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Osbourne at the Concert Industry Consortium conference at the
Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California, February 2007.
Sharon Rachel Levy9 October 1952
Brixton, South London, England
Occupation Media personality, music manager, businesswoman[3] ,
talk show host, music
promoter, author
Years active Since 1991
Ozzy Osbourne (m. 1982–present)
Aimee Osbourne (born 1983)
Kelly Osbourne (born 1984)
Jack Osbourne (born 1985)
Sharon Rachel Osbourne (née Arden, previously Levy; born 9 October 1952)[2] is a British media personality,
author, music manager, businesswoman and promoter. She is also the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy
She came into public prominence after appearing in The Osbournes, a reality television show that followed her
family's daily life. Osbourne later became a judge on the talent shows The X Factor and America's Got Talent. Her
autobiography, Extreme, has sold in excess of two million copies.[5]
After the success of The Osbournes and The X Factor, hosting her own chat shows and securing advertising
contracts, Osbourne was ranked as the 25th richest woman in Britain on the 2009 Sunday Times Rich List. Sharon
and husband, Ozzy Osbourne, are currently ranked as the 724th richest people in Britain with an estimated joint
wealth of £110 million.[7] Sharon Osbourne is credited with reviving her husband's heavy metal career by founding
the summer Ozzfest tour.[8] She currently lives in California and is one of five co-hosts the daytime series, The Talk,
where she discusses controversial topics and contemporary issues. The Talk premiered on October 18, 2010.
Sharon Osbourne
Music manager
Sharon met future husband Ozzy Osbourne at the age of 18 while working for her father, Don Arden, who managed
Black Sabbath.[8] When Ozzy was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979, she took over his management from the Arden
organisation[8] and then started to date Ozzy.[8] Sharon coordinated the recruitment of a technically gifted backing
band (Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, and Lee Kerslake) for the recording of The Blizzard of Ozz and, by engaging
proven songwriters, helped Ozzy launch what became a highly successful solo career. It was rumoured that Sharon
employed some of her father's tactics where one promoter was kneed in the groin after failing to produce due
payments, and that she single-handedly ruined a company's computer system after they sold illegal merchandise.[8]
A series of high selling albums and world tours followed through the 1980s, eventually making Ozzy a popular metal
act. In 1996, Sharon created the Ozzfest summer touring festival.[8] It went on to become a regular rock occasion and
celebrated a 10th anniversary in 2006. By 2007, the ticket prices had reached £76 ($150)[9] and Osbourne announced
that the tickets would be free to allow more people the opportunity to attend the concert. Ozzfest grossed $20 million
each year[8] and is credited with launching the careers of Limp Bizkit and Slipknot.[8] Prior to the founding of
Ozzfest, Sharon approached Lollapalooza, another rock festival, to request that Ozzy play at that year's festival, only
to be rejected and told that Ozzy was "uncool" and too drugged up. It was then that she decided to launch her own
Sharon Osbourne Management
In light of her success managing Ozzy, Sharon branched out into managing other acts by creating Sharon Osbourne
Management. The new company, with Sharon as its sole employee, managed artists such as Lita Ford, Coal
Chamber, The Smashing Pumpkins,[8] Motörhead, and Gary Moore. Sharon also claimed to have worked briefly
with Queen before being fired by Freddie Mercury. In the late 1990s, she co-managed a band called Cube, with Cud
guitarist Mike Dunphy. Cube were signed to Polydor Records but had limited success. She has also turned down
career guidance requests from Fred Durst, Guns N' Roses, and Courtney Love.[8]
Television career
The Osbournes
Osbourne gained celebrity status as one of the stars of MTV's reality show, The Osbournes, which followed her
family's daily life and had a national audience. As the person who negotiated with MTV to screen the show, she is
often credited with bringing about her husband's emergence from heavy metal icon into mainstream celebrity. The
show began airing in early 2002, and when, in July 2002, Osbourne was diagnosed with cancer, she insisted that
filming should continue. The final episode of the show aired in the US on 21 March 2005. MTV's British affiliate
has been airing the show since 2003. The show brought MTV its highest ratings ever in both America and Britain.[10]
The Osbournes' Beverly Hills home (made famous on the show) has since been sold and the Osbournes have taken
up residence in another home in Beverly Hills. Her Beverly Hills home was later seen in The X Factor during series
two. The show saw that Osbourne was responsible for the livelihood of 12 dogs and employs a dog walker named
Cherie. From the mid 1990s until the end of The Osbournes in 2005, she was primarily based in Los Angeles with
the rest of her family. Osbourne earned an estimated £11.5 million from The Osbournes.[6]
Sharon Osbourne
The Sharon Osbourne Show (US version)
In 2003 Osbourne became the host of her own television talk show, The Sharon Osbourne Show, which was
syndicated to various US channels and also shown in the UK on Sky One. The show was meant to be a reflection of
her personality and home life – similar to her reality show but with the inclusion of guest interviews and
performances. During the episodes, she conducted some of her interviews on a giant bed.
