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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Profiles of Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Natalie Portman

Aired May 11, 2002 - 11:00   ET

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ANNOUNCER: Next on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS, she seduced friends and critics with last summer's "Drowned World Tour." Now, she's taking risks onstage and screen.

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PETER CASTRO, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR, "PEOPLE MAGAZINE": If this is a flop, I think she's really going to be upset.

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ANNOUNCER: The ever-evolving story of story of Madonna.

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NILE RODGERS, PRODUCER, "Like a Virgin": Madonna definitely seems like a work in progress to me.

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ANNOUNCER: Then...

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OZZY OSBOURNE, ROCK STAR: We're the Osbournes.

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ANNOUNCER: ... he's heavy metal's iron man who's found a second career as America's favorite father.

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OSBOURNE: I don't see anything funny about it. It's just me with my family and our home.

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ANNOUNCER: The star of TV's surprise smash, who's picked up unlikely fans across the country.

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GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Ozzy, Mom loves your stuff.

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ANNOUNCER: Aboard the crazy train with Ozzy and his Osbournes.

Also, she's the Harvard co-ed who happens to be starring in one of this summer's blockbusters.

NATALIE PORTMAN, ACTRESS: I use my summer breaks to work on films.

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ANNOUNCER: You don't have to go to a galaxy far, far away for the story of Natalie Portman. Their stories and more now on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

PAULA ZAHN, HOST: Welcome to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. I'm Paula Zahn. What's a material girl to do when international stardom, legions of fans and untold millions just aren't enough? Well, if you're Madonna, you look to win over the west, the west end of London, that is. Madonna is set to make her London stage debut as an ambitious and manipulative art dealer in the satire, "Up For Grabs." Here's Sharon Collins.

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SHARON COLLINS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Forty-three years filled with hard work and controversy have landed her here. Madonna's "Drowned World Tour" was the hottest ticket of last summer, grossing $75 million. By fall, she had released her second greatest hits album. Now, she's getting ready to star again on both stage and screen.

She may be a married mother of two, but Madonna remains a pop icon. Through scandal, reconvention and redemption, she's kept fans and critics alike interested for nearly 20 years.

RODGERS: She's what I call a true star. Even after all of these years, I still am curious as to -- I wonder what she eats for breakfast now and that's because she's inherently interesting.

COLLINS: Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born to a homemaker and an automotive engineer on August 16, 1958. The family lived in an unremarkable suburb of Detroit.

MADONNA, MUSICIAN: I won't say that we were poor, but we definitely -- I would say we were lower middle class and I come from a really big family.

COLLINS: Named after her mother, a young Madonna worked hard to stand out in a family of six kids. Legend has it she would sing and dance on tabletops when the mood struck here. But tragedy rocked the world of this bubbly girl at a young age.

J. RANDY TARABORRELLI, AUTHOR, "MADONNA: AN INTIMATE BIOGRAPHY": Many people know that her mother died when she was 5 years old. But what people don't know is just how terrible that last year of Madonna's mother's life was for Madonna.

COLLINS: At Adam's High School in Rochester, Michigan, Madonna lost herself in theater and dance.

MADONNA: I was more of a dancing kid than a singing kid. I mean I was -- I sang in school choirs and I sang in school musicals, but I was much more interested in dancing than singing.

COLLINS: Even as teenager, Madonna Ciccone made sure she wasn't overlooked.

TARABORRELLI: She would do stunts as a cheerleader that would, you know, by design, show her panties or she would wear flesh colored panties while she was doing cheers so that you would think she didn't have any.

COLLINS: In high school, Madonna as a straight A student. Even then, driven to succeed.

KAREN CRAVEN, MADONNA'S CHEERLEADING COACH: She was willing to practice a lot, study a lot. She wasn't a goof off. And she didn't sluff off. She always worked hard.

COLLINS: That hard work landed her a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan. But one year of college was enough for Madonna. She was in a hurry to get on to bigger things. So in 1978, she arrived in the heart of New York's CD Times Square with little money and no place to live.

MADONNA: I danced in a lot of companies in New York for years and realized that I was going to be living a hand-to-mouth existence for the rest of my life.

COLLINS: As a fixture on the New York club scene, Madonna got an influential DJ to record a demo tape for her that featured a dance track called "Everybody".

