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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 August 1959Liverpool, England, UK
Birth NamePeter Jozzeppi Burns
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Pete Burns was born on August 5, 1959 in Port Sunlight, near Liverpool, to Francis and Eva Burns. His father is British and his mother was a refugee from Germany. According to Pete, he felt a need to be different and began experimenting with his hair and looks at age 12. However, he looked so "freakish" that he was endlessly taunted by teachers and peers, and he finally left school at the age of 16. That same year he met his future wife Lynne Corlett, a teenage hairdresser, when he applied for a job at the same salon where she worked. At first the pair disliked each other, but Lynne sensed something special in the odd and often unpleasant boy. Her patience paid off and Pete opened up to her, the both of them forging a friendship that grew. They tied the knot four years later and have been happily married ever since.

Pete worked odd jobs until he turned 18, at which time he became employed at Probe Records in Liverpool. This marked his entrance into the world of music. He joined several bands and wound up fronting Nightmares In Wax in 1979, the group that would eventually morph into Dead Or Alive. Pete's outrageous, androgynous look hadn't changed, and Dead Or Alive was a perfect fit into the dance pop of the 80s. There were continual changes to the lineup of Dead Or Alive, but Pete held on to the name. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" became Dead Or Alive's biggest hit, and remains today their signature single.

Dead Or Alive never went away. Pete Burns and the group are still writing music and touring in Europe and Asia, and today Pete looks just as colorful as he ever did: He has had a few plastic surgeries, receives Botox injections, wears his hair long (it's often blond these days), wears makeup better than some of the top European models, and takes extraordinary care of his body by running every morning and working out. But that is the extent of the show. In reality, Pete is a very down-to-earth, intelligent man who is fiercely protective of his privacy, has never allowed fame to go to his head, was always close to his parents, and enjoys quiet time at home with his wife and two cats. What advice does the confident performer offer to his fans? "Just be yourself. You can make it. You can just be yourself and make it as yourself, and that goes with any field."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Allie

Spouse (2)

Michael Simpson (6 July 2007 - 2008) (divorced)
Lynne Corlett (8 August 1980 - 2006) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Wearing an eyepatch over his left eye

Trivia (8)

Born at Clatterbridge Hospital, Bebington, Wirral, England.
Left school at 16.
Met his wife, Lynne, at age 15.
Was very close to his parents and turned down an offer to tour with Madonna in the 80s to be with his mother when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Speaks fluent German.
His father was British. His mother was German, and left the country during the Nazi regime, because her own father was Jewish.
Formed a civil partnership with photographer Michael Simpson on July 6 2007.
Touring with reunited Dead or Alive [September 2003]

Personal Quotes (4)

August 8th, 1980. That was the day Lynne and I got married. The only thing that spoiled it was that the man in the registry office had to go and make a feeble joke by asking which one of us was the bride.(when asked about the happiest day of his life)
You'd never catch me dead in a pair of fishnets! For one thing, they are not practical. And for another thing, it's just like a tacky drag queen.
How trashy do I seem? I like deliberate Trash. I collect items like Elvis Presley clock radios and '50s memorabilia. It inspires a lot of my imagery. I like tasteful trash.
"I look at these marriages between big stars like Sadie Frost and Jude Law and wonder how they expect any relationship to last when they spend most of their time thousands of miles part. Lynne is a massive part of my life - she always has been and always will be. When I go abroad touring, she comes with me." (Commenting on his long and happy marriage)

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