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Born: December 29, 1946
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Marital Status: Divorced
Husband #1: John Dunbar, married 1965-1970
Husband #2: Ben Brierly, married 1979-mid'80s
Husband #3: Giorgio Dellaterza, married 1988-?
Nicholas Dunbar, born November 10, 1965
It's been over 25 years since Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger's
intense love affair ended. She's been a successful recording artist and
a critically acclaimed actress, achieving fame and a notable career in
her own right. But she'll still be best known as "the former girlfriend
of Mick Jagger."
Why? When "Swinging London" was the center of the European music
universe in the mid-to-late '60s, Marianne Faithfull was the unofficial
queen of the scene. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were the biggest
bands in the world, but the Beatles' wives and girlfriends didn't
caught in a drug bust naked (except for a rug) in a roomful of naughty
men from the music scene. Marianne Faithfull did. That incident, the
infamous 1967 Redlands bust at Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards'
house, caused a scandalous sensation that will forever be mentioned in
association with Marianne Faithfull.
Marianne was one of the goddesses of the music scene's full-fledged
plunge in the sexual revolution. Her beauty and talent were admired and
envied by many. Marianne left her first husband, John Dunbar, for Mick
Jagger, and Marianne and Mick's relationship was considered the epitome
of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Her lifestyle was a far cry from
the angelic image she portrayed when she recorded her first big pop
hit, "When Tears Go By," written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
After all, Marianne went to school in a convent; she came from a
well-to-do, educated background. If ever there was a case of a "good
girl gone bad," this was it.
In her autobiography (1994's "Faithfull"), Marianne admits she was
stoned during most of her relationship with Mick. And she says although
she loved Mick, she also revealed that she and Mick were really in love
with the same person: Keith Richards. By many accounts, including
Marianne's, she and Keith had sex in a one-night stand, but Keith and
Mick never had sex. (For the record, Keith claims he and Marianne never
had sex.) This being the "swinging '60s," Marianne also slept with
other members of the Stones camp, including Brian Jones and Anita
Pallenberg (Keith Richards' longtime girlfriend), who was also involved
in love affairs with Brian and Mick.
By 1969, the death of Brian Jones, Marianne's suicide attempt, the
miscarriage of her and Mick's child, infidelities, fame, and the
ever-present drugs all effectively combined to shatter the relationship
between Marianne and Mick. Marianne continued on a downward spiral in
the 1970s as she became a notorious drug addict, with heroin her drug
of choice. At one point, she was living on the streets. Throughout the
years, Marianne continued to record sporadically, with her most
critically acclaimed album to date being 1979's "Broken English." She
still goes out on concert tours and does occasional interviews.
Official Homepage: www.mariannefaithfull.org.uk
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