David Bowie is a man of many talents, as evidenced by his long and prolific careers in the music and movie industry. The Englishman is best known as one of pop-rock’s greatest innovators, challenging the static artistry involved in the music of his time. Bowie has collaborated with many top musicians, collaborating with Beatles member John Lennon for the track ‘Fame’, and with rock band Queen for ‘Under Pressure’.

During the 1970s, Bowie redefined the glam rock movement with his Ziggy Stardust persona. The androgynous creation had a quirky fashion style punctuated with a funky redhead coif. He released the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars featuring the hit single ‘Starman’, a fitting title for his act. This persona was later discarded as Bowie attempted to experiment with somewhat more subdued offerings compared to the eclectic Ziggy Stardust version.

A fully-trained theater actor, Bowie has appeared in numerous Hollywood movies such as The Prestige, Memento, and Inglourious Basterds. He had a memorable cameo in the Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander, portraying a judge mediating a model walkoff between Stiller and Owen Wilson. In addition to composing musical scores, Bowie has also dabbled in writing, directing, and producing.

The subject of Bowie’s sexual orientation is shrouded in mystery, though the pop musician had mentioned being bisexual in an interview. The Ziggy Stardust phase of his career likely contributed to the confusion surrounding his sexual orientatation. Bowie would later lament that questions about his sexuality dominated discussion in America rather than focusing on the musical artistry of his work. Bowie is married to the Somali-American model Iman, who manages an ethnic cosmetics company.

David Bowie’s legacy will be that of a soulful musical artist who challenged the status quo of his time, and dared to create something different that what was expected.

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