Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne 2, 2012.jpg
Osbourne in 2012
Sharon Rachel Levy

(1952-10-09) 9 October 1952 (age 66)
London, England
  • Media personality
  • businesswoman
  • talent show judge
  • music manager
  • live promoter
  • television host
  • writer
  • impresario
Years active1979–present
Ozzy Osbourne (m. 1982)

Sharon Rachel Osbourne (née Levy; born 9 October 1952)[1] is an English media personality, businesswoman, television host, talent competition judge, music manager, live promoter, and author. She is the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne and first came into public prominence after appearing on The Osbournes, a reality television show that followed her family's daily life. Osbourne later became a talent show judge on television shows such as the British and original version of The X Factor, from 2004 to 2007, returning in 2013, and again from 2016 to 2017. She also was a judge on America's Got Talent from 2007 until 2012.

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.[2] As of 2008, Osbourne and her husband were ranked as the 724th richest people in Britain with an estimated joint wealth of £110 million. Sharon Osbourne is credited with reviving her husband's heavy metal career by founding the summer Ozzfest tour.[3] She is one of five co-hosts of the daytime series The Talk. Osbourne is one of the original hosts from its launch in October 2010. In September 2014, it was announced that Osbourne would become an occasional panellist on the British lunchtime television programme Loose Women as part of the show's relaunch. On both shows, Osbourne and co-hosts/panellists discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip.

Early life

Sharon Rachel Levy was born on 9 October 1952 in London, United Kingdom, as the daughter of Don Arden (born Harry Levy, 1926–2007), who was an English music promoter and rock and roll entrepreneur, and his wife, Hope (née Shaw, 1916–1999).[4][5] She has a brother, David.[6] She describes herself as of Irish and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.[7]

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.[8] Osbourne's father, Don Arden, was a rock and roll entrepreneur who managed Black Sabbath and sacked Ozzy Osbourne from the group. Levy began dating future husband Ozzy Osbourne in 1979 after Black Sabbath fired him and took over his management from the Arden organisation.[3] Levy coordinated the recruitment of a backing band (Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, and Lee Kerslake) for the recording of the Blizzard of Ozz album and helped Ozzy launch what became a successful solo career.[3] Arden resented his daughter for dating Ozzy and managing his career.[9] In her memoir, Osbourne relates that he had robbed her, once tried to kill her, and once told Ozzy that she had tried to seduce him, in an effort to turn Ozzy against her.[5] She soon lost contact with her father and did not speak to him for 20 years.[10] In an interview in 2001, she commented that her father has never seen her children and that "he never will".[3] 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.[11] When asked who she was shouting at, she replied Tony Curtis.[5] They were reunited in 2001 and he then had a role in their reality show, The Osbournes.[10] In August 2004, Osbourne stated her father had Alzheimer's disease and she paid for his care in the last years of his life.[5]

Osbourne's relationship with her mother was also damaged. At the age of 17, Osbourne lost her virginity and realized two months later that she was pregnant. By her account, pressure from others, principally her mother, influenced her decision to have an abortion, which Osbourne has described as the biggest mistake in her life.[12] While visiting her parents on a later occasion, her mother's dogs attacked her and it was some time before her mother appeared to call them off. She was pregnant at the time and subsequently lost the baby.[9] According to a 2009 article in The Guardian, 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.[5]

Sharon and Ozzy, March 2004
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