came out in 1980 and was a huge hit.
She managed her husband’s successful career throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Along with Ozzy, she founded the Ozzfest which is an annual festival tour of the United States and other countries featuring performances by several heavy metal and hard rock bands.
She set up her own talent management company, Sharon Osbourne Management. Through this she guides the careers of her husband, children and also of several other acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, Coal Chamber, Queen, Gary Moore, etc.
In 2002, the show The Osbournes, following the life of singer Ozzy and his family, was aired on MTV. Sharon gained a celebrity status as a result of appearing on the show; the show even covered her battle with cancer. It was a very popular show and the last episode was aired in 2005.
Her autobiography, Extreme, which she co-wrote with Penelope Dening, was published in 2005. It told of her difficult childhood and topped the list of ‘Sunday Times’ bestsellers.
She was a judge on British talent show The X Factor (2004–2007, 2013, 2016–2017) and America's Got Talent (2007–2012).
In 2010, Sharon Osbourne featured on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice as a contestant and finished at the third place.
In October 2010, Sharon Osbourne began co-hosting the CBS talk show The Talk. On March 26, 2021, the channel announced that Osbourne had left the show over allegations of racism
Her autobiography, Extreme, was named the Biography of the year at the British Book Awards in 2006.
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