However, the ratings were never successful[11] and critics panned her inability to perform the basic tasks required of
a talk show host, such as reading cue cards and conducting interviews. The show was cancelled in early 2004 after
one season.[12]
The X Factor
See also: The X Factor
Osbourne was a judge and mentor on the UK's The X Factor every year, from 2004 through to 2007. In the first
series she mentored the 16–24s and chose Roberta Howett, Cassie Compton and Tabby Callaghan to represent her in
the live rounds of the show. The best placed of these was Tabby, who finished third overall. The final was contested
between Simon Cowell's act Steve Brookstein and Louis Walsh's act G4, with Steve winning. Osbourne's outburst
against Steve on the night of the final is widely credited with helping him to win,[13] although according to her
autobiography he was well ahead at all stages of the voting.
In the second series she mentored the 25-and-overs, and selected Andy Abraham, Brenda Edwards, Chico Slimani
and Maria Lawson to contest the final rounds. Andy Abraham finished in second place to Louis Walsh's act Shayne
Ward. During this series, the judges were again required to bring the selected candidates to their homes. Osbourne
chose her Beverly Hills home as a suitable location, which saw Osbourne inviting her neighbours and husband Ozzy
Osbourne to attend live performances by the candidates. During Chico's performance, he jumped into her functioning
fountain with a live microphone, and proceeded to splash water.
Osbourne also appeared in the spin-off show The X Factor: Battle of the Stars. She was not required to choose her
celebrity singing contestants but was selected to manage the 16–24s which were made up of Nikki Sanderson, Matt
Stevens and Michelle Marsh. During the show, with Osbourne being a close friend of Victoria Beckham, she
engaged in a feud with contestant Rebecca Loos,[14] due to her recent claim of having an affair with David
Beckham.[15] Osbourne insulted Loos after one of her performances saying, "You should try doing tomorrow's
performance with your knickers on because it will help warm up your voice. You have a very bad vibe that comes
from you."[16] After the incident, it took a lot of persuading to convince Loos to stay in the competition after being
publicly humiliated.
In series three of The X Factor in 2006, she was mentoring the 25-and-overs, and selected Ben Mills, Dionne
Mitchell, Robert Allen and Kerry McGregor. Kerry and Dionne were voted out in a double elimination on 28
October, Robert was voted out on 18 November and Ben was voted out on 9 December, sending Osbourne out of the
competition. During the filming of the third series, Osbourne lived at the Dorchester Hotel in central London.
