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Birth information

8 January 1947 Brixton, London, England, UK

Death information

10 January 2016 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

David Robert Haywood Jones

Nickname

The Thin White Duke
Ziggy Stardust
The Picasso of Pop
The Dame
The Master of Reinvention
The Chameleon of Rock
Aladdin Sane
Major Tom
The Starman

How tall is David Bowie?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Iman
Angie Bowie

Life Story of David Bowie

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest collections of 20th century art.

Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist, awaiting his breakthrough. He dabbled in many different styles of music (without commercial success), and other art forms such as acting, mime, painting, and play-writing. He finally achieved his commercial breakthrough in 1969 with the song "Space Oddity," which was released at the time of the moon landing. Despite the fact that the literal meaning of the lyrics relates to an astronaut who is lost in space, this song was used by the BBC in their coverage of the moon landing, and this helped it become such a success. The album, which followed "Space Oddity," and the two, which followed (one of which included the song...

Significant features of David Bowie

His constantly changing appearance
His distinctive and idiosyncratic singing style, wide ranging vocals and rich baritone
His one permanently dilated pupil that gives him the appearance of different colored eyes
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Publications and Magazines about David Bowie

Angie Bowie with Patrick Carr Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie. 1993
Jérôme Soligny David Bowie. 1996
Marc Spitz Bowie: A Biography. 2009
Christopher Sandford Bowie: Loving the Alien. 1997
Dylan Jones When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie, The Man Who Changed The World. 2012
David Buckley Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story. 2005
Paul Trynka Starman: David Bowie - The Definitive Biography. 2012
Oliver James Upping Your Ziggy: How David Bowie Faced His Childhood Demons - and How You Can Face Yours. 2016
Paul Morley The Age of Bowie. 2016
Nicholas Pegg The Complete David Bowie. 2011
Wendy Leigh Bowie: The Biography. 2014
Mary Finnigan Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab. 2016
Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane, Martin J. Power David Bowie: Critical Perspectives. 2015
Dylan Jones David Bowie: A Life. 2017

Biographical movies about David Bowie

Inspirations 1997
David Bowie: Serious Moonlight 1984
Bowie at the BBC 2000
David Bowie: A Reality Tour 2004
Omnibus: "Cracked Actor" Episode #8.13 1975
Live by Request: David Bowie 2002
David Bowie: An Earthling at 50 1997
David Smiling Bowie 2003
David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise 1993
Bowie: The Video Collection 1993
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 1973
Stardust 2020

What movies did David Bowie play or participate?

Producers Filmography
David Bowie: No Plan (2017) , David Bowie: Blackstar (2015) , David Bowie: Where Are We Now (2013) , Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) , Passage to Paradise (1998) , Jump: The David Bowie Interactive CD-ROM (1994) , Der Freischütz (1994) , Queen & David Bowie: Under Pressure (1981) , David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes (1980) , David Bowie: Heroes (1977) ,
Directors Filmography
David Bowie: Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix) - Version 1 (2013) , Best of Bowie (2002) , Bowie: The Video...

Birth information

8 January 1947 Brixton, London, England, UK

Death information

10 January 2016 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

David Robert Haywood Jones

Nickname

The Thin White Duke
Ziggy Stardust
The Picasso of Pop
The Dame
The Master of Reinvention
The Chameleon of Rock
Aladdin Sane
Major Tom
The Starman

How tall is David Bowie?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Iman
Angie Bowie

Life Story of David Bowie

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest collections of 20th century art.

Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist, awaiting his breakthrough. He dabbled in many different styles of music (without commercial success), and other art forms such as acting, mime, painting, and play-writing. He finally achieved his commercial breakthrough in 1969 with the song "Space Oddity," which was released at the time of the moon landing. Despite the fact that the literal meaning of the lyrics relates to an astronaut who is lost in space, this song was used by the BBC in their coverage of the moon landing, and this helped it become such a success. The album, which followed "Space Oddity," and the two, which followed (one of which included the song...