MADONNA: People would hear me sing and they'd say, "Hey, your, you know, your voice isn't bad." And I'd say, "Oh really?" I mean I never had any training. I never wanted to be a singer. That's not how I started out.

COLLINS: The demo tape eventually landed in the hands of Seymour Stein...

SEYMOUR STEIN, CHAIRMAN, SIRE RECORDS, INC.: Terrific!

COLLINS: ... chairman of London's Sire Records.

STEIN: She was seen with a lot of heart and that's what came across. I was in the hospital, so I played it over and over again and I really, really liked it. I wanted to sign her it immediately.

COLLINS: "Everybody" became a hit on dance floors and in 1983; Madonna's self-titled debut was released. The single, "Holiday" earned Madonna an appearance on "American Bandstand" and an infamous post performance interview with host, Dick Clark.

DICK CLARK, CEO, DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS: What are your dreams? What's left?

MADONNA: To rule the world.

CLARK: There you go. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Madonna.

People would say, but how did you know when you say you knew she was a star? It wasn't from my listening, hearing or seeing anything. I watched the kids and they loved her. She had a -- some sort of a -- kind of a bizarre outfit on and she looked different and she was different and they loved her.

COLLINS: Next came an unforgettable performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

MADONNA: ... shiny and new. Like a virgin, hey, touched for the very first time.

RODGERS: It was the perfect blend of theatrics as well as, you know, sort of like psychological warfare too. Nobody knew what to make of this new girl who was riding around on the floor in this wedding dress.

COLLINS: Madonna had invaded the public consciousness and set the stage for nearly 20 years of controversy and success.

TARABORRELLI: I thought she would be one of these rock stars who would thumb her nose at the American public for a few years and then just slink off into obscurity, but apparently, she had bigger plans.

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COLLINS: When Madonna's story continues, how she turned a steamy video banned by MTV into a marketing coupe.

ANNOUNCER: Still ahead on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS, the Osbournes, fun, foul-mouthed and in full swing, crazy, but that's how it goes. Ahead on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

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COLLINS: By early 1985, Madonna's second album, "Like a Virgin," and its number one single had catapulted her to fame. It also established her as an artist out to push the public's buttons.

TARABORRELLI: At the beginning of her career, she was always one step ahead of her detractors, in the sense that she made a decision to present herself with a tongue-in-cheek sort of a wink and a nod sense of irony.

COLLINS: And her fans were eating it up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You don't have this happen, like, every day, do you? I mean it must get a little crazy.

MADONNA: Thank God, no.

COLLINS: In her critically acclaimed film debut, "Desperately Seeking Susan," Madonna essentially played herself.

MADONNA: Why don't I get some pizza and I'll meet you at home?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You've got a place?

MADONNA: Not exactly, but I'm working on it.

TARABORRELLI: You knew it was real. You knew that she really was this sort of boy-toy material girl.

COLLINS: On the set of her "Material Girl" video, Madonna met the man she once called the love of her life. Sean Penn was an interesting choice for a woman who loved the spotlight.

TARABORRELLI: During this time in her life, she was constantly surrounded by the media and by paparazzi. She loved it. She had worked very hard to get this kind of attention. Sean, on the other hand, as he explained to me, felt that it was a real intrusion.

COLLINS: So much so that more than once, Penn's fists landed on a photographer's face. But love won out, and on her 27th birthday in Malibu, California, Madonna became Mrs. Sean Penn in a ceremony off limits to the media.

MADONNA: I didn't like the attention that, you know, the focus on the state of our marriage. I like attention when it's about the work, but not about relationships.

LARRY KING, HOST, "LARRY KING LIVE": And he didn't like it either.

MADONNA: No, he hated it.

COLLINS: And the critics hated them in the movie they did together, "Shanghai Surprise." Their off-screen relationship wasn't faring much better. Four years into the marriage, things fell apart. Madonna filed for divorce on January 5, 1989, amid rumors of physical abuse. The breakup left Madonna emotionally scarred.

TARABORRELLI: She wasn't used to failures. So that was a bitter pill to swallow. It was very difficult for her.

MADONNA: He's an incredible human being. He's intelligent. He's talented and even though, you know, things didn't work out for us in terms of our marriage, I don't regret marrying him for a moment.