Osbourne was criticised for her outbursts on the show, where before a live show in series three she reportedly spoke
out against Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter Chris Tarrant, who was in the show's audience prior to
filming. Tarrant had made a joke about Ozzy Osbourne to which Sharon Osbourne took offence, but most of her
outburst focused on criticising Tarrant's recent infidelity to his wife Ingrid from whom he was in the process of
separating.[17] It was rumoured that Simon Cowell, fellow judge and creator of the show, was displeased with her
performance in series three, and was thinking of replacing her and Louis Walsh for the next series.[18] However, it
was confirmed that Osbourne had been contracted to return for the fourth series of the show.[19]
She then appeared in the fourth series as of 18 August 2007 along with judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and the
new judge, Dannii Minogue.[20] She mentored the girls category during the show and subsequently chose Alisha
Bennett, Emily Nakanda and Kimberley Southwick to represent her in the live rounds of the competition.[21] In the
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first week of the live finals on 20 October, two of Osbourne's acts were in the bottom two. Osbourne responded by
saying "What I did was no good - and I think I'm going home now."[22] and she refused to play a role in the decision
about which act should be eliminated. Kimberley Southwick was then voted out by a majority of the other three
judges,[22] while Osbourne claimed that she was quitting the show.[22] However on The Paul O'Grady Show aired on
23 October 2007 Osbourne confirmed she would return on the next episode and stated that it is part of her
personality to say things in the heat of the moment and not to contrive anything that she says. Two weeks into the
live shows, a number of happy slapping videos of Emily Nakanda appeared in the media, apparently showing her
beating another teenage girl.[23] This led to Nakanda being withdrawn from The X Factor due to the media attention
the videos brought.[24] On 17 November Alisha Bennett was voted out of the competition, leaving Osbourne with no
acts half way through the competition.[25]
On 6 June 2008 it was announced in a statement on behalf of Osbourne that she has decided to step down as an X
Factor judge after four series on the show.[26] The statement read "Sharon would like to thank the wonderful British
public for their enormous support during what's been an exciting ride. She would also like to take this opportunity to
thank Simon Cowell and ITV while wishing them all the best for the next series."[27] A spokesman from ITV
commented "She has been a tremendous judge and mentor on the programme, but we respect her wish to leave and
wish her the very best."[28] Osbourne was replaced by Cheryl Cole.
During an interview on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, broadcast on 22 February 2009, Osbourne admitted that the
reason for her departure from The X Factor was her relationship with Dannii Minogue.[29] She stated "I didn't enjoy
working with her at all and didn't fancy the prospect of spending six months sitting next to her."[30]
In September 2010 Osbourne made a return to The X Factor at the Judges' Houses round of series 7 where she
assisted Louis Walsh pick the 3 contestants that will continue to the live rounds in the Over 28s category.[31]
The Sharon Osbourne Show (ITV)
In 2006, UK TV network ITV commissioned a new Sharon Osbourne chat show, initially to be called Mrs Osbourne
Presents, but eventually just named The Sharon Osbourne Show. Osbourne signed a deal with ITV for a reputed
£2 million.[32]
The show began on Tuesday 29 August 2006, and was scheduled to run for six weeks in the 5 pm weekday timeslot.
The premiere episode proved a close competition as the show received 1.9 million viewers with 17% share –
400,000 viewers (and 3% share) ahead of Richard & Judy on Channel 4. Her second show attracted 2.1 million
However, ratings appeared to decrease after Channel 4 moved its game show Deal Or No Deal, hosted by Noel
Edmonds, into the timeslot, with Sharon managing 1.2m viewers compared to Deal Or No Deal's 2.9m.[34] Channel
4's The New Paul O'Grady Show returned on Monday 25 September 2006 with 2.3 million viewers compared to
Osbourne's 1.6 million.
America's Got Talent
Osbourne joined the judging panel on the second season of America's Got Talent, along with Piers Morgan and
David Hasselhoff, replacing the singer Brandy.[35]
The season premiered in the United States on 5 June 2007. In her first episode, Osbourne came into a conflict with
Piers Morgan when she felt he judged a child contestant too harshly. She threatened to leave the show in the middle
of filming, saying "I didn’t sign up for this", but was talked out of it. The incident was shown on air.[36] Osbourne
has since stayed with the show for its third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons.
