Sharon Osbourne. biography
Sharon Osbourne, born Sharon Rachel Arden on October 9, 1952, in London, England, was raised by her father, music manager and concert producer Don Arden and grew up among rock musicians. In 1976, Sharon's path of life changed directions when her father started managing the heavy metal group Black Sabbath and she was introduced to the band's demonic lead singer Ozzy Osbourne. Two years later, Ozzy was kicked out of the band for excessive drug use but Sharon was there to pick him right up as her new client. After announcing to her father that she was Ozzy's new manager, the two split ways, ensued by a decade long feud.
Sharon and Ozzy quickly blurred the line between a professional relationship and a love affair, but their romance suffered from intense fights stemming from substance abuse. Although the two married on July 4, 1982, trouble quickly followed in 1989, after Ozzy was arrested for attempting to strangle Sharon while under the influence of drugs.
Regardless of their relationship troubles, the Osbournes thrived as a business duo. Sharon was able to relaunch Ozzy's career as a solo artist, which resulted in millions of records being sold. She also managed various recording artists, including the Smashing Pumpkins, and devised the financially successful touring concert Ozzfest.
Her biggest success came when she sat down with MTV and negotiated a deal for her family's own reality series, called The Osbournes. The show premiered in spring 2002, capturing the attention of viewers across the country with Ozzy's incoherent rants, Sharon's snappy comments, the never-ending sibling rivalry between her youngest children, and the family's profanity-based communication skills.
Sharon went on to find additional success in her own daytime talk show The Sharon Osbourne Show, which ran from 2003 to 2004. She continued to broaden her reach in the entertainment industry by becoming a judge on the British talent show The X Factor (2004-2007) and writing her best-selling novel Extreme: My Autobiography (2006).
She maintained her success as a reality TV personality when she became a judge on America's Got Talent in 2007, followed by an appearance in The Celebrity Apprentice (2010) and a shift back to TV as the co-host of the female-dominant program, The Talk (2010).