COLLINS: In March of 1989, Madonna released a fourth album; her most artistically mature to date. It spawned three number one singles, including the self-penned "Like a Prayer."

MADONNA: When you call my name, it's like a little prayer.

COLLINS: The song's video came complete with burning crosses and sexual innuendo, awakening the Eyre of religious groups.

TARABORRELLI: Well, Madonna's always had sort of a love-hate relationship with the Catholic faith. You know, a lot of what she was doing back in those years was to get attention and also, to make a certain statement that these really are just symbols and that perhaps the Catholic faith is really about more than that.

COLLINS: The hype only added fuel to the fire of Madonna's stardom, a lesson the business savvy performer would not forget.

Madonna continues to express herself. A highly charged performance on 1990's "Blonde Ambition Tour" drew the attention of law enforcement officials as documented in the behind-the scenes tour film, "Truth or Dare."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They say that you can't do the masturbation scene tonight; otherwise, you'll be arrested.

MADONNA: Really? OK, let's see what happens.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at that.

COLLINS: Her 1991 video, "Justify My Love," was even too steamy for MTV. The channel refused to air the video, and Madonna refused to re-edit it. Instead, she made the video available in stores, where it went on to sell more than half a million copies. Her detractors saw the successful turn of events as a thinly veiled exercise in shrewd marketing.

ALEK KESHISHIAN, DIRECTOR, "TRUTH OR DARE": I got the phone call the day that MTV banned the video. And it was not Madonna gleefully jumping up and down, saying, yeah, yeah, yeah, they fell right into it, at all. It was a woman saying, I've just spent three weeks of my life on this video, you know, and now it might not get seen at all. And then she figures out what to do, and that's what makes her a great businesswoman.

COLLINS: Madonna continued down the road to the dark side with the erotic thriller, "Body of Evidence," and the publication of her intensely graphic book of fantasies titled simply "Sex." The "Sex" book's one million copies sold out almost immediately, but it was the first time controversy wasn't helping Madonna's career.

MADONNA: I published a book that was sort of an ironic tongue- in-cheek, sticking my tongue out at society photo essay.

KING: Take that!

MADONNA: So there.

KING: Yeah. Well, it worked, obviously. It sold, and people reacted to it.

MADONNA: And it pissed off a lot of people too.

KING: Yeah.

TARABORRELLI: She was pushing the envelope, but she was, at the same time, pushing it right down people's throats.

MADONNA: I don't know why I get so much (expletive deleted).

DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, "THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW": You realize this is being broadcast, don't you?

COLLINS: A supposedly playful appearance on "The David Letterman Show" backfired, and a string of high-profile romances didn't enhance her reputation. Even sales of her LP "Erotica" were sluggish by Madonna's standards.

TARABORRELLI: This was a time in her life when she was really distancing herself from her public in a way that could have proved completely damaging to a person's career, had it been anybody other than Madonna.

COLLINS: It was time for a reinvention.

STEIN: It's almost as if she, like, reached down, turned herself inside out, you know, like she's a real chameleon, and she can do it over and over again.

COLLINS: In the fall of 1994, Madonna released the romantic ballad "Take a Bow," appearing soft and vulnerable in the video.

MADONNA: This show is over. Say good-bye.

COLLINS: It was her most successful single ever, staying at number one for nine weeks. At the same time, a transformation was beginning to take place in Madonna's personal life.

During the filming of "Evita," a role Madonna had lobbied after for years, she discovered she was pregnant. Her personal trainer, Carlos Leon, was the father. In October of 1996, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, affectionately known as Lola, was born. At the age of 38, Madonna became a mother.

MADONNA: Every day, I'm in complete wonderment of her.

COLLINS: Shortly after Lourdes was born, "Evita" was released.

MADONNA: Don't cry for me Argentina.

COLLINS: Madonna's work on her voice and her acting paid off. In January of 1997, she was rewarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press with a Golden Globe.

NICOLE KIDMAN, ACTRESS: And the winner is Madonna, "Evita." MADONNA: I just feel that what's happening to me is a perfect example that, of, you know, if you just keep on going and you put your mind to something, you can achieve anything.

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COLLINS: Coming up, the transformation continues. Madonna gets in touch with her spiritual side and gets banned one more time.

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MADONNA: ... when you're broken when your heart's not open. Mmmmm, if I could melt...

