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c. 1987

Domestication, with Mr. & Mrs. O.

Cozy home portraits with the Prince of Darkness

Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne, 1987

Recommendation: if you have a pet bat, do not give it to this man.  Why? Because, sitting on that oh-so-tasteful couch and sinking his feet into the depths of that pristine cream carpet, is none other than the original lord of heavy metal darkness himself – John Osbourne, aka Ozzy –  and his undead bride, Sharon.

In 1987, Ozzy was 39, and Sharon was 35, and the pair had been wed five years.

They were married on July 4th, 1982 – Ozzy said he picked the day so he would be less likely to forget anniversaries and thus to avoid his wife’s wrath. 

His wife, and also his manager – Sharon had overseen Ozzy’s career since 1979, when he had been kicked out of the band Black Sabbath for, shall we say, over-indulging.

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Here, the pair are photographed with their children Aimee, Kelly, and Jack. And a purple balloon.

And lest you think Ozzy had gone as soft as that carpet, here are some pictures, also taken in 1987, in full-on rock mode, on and off-stage.

They show him looking a tad more like the bat-devouring rock god whom we all know and love. Alright then, whom we all know.

1987
Dave Hogan / Hulton Archive / Getty Image
1987
Dave Hogan / Hulton Archive / Getty Image
1987
Dave Hogan / Hulton Archive / Getty Image
1987
Dave Hogan / Hulton Archive / Getty Image
1987
Dave Hogan / Hulton Archive / Getty Image
1987
Dave Hogan / Hulton Archive / Getty Image
1987
Dave Hogan / Hulton Archive / Getty Image
1987
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1987
Larry Busacca / WireImage / Getty Images
1987
Larry Busacca / WireImage / Getty Images

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