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Also Known As: George O'Dowd, George Alan O'Dowd Died:
Born: June 14, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Eltham, Kent, England, GB Profession:

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Fusing a New Romantic worldview, synth-pop beats, and plenty of eyeliner, Boy George went on to become one of the most recognizable pop stars of the 1980s. The flamboyant singer-songwriter came to prominence after forming the band Culture Club, the Grammy Award-winning quartet who helped define the decade with its ubiquitous hits "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" (1982) and "Karma Chameleon" (1983). Yet even with the band's commercial success and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 1984, George's drug habit turned his success story into a harrowing downward spiral personally and professionally rather quickly. Amidst battling addiction and making headlines for his legal troubles, George released solo albums throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, yet they missed the colorful charisma and commercial appeal of his work with Culture Club. His rise to fame was featured in an elaborate stage musical financed by Rosie O'Donnell, "Taboo" (2002), but negative reviews forced its cancellation after a short Broadway run. Not one to hold back from telling his story through music, the always outspoken George released several memoirs that graphically exposed the life of a singer who publicly fell from grace, yet...

Fusing a New Romantic worldview, synth-pop beats, and plenty of eyeliner, Boy George went on to become one of the most recognizable pop stars of the 1980s. The flamboyant singer-songwriter came to prominence after forming the band Culture Club, the Grammy Award-winning quartet who helped define the decade with its ubiquitous hits "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" (1982) and "Karma Chameleon" (1983). Yet even with the band's commercial success and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 1984, George's drug habit turned his success story into a harrowing downward spiral personally and professionally rather quickly. Amidst battling addiction and making headlines for his legal troubles, George released solo albums throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, yet they missed the colorful charisma and commercial appeal of his work with Culture Club. His rise to fame was featured in an elaborate stage musical financed by Rosie O'Donnell, "Taboo" (2002), but negative reviews forced its cancellation after a short Broadway run. Not one to hold back from telling his story through music, the always outspoken George released several memoirs that graphically exposed the life of a singer who publicly fell from grace, yet would remain a pop music icon and symbol of the 1980s to his fans worldwide.

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3.
 Legend of Leigh Bowery, The (2003) Interviewee
4.
 I Love You Baby (2001)
5.
 Wolves of Kromer, The (1998) Narrator
6.
 Boy Next Door (1993) Himself
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 Culture Club - A Kiss Across the Ocean (1985) Culture Club Band Member
9.
 I Love the '80s Strikes Back (2003) Interviewee (Break Up Song)
10.
 Intimate Portrait: Rosie O'Donnell (2003) Interviewee
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Lived at the infamous Warren Street Squat in Central London during the late 1970s
1981:
Occasionally sang with the group Bow Wow Wow under the stage name Lieutenant Lush; left group due to friction with Bow Wow Wow lead singer Annabella Lwin
1981:
Formed new group with Mikey Craig, Jon Moss and Roy Hay; originally named In Praise of Lemmings, then Sex Gang Children, eventually called themselves Culture Club
1982:
Culture Club released debut album <i>Kissing to Be Clever</i>; first single released in the U.S. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" landed on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 chart
1983:
Yielded international No. 1 hit with the single "Karma Chameleon" off the band's second album <i>Colour by Numbers</i>
1984:
Contributed two songs, "Love is Love" and "The Dream," to the soundtrack of the film "Electric Dreams"
1984:
Received less-than-stellar reviews for Culture Club's third album <i>Waking Up with the House on Fire</i>
1984:
Joined a lineup of British music superstars to record the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
1986:
Culture Club disbanded mostly due to Boy George's drug addiction and legal problems
1987:
Released solo debut "Sold," which was a moderate success in the U.K. but not in the U.S.
1989:
Formed his own record label More Protein and began recording under the name Jesus Loves You
1992:
Made a chart comeback with a cover version of Dave Berry's "The Crying Game" (1964) recorded for the film soundtrack of the same name
1995:
Released the rock-driven album <i>Cheapness and Beauty</i>
1998:
Reunited with Culture Club for a tour and a performance of "VH1 Storytellers"
1998:
Feature film debut as narrator of "The Wolves of Kromer"
1999:
With Culture Club, released the album <i>Don't Mind If I Do</i>
2002:
Portrayed performance artist Leigh Bowery in the semi-autobiographical musical "Taboo"; premiered in London's West End and financed by Rosie O'Donnell for Broadway; production closed due to poor attendance and lack of interest
2002:
Began performing as an electronic artist/DJ under the pseudonym "the Twin"
2002:
Reunited again with Culture Club for a 20th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall; reunion was short-lived due to Boy George's successful DJ career
2006:
Appeared in the French film "Twice Upon a Time"
2010:
Released first solo album in more than ten years, "Ordinary Alien ¿ The Kinky Roland Files"
2011:
Published the memoir <i>King of Queens</i>
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