COLLINS: After more than 15 years in the public eye and almost as many incarnations, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone emerged in the late '90s as a woman and mother in search of the deeper meanings in life.

MADONNA: I've studied Hinduism. I studied Buddhism, Taoism.

KING: You believe in a supreme being?

MADONNA: Absolutely, but I also believe that all paths lead to God.

COLLINS: Madonna's newfound spirituality came through on her 1998 release, "Ray of Light." Critics called the album the best of her career.

MADONNA: And I feel like I just got home and I feel...

TARABORRELLI: It sort of galvanized a great fascination, and people became really interested in what she had to say, because I know -- they know that -- they knew that she was saying something personal.

MADONNA: I traded things for love without a second thought...

COLLINS: The "Ray of Light" track "Substitute For Love" spoke of a struggle to make room for real relationships in a life once defined by an intense determination to be a star. The new Madonna was a far cry from the hard-edged sexual expressionist of the early '90s.

TARABORRELLI: The popular conception about Madonna is that she has reinvented herself over and over and over again, and it's often put out there as a pejorative notion, in the sense that this is a woman who really has no identity.

STEIN: You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time. It's 19 years, come on, give the girl credit. She's a star, she's, really -- come on.

NIKI HARIS, MADONNA BACKUP SINGER: It's just a journey. I mean I think she's just like everybody else. She's a work in progress. She just happens to be playing it out in front of cameras.

CASTRO: She never really got the critical acclaim that she craved, and she's -- for two decades, has been wrestling with issues of respect and do they really respect me, do they get me, do they understand me.

COLLINS: In 1999, Madonna finally got what she wanted.

KING: You win the Grammy. Let's say, you win the Grammy. I predict. Your lips to God.

MADONNA: Please.

COLLINS: "Ray of Light" won four Grammies. Her spiritual rebirth had been validated, and one year later, Madonna announced she was pregnant for the second time. Guy Ritchie, an edgy British film director was the father. Rocco Ritchie was born in Los Angeles August 11, 2000; at the same time the title track from his mom's forthcoming album, "Music," had planted itself in the "Billboard" top 40.

MADONNA: Music makes the people come together.

COLLINS: "Music," the album, arrived to raves and hit number one in more than 40 countries. Madonna had taken chances artistically, using European producers to give her a fresh sound.

MADONNA: Yeah, I always want to write good music. And I always -- you know, every time I go in the studio, I always think of God, I hope I can keep coming up with the goods and somehow it just happens.

COLLINS: Madonna's private life was also flourishing. On December 21, 2000, Madonna christened Rocco and married his dad the next day at Skibo Castle in Scotland. However, the marriage wasn't a signal that Madonna was ready to settle down entirely.

MADONNA: What it feels like for a girl.

COLLINS: With the help of her director hubby, Madonna got banned from MTV once again with the video "What It Feels Like For a Girl." The clip has Madonna and her video granny on a violent tear against random and apparently innocent, men. Once again, Madonna's artistic expression managed to push some buttons.

MADONNA: Don't forget me when I'm dead.

COLLINS: On last summer's "Drowned World Tour," Madonna continued to stretch herself artistically. "What It Feels Like For a Girl" was given a new twist, sung in Spanish. And she played an instrument on stage for the first time her career, the six-string, a gift from husband, Guy Ritchie.

But now, Madonna's tackling one of the biggest challenges of her career, a starring role on the west-end London stage in an art world satire titled "Up For Grabs."

CASTRO: I think with Madonna, gets bored very easily. And she just did a world tour. She just did an album. She has that down pat, but one thing she never really conquered was acting. I mean if this is a flip, I think she's going to really be upset.

COLLINS: And it looks like she can't count on her next film, directed by husband, Guy Ritchie, to win her raves.

CASTRO: It's a remake of a movie called "Swept Away," which was a '70s film, an Italian movie. The test audiences hated it so much so that they took it off the list at the Cannes Film Festival. It's so bad that they don't even want to preview it there. I think they have to go back and retool majorly.

MADONNA: Tell the news not to turn.

COLLINS: But fortunately, for Madonna, she's got another career to fall back on if the acting doesn't work out.

CASTRO: I actually don't think Madonna has peaked as a musical performer.

MADONNA: I wait for you.

