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Angela Bowie (born Mary Angela Barnett in 1949 in Cyprusmarker) is an Americanmarker cover girl, model, actress, and musician. She is the former wife of musician David Bowie.

Early life

She is of paternal Englishmarker and maternal Polish descent. Her father, Col. George M. Barnett, a U.S Army veteran, was a mining engineer and ran a mill for Cyprus Mines Corporationmarker. Her mother was Helena Marie Galas. Her parents died in 1984. Angela has one older brother. She was brought up Catholic.

Educated in Cyprus, Switzerlandmarker and Kingston Polytechnic (UKmarker), she briefly attended Connecticut College For Women until she was expelled.

Relationship with David Bowie

She met David Bowie 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. She married Bowie one year later, on 19 March 1970 at Bromleymarker Register Office in Beckenham Lane, Kentmarker. On 30 May 1971, David and Angie Bowie had a son they named Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. Zowie later preferred to be known as Joe/Joey, although now he has reverted to the name Duncan Jones.

David Bowie wrote the songs "The Prettiest Star" and "Golden Years" about her. Angela often accompanied him on his international concert tours, which included the U.S., Japanmarker and Europe. In 1973, she appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show, hosted by Johnny Carson Angela also performed on The Mike Douglas Show in early 1975 She auditioned for the leading role in the television series Wonder Woman, but the part eventually went to Lynda Carter. She also modelled for photographer Terry O'Neill.

Angie and David Bowie separated after eight years of marriage and divorced on 8 February 1980, in Switzerlandmarker. She later called it "a marriage of convenience" for both, and settled for £300,000. She then began a long-term relationship with punk musician Drew Blood (real name Andrew Lipka) and, on 24 July 1980 gave birth to their daughter, Stacia Larranna Celeste Lipka, in Mendocino, Californiamarker.

Later life

Angie wrote an autobiographical bestseller, Backstage Passes: Life On the Wild Side with David Bowie, published in 1993 and updated in 2000. It detailed her drug-fueled and openly bisexual lifestyle with her former husband and many other well-known musicians.

She released 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.

Fictional portrayals

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 .


External links


  1. Angela Bowie "Backstage Passes", Published by Jove Books, The Berkeley Publishing Group, 1993

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