Amy Winehouse (14 September 1983 - 23 July 2011)
Amy Winehouse was an English singer/songwriter, best known for her Grammy Award-winning albums and critically acclaimed 2006 single 'Rehab'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of her death in 2011, Amy Winehouse had a net worth of 10 million USD.
Childhood: Amy Winehouse was born in North London to Mitchell and Janis Winehouse, and lived with them and her elder brother Alex in Southgate. When Winehouse was nine years old, her parents separated, leading to Winehouse living with her mother and staying with her father at weekends. At this time, Winehouse began attending Susi Earnshaw Theatre School on Saturdays to take singing and tap-dancing lessons. After attending the school for four years, she founded the rap group Sweet 'n' Sour with a friend, before then began attending Sylvia Young Theatre School full time.
Career: Amy Winehouse first began making her own music at the age of fourteen after buying a guitar. After spending some time doing live performances, a friend of Winehouse sent her demo tape to a manager, with Winehouse becoming signed to 19 Management in 2002 for 250 GBP per week. Winehouse began producing music, however it went unreleased as the management chose not to reveal her to the industry. On 20th October 2003, 'Frank', Winehouse's debut studio album, was released. The album received glowing reviews and went on to become triple platinum. While 'Frank' - named in honour of Frank Sinatra - was very jazz-influenced, Winehouse focused on 50s and 60s girl groups for her second album. On 27th October 2006, Winehouse released 'Back to Black'. The acclaimed album received 6 Grammy Awards, before going on to become the second best-selling album in the UK in the 21st Century by 2011.
Personal Life: In 2006, Amy Winehouse dated Alex Clare. A year later, she married Blake Fielder-Civil after dating him on and off for several years. Fielder-Civil was imprisoned for assault in 2008, and Winehouse began seeing Josh Bowman. Winehouse and Fielder-Civil divorced in 2009. Fielder-Civil revealed later that during their time together, he had introduced her to cocaine and heroin.
Death: On 23th July 2011, paramedics arrived at Winehouse's London home at 3:54 pm, after a call from her bodyguard that revealed she was not moving and had stopped breathing. She was pronounced dead at the scene, with an investigation on 26th October 2011 revealing that her blood alcohol level was over five-times more than the legal drink-drive limit.
Asif Kapadia’s documentary ‘Amy’ has earned five star reviews and is breaking box office records.
Amy the documentary by Asif Kapadia about the late singer Amy Winehouse has broken UK box office records, enjoying the biggest ever opening weekend for a British documentary film as well as the all time second biggest opening for a documentary.
Amy has broken box office records.
Asif Kapadia’s doc is second only to Michael Moore’s 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11, which eventually took $12 million a figure which Amy could easily surpass. Amy opened in the UK on Friday (July 3rd) and earned £519,000 from just 133 cinemas.
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His interpretations of Amy's life and music are very different from her father's.
Filmmaker Asif Kapadia took three years to make Amy, his documentary about Amy Winehouse, which is compiled from some 100 interviews and a staggering range of archival footage. As he did in his award-winning 2010 Formula One doc Senna, Kapadia prefers to the story tell itself rather than force a narrative. "I had no idea what this film was," he says. "I had no thesis, I had no plan. I know what the beginning and the middle and the end is, but if it changes I'm going to go with it."
The documentary sees Amy Winehouse at her most vulnerable
That beginning, middle and end are well-known: North Londoner Amy Winehouse was natural jazz musician who became a global superstar by age 22. But she struggled with fame, and in 2011 she died at 27 after years of addiction and bulimia.
As with his Formula One documentary Senna, filmmaker Asaf Kapadia cleverly uses archival footage to explore the wrenching story of Amy Winehouse. It's a strikingly journalistic approach that refuses to let anyone off the hook even as it draws out their deepest emotions. Lyrically edited by Chris King, the film is both beautiful and achingly sad, especially as it engulfs the audience on a big cinema screen.
A naturally gifted musician, Amy started writing her own songs at age 14 and had a publishing deal by 16, performing in small clubs as well as with the National Youth Jazz orchestra. At 20, her debut 2003 album Frank caused ripples in the industry with its jazz-infused vocals. And three years later, her follow-up Back in Black catapulted her into global stardom, something she never wanted. To escape the clamouring paparazzi and ever-larger audiences, she retreated into her on-off relationship with Blake Fielder, including a two-year marriage. But their key escape was to use large quantities of alcohol and drugs, which began to take a toll on Amy's career, leading to rambling interviews and shambolic stage appearances. In her lucid moments, she still had that raw power, and a series of rehab stints helped her conquer drugs. But in 2011, her alcohol consumption finally stopped her heart, which had been weakened by decades of bulimia.
Kapadia recounts this story using a staggering array of home movies, performance footage and press imagery, letting her prescient song lyrics play out across the screen as she performs them in homes, recording studios, TV shows and a variety of stages. Meanwhile, she tells her story in voiceover taken from interviews, plus new comments from her family, friends and colleagues. All of this is assembled with skill by the filmmakers to recount Amy's story chronologically, never shying away from the hard truths while refusing to let those closest to her adjust the material to revise history. In other words, it's sometimes brutally honest, not in the way it assigns blame but in the way it creates a portrait of a system that feeds off artists without properly looking out for them.
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Universal destroyed the demos for the late singer's planned third album in order to prevent sampling of her voice in the future.
Before her tragic death in July 2011, Amy Winehouse apparently recorded demo versions of tracks intended for a third album – however, they’ll never see the light of day because they were destroyed by her record label Universal.
