In the News: Reality TV judge Sharon Osbourne won a public apology and libel damages on Thursday (January 15th, 2009) after the Sun reported that Osbourne was driving her rock star husband, Ozzy, “to destruction.” In addition, the article claimed that Sharon was working the former Black Sabbath frontman “so hard she will kill him,” alleging that she forced the rock icon to perform a series of live shows in order to fund her expensive lifestyle.
Her lawyer told London’s High Court that the October 2007 allegations were “entirely without foundation” and “obviously extremely distressing, hurtful and damaging.”
“Sharon is delighted to have won her case,” an Osbourne spokesman said. “She would prefer not to have to take legal action aginst the media, but had no alternative in this case.” The amount of damages was not disclosed.
Biography: Music manager and promoter, reality television star, author, talk show host. Born on October 9, 1952, in London, England. From 2002 to 2005, much of the world tuned in to catch a glimpse of the domestic life of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon, and two of their children—Jack and Kelly—on the MTV hit reality show The Osbournes. After managing her husband’s career for decades, Sharon Osbourne stepped into the spotlight with the series. Since then, her career has taken off.
The daughter of music manager and concert producer Don Arden, Sharon Osbourne grew up surrounded by rock musicians. As a teenager, she went to work for her father as a receptionist and later moved up in the business, working in promotions. Her life took a new direction not long after her father began managing the heavy metal group, Black Sabbath in 1976. The band’s leader singer, Ozzy Osbourne, had a dark, demonic persona and was known for his wild antics on and off stage. In fact, he kicked out of the group for his substance abuse problems in 1979. At that time, Sharon Osbourne took him on as a client and became his manager. This move caused a rift between her and her father, one that took decades to mend.
Sharon Osbourne fell in love with Ozzy, but they experienced troubles in their early days with substance abuse and intense fighting. The two were married on July 4, 1982, but their darkest day was around the corner. In 1989, Ozzy was arrested from trying to strangle Sharon while high on drugs. He spent several months in a mental health facility after the incident.
Despite their personal problems, the Osbournes were successful business team. Sharon helped launch and maintain his solo career, during which he has sold millions of records. Besides her husband, she has managed other rock acts, including her daughter Kelly, the Smashing Pumpkins, Lita Ford, and others. As concert producer, Osbourne also created the hugely successful Ozzfest, a touring concert festival featuring a variety of new and established heavy metal bands.
Sharon Osbourne also negotiated a deal with the MTV cable network for a reality series on her family. Like a twisted, curse-filled version of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Osbournes debuted in the spring of 2002. It captivated audiences with its inside look at the heavy metal rocker as a doting and somewhat spacey dad, Sharon as a caring, yet blunt mother, and their teenage offspring. Their oldest daughter Aimee declined to participate in the series.
Before filming started on the second season of the show, Sharon Osbourne discovered that she had colon cancer. Rather than cancel the show, she allowed cameras to film her treatment. Osbourne had surgery and eventually overcame her illness. She established the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation to help others battling the disease. The show continued to follow the highs and lows of the outlandish, but loving Osbourne family until 2005. As a producer on the show, Sharon Osbourne received two Emmy Award nominations.
Sharon Osbourne broadened her television career by hosting her own daytime talk show. The Sharon Osbourne Show lasted from 2003 to 2004 in the United States. It was later revived in Great Britain. Over the years, Osbourne has continued to raise her public profile, becoming a judge on the British talent show The X Factor and writing the incredibly candid, best-selling autobiography Extreme.