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Rock of Love: Charm School
Sharon hosted the second season of Rock of Love: Charm School with co-hosts Riki Rachtman and Daniella Clarke
on VH1. Sharon had a physical altercation on 13 December 2008 with contestant Megan Hauserman on the reunion
special for the show after Megan made derogatory statements about Sharon's husband, Ozzy. Hauserman reportedly
filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department[37] [38] and has since filed a lawsuit against Osbourne,
claiming battery, negligence and infliction of emotional distress.[39]
Osbournes: Reloaded
In July 2008 Fox announced that the Osbourne family would be hosting a new variety show titled Osbournes:
Reloaded (working title was Osbournes: Loud and Dangerous).[40] The show started filming at CBS Studios in
Hollywood in December 2008 before a live audience. The show premiered in March 2009.[41] Fremantle Media
North America is producing the show.[42] The show was cancelled after its premiere episode.
The Talk
Sharon Osbourne hosts The Talk, which is a talk show that premiered 18 October 2010. This decision came after
CBS cancelled the soap opera As The World Turns. She, as well as Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete,
Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur are a panel of mothers. The show is similar to The View and seeks to
address motherhood and other contemporary issues.[43]
On January 2003, Osbourne and the rest of her family hosted the 30th Annual American Music Awards.[44] [45] The
night was marked with constant "bleeping" due to some of the lewd and raunchy remarks made by both Ozzy and
Sharon. Additionally, the night was met with some controversy, as critics panned their hosting and presenter Patricia
Heaton walked out midway in disgust.[46] Sharon later joked about the incident on her talk show, saying that she and
Ozzy were banned from ABC ever since.
Osbourne has appeared as a guest star in an episode of the NBC comedy Will & Grace where she played a bartender
in the spring episode "No Sex N' in the City" in 2004. In October 2004, Osbourne announced that she and husband
Ozzy would be teaming up for yet another MTV show entitled Battle for Ozzfest, in which a group of unsigned bands
battle it out for a spot on the 2005 Ozzfest tour.
In January 2005, she was contracted to feature in a television advertising campaign for UK supermarket chain, Asda
and later in 2007, Osbourne became the new face of Galabingo when she was featured in television advertisements
promoting the gambling website.[47] She has co-hosted one of the Royal Variety Performances with Jonathan Ross.
Osbourne appeared in Days of our Lives, It's a Boy Girl Thing and has also provided a voice for a character in
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.
On Friday 15 June 2007, Osbourne guest hosted The Friday Night Project with Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr.
Osbourne also made a cameo appearance on 23 June 2007 in an episode of the science fiction series Doctor Who.
The episode "The Sound of Drums" saw her appearing in a spoof party political broadcast, which featured
testimonials from British celebrities such as Osbourne and the band McFly showing their support for Mr Saxon to
become Prime Minister.[48] Osbourne has appeared frequently on Children in Need in order to raise money for
On 20 February 2008, Sharon Osbourne co-hosted the 28th edition of the BRIT Awards at Earls Court in London,
along with her husband Ozzy Osbourne and her daughter, Kelly Osbourne.[49] During the awards Sharon Osbourne
caused controversy and sparked complaints by calling Vic Reeves, who was presenting one of the awards, a "piss
head" and a "bastard" after he appeared to be drunk, although he claimed that he was having trouble reading the
Sharon Osbourne
On 22 August 2008, Sharon Osbourne took part in the 2008 MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television
Festival in Scotland.[51]
Sharon Osbourne was featured on Piers Morgan's Life Stories airing on 22 February 2009 on ITV1
On 2 November 2009, Sharon Osbourne hosted WWE Raw alongside her husband, Ozzy Osbourne.
On 3 November 2009, Osbourne was in studio at Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's "The Opie & Anthony Show" where
she caused some controversy by stating that Susan Boyle looked "like a slapped ass" and that God "hit her with the
fucking ugly stick."[52] [53]
On 4 March 2010, Osbourne's first novel, "Revenge" will be released.
On 14 March 2010, Osbourne started her run as one of 14 contestants on the ninth season of The Celebrity
Apprentice.. She placed 3rd on the show.