David Joseph, the chairman / CEO of the major label, told Billboard that the decision was taken to stop unauthorised sampling in the future. “It was a moral thing,” he said, “taking a stem or a vocal is not something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can't happen on anyone else's.”
The revelation came as part of an extended feature article, in a series of interviews with the late singer’s friends, fans and collaborators, ahead of the theatrical release of documentary movie Amy.
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The BBC doc comes ahead of the cinema release of Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed documentary ‘Amy’.
A new documentary produced by the BBC looking at the life and career of the late Amy Winehouse has been made available on the channel’s Iplayer service. Titled ‘Amy Winehouse In Her Own Words’ the doc uses previously unseen footage and performances to tell the tragic story of the singer who died in 2011.
'Amy Winehouse: In Her Own Words' is now available on BBC Iplayer.
The doc features a performances from a BBC One session the singer did in 2007, after her second album Back To Black made her an international name. Also included is footage from her appearances on ‘Later With Jools Holland’, her 2004 and 2008 Glastonbury performances and the 2004 Mercury Music Prize.
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Ahead of the documentary about the singer's life, Winehouse's ex-husband has spoken to defend himself over his role in her addiction.
Blake Fielder, the former husband of the late Amy Winehouse, has denied that he “ruined” the singer’s life and rejected suggestions that he was responsible for her decline into addiction.
Winehouse, who died in 2011 at the age of 27, was married to Fielder (known then as Blake Fielder-Civil) from 2007 for two years, and the pair continued an on-off relationship for a couple of years afterwards despite the breakdown of the marriage. Fielder, now 33, is often blamed for introducing the Back To Black singer to hard drugs and beginning her spiral into substance and alcohol abuse.
Amy Winehouse with Fielder in 2007
The director recently came in for criticism by Mitch Winehouse over the portrayal of him and his family in 'Amy'.
Asif Kapadia, the director of the imminently released documentary about Amy Winehouse, has defended himself against criticisms made by the late singer’s father Mitch. Winehouse passed away in July 2011 at the age of 27, and Kapadia’s new movie Amy focusses on her early years and her rise to fame as well as the tragic end to her life.
Last month, Mitch Winehouse revealed that he had ordered the film to be re-edited upon seeing its original cut, claiming that the documentary had an "agenda" and had ended up portraying him and the rest of his family in “the worst possible light”.
Director Asif Kapadia has been criticised by Amy Winehouse's father Mitch
The late singer's father has objected to the portrayal of both himself and his daughter in the forthcoming 'Amy' documentary, and wants to straighten some things out.
Mitch Winehouse has maintained his opposition to the upcoming documentary film about his daughter Amy, saying that he would be interested in setting the record straight and working on a project of his own in the future.
Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia and due to be released on July 3rd in the UK and the rest of the world on July 10th, has won critical praise but drawn many objections from the late singer’s family, the most vocal of whom has been her father.
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Just days after its premiere, the movie is attracting a lot of criticism.
Amy Winehouse’s biopic premiered at Cannes this weekend and the critics are ready to have their say. The film, which tells Winehouse’s story from her early days right up until her death from alcohol at age 27, includes archive footage and interviews with Winehouse’s collaborators, friends and loved ones.
Amy hits theatres in the UK this July.
"I don't think I'm going to be at all famous. I don't think I could handle it," a young Winehouse can be heard saying in a particularly ominous clip.
‘Amy’ is directed by Asif Kapadia, who was behind the award winning documentary ‘Senna’.
Amy, Senna director Asif Kapadia’s documentary about tragic singer Amy Winehouse premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, earning almost unanimous praise from the critics. But even before its premiere the film found itself making headlines in recent weeks, after the late singer’s family withdrew their support for the project last month.
Amy’s family have withdrawn support for the film.
Mitch Winehouse, Amy's father, said he felt the doc painted him as an absentee father and told The Sun newspaper in April “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”
Mitch Winehouse has said biopic ‘Amy’ paints him as an absentee father.
Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch has spoken out against the upcoming documentary on his daughter saying that it paints him as an absentee father. Mitch Winehouse is also said to have instructed lawyers to try and halt the release of film, which is due out in July.
Amy will be shown at UK cinemas this July.
Speaking to The Sun after watching Amy for the first time Mitch said, “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”
Scott Eastwood hits the red carpet in Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling meets his fans in London, and Paul Reubens gets back into Pee-Wee gear for his new movie. Trailers this week offer glimpses at a comedy from Jack Black, action with Pierce Brosnan, both comedy and action with Zach Galifianakis, and a moving documentary about Amy Winehouse...
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The trailer for the film documenting the life and voice of the award-winning singer is out
The untimely death Amy Winehouse, the British singer-songwriter internationally-renowned for her deep vocals and eclectic mix of musical genres, proved a desperate blow for her legions of fans in July 2011. Now, four years later, Amy will come back to life through an intimate documentary of the same name that features unseen archive footage and previously unreleased tracks.
The touching documentary about the talented singer hits cinemas this summer
Only 27 at the time of her death, the outstandingly talented, multi-award winning musician, joined an elite group of talent that died at 27 through drug or drink abuse, homicide or suicide.
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Take a look at the haunting trailer for the new documentary about Amy Winehouse.
The first trailer for the upcoming documentary on Amy Winehouse has been released. Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia, looks like it's going to be haunting, chilling but ultimately heartbreaking. The documentary has been widely anticipated since the project was announced two years ago.
The promotional poster for Amy.
A teaser poster has been released ahead of the upcoming Amy Winehouse documentary 'Amy' The documentary comes from the award winning team behind the award winning 'Senna', the story of the late Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna. - - Thursday 19th March 2015
Date of birth
14th September, 1983
Date of death
14th September, 2011