Significant features of David Bowie

His constantly changing appearance
His distinctive and idiosyncratic singing style, wide ranging vocals and rich baritone
His one permanently dilated pupil that gives him the appearance of different colored eyes
...

Publications and Magazines about David Bowie

Angie Bowie with Patrick Carr Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie. 1993
Jérôme Soligny David Bowie. 1996
Marc Spitz Bowie: A Biography. 2009
Christopher Sandford Bowie: Loving the Alien. 1997
Dylan Jones When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie, The Man Who Changed The World. 2012
David Buckley Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story. 2005
Paul Trynka Starman: David Bowie - The Definitive Biography. 2012
Oliver James Upping Your Ziggy: How David Bowie Faced His Childhood Demons - and How You Can Face Yours. 2016
Paul Morley The Age of Bowie. 2016
Nicholas Pegg The Complete David Bowie. 2011
Wendy Leigh Bowie: The Biography. 2014
Mary Finnigan Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab. 2016
Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane, Martin J. Power David Bowie: Critical Perspectives. 2015
Dylan Jones David Bowie: A Life. 2017

Biographical movies about David Bowie

Inspirations 1997
David Bowie: Serious Moonlight 1984
Bowie at the BBC 2000
David Bowie: A Reality Tour 2004
Omnibus: "Cracked Actor" Episode #8.13 1975
Live by Request: David Bowie 2002
David Bowie: An Earthling at 50 1997
David Smiling Bowie 2003
David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise 1993
Bowie: The Video Collection 1993
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 1973
Stardust 2020

What movies did David Bowie play or participate?

Producers Filmography
David Bowie: No Plan (2017) , David Bowie: Blackstar (2015) , David Bowie: Where Are We Now (2013) , Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) , Passage to Paradise (1998) , Jump: The David Bowie Interactive CD-ROM (1994) , Der Freischütz (1994) , Queen & David Bowie: Under Pressure (1981) , David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes (1980) , David Bowie: Heroes (1977) ,
Directors Filmography
David Bowie: Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix) - Version 1 (2013) , Best of Bowie (2002) , Bowie: The Video...

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David Bowie in Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

His eyes were both blue. However, one pupil was permanently dilated due to an incident when he was punched by a school friend, George Underwood, when he was 15, and as a result, one eye looked darker than the other. Underwood became a successful artist and remained a friend of Bowie's for the rest of his life, including designing artwork for him.

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David Bowie in Furyo - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

In 1968 while he was still a struggling artist, Bowie wrote some English lyrics to a French song titled "Comme d'Habitude" ("As Usual"). His version, "Even a Fool Learns to Love", never did get recorded, but when the French melody caught the attention of Paul Anka, he reworked the lyrics and the song became "My Way". Of course, when Frank Sinatra recorded "My Way" his way, it turned to gold.

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David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto in Furyo - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Bowie had one son in 1971 with his then-wife Angie Bowie, originally named Zowie - who later changed it to Joe and who is now known as Duncan Jones. Duncan was Bowie's best man at his 1992 wedding to Iman. He studied at a film school in London and became a successful writer and director.

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David Bowie and James Malcolm in Furyo - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

(August 15, 2000) His daughter, with Iman, Alexandria Zahra Jones, was born.

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David Bowie in Furyo - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Bowie was the first sexually ambiguous British pop star, declaring himself "gay" in 1972 (before contemporaries such as Freddie Mercury and Elton John made declarations that they were bisexual) and only five years since male homosexuality had been decriminalized in the UK. In a magazine interview, he stated that he met his first wife when they were in a relationship with the same man. Whether this was true or a joke has been the subject of much speculation. His appearance on Top of the Pops (1964) in 1972 with "Starman", when he put his arm around guitarist Mick Ronson, has been cited by many as a key moment for gay liberation in Britain and described by journalist Caitlin Moran as "the gay moon landing". In a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone, he stated that his bisexuality was really a sham. He claimed he made the story up to create more mystery about himself and defined himself as a "closet heterosexual". In later years he would neither confirm nor deny he had engaged in gay relationships, merely admitting (in a 2002 interview by Jonathan Ross) that he'd been "incredibly promiscuous". Dancer Lindsay Kemp has often claimed in interviews that he slept with Bowie.

