In 1976, David Bowie was a 29-year-old androgynous enigma whose skilled manipulation of gender roles paved the way for the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga.
"I am an actor," he told PEOPLE in his September cover story promoting his movie The Man Who Fell to Earth that year. "My whole professional life is an act. I slip from one guise to another very easily. One guise plays into another, and the extreme comments force it into another direction."