Legendary reality television star, author, manager, promoter and X Factor judge Sharon Rachel Osbourne was born on October 9, 1952 in London. Her father Don Arden introduced Sharon to the rock and roll lifestyle early on as a music manager and concert producer. As soon as Sharon grew old enough to work, she became a receptionist for her father before moving up through the company to become a promoter.
Music & Marriage
In 1976, Don Arden began managing Black Sabbath, a heavy metal band renowned for their satanic persuasions and rowdy behaviour. Alas, their lead singer Ozzy was removed from the group in 1979 due to substance abuse issues. This was when Sharon decided to take the former frontman on and became his personal manager shortly before the two fell in love.
The couple married on July 4, 1982. Over the years, the newlyweds experienced a rollercoaster of good and bad times but their problems came to a head in 1989 when Ozzy was arrested for strangling Sharon whilst under the influence. He went on to spend months in a mental health facility before Sharon took him back. Despite these domestic issues, Sharon continued to be an incredibly successful businesswoman. Not only did she launch Ozzy’s solo career, but she also managed the Smashing Pumpkins, Lita Ford and her daughter Kelly. She also founded Ozzfest, a concert tour that features heavy metal bands from around the world.
The Osbournes & Television Career
In the early 2000s, Sharon and MTV came together to create reality television series The Osbournes, which aired in spring 2002. The show was an instant hit as people witnessed the surprising reality of this heavy metal family. The Osbournes continues to be a cult classic to this day, and recently was even turned into a slot game. The 5-reel, 20-payline Osbournes slot debuted alongside a variety of themed slots and bingo games on 32red.com, featuring the entire family including their beloved dog Mini who rewards players with free spins and multipliers. Sharon’s love for online casino and bingo sites of the likes of 32Red is well known as she even launched her own site called Sharon’s Bingo in 2009.
Tragedy struck before the second season began filming when Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer. Instead of cancelling the show though, Sharon encouraged the cameras to document her struggle from diagnosis through surgery and eventually into remission. The experience inspired her to found the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation, which continues to aid other victims of the disease to this day.
Prior to The Osbournes’ finale in 2005, Sharon decided to advance her career in television by hosting her own daytime talk show, The Sharon Osbourne Show between 2003 and 2004, before joining The X Factor as a judge in 2004. Sharon remained a fixture on the British talent show until 2007 and was often celebrated for her honesty and cheeky flare. After leaving The X Factor, Sharon moved to America’s Got Talent and appeared on the 2010 series of The Celebrity Apprentice. The same year, Sharon released her first novel Revenge and joined The Talk as a co-host alongside Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen and Aisha Tyler.
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2016: A Rocky Marriage & Return To The X Factor
In May 2016, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne announced that they would divorce following Ozzy’s alleged drug relapse and affair with hair stylist Michelle Pugh. However, Sharon stated that she had forgiven her husband in July and the couple remains together.
At the beginning of Summer 2016, it was revealed that Sharon would return to The X Factor panel alongside other original judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh as well as Nicole Scherzinger. Sharon revisited The X Factor in 2013 when her contestant Sam Bailey won, but remained for just one season. Now, tabloids are already covering Sharon’s triumphant return, stating that the fiery redhead is just as candid and entertaining as ever.
At 63 years old, Sharon Osbourne has led an incredible, inspirational life and it doesn’t seem as though she’ll be slowing down anytime soon. With the help of her eclectic family Sharon has created an empire filled with successful television shows, her very own slot game and a legacy that continues to grow. With such a vast array of talents, connections and business acumen we’re excited to see where Sharon goes next.