On 1 April 2010, Sharon Osbourne (along with Kelly Osbourne) joined Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her Give a
Damn campaign to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the GLBT community as part of her True Colors
Fund. The campaign is to bring straight people to stand up with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered community
and stop the discrimination. Other names included in the campaign are Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Mraz, Elton John,
Judith Light, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Kardashian & Clay Aiken. Anna Paquin is also part of the campaign and came out
as bisexual. This news clogged the Give A Damn website.[54]
On 8 April 2010, Osbourne become one of the first three celebrities to be subjected to the British version of the
American institution of a comedy roast, on Channel 4's A Comedy Roast.
Sharon Osbourne's first autobiography, Extreme (co-authored by Penelope Dening), was published in October 2005
and tells of her difficult childhood growing up with her father, Don Arden, and also documents the highs and lows of
her marriage to husband Ozzy Osbourne, shedding light on areas of her life previously not commented on. Domestic
violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, affairs, bribery, colon cancer, robberies, a plane crash, therapy, and cosmetic
surgery are also documented in the autobiography.
Published by Time WarnerBooks, it went straight to Number 1 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List (UK) where it
remained for 15 weeks and sold over 621,000 copies in hardback, becoming the biggest-selling autobiography since
British records began, beating the previous record set by David Beckham's autobiography by 100,000 copies.[55]
"Both the heroic vulgarity and the love are vividly captured in this pungent and distinctive autobiography," opined
the Sunday Times, whilst the Irish Times considered it to be "truly unputdownable".
In March 2006 it won Biography of the Year at the British Book Awards. The autobiography has proceeded to sell in
excess of two million copies which has become the most successful female autobiography ever.[5]
In the follow up to her award-winning bestseller Extreme, Survivor was released in the UK on 4 October 2007.
Awards and recognition
• In 2002, Sharon Osbourne and husband Ozzy were invited to the White House Correspondents' Association
dinner by Fox News Channel correspondent Greta Van Susteren for that year's event.
• Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne were honoured for their contribution to the music industry at a ceremony in
London when the couple won a Silver Clef award.[56]
• Osbourne was voted "the most amazing woman of 2003", according to a poll published by, a
website for women, taking almost a third of the votes cast. More than 7,000 votes were cast in a range of
• During Osbourne's time battling cancer, she attended an award ceremony to collect a gong for the success of her
family's television show The Osbournes. She attended the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles with her daughter
Sharon Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne, to receive the best reality television show award.[58]
In late 2004, Osbourne attended the Woman of the Year awards in London to collect an award that she had
previously won at the 2002 event, but was not able to attend due to illness.
Osbourne was voted Freemans Celebrity Mum of the Year in 2006, fending off competition from Jordan, Kate
Moss and the Duchess of Cornwall.[59]
In 2006, Osbourne's autobiography won Biography of the year at the British Book Awards.[60]
There is a wax figure of Osbourne at Madame Tussauds.
She is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.[61]
Personal life
Osbourne was born Sharon Arden in Brixton, London,[2] the daughter of Jewish music promoter and rock and roll
entrepreneur Don Arden[62] (born Harry Levy), and his wife Hope, an Irish Catholic.[63] Osbourne is the wife and
manager of ex-Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, and together they have three children, Aimee, Kelly, and Jack
Osbourne. After colon cancer claimed Osbourne's friend, Reagan Erin Marcato, in July 2002, she told the BBC that
she had adopted Marcato's 18-year-old son Robert,[64] but she denied legally adopting him five years later when he
was sent to live with his father after a nervous breakdown.[65] Robert had been a school friend of Aimee and Kelly
for six years.
