(born January 5, 1969 as
Brian Hugh Warner
), is an American musician
his controversial stage persona and image as the lead singer of the
band, Marilyn Manson
. His stage name
was formed from the names of actress
and convicted murderer
. His long legacy as
being depicted in the media as a bad influence on children, along
with his seemingly outrageous styles for which he models, and the
controversy surrounding his lyrics all have led to his more
pronounced public appeal.
Manson was born as Brian Hugh Warner in Canton, Ohio, the only child of Barb
Wyer and Hugh Jack Warner.
According to his autobiography
The Long Hard Road
Out of Hell
, Manson is of German and Polish descent on his
father's side. His father was a Roman
and his mother was an Episcopalian
and he was raised in his mother's religion. Warner attended
from first grade to tenth grade. He later transferred
to Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Manson graduated from high school in 1987,
and became a student at Broward Community College in 1990. He was working towards a degree in journalism, and was gaining experience in the
field by writing music articles for a South Florida lifestyle magazine, 25th Parallel.
He would soon meet several of the musicians to whom his own band
would later be compared, including My Life With the Thrill Kill
and Trent Reznor
of Nine Inch Nails
Manson & the Spooky Kids in Florida in 1989 (the
name was shortened to Marilyn Manson in 1992).
The Spooky Kids, he was involved with Jeordie White
(also known as Twiggy Ramirez)
and Stephen Gregory Bier Jr. (also known as Madonna Wayne Gacy
) in two side-projects:
Satan on Fire, a faux-Christian
ensemble where he played
, and drums in Mrs. Scabtree,
a collaborative band formed with White and then girlfriend Jessicka
(vocalist with the band Jack Off Jill) as
a way to combat contractual agreements that prohibited Marilyn
Manson from playing in certain clubs. In the summer of 1993, the
band drew the attention of Trent
. Reznor produced their 1994 debut album, Portrait of an American
and released it on his Nothing Records
label. The band began to
develop a cult following
, which grew
larger with the release of Smells Like Children
in 1995. That
EP yielded the band's first big MTV
", a cover of the 1983 Eurythmics
(co-produced by Trent Reznor) was an even greater success.
In the US alone, three of the band's albums have been awarded
platinum certification, three more gold, and the band has had three
releases debut in the top ten, including two number-one albums.
Manson first worked as a producer with the band Jack Off Jill
. He helped name the band and produce most
of the band's early recordings, and also played guitar on the song
"My Cat" and had the band open most of his South Florida shows.
Manson later wrote the liner notes
to the band's album Humid Teenage Mediocrity
, a collection of early Jack Off Jill recordings.
Manson has appeared as a guest performer on DMX
's album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of
and on Godhead
2000 Years of Human
album — the only album released on his vanity label Posthuman
Film and television
Manson made his film debut in 1997, as an actor in David Lynch
. Since then he has appeared in a variety of minor
roles and cameos, including Party Monster
then-girlfriend Rose McGowan
; Asia Argento
's 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful
Above All Things
; and The Hire: Beat The Devil
sixth installment in the BMW Films
interviewed in Michael Moore's
political documentary Bowling
for Columbine discussing possible motivations for the
massacre and allegations that his music was somehow a
He has appeared in animated
form in Clone High
participated in several episodes of the MTV series Celebrity Deathmatch
, becoming the
show's unofficial champion and mascot; he often performed the voice
for his claymated
puppet, and contributed
the song "Astonishing Panorama of the
" to the soundtrack album. In July 2005, Manson told
that he was
shifting his focus from music to filmmaking - "I just don't think
the world is worth putting music into right now. I no longer want
to make art that other people — particularly record companies — are
turning into a product. I just want to make art."
Johnny Depp reportedly used Manson as his inspiration for his
performance as Willy Wonka in the film Charlie and the
. Manson himself expressed interest in
playing the role of Willy Wonka in the film.
He is currently working on his directorial debut, Phantasmagoria: The
Visions of Lewis Carroll,
In the film, he plays Lewis Carroll
, author of Alice's Adventures in
. Rather than a web-only release, he decided to
give the estimated $4.2 million budget film a conventional cinema
release, originally slated for mid-2007. The film will have an
original music soundtrack with previously unreleased songs.
Production of the film has been postponed until an undefined period
following the Eat Me, Drink Me
Manson claimed in a 2004 interview with i-D magazine
to have begun his career as a
painter in 1999 when he made
five-minute concept pieces and sold them to drug dealers. On
September 13-14, 2002, his first show, The Golden Age of Grotesque,
was held at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Centre.
Art in America'
s Max Henry
likened them to the works of a "psychiatric patient given materials
to use as therapy
" and said his work
would never be taken seriously in a fine-art context, writing that
the value was "in their celebrity, not the work". On September
14-15, 2004, Manson held a second exhibition on the first night in
Paris and the second in Berlin. The show was named ‘Trismegistus’
which was also the title of the center piece of the exhibit – a
large, three-headed Christ
painted onto an
antique wood panel from a portable embalmers table.
