Amy Winehouse: Snapshot

Amy Winehouse
Date of Birth
September 14, 1983
Date of Death
July 23, 2011
Birth Place
London, England
Amy Winehouse was only 5'2", but with her swoosh of black eyeliner and towering beehive – which she called her "secret weapon"– she was larger than life. But the troubled singer's killer 'do and remarkable talent couldn't save her from her well-publicized demons: At 27, the British songbird was found dead in her London home.

Back to Black – a brutally honest retelling of her breakup with Blake Fielder-Civil – sold more than 3 million copies. But in 2007, the brilliant Brit was hospitalized for a drug overdose, checked into – and out of – rehab, and got busted for drug possession. She reunited with and married Fielder-Civil, only to have him hauled off to jail (they eventually divorced).

In January 2008, Winehouse entered rehab weeks before winning five Grammys, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Three years later, the singer returned to rehab, only to pass away two months later from drinking too much alcohol.

Amy Winehouse: Five Fun Facts

  1. As a kid, Amy Winehouse wanted to be a roller-skating waitress.
  2. At age 10, Amy Winehouse and her best friend formed a rap duo inspired by Salt-n-Pepa. The name? Sweet 'n Sour. "I was sour, of course," she told the London Observer.
  3. Amy Winehouse got her first tattoo, a small Betty Boop on her back, at age 15. At that point, she told Rolling Stone, "My parents pretty much realized I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really."
  4. Just how high was Amy Winehouse's trademark beehive? "On a good day, easily six [inches]," she told Entertainment Weekly.
  5. Amy Winehouse had strong opinions when it came to cocktails. Her favorite was the Rickstasy: three parts vodka, one part Southern Comfort, one part banana liqueur and one part Bailey's.

Amy Winehouse: Biography


Amy Winehouse

September 14

Amy Winehouse has Arrived

Cab driver Mitch Winehouse and his pharmacist wife Janis welcome their second child Amy into their North London home. When the Winehouses split, a nine-year-old Amy and her older brother Alex live mostly with their mother in Southgate – a London suburb best known for housing the Priory, a celebrity-friendly rehab hospital. "She was always very self-willed," her father Mitch tells Rolling Stone in 2007. "Not badly behaved but...different."


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Too Cool for School

At 12, Winehouse wins a space in the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, but is expelled long before graduation. (The final straw? Getting her nose pierced). "She was very bright but she was always messing around," mom Janis tells London's Daily Mail in 2007. By 16, Winehouse – who later tells Interview, "I'm not very ambitious at all" – lands a deal with Simon Fuller's (the man behind American Idol) management company. She eventually signs with Island Records.


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The Amy-Blake Rollercoaster

Winehouse meets Blake Fielder-Civil (left), a part-time gofer on music video sets, at a local bar. She promptly has his name tattooed above her heart, and the two begin a tempestuous, on-and-off romance. During one particularly prolonged hiatus, he reconciles with an old flame and a heart-broken Winehouse writes the bulk of her 2007 breakthrough album, Back to Black. It was a time of extreme creativity, but Winehouse admits she was also attempting to drown her sorrows in booze.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Mark Allan/WireImage

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Splash News Online; Splash News Online; INF

Edited by Julia Wang

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