The Queen of the Scene : Marisa Berenson.

Posted on November 24, 2009 | | 2 Comments

Marisa Berenson

Style Icon, Model, Actress



Marisa Berenson by Henry Clarke



As the granddaughter of legendary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Marisa Berenson was destined to lead a life that looked more like a fairytale. A life of elegance and glamour. Marisa as a fashion model came to prominence in the early 1960s . “I once was one of the highest paid models in the world“, she told The New York Times. Therefore, her legendary presence and her astonishing body have been the canvas for a succession of artworks and an audacious variety of art practices.


However, her talent allowed her to subvert convention and redefine beauty. It is no wonder that Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her the “Girl of the Seventies”. Furthermore, during her fashion career she worked with some of