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David Bowie and Rokkô Toura in Furyo - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

He was born and raised in London, England, of English parents. His father was originally from Yorkshire. His mother was from Kent and was of Irish ancestry. The Jones side of the family had roots in West Wales.

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David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in Begierde (1983)

In his composition "Slip Away", on his album "Heathen", he makes cryptic references to The Uncle Floyd Show (1974), a program popular in the late 1970s and 1980s in the New York City area. Broadcast on a local television station, it featured two puppets, "Oogie" and "Bones Boy", mentioned in the song, as well as the host, "Uncle" Floyd Vivino.

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David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in Begierde (1983)

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 (by Madonna) and the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

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David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, Bono, and George Michael

He contributed the song "Everyone Says Hi" to the all-star War Child album "Hope", which assisted child victims of the war in Iraq, in 2003.

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David Bowie in Live Aid (1985)

His 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" came 8th in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. [March 2003]

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David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, Bono, George Michael, etc.

He performed with (on separate occasions) Queen, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Al B. Sure!, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, 'Nine Inch Nails' and Bing Crosby.

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David Bowie, Bob Geldof, Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, George Michael, etc.

He played the part of John Merrick on the American stage between July 1980 and January 1981 which John Hurt played in the film of the same time, The Elephant Man (1980).

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David Bowie in Live Aid (1985)

Bowie was consistently listed in later life as one of the wealthiest British music stars in the world. In November 1997, Business Age magazine reported his net worth as being over $900 million, surpassing even that of fellow British musician Paul McCartney, making him Britain's richest rock star. In 1999, Reuters placed his net worth at roughly $917 million. In 2003, the Sunday Express claimed his net worth was still in the $900 million (£510 million) range but that this placed him second to Paul McCartney. However, in 2005, the Sunday Times Rich List estimated his fortunes at roughly $185 million (£100 million). Following his death in 2016, his estate, which was mainly bequeathed to his widow and two children, was valued at $100 million (£70 million).

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Rosanna Arquette and David Bowie in Houdini & Company - Der Geist des Magiers (1991)

His song "Five Years" was covered by former Marillion singer Fish on his 1993 album "Songs from the Mirror", a collection of songs which reflected his musical influences. His song "Life on Mars" was covered by Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth and the H Band on the album "Live Spirit: Live Body" (released 2002).

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Bowie cited Little Richard as his first musical influence, hearing him at the age of eight, and, according to producer Nile Rodgers, he was a key influence on his most commercially successful album, "Let's Dance". Bowie drew from a wide range of musical influences from his earliest days. In 2015, British music publication Mojo released a compilation album of 15 tracks by his earliest influences. It comprised of tracks by Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bobby Bland, Ronnie Ross, Frank Sinatra, Jacques Brel, Lotte Lenya, Nina Simone, Nat 'King' Cole, Billy Fury, Anthony Newley, The Flares, Vince Taylor, The Yardbirds and The Pretty Things.

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Rosanna Arquette and David Bowie in Houdini & Company - Der Geist des Magiers (1991)

He declined the royal honor of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and turned down a knighthood in 2003.

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Rosanna Arquette and David Bowie in Houdini & Company - Der Geist des Magiers (1991)

He took the pseudonym "David Bowie" to keep himself from being confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees.

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Rosanna Arquette and David Bowie in Houdini & Company - Der Geist des Magiers (1991)

(June 25, 2004) He had an emergency angioplasty in Germany while on his current tour. The remainder of the tour was obviously cancelled.

