Long before they sprung their annoying children on us via MTV’s fascinating reality-show sitcom The Obsournes, Ozzy Osbourne was just a guy, taking a break from biting the heads off of bats and singing songs about the devil, standing in front of his manager’s daughter, asking her to love him.
This power couple met in 1971. According to People, Sharon Arden was a receptionist at the London office of her father, high-powered music manager Don Arden. That’s where Osbourne, lead singer of a newly-signed heavy metal band called Black Sabbath, noticed her. “Ozzy walked into my father’s office without shoes, with a water faucet dangling from his neck and sat on the floor,” Sharon told People in 1989. “I was terrified.”
The pair grew closer, professionally and personally, and in 1979, when Don fired Ozzy from his own band, Sharon took a stab at being Ozzy’s manager… and his girlfriend. The heavy metal icon and the businesswoman made it official in 1982, right after the release of Ozzy’s multiplatinum solo album, Diary of a Madman.