“I don’t really care what people think about my hair. It’s my hair, so why
should they care? Ooh, that rhymed.” Kelly Osbourne
Loud, brassy and a punk-looking girl of the eccentric family the Osbournes,
actress-musician Kelly Osbourne is famous for her attitude exposed in the MTV
reality series “The Osbournes” (2002-2005). The girl with dyed hair won an Emmy
award and a Teen Choice award for her devil-may-care performance in the show.
After being cast as a singer who performed “Papa Don’t Preach” in the big screen
movie The Master of Disguise (2002), the huge fan of Blondie and Pat Benatar
took the supporting role of Deborah Tynan in the lovable TV series “Life As We
Know It” (2004).
As a singer, Kelly began her music career by singing her rock version of
Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” on the 2002 MTV Movie Awards. She then released
her debut album Shut Up (2002), which skyrocketed at the early period, but
dropped off in the next year. Expelled from the major label, she moved to a
smaller one and launched the repackage of Shut Up, Changes (2003).
On April 4, 2004, in between her screen performances, Kelly had to undergo rehab
in Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, California, for her painkiller
addiction. The following year, she went to a drug rehab center again, this time
at Las Encinas Hospital, Pasadena, California, where her brother Jack had also
been treated for painkiller, alcohol, and marijuana addiction.
As for her private life, the girl had a relationship with Bert McCracken, the
lead singer of rock band The Used, with whom she had a matching heart-shaped
tattoo on her left pinky. At present, Kelly, who tattooed her brother’s name on
the inner left wrist and her father’s name on the inner right forearm, is dating
actor Kevin Zegers.
Childhood and Family:
Kelly Lee Osbourne was born on October 27, 1984, in London, England, to
celebrity parents Ozzy Osbourne (former vocalist of Black Sabbath, born on
December 3, 1948) and Sharon Osbourne (Ozzy’s manager, born on September 10,
1952). She currently lives in Beverly Hills with her parents and siblings, Aimee
Osbourne (born on September 2, 1983) and Jack Osbourne (born on November 8,
The half-sibling of Louis Osbourne and Jessica Mayfair shared her time between
school and her father’s tours, which finally resulted in her dropping out of the
10th grade after relocating with the whole family from England to Los Angeles.
In 2003, Kelly Osbourne, who received the nickname Kelly O, announced she
suffered from depression caused by family tragedies, such as her mother’s being
diagnosed with colon cancer, her brother’s rehab for drug addiction, and her
father’s fight with a burglar at the family estate in Buckinghamshire.
Kelly Osbourne began her journey in show business when she appeared in the first
episode of the MTV reality series “Cribs” (2000), in which cameras were put
inside rock celebrities’ houses. This was followed by her taking part in We Sold
Our Souls for Rock ‘n Roll (2001). Triggered by the curiosity of the “Cribs”
producer toward the Osbournes’ uniqueness, MTV tailed most of the members of the
Osbournes (minus Aimee Osbourne) in its booming reality show “The Osbournes”
(2002-2004). Kelly’s unique personality portrayed in the show, directed by
Katherine Brooks and Donald Bull, netted a 2002 Teen Choice for Female TV -
Choice Breakout Star, a 2003 Teen Choice for Choice TV Female Reality/Variety
Star, as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Reality Program, which Kelly
shared with the rest of her family members.
The girl with half a dozen tattoos continued to perform on TV with her family in
such shows as Intimate Portrait: Sharon Osbourne (2002), The Osbourne Family
Christmas Special (2003), and the TV series “The Sharon Osbourne Show” (2003),
in which she became the co-host. Entering a different sphere of acting, Kelly
supported a one-season favorite teen TV series titled “Life As We Know It”
(2004). Portraying an easy-going high school student named Deborah Tynan, Kelly
received praise from viewers.
Aside from her life as a star of “The Osbournes,” 5’ 3 inches tall Kelly is also
known as a singer, whose course began with her performance in the 2002 MTV Movie
Awards. Her rock version of Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” gained enthusiastic
response from Sony/Epic, Ozzy’s record label. Soon after penning her contract,
she launched her debut album, Shut Up (2002), which quickly reached the third
position of Billboard Heatseekers U.S. after its release. The album spawned the
hit single “Papa Don’t Preach” (2002), which went to the top five on Australian
and European charts. The track sent Kelly to her first film exposure, The Master
of Disguise (2002), in which she was cast as a singer performing “Papa Don’t
As the rating of Shut Up went down in 2003, Epic Records kicked her out, causing
her to repackage the album and rename it Changes (2003) under the label
Sanctuary Records. The album included the single “Changes,” her duet with Ozzy
singing the Black Sabbath old ballad, which reached the top ten in the UK and
Ireland. This success, however, did not raise the amount of albums sold.
Subsequently, Kelly released a third album, Sleeping in the Nothing (2005), with
the single “One Word,” in which she altered her genre from rock to dance-pop.
The album climbed to the second position on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums
US, while the single reached the top position of the World Dance/Trance Top 30
Singles. Completely confident about her career, Kelly commented on the rumors
about the end of her singing career, “I don’t know where the quit rumors came
from. I’ve just recorded a version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, with Cyndi
In 2004, amid her rehab for painkiller addiction, the girl was voted one of
People Magazine’s “2003 Best Dressed” and launched her fashion line called
Stiletto Killers. A punk-cartoonish clothing designer, Kelly completed the brand
with a more couture cut under the line The SK Collection.
Recently, Kelly took part in the non-fiction program Punk’s Not Dead (2006),
Susan Dynner’s documentary film celebrating 30 years of punk rock. Kelly, who
once spontaneously helped an injured driver while driving home from Las Vegas,
also provided her voice for Sharon in the animated big screen movie Live Freaky
Die Freaky (2006). Other cast members of the saving-the-destroyed-earth story
include Billie Joe Armstrong (as Charlie), Benji Madden (as Interrogator 1), and
Tre Cool (as the Prosecutor Bug/The Maid).
- Teen Choice: Choice TV Reality/Variety Star - Female, The Osbournes,
- Teen Choice: TV - Choice Breakout Star - Female, The Osbournes, 2002
- Emmy: Outstanding Nonfiction Reality Program, The Osbournes, shares
award with rest of family, 2002