Judy Scott, who met Marianne on Hydra in 1973 and became very close with her, told Songfacts what she was like
: "My first impression was of a lovely, tall, tanned blonde woman of about 35. I came to know her better.
She mentioned the song 'So Long, Marianne' and told me it was originally titled 'Come On, Marianne' but later Leonard changed it. She loved the song, even if it did evoke the evolving nature of their relationship.
When I visited her in Oslo she played the song on her small stereo, and looking out the window, she said to me, 'The thing with Leonard is, he actually did what he set out to do. He succeeded where many others failed. It makes him almost inescapable in my life.'"