HARIS: I think the artist in her will want to tour again. I don't think that you can pick up an instrument and realize, oh, I can play this. I don't think you can -- as an artist, I don't think you can watch your voice start to blossom and not want to go share that with people.

STEIN: If you just look back at all the female superstars that have come and gone in the span of her career, I think it's just not a safe bet any more to bet against her.

CASTRO: I think that what Madonna wants and what she will get is 100 years from now, will people know who Madonna was the way they know who Mozart was and I think the answer to that is absolutely yes.

COLLINS: And for her part, Madonna has no regrets.

MADONNA: I wouldn't trade my life for anyone's.

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ZAHN: Previews of Madonna's London stage debut in "Up For Grabs" are scheduled to begin Monday. While the official opening of her sold-out run on the west-end is set for May 23.

ANNOUNCER: Coming up...

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OSBOURNE: Sharon!

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ANNOUNCER: Ozzy and the Osbournes on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. It's about bleeping time. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OSBOURNE: I'll (EXPLETIVE DELETED) bust your ass.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK.

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ANNOUNCER: Also, she's the apple in a young (UNINTELLIGIBLE) eye. "Star Wars'" Natalie Portman.

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PORTMAN: Please, don't look at me like that.

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ANNOUNCER: Later on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS."

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ZAHN: Welcome back to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

Well, Ozzy and Harriet it isn't, but it sure is a hit. The Osbournes are America's freaky first family, and they're apparently just getting started. Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack reportedly have signed a multi-million-dollar contract to extend their series two more years. As the Osbournes pull the curtain on their first season, a look at a phenomenon that befuddles even the prince of darkness himself. Here's Mark Viviano.

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OZZY OSBOURNE, SINGER: A little bit like Conan the Barbarian on LSD.

MARK VIVIANO, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's been a strange and eventful year for the shock rocker who once asked us to bark at the moon. This was no more evident than at the recent press club dinner in Washington, D.C.

GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: What a fantastic audience we have tonight. Washington power brokers, celebrities, Hollywood stars, Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy, mom loves your stuff.

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VIVIANO: Quite a compliment from the former Texas governor, especially considering that Ozzy was arrested in 1982 for urinating on San Antonio's Alamo. But that's what happens when you get off the crazy train and become America's favorite television father.

Ozzy and his brood, wife Sharon, son Jack and daughter Kelly, have become unlikely stars on MTV's smash hit, "The Osbournes." OSBOURNE: I've seen the show. And I don't -- I don't see anything funny about it. It's just me and my family at home.

LARRY HACKETT, ASST. MANAGING EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: It's in its banality that people find it hilarious.

VIVIANO: It's been the humor, intentional or not, that the country has seen a softer side of the prince of bleeping darkness. While known mostly for biting the heads off creatures, the MTV show has proven Ozzy a gourmet chef.

OSBOURNE: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) a rock star (EXPLETIVE DELETED) making something extraordinary.

VIVIANO: A weather expert.

OSBOURNE: Weather in Afghanistan: 2,000 degrees and climbing. I'm stuck on the Weather Channel.

VIVIANO: And one hell of a dancer.

But it has been a long, hard road for the blizzard of Oz. John Michael Osborne was born in the industrial town of Birmingham, England, on December 3, 1948. He had run-ins with the law for breaking and entering in his later teenage years. During his second incarceration, he got his famous Ozzy knuckle tattoo. After his jail stint, Ozzy heard the Beatles for the first time.

OSBOURNE: I started off loving the Beatles, I wanted to be a Beatle, yet my music is nothing like the Beatles.

VIVIANO: Deciding that music was the way to go, he put an ad in a local music shop, offering his services as a lead singer. That lead to the formation of Black Sabbath, a name that described their hard sound and even harder living.

OSBOURNE: We were all so messed up on drugs and alcohol and spoils of war. You know, we were young kids who believed in the myth of being a rock star.

VIVIANO: The band scored with hits like "Paranoid" and "Iron Man."

But with fame came egos. With egos came bickering, and in 1979 Ozzy was kicked out of Black Sabbath.

After the dismissal, Ozzy locked himself in a hotel room for three months. He drowned himself in junk food, alcohol and drugs. In the midst of this binge, Ozzy got an offer he couldn't refuse from manager Don Arden's daughter Sharon.