On the Sunday Times Rich List 2006, Osbourne was listed as the 44th richest woman in Britain and the 60th richest
woman on the 2007 list. In the overall British list in 2006, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne appeared together as the 554th
richest people with a combined wealth of £100 million.[66] They are currently ranked as the 700th richest people in
Britain maintaining the previous wealth estimate of £100 million.[67]
Osbourne was quoted in The Guardian newspaper on 9 December 2006 as having sent her own excrement in Tiffany
boxes on more than one occasion to people she felt had unreasonably criticized her or her family.[68] When a
journalist criticised Jack and Kelly, who were in their early teens, Osbourne sent a box of excrement with a note
saying "I heard you've got an eating disorder. Eat this."[68]
Osbourne has stated that the biggest mistake of her life was to have an abortion. By her account, pressure from
others, principally her mother, influenced her decision at the young age of seventeen to pursue the procedure.[69]
Osbourne's father, Don Arden, was a rock and roll entrepreneur who managed Black Sabbath and sacked Ozzy
Osbourne from the group. He then resented his daughter for dating Ozzy and managing his career and so let savage
dogs on her during her next visit. She was pregnant at the time and subsequently lost the baby.[8] She soon lost
contact with her father and did not speak to him for 20 years.[70]
She had a troubled life with her father who had robbed her, once tried to kill her, and also tried to turn Ozzy against
her by telling him [Ozzy] that Sharon had tried to seduce him, her own father.[63] Osbourne revealed she was
surrounded by violence during her childhood and that it was a normal occurrence to see her father threatening
someone, or brandishing a firearm.[71] In an interview in 2001, she commented that her father has never seen her
children and that "he never will".[8] Osbourne had told her children that their grandfather was dead, but they
unknowingly saw him for the first time when Osbourne was shouting abuse at him on a street in Los Angeles.[5]
When asked who she was shouting at, she replied Tony Curtis.[63] They were reunited in 2001 and he then had a role
in their reality show The Osbournes.[70] In August 2004 Osbourne stated her father had Alzheimer's disease and she
paid for his care in the last years of his life.[63]
Osbourne's relationship with her mother was also damaged. Hope Arden was a cold woman who became even
stranger after a serious car accident, something which Osbourne said "unhinged her". When Osbourne was informed
of her mother's death, she said "Oh, what a shame" and simply put the phone down.[63]
Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne (then Arden) met husband Ozzy Osbourne at the age
of 18 while working for her father. When Ozzy was sacked from Black
Sabbath by Sharon's father Don Arden, Sharon started to date him and
took over his management. Ozzy and Sharon were married in Maui,
Hawaii on 4 July 1982. Their marriage has not been without its trouble
or violence. During the early stages of their marriage, they were both
fueled by alcohol and drugs and Sharon Osbourne was once arrested
for drunk-driving.[8]
The couple used to physically fight regularly and according to Sharon
Osbourne they would "beat the shit out of each other".[8] She has
described herself as "a beaten woman" when she was at the hands of
husband Ozzy where he once knocked out her front teeth.[63] She once
retaliated by throwing a full bottle of scotch at his head.[63] The most
notorious incident arose in August 1989 when Ozzy was arrested for
attempted murder after he had returned from a peace festival in
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne
Moscow and tried to strangle Sharon in a haze of alcohol and drugs.
After the incident, he spent three months in rehabilitation as a result of
his actions, after which time, Sharon Osbourne said she regained her strength in their relationship and did not press
In 1999 Osbourne lost 100 pounds (45 kg) after lap-band surgery (Adjustable Gastric Band).[63] Osbourne
commented that being large was an essential part of her persona when she worked for her father and that being larger
made a more dramatic entrance.[63] On 26 October 2006, she went on the Howard Stern Show and revealed that she
gained 15 pounds in the last year, and that she will be having her plastic band removed.
