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Head to head - John Michael ``Ozzy'' Osbourne.

NAME: John Michael ``Ozzy'' Osbourne. BORN: Birmingham, December 3, 1948. LIVES: Los Angeles.

FAMILY: Wife Sharon and children Aimee, Kelly, and Jack (Ozzy has two grown children, Louis and Jessica, from a previous marriage).

THEN: As co-founder, lead singer, and songwriter for rock band Black Sabbath, Ozzy was a chief architect of ``heavy metal'' music. Formed in 1970, the band have sold more than 25 million records in the US alone.

Since turning solo in 1980 - albums include Bark at the Moon and Diary of a Madman - Ozzy has sold a further 35 million records.

NOW: The star of cult hit reality TV show The Osbournes, the highest rated show in the 24-year history of MTV. Such has been the success of the show, which features life at home with the dysfunctional family, that in May this year Ozzy dined with President Bush in Washington and in June appeared at Buckingham Palace in the Queen's Jubilee pop concert. FAMOUS MOMENT: In 1981, the selfproclaimed Prince of Darkness bit the head off a live bat tossed to him on stage by a fan, claiming later that he thought it was a rubber toy.

CAN BE SEEN IN: The Ozzfest world concert tour and shortly in series two of The Osbournes, in which his cancerstricken wife Sharon has agreed to let the cameras follow her to her chemotherapy sessions.

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CULT FOLLOWING: Ozzy Osbourne and family. Their reality TV show is the highest rated show in the 24-history of MTV
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 7, 2002
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