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Sinéad O'Connor

Born December 8, 1966, in Dublin, Ireland. After a difficult childhood (her parents divorced early on and her mother was frequently abusive), O'Connor was sent to reform school after being caught shoplifting. Her music career began when she was "discovered" by the drummer of the popular Irish band In Tua Nua and co-wrote their hit song "Take My Hand." Before finishing school, O'Connor ran away to Dublin, where she sang and played guitar on the street and in pubs and worked for a singing telegram service. While performing with a Dublin band called Ton Ton Macoute, O'Connor caught the attention of the two owner-managers of a small London record label called Ensign Records. Ensign released her debut album, The Lion and the Cobra, late in 1987. Critics lauded O'Connor's powerful and expressive voice and noted the complexity of her songs, even while acknowledging their decidedly uncommercial nature. Though it had no major hit singles, the album eventually sold over 500,000 copies and went platinum. With the 1990 release of O'Connor's second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, the baldheaded singer-songwriter became an international star. Driven by the phenomenal success of the smash hit single "Nothing Compares 2 U" (a once-obscure song written by Prince and first recorded by a band called the Family), the album shot to the top of the Billboard charts and nabbed O'Connor four Grammy Award nominations including Best Album, Best Song, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Alternative Album. The video for "Nothing Compares 2 U" won the MTV Award for Video of the Year, and O'Connor was named Artist of the Year in 1991 by Rolling Stone. Her next two albums, Am I Not Your Girl? (1992) and Universal Mother(1994), made far less of an impact either critically or commercially. Soon, however, O'Connor became famous for her controversial public outbursts, beginning in 1989 when she announced her support for the radical Irish Republican Army (IRA); she retracted the statement one year later. She again made headlines in 1990 when she refused to appear onstage in New Jersey if "The Star-Spangled Banner" were played before the concert. In 1991, O'Connor boycotted the Grammy ceremony and refused her award for Best Alternative Album, maintaining that her absence was a protest against the extreme commercialism of the Grammy Awards. Even more publicity surrounded a 1992 performance by O'Connor on Saturday Night Live, during which she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, denouncing the Catholic Church as "the real enemy." Despite her contempt for the clerical hierarchy, O'Connor maintained she was a Catholic and devoutly spiritual.

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Dec 8, 1966 In Dublin, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Top of the Pops 1964-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie The Busk - A Decade of Christmas on Grafton Street 2020-12-22
Known For
Poster of Gael Force
Poster of The View
Poster of Saturday Night Live
Poster of Top of the Pops
Movie Citizens Of Boomtown: The Story of the Boomtown Rats Herself 2020-05-23
Movie The Busk - A Decade of Christmas on Grafton Street Herself 2020-12-22
Movie The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities Self 2015-03-13
Movie Music Unknown 2010-10-15
Series The Graham Norton Show Herself 2007-02-22
Movie Sinead O'Connor - Goodnight, Thank You. You've Been a Lovely Audience Herself 2003-01-01
Movie Sinéad O'Connor Live Unknown 2003-10-01
Movie Kinky Gerlinky Self 2002-01-01
Movie Gael Force Unknown 2000-05-30
Series Rove Herself 1999-09-22
Movie The Butcher Boy Our Lady/Colleen 1998-02-20
Series Behind the Music Herself 1997-08-17
Series The View Self - Guest 1997-08-11
Movie The Best of Sessions at West 54th: Vol. 1 Unknown 1997-12-19
Movie A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who Unknown 1994-12-16
Series Terry Wogan's Friday Night Herself 1992-10-09
Movie Sinéad O'Connor: The Year Of The Horse Self 1991-07-16
Movie The Ghosts of Oxford Street Ann of Oxford Street 1991-12-25
Movie Two Rooms: A Tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin Herself - Guest 1991-10-01
Movie Hush-a-Bye Baby Sinéad 1990-01-01
Movie Roger Waters: The Wall - Live in Berlin Vocals 1990-07-20
Movie Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Herself 1990-12-01
Series Stars 90 self 1990-09-03
Series Verstehen Sie Spaß? Unknown 1980-01-31
Series Saturday Night Live Herself - Musical Guest 1975-10-11
Series Ein Kessel Buntes Self - Musician 1972-01-29
Series Top of the Pops Unknown 1964-01-01