OSBOURNE: She said to me, you clean your act up, get rid of all these awful pizzas at the room and the empty beer bottles and the vodka bottles and all this drug paraphernalia, I want to manage you. And I'm like, what do you want to manage me for? And then shortly after that I fell madly in love with her. VIVIANO: Sharon became Ozzy's manager, and the two married in 1982. In the early '80s, Ozzy, with the help of Sharon and guitar prodigy Randy Rhodes, revived his career with successful records and tours.

While on the road, two events would change Ozzy's life and reputation. In Des Moines, Iowa a concert goer tossed a dead bat on stage. Ozzy, thinking it was a rubber bat, bit its head off. He rushed off afterward for rabies shots. But it would be in March of 1982 that his musical career would be put back in limbo when Randy Rhodes died in a plane crash in Florida.

OSBOURNE: Randy died in that tragic air crash, and I thought it was all over again. And my father died. For every hill I climbed, I fell down two.

VIVIANO: While he would have moderate hits in the '80s, such as "Lightning Strikes," Ozzy's career in the '80s would be plagued by controversy. He was sued by multiple families across the country who claimed his song, "Suicide Solution," prompted their child to kill themselves.

The lawsuits would eventually be dismissed for lack of evidence. But it was Ozzy's addiction to booze and hard drugs that was the biggest threat to his career.

OSBOURNE: To go into a center like the Betty Ford Center and come out a new man -- well, they give you the tools in there, but if you slip you slip. It's like anything. You think, one won't hurt. But when you have one, you have two, you have 10, you start again.

VIVIANO: Once out of rehab, Ozzy picked himself up again with the release of multi-platinum album "No More Tears" and the start of Ozzfest.

HACKETT: He lived kind of lifetime of festivals, you know. The Ozzfest is the headbanger festival.

VIVIANO: While Ozzfest was successful, he was playing in relative heavy metal obscurity until an appearance on a popular MTV show.

HACKETT: The Osbournes had been on a TV show called "Cribs," which is basically rock stars walking around their house, showing off their closets and things like that. And they were on last year, and they were hysterical.

VIVIANO: Sharon, still Ozzy's manager, went to the MTV brass with an idea for a show to play off the well-received "Cribs" appearance.

HACKETT: Somebody landed on the idea, wouldn't it be hysterical if we could get this kind of dottering heavy metal head and his kids in their nice, you know, mansion in Beverly Hills, and do an updated "Ozzy and Harriet."

OSBOURNE: Please don't get drunk or get stoned tonight. If you have sex, wear condoms.

VIVIANO: The Osbournes would go on to become television's first reality comedy, and become MTV's biggest hit ever. An estimated eight million people tuned in every Tuesday night to catch a glimpse of the rock'n'roll royal family.

OSBOURNE: Turn that thing off, he's driving me mad!

Oh, shut up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Shut up. Don't tell me to shut up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not illegal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, dad.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, dad, seriously, take that huge (EXPLETIVE DELETED) out of your (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

VIVIANO: Bleeps and in-fighting aside, it is the dual side of Ozzy that is garnering the biggest laughs.

OSBOURNE: (EXPLETIVE DELETED) space (ph) age crap.

VIVIANO: Rock'n'roll wild man meets middle-aged dad.

HACKETT: There is a great scene that has been recorded in many places, where he shows up at some venue to oversee what's happening in the show, and there's a bubble machine going, and he starts moaning to his wife.

OSBOURNE: Bubbles! Come on, Sharon, I'm (EXPLETIVE DELETED) Ozzy Osbourne, I'm the prince of (EXPLETIVE DELETED) darkness.

HACKETT: So, I mean, he still maintains this stage persona of being this kind of, you know, warlock. But it's so in contrast to the way he really lives his life, which is being a dad in his early 50s, who happens to be covered in tattoos.

VIVIANI: Another underlying theme of the show is the love the family members show each other in their own unique way.

HACKETT: They swear all the time, and they get in fights all the time, and the teenagers are just irascible and cranky as any teenager anywhere. But there's this undercurrent of affection and real love between them that makes this work.

OSBOURNE: I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for my wife. I mean, I'll always love my wife, but sometimes I don't like her and sometimes she doesn't like me, you know. But we love each other, you know, it's just -- I hate these people who go, oh, we've been married 56 years and we've never had a bad word. They must have been living on different planets from each other.

