Don threatened Sharon physically and sued her for signing Ozzy to the Los Angeles label. A $1 million payout was finally settled out of court. She said that at the time, she felt her life was at risk.
She eventually took matters into her own hands, plowing after her father in her car with the bat-biting madman in the passenger seat terrified and cowering.
Sharon's Role in Ozzy's Sobriety
Sitting down for an interview at the “Mirror,” the Prince of Darkness discussed Sharon’s role in his sobriety efforts. He said the last time he relapsed, Sharon was pretty mad at him. He recalls her waiting “like a praying mantis” to catch him.
Getting caught wasn’t pretty. Ozzy recounted that Sharon would throw books at him if he wasn't sober.
Sharon and Father Don Arden: a Contentious Relationship
Sharon’s father Don Arden, the notorious boss of Jet Records, was roundly feared for his intimidation tactics. He managed Black Sabbath.
When Ozzy was booted, Arden gave the contract to his daughter as a wedding gift. She repaid him, as a true acolyte, by signing Ozzy to Epic. She proved an adept promoter, Ozzy’s best asset.
Sharon Reignites Ozzy’s Career With Ozzfest
The Ozzfest rock festival only came to be, ironically enough, after Lollapalooza wouldn’t book Ozzy. The newly forming festival, founded by Jane’s Addiction leadman Perry Farrell, deemed the former Black Sabbath frontman a has-been.
His wife, who had stepped in as manager to save his career repeatedly, was indignant. The dig dealt by the Lollapalooza organizers infuriated her. Hence, Sharon spearheaded Ozzfest to prove Ozzy was still marketable. Her effort delivered yet another smash success for Ozzy with fans clamoring for dates. The festival has grossed $100 million.
A Heavy Metal Rocker Turned TV Personality
“The Osbournes” hit television as sales of Ozzy’s Ozzfest performances were fading to black. In the documentary film “The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne,” Ozzy comments about the transition from rock concerts to becoming a TV star. He said that Ozzfest was a big success, but it was only when the TV show took off when things got really weird for him.
Explicating, Ozzy said that it was bizarre going from performing sold-out shows to having a camera crew in his house. He complained that it felt like he was some kind of experiment. On the other hand, doing the MTV show paid off for the family.