Many people first got acquainted with Sharon Osbourne, wife of former Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne, when their family starred in a reality show tracking their daily lives. Since that time, she has continued her entertainment career with various ventures, most recently as a judge on the television show, America's Got Talent. Lately, she's also turned her attention to helping their son Jack cope with his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In Extreme: My Autobiography, she shares about her own background and experiences. There is much more to this spunky lady than being married to a high profile rock star!
As a child, Sharon grew up exposed to big names in the music arena. Her father was a promoter named Dick Arden. At home, he was a no-nonsense man. As Sharon grew older and began working for him, she realized that his business practices were not always on the up-and-up. She describes situations in which he held financial control over her, and behaved in a manipulative way towards her. Confronting him about this caused a major rift between herself and her parents, and Sharon chose to move on with her life. Little did she know that her dad's financial entanglements would follow her for years, costing her and Ozzy a fortune.
Perhaps growing up with a father like that gave her the stamina it required to live with a man with Ozzy's drug and alcohol addictions. Yet, Sharon does not see herself as a victim. She loves her husband, and counts their three children as a blessing. She acknowledges her own shortcomings, while not apologizing for being human and imperfect. Whether you approve of her lifestyle choices or not, I think that after reading this tell-all life story, you would have to agree that she is a strong woman who has had to overcome some genuine adversity in her life. Of particular interest was her journey through colon cancer, a frightening time in her life about which she has become very vocal, to encourage people to get colonoscopies to prevent further incidences of this dangerous disease. In fact, her charity helps patients who have trouble paying for treatment, or even getting to and from chemotherapy.
Sharon's life story is not always pretty, but it rings true. I have read Ozzy's autobiography and wanted to hear the other side of the story. Mrs. Osbourne is certainly a colorful character and I think she would be a lot of fun to hang around with and chat with. Her book was published in 2006 with Penelope Dening, through Springboard Press. ISBN 10-8212-8014-7. Suggested retail price for the hardcover edition was $24.99, or $29.99 in Canada. I borrowed my copy for free from the local library (where I also found Ozzy's book, by the way). Give this one a try if you would like an interesting read about a fascinating family.