Here's a look at the life of British singer, songwriter, and actor David Bowie.
Personal: Birth date: January 8, 1947
Birth place: London, England
Birth name: David Robert Hayward Jones
Father: Hayward Jones, a publicist
Mother: Margaret Mary (Burns) Jones
Marriages: Iman (1992-present); Angela Barnett (March 20, 1970-1980)
Children: with Iman: Alexandria, August 15, 2000; with Angela Barnett: Duncan, 1971
Other Facts: His stage personas include Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and The Thin White Duke.
His left eye is permanently dilated after he injured it in a fight in his teenage years.
Has two different color eyes.
Studied mime and theatre in his youth.
Overcame drug addiction in the 1970s and no longer drinks alcohol.
Nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, won once.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe Award, did not win.
Nominated and won one Daytime Emmy Award.
Timeline: 1964 - Forms his first band, David Jones and the King Bees. Other early bands include The Manish Boys, The Lower Third and The Buzz.
1965 - Changes his name to David Bowie to prevent being confused with Davy Jones, who was the lead singer of The Monkees.
1967 - Releases a solo album with Deram Records.
1969 - "Space Oddity" becomes a Top 10 hit in Britain.
1970 - Releases first solo album "Man of Words, Man of Music". It was re-released in 1972 in the U.S. as "Space Oddity".
1971 - The album "The Man Who Sold the World" is released. Bowie appears on the cover wearing make-up and a dress.
1971 - Bowie is signed by RCA. Releases "Hunky Dory", which includes the single "Changes."
1972 - Releases "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars".
1970s - Releases "Aladdin Sane", "Diamond Dogs", "Young Americans", "Station to Station", "Low", "Heroes", and "Lodger".