Marianne Faithfull

December 29, 1946
  • Her birth name: Marianne Evelyn Gabriel Faithfull.
  • The first time the F-word was spoken in a movie was by Faithfull in the 1967 film I'll Never Forget What's'isname.
  • Poet Allen Ginsberg, an old friend, named her "Professor of Poetics, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets."
  • Through her mother, Marianne is a direct descendant of Count Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the infamous 19th century Austrian nobleman whose classic erotic novel Venus In Furs spawned the word "Masochism."
  • She ranked #25 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'N Roll.
  • Some of the lyrics to the Rolling Stones song "Wild Horses" were allegedly about her break up with Mick Jagger. >>
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    Anthony R. Vario - North Smithfield, RI, for all above
  • She was arrested in 1979 at the Oslo, Norway, airport for possession of marijuana. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Marianne Faithfull dated three Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards. She once told the NME: "The lead singer seemed the best bet."
  • Faithfull was a homeless, anorexic heroin junkie when producer Mike Leander tracked her down on the streets of Soho in London in 1971 and tried to help her revive her career with the album Rich Kid Blues. Unfortunately, the album was shelved until 1985, but it did spur Faithfull to keep recording and by the end of the decade she released the country record Dreamin' My Dreams and her critically acclaimed comeback album Broken English.

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