Angela Bowie

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Angie Bowie
Born Mary Angela Barnett
September 25, 1949 (1949-09-25) (age 64)
Cyprus[1]
Spouse(s) David Bowie (m. 1970–1980,
divorced)

Mary Angela "Angie" Bowie (née Barnett; September 25, 1949) is an American cover girl, model, actress and musician. She was married to English musician David Bowie until their divorce in 1980; the couple had one child, film director Duncan Jones.

Early life[edit]

Angela, born an American citizen on September 25, 1949 in Cyprus, is of paternal English and maternal Polish descent,[2] and she was brought up as a Catholic. She has one older brother. Her father, Col. George M. Barnett, a U.S. Army veteran,[3] was a mining engineer and ran a mill for Cyprus Mines Corporation. Her mother was Helena Maria Galas. Both her parents died in 1984.[4]

Educated in Cyprus, Switzerland and the UK (Kingston Polytechnic), she briefly attended Connecticut College until she was expelled.[5]

David Bowie[edit]

She met musician David Bowie in London, England in 1969, at the age of 19. According to David Bowie, they met through their mutual friendship with Chinese-American record executive Dr. Calvin Mark Lee.[6] She married Bowie one year later, on March 19, 1970 at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London. Duncan Jones is their son.

David Bowie wrote the songs "The Prettiest Star" and "Golden Years" about her. (Angela appears in the D.A. Pennebaker concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; in a backstage sequence, David calls her by the name "Star".) She often accompanied him on his international concert tours, which included North America, Japan and Europe. In 1973, she appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show, hosted by Johnny Carson on November 16, 1973 alongside Dinah Shore, Joan Rivers and Ashley Montagu.[7][8] Angela also performed on The Mike Douglas Show in early 1975.[9]

She auditioned for the leading role in what dates show to have been the ABC-TV telefilm Wonder Woman which aired on March 12, 1974 and starred Cathy Lee Crosby (not as often reported for the later television series Wonder Woman, which eventually went to Lynda Carter).[10][11] Newsweek reported in their February 11, 1974 issue that she apparently lost the part because of her refusal to wear a bra.[10]

Later in 1975, Angela bought the television rights for the Marvel Comics' characters Black Widow and Daredevil, hoping to develop and sell a series featuring the two heroes. Angela would play Black Widow, and actor Ben Carruthers would fill Daredevil's suit. Although several black-and-white stills exist with Bowie and Carruthers in costume, the series failed to find a studio willing to take it on and never went beyond the development stage.[12]

She has been rumoured to be the inspiration for the Rolling Stones 1973 hit "Angie" from the album Goat's Head Soup, however Mick Jagger has dispelled these tales. He was quoted as saying: "People began to say that song was written about David Bowie's wife but the truth is that Keith [Richards] wrote the title. He said, 'Angie.' And I think it was to do with his daughter. She's called Angela. And then I just wrote the rest of it."[13]

Writing, film work and musical releases[edit]

Angela has written two autobiographies, Free Spirit (1981, including samples of the author's poetry) as well as the bestseller, Backstage Passes: Life On the Wild Side with David Bowie, published in 1993 and updated in 2000. It detailed her alleged drug-fueled and openly bisexual lifestyle with her former husband and many other well-known musicians.[citation needed]

In addition to appearing as herself in the above-mentioned Ziggy Stardust film (1973) and Glitter Goddess of Sunset Strip (1991), her film work includes credited acting roles in at least four films: Eat the Rich (1987, as "Henry's wife"), Demented (1994), Deadrockstar (2002, as "Bartender") and La Funcionaria Asesina (a.k.a. The Slayer Bureaucrat, 2009, as "Helen Price/Constance").[14]

A CD maxi-single, "The World Is Changing" (six mixes, including prominent vocal support by Dabonda Simmons and all credited to Angela Bowie as composer with various co-composers including David Padilla, Morgan Lekcirt, Tom Reich, Jim Durban and D.J. Trance and published by Angela Bowie Music) appeared in 1996 on the New York label Warlock Records (distributed in Europe through Music Avenue on the Nite Blue label).[citation needed] The cover featured a logo of the Bowie name clearly modelled on the one seen on her former husband's Let's Dance releases. An album, Moon Goddess, on Subterraneans' London-based record label The Electric Label in 2002. The UK release of the album contained a duet with Subterraneans' vocalist Jude Rawlins on a version of the Rolling Stones song "The Last Time". She is currently working on her second album, Fancy Footwork.[citation needed]

In recent years she has reinvented herself as a journalist, specializing in gender issues and is currently a staff reporter on the transgender lifestyle bi-monthly, Frock Magazine, interviewing some of the world's most famous trans actors, artists and fashionistas.[citation needed]

Fictional portrayals[edit]

The movie Velvet Goldmine was loosely based on her life with David Bowie. She was fictionalized as a character named "Mandy", portrayed by Toni Collette.[15]

Personal life[edit]

On 30 May 1971, David and Angie Bowie had a son, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones, who later preferred to be known as Joe or Joey, although now he has reverted to the name Duncan Jones.

Angie and David Bowie separated after nine years of marriage and divorced on 8 February 1980, in Switzerland. She later called it "a marriage of convenience" for both, and settled for £300,000. She had already begun a long-term relationship with punk musician Drew Blood (real name Andrew Lipka). On July 24, 1980, she gave birth to their daughter, Stacia Larranna Celeste Lipka, in Mendocino, California.[16] She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.angiebowie.net/Angies%20Bio.htm
  2. ^ Angela Bowie "Backstage Passes", pp. 29–30
  3. ^ Bowie , p. 29
  4. ^ Angela Bowie, Backstage Passes, p. 30
  5. ^ Bowie, p. 30
  6. ^ Bowie, pp. 5–7
  7. ^ Bowie, pp. 168–173
  8. ^ "The King of Late Night". Johnny Carson. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  9. ^ Bowie, pp. 247–49
  10. ^ a b "Angela Bowie profile". Wonderwomanmuseum.com. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  11. ^ Bowie, pp. 168–70
  12. ^ "Angie Bowie’s Daredevil and the Black Widow?". 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Angie by The Rolling Stones Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 1972-04-17. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  14. ^ Angela Bowie profile at IMDb
  15. ^ "Velvet Goldmine (1998) - IMDb trivia". Imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  16. ^ Graham, Caroline (August 8, 2009). "Zowie Bowie: How a son of rock royalty survived a bitter rift with his mother to earn genuine success". Daily Mail.co.uk. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "AngieBowie.net". AngieBowie.net. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Angela Bowie "Free Spirit", Published by Mushroom Books, 1981 (name appears as "Angie Bowie" on cover)
  • Angela Bowie "Backstage Passes", Published by Jove Books, The Berkeley Publishing Group, 1993

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