One of the first to blaze the way for other women in music management, Sharon Osbourne continues to lead by example: as a manager, producer, talk show host, author, philanthropist and matriarch of one of rock’s best-loved families.
Osbourne – as feisty and opinionated as she is bright and charming – unleashes her infamous spontaneity as one of five dynamic women on the CBS series “The Talk.” In its fourth season, the Emmy-nominated weekday talk show offers a forum for honest discussion about news, motherhood and other issues facing women. Osbourne also recently returned for her fifth season on the UK version of “The X Factor,” leveraging her lengthy professional career in music to serve as a talent judge. Among other recent TV work, she shot cameos on CBS’ “The Millers” and CW’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
As manager of Black Sabbath she is also currently overseeing the band’s sold-out world tour spotlighting its new reunion album, 13, which recently became its first #1 album in the U.S. and earned three Grammy nominations: Best Rock Album as well as Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance (“God Is Dead?”). Unbreakable, the third chapter of Osbourne’s autobiography detailing her extraordinary and tumultuous life, was released by Little Brown Books in the UK and other countries this past October and will hit U.S. bookstores in early 2014.
A native of London, Sharon Osbourne is recognized for a trailblazing career in entertainment that has spanned over 40 years. She has managed numerous musical artists including Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Electric Light Orchestra, Smashing Pumpkins, Motörhead and Slade. In 1996 she created and produced the biggest and most successful hard rock and heavy metal touring festival in America, Ozzfest, which has since evolved into an annual celebration.
In the television medium she is credited with creating and producing the first celebrity reality TV show, MTV’s “The Osbournes,” which won a primetime Emmy for Best Reality Show and earned the highest ratings of all the network’s programming since its launch. For five seasons, she was an iconic judge on NBC’s top-rated reality competition “America’s Got Talent,” which brought a variety format back to the forefront of American culture. More recently Sharon lent her voice as Mama Hook to Disney Jr.’s “Jake & the Neverland Pirates.”
That hit animated series provided a segue for Osbourne to team with Disney in Fall 2013 to author her first children’s book, Mama Hook Knows Best: A Pirate Parent’s Favorite Fables. Previously, in 2006 Osbourne conquered the world of nonfiction writing with Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography, the best-selling female autobiography to date with over two million copies sold in Europe alone, followed by the second installment published in 2009, Sharon Osbourne Survivor: My Story-The Next Chapter. She is also author of the 2010 fiction novel Revenge, about the competitive relationship between two sisters, which debuted at #7 on the UK publishing charts.
In 2012 Osbourne became a spokeswoman for the Atkins diet and has written a blog for the company about managing a healthy lifestyle. Having beaten colon cancer, she is also focused on the needs of others, partnering with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to launch the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation, with the mission to provide free screenings, support and healthcare to low-income cancer patients.