VIVIANO: Success has been both a blessing and a curse for the family. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ozzy, we still love you.

OSBOURNE: What was that?

VIVIANO: But they are coming back for more.

Reports say that MTV has offered the Osbournes up to $20 million for two more seasons. That's a raise from the $200,000 they got this season. But how long can this phenomenon last?

HACKETT: I mean, there will be live situations that the kids will get into that I'm sure people will find entertaining. But I think it will have a run. I don't think it's going to become, you know, "Gunsmoke."

VIVIANO: It may be awhile until we see a new episode of "The Osbournes." But their loyal following will always be screaming for more.

OSBOURNE: Stop screaming!

VIVIANO: So will Ozzy.

OSBOURNE: Sharon!

VIVIANO: Coming up, Natalie Portman sounds off on "Star Wars" and some things a little closer to home.

NATALIE PORTMAN, ACTRESS: I want something that, you know, will stimulate me as much as the books I'm reading in school.

VIVIANO: When PEOPLE IN THE NEWS continues.

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ANNOUNCER: We now return to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

ZAHN: In a galaxy far away in a time not too long from now she will give up her crown, get wooed by a jedi, and fight once again for the republic. Coming up, Natalie Portman encounters the clones in "Star Wars Episode II." But first, here's this week's "Passages."

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: After seven years on "Saturday Night Live," Will Farrell is calling it quits. Farrell is best known for his George Bush impersonation, but also had the privilege for shaking it with Janet Reno. Like other former cast members, Mike Myers and Adam Sandler, Farrell plans to try his luck in the movies.

Fans cried "fault" when they noticed the topless woman in the June issue of "Penthouse" was not tennis star Anna Kournikova. Now a judge agrees. A federal judge has ordered "Penthouse" to stop distributing the issue, and has blocked the magazine from posting the photos on its Web site. Both Kournikova and the real bare-breasted blonde have filed lawsuits against "Penthouse."

Rock and roll's old men can't get no satisfaction at home, so they're taking it on the road. For the Rolling Stones, celebrating their 40th anniversary means something more intimate -- playing in clubs in addition to their usual stadiums and arenas. After making the announcement in the shadow of a blimp, the band kicks off the tour in Boston on September 5.

For more celebrity news, pick up a copy of "People" magazine this week. We'll be right back.

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ANNOUNCER: PEOPLE IN THE NEWS continues. Here's Paula Zahn.

ZAHN: She's battled the phantom menace. Now they're sending in the clones. In the latest installment of the "Star Wars" saga, Natalie Portman steps down from her throne and finds romance in all the wrong places amid a galaxy in turmoil. But Portman isn't just raising eyebrows on screen; she's stirring things up too in real life, which means she must be one of our people to watch. Here's Gail O'Neill.

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GAIL O'NEILL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Padme Amidala may have grown from a queen to a senator in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," but in a galaxy far, far away there's a young actress who's done some growing up of her own.

PORTMAN: My life's changed pretty dramatically since the last movie, but I don't think it's because of the last movie. I just think, you know, it's a pretty critical age to go from 17 or 18 when the last film came out, and I'm 21, almost 21 now.

O'NEILL: In the three years since "Episode I," Natalie Portman has concentrated more on her real-life role as a psychology major at Harvard University than on her acting career.

PORTMAN: I don't think you can really be a great actor without being, like, a well-rounded person first and knowing yourself really well. And college has been an experience for me that's helped me to get to know myself better.

O'NEILL: In fact, Portman is so involved in campus life that she drew national attention last month for speaking out as a student.

LARRY SUTTON, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, PEOPLE MAGAZINE: She was involved quite recently in a little controversy in which she wrote a letter to the school paper, "the Harvard Crimson," just sort of attacking a letter that was written by a fellow student which kind of put sort of a racial tinge on the problems that they're having in the Middle East. O'NEILL: Portman's letter made the point that there is no racial difference between Israelis and Palestinians. It read: "Israelis and Arabs are historically cousins. Until we accept the fact that we are constituents of the same family, we will blunder in believing that a loss for one side is not a loss for all human kind." It's an issue that Portman, who is Jewish, is passionate about, and uniquely qualified to speak on.

