Happy Birthday, Alice Cooper!

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Alice Cooper turns 65 today!

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Vincent Damon Furnier was born in Detroit, Michigan to a devoted Christian family, whose father was a lay preacher in Church of Jesus Christ.

He grew up in Michigan, then moved to Arizona, where he gained admissions to three universities - but he declined all of the offers.

Alice Cooper was in the making at that moment, eagerly joining a local talent show. He gathered fellow cross-country teammates to create a group for a show.

He did not know how to play any musical instruments in the talent show, which was why they did a mime of The Beatles performance - which earned them first place.

That, however, did not satisfy him.

As a result of the winning, the group immediately went to learn musical instruments.

This was the first stepping stone Vincent Furnier took to develop his music career.

He then established more musical credibility, joining bands, and singing on more stages - which brought Alice Cooper today.

Although he was famous with the stage name Alice Cooper, it was actually a name he and his ex-bandmates chose for their band. Furnier, however, adopted it as his stage name as well.

He had had his career for five decades now, and was called the world's beloved heavy metal entertainer by The Rolling Stone Album Guide. He combined the horror of guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, and dolls on his stage with rock, and heavy metal.

Alice Cooper has been married to Sheryl Goddard from 1972 to 1982, in which Goddard filed for divorce, due to his alcoholism. They reconciled in the middle of 1984, and are currently married. They have three children together.



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