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Rosanna Arquette and David Bowie in Houdini & Company - Der Geist des Magiers (1991)

Bowie was a big fan of The Velvet Underground. He later recorded with and produced the band's songwriter Lou Reed. He also frequently collaborated as a songwriter with Iggy Pop from The Stooges. Bowie, Reed and Pop are all considered to be among the most influential rock musicians of all time. Bowie included a version of "China Girl", which he had written with Pop in the 1970s (and had been recorded by Pop on his 1977 album "The Idiot"), on his 1983 album "Let's Dance" in order to help Pop financially. The song became one of Bowie's biggest international hits. Following Bowie's death, Pop described Bowie's friendship as "the light of my life".

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David Bowie and Candy Clark in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He played 14 different instruments. The first instrument he learned was the saxophone at the age of 12 and performed it on several of his own songs. Although a talented rhythm guitarist (which included playing the famous riff of "Rebel Rebel"), Bowie found himself lacking in ability as a lead guitarist.

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He was voted the 39th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He underwent triple heart bypass surgery following a heart attack. He also gave up his smoking habit of 50 cigarettes a day in the same year. [July 2004]

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David Bowie and Candy Clark in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He was loosely the basis for the film Velvet Goldmine (1998).

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He sang a duet with Kasper Eistrup on the album "No Balance Palace" by the Danish rock band Kashmir. [2005]

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He was credited as himself in Zoolander (2001). He was the judge of the fashion "walk-off" between Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He was the first major recording artist to release a song only on the Internet.

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David Bowie and Rip Torn in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He is mentioned in "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me", a 1974 international hit single by Reunion and "Monkey Business", a 1991 international hit single by heavy metal band Skid Row (the lyric "thinkin' Bowie's just a knife").

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David Bowie and Rip Torn in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He was the son of Margaret Mary Jones.

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David Bowie and Rip Torn in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He was the winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1984 following the success of his multi-million selling album "Let's Dance". He was also the winner of the 1996 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution. In 2014, Bowie became the oldest person to date to win the British Male Solo Artist award following the success of his comeback album "The Next Day". He was more than 40 years older than the other nominees. In 2017, he became the first posthumous winner of the British Male Solo Artist award following the success of his final album "Blackstar".

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He played Serbian/American scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006).

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

Bowie revealed that he turned down a lucrative opportunity to record a theme song for a James Bond film because he didn't like the franchise. He was also originally approached to play Max Zorin in A View to a Kill (1985), but turned it down citing his lack of enthusiasm for the script. The role went to Christopher Walken instead. He was also considered for the role of The Joker in Batman (1989) and Max Shreck in Batman Returns (1992), but turned down the latter to appear in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). He turned down the role of Captain Hook in Hook (1991), which went to Dustin Hoffman. He was also seriously considered for the role of Sharaz Jek in Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani: Part One (1984).

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David Bowie and Candy Clark in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He was ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists and #7 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

Bowie considered "Tonight" (released in 1984) and "Never Let Me Down" (released in 1987) to be his weakest albums. Both albums were critically panned and led to Bowie forming the group Tin Machine in an attempt to shed his mainstream audience and reinvent himself as a creative force. Despite his low opinion of these albums, Bowie did later choose a song from each album ("Loving the Alien" from "Tonight" and "Time Will Crawl" from "Never Let Me Down") as among his fifteen favourite tracks from his own career for the 2008 compilation album "iSelect".

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David Bowie in Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel (1976)

He resided in New York City from 1992 until his death.

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David Bowie in Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (1978)

He appeared in Bing Crosby's last television show before his death, a Christmas special taped in London that aired after Crosby's death in December 1977. It is memorable for Crosby and Bowie singing a duet of "The Little Drummer Boy": Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas (1977).

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David Bowie in Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (1978)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 12, 1997.

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