SUTTON: Natalie Portman was born in Israel, lived there for the first three years of her life, in Jerusalem. She came to the United States when she was 3, but still it's in her background, it's something she thinks about.

O'NEILL: Portman and her parents eventually they wound up on New York's Long Island, where she attended Siosit (ph) high school. But it was at the tender age of 10 that Natalie Portman was discovered in the truest sense of the word.

SUTTON: She was discovered in a pizza parlor, of all places, by a fellow working for Revlon. A natural beauty, said this is someone whose face we've got to have using our products.

O'NEILL: Portman declined the modeling offer, saying she'd rather be an actress.

LEAH ROZEN, MOVIE CRITIC, PEOPLE MAGAZINE: The first time you really noticed Natalie Portman was in her first movie, "The Professional."

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PORTMAN: Leon, what exactly do you do for a living?

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ROZEN: It was similar to when you saw Elizabeth Taylor in "National Velvet," where you just said, that is the most ravishing looking child I have ever seen.

SUTTON: After that, she made a number of movies, and the parts were not necessarily gigantic parts, but they were parts where you saw her and said, it's a face, I mean, she has a terrific look. You remembered her as the young actress playing Al Pacino's stepdaughter, for example, in the movie that's called "Heat." It was -- they were performances that made you say she's going to do something bigger after this.

O'NEILL: But before her biggest screen role, Portman took the Broadway stage in the "Diary of Ann Frank," a role that was extremely personal for the Israeli-born actress.

PORTMAN: My grandfather's little brother and his parents were both killed -- were all killed in concentration camps. And most of my extended family was killed in the Holocaust.

SUTTON: She handled a very difficult role, a very serious role, she got terrific reviews. And even though it was Broadway and not the movies, that's what set the talent scouts saying she had a lot of talent.

O'NEILL: One person who took notice was "Star Wars" director George Lucas. She cast Portman as the young Queen Amidala in "Episode I: The Phantom Menace."

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PORTMAN: I will sign no treaty, senator. My fate will be no different than that of our people.

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ROZEN: If you were looking at the pool of young actresses at that point when he was making the first one, she was one of the real standouts in the group. And if you were also saying, who's someone who can grow with this series, who's someone who is level-headed, who's someone who's not going to burn out, who's someone who gives every indication they're going to grow up to be a terrific young man, you'd probably end up picking Natalie Portman.

O'NEILL: But as Queen Amidala, she didn't always get the royal treatment.

ROZEN: Poor Natalie Portman was stuck playing the queen in these heavy makeup and head dresses, and it was like the kid was so stifled she barely could do anything with the role.

O'NEILL: Reports from the "Phantom Menace" set also painted Portman as a bit of a cranky diva.

SUTTON: Perhaps the only time that Natalie Portman got a bad rap is being a little cranky about her costumes on the first "Star Wars." But you've got to give her a break on that. I mean, she was wearing a head dress that probably weighed 100 pounds. In fact, she says that there was a person who had to walk behind her, sort of carrying a pulley, and they would sort of pull the head dress above her head so it wouldn't rest on it so heavily. That's a lot of weight to carry around. You'd get cranky too.

ROZEN: I think everyone is hoping "Episode II" will be better. From what we're reading about it, it's going to be a love story, it's going to a be a little more adult-themed.

PORTMAN: Padme Amidala is now a senator rather than a queen, so that makes her duties much different, obviously. So she doesn't have to be as ritualized, as formal, and she gets to, you know, be a little more relaxed, and it gives her a little more leisure time that allows her to fall in love.

O'NEILL: As both Queen Amidala and Natalie Portman grow up, the real-life young lady could face an interesting choice.

ROZEN: The real question is whether she continues to be an actress or ends up doing something else with her life? She's at Harvard, she's obviously going to get her degree, she clearly likes school. And she's well aware there's a big world beyond movies.

PORTMAN: Both are my real life. And it took me awhile to sort of come to that and reconcile those two worlds. But now that I have, it's pretty great.

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ZAHN: "Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones" opens Thursday nationwide.

And that is it for this edition of PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. Coming up next week, it's viva Las Vegas for returning diva Celine Dion.

I'm Paula Zahn. Thanks so much for joining us, and be sure to join me every weekday morning for "AMERICAN MORNINGS" right here on CNN. Bye-bye.

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