Manson named his self-proclaimed art
movement Celebritarian Corporation
. He has
coined a slogan
for the movement: “We will
sell our shadow to those who stand within it.” In 2005 he said that
the Celebritarian Corporation has been "incubating for seven years"
which if correct would indicate that Celebritarian Corporation, in
some form, started in 1998.
Celebritarian Corporation is also the namesake of an art gallery
owned by Manson, called the
Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art
Los Angeles for which his third exhibition was the inaugural show.
2-17, 2007, his recent works were on show at the Space 39 Modern
& Contemporary in Florida.
pieces from this show traveled to Germany's Gallery Brigitte Schenk
to be publicly exhibited from
June 28 - July 28, 2007. Manson was refused admittance to Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), when he was in the city to
attend the opening night.
This was, according to Manson, due
to his makeup.
Manson made an appearance in the video game Area 51
as Edgar, a
. His song "Cruci-Fiction In Space"
is featured in a commercial for a video game, The Darkness
. His likeness is
also featured on the Celebrity Deathmatch
video game for which he recorded a song for the soundtrack (2003).
The song "Use your fist and not your mouth" was the credits score
of the game Cold Fear
as well as
launched, "Mansinthe," his own brand of Swiss made absinthe
, which has received mixed reviews ranging
from critics who compared the drink's odor to sewage water and
described the taste as being "as bad as piss" to coming second to
Versinthe in an Absinthe top 5and winning a Gold medal at the 2008
San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Prior to his relationship
with Dita Von Teese, he was in a relationship with Michele
Greenberg. He then was engaged to actress Rose McGowan
. In 2007, attention was brought to
Manson's love life again when a relationship with actress Evan Rachel Wood
was made public. After
media comments from Manson that he wears his signature black
leather pants 24/7, animal rights
added Manson to PETA’s
‘Worst-Dressed Celebrities of 2008’.
Marriage to Dita Von Teese
Manson and Dita Von Teese
when he asked her to dance in one of his music videos. Though she
was unable to, the two kept in contact. On his 32nd birthday they
became a couple. He proposed on March 22, 2004 and gave her a
1930s-era, , European round-cut diamond
engagement ring. On November 28, 2005,
Manson and von Teese were married in a private, non-denominational
ceremony in their
larger ceremony was held on December 3, at Gurteen Castle, in
Tipperary, Ireland, the home of their friend, Gottfried Helnwein.
was officiated by surrealist
director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky
On December 30, 2006 Von Teese filed for divorce
due to "irreconcilable differences." ET.com
Manson was having an extramarital affair with then 19-year-old
actress Evan Rachel Wood
, who is to
co-star in his horror film Phantasmagoria: The
Visions of Lewis Carroll
, and features in the video for
his 2007 single, "Heart-Shaped
." The relationship was confirmed by Von Teese in an
interview with the Sunday
, "I get the impression he thinks I was
unsupportive, but the truth is I wasn't supportive of his
lifestyle, and someone else came along who was." Manson's alcohol abuse
and distant behavior were also
cited as cause for the split. A judgement of divorce was entered in
Los Angeles Superior Court on December 27, 2007.
- In a
civil battery suit, David Diaz, a security officer from a concert
Minnesota, on October 27, 2000, sued for $75,000 in a
Minneapolis federal court. The federal court jury found in
- In a
civil suit presented by Oakland
County, Michigan, Manson was charged with sexual misconduct against another security
officer, Joshua Keasler, during a concert in Clarkston,
Michigan, on July 30, 2001. Oakland County originally
filed assault and battery and criminal sexual misconduct charges, but
the judge reduced the latter charge to misdemeanor disorderly
conduct. Manson pleaded no contest
to the reduced charges, paid a $4,000 fine, and later settled the
lawsuit under undisclosed terms.
- On April 3, 2002, Maria St. John filed in Los Angeles Superior
Court accusing Manson of providing her adult daughter, Jennifer Syme, with cocaine and instructing her to drive while under the
- On August 2, 2007, former band member Stephen "Pogo/Madonna Wayne Gacy" Bier filed a lawsuit
against Manson for unpaid "partnership proceeds," seeking $20
million in back pay. Several details from the lawsuit leaked to the
press. In November 2007, additional papers were filed saying that
Manson purchased a child's skeleton and
masks made of human skin. He also allegedly
bought stuffed animals, such as a grizzly
bear and two baboons and a collection of
Nazi memorabilia. In December 2007,
Manson countersued, claiming that Bier failed to fulfill his duties
as a bandmember to play for recordings and to promote the
- Charles Manson Trial, 2violent.com.
- Manson Hooks Up With DMX October 23, 1998".
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- People Magazine
- PETA Announces 'Worst-Dressed' Celebrities of
- Kate, Aretha, Lindsay & Eva Top PETA Worst
- Marilyn Manson's Alleged Affair ETonline.com
January 10, 2006. Retrieved June 21, 2007.