In July 2002 Osbourne was diagnosed with colon cancer.[72] Later, she announced her cancer had spread to her
lymph nodes and was more serious than originally thought.[73] She survived the disease against a 33% survival
prognosis. Despite battling cancer, she insisted that the MTV cameras document her illness during the filming of the
second season of The Osbournes. When Osbourne's hair fell out during her subsequent treatment, her wigs were
custom made by Cher's wigmaker.[63] Ozzy Osbourne admitted that he "fell apart" during her treatment and
recovery,[74] and it was revealed that her son, Jack Osbourne, tried to commit suicide because of his depression
stemming from his mother's condition.[75]
In August 2004, she founded the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars Sinai Hospital. In addition, she
was the honoured guest at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's 2003 Fall Gala,[76] where she spoke of her
struggle against cancer. Osbourne has lent her support to design limited edition T-shirts or vests for the 'Little Tee
Campaign' for Breast Cancer Care which donates money for breast cancer research.[76] In December 2004, Osbourne
made a public announcement, stating that she was still battling bulimia.[13]
She has freely admitted to having extensive cosmetic surgery. As well as documenting this in her autobiography, she
appeared on Dr. Phil on 14 December 2006, and commented on everything that had been surgically changed on her
body in order to improve her appearance. She stated that she had had a full rhytidectomy, abdominoplasty,
mastopexy, as well as many other procedures, but commented that she would not have any surgery performed on her
eyes or lips.[77] She has admitted to spending £300,000 on plastic surgery.[78]
Sharon Osbourne
In 2000, Sharon Osbourne resigned from managing The Smashing Pumpkins by releasing an infamous memo which
said, "It was with great pride and enthusiasm that I took on management of the Pumpkins back in October, but
unfortunately I must resign today due to medical reasons... Billy Corgan was making me sick!!!" In an October 2008
interview Osbourne revealed that she had recently made up with Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan: "I saw him at the
Scream Awards. We hadn't seen each other since that whole thing in Germany. The first time we ran into each other
and we hugged and kissed and laughed. I was so glad."[79]
In 2004, Sharon Osbourne's home in Jordans, Buckinghamshire was burgled where a man stole gems worth
£2 million. He managed to get away with the gems despite being put in a headlock by Ozzy Osbourne. Items taken
during the burglary included wedding rings, an engagement ring, pearl and diamond necklaces, a large 52 carat (10
g) sapphire ring and two pairs of diamond earrings. After the incident, Osbourne appeared on Crimewatch and
offered a reward of £100,000 for the return of her valuable jewellery.[80]
In March 2005, there was an incident in the Osbourne's mansion in Jordans, Buckinghamshire. Ozzy and Sharon
were forced to flee their mansion when a blaze broke out as they slept. They were not injured but had to be treated
for smoke inhalation.[81] In 2006 another fire broke out at the Osbourne's mansion; however, none of the family was
at home.[82]
Conflict with Iron Maiden at Ozzfest
At Iron Maiden's last Ozzfest performance, on 20 August 2005 at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in San
Bernardino, California, several negative events took place, allegedly the fault of Sharon Osbourne. Osbourne's
actions were reportedly in retaliation to lead singer Bruce Dickinson slighting The Osbournes and suggesting that
Ozzy had been using an autocue on stage.[83]
During the first Iron Maiden song, several members of the crowd were reported to have bombarded the British metal
band with eggs, bottle caps, and ice.[83] Some reports also say that Sharon's daughter, Kelly, was throwing objects at
the band. During three of Iron Maiden's songs, the P.A. system was switched off, cutting power to Dickinson's
microphone and the band's instruments.[83] In audio captured during the concert, it is reported that Dickinson can be
heard accusing the festival's organizers of deliberately cutting off the band's power. Also unknown to Iron Maiden,
played secretly through the PA at the very beginning and end of their set was a tape with the chant "Ozzy - Ozzy Ozzy".[84] On Iron Maiden’s departure, Ozzfest founder Sharon Osbourne did make a few statements on stage in
front of the 40,000 people in attendance.[83] She told the audience that while she "absolutely loved Iron Maiden," she
thought lead singer Bruce Dickinson was a "prick"[83] and had "disrespected Ozzfest since they began their stint with
the tour." Her words were met with booing, and soon after she walked off the stage.[85]
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood issued a statement shortly after the debacle condemning the attack on the
Popular culture
Osbourne has been referred to many times in popular culture. The popular British comedy Dead Ringers, features
and spoofs Osbourne (played by Jan Ravens) quite prominently alongside her husband (played by Jon Culshaw). She
was also spoofed by impressionist Ronni Ancona on Alistair McGowan's Big Impression and was also featured in
comedy 2DTV. On Saturday Night Live, Amy Poehler played her on "Celebrity Jeopardy! on 14 May 2005. "
Recently she appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show. Sharon Osbourne appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice. On 16
May 2010, she was fired during the double elimination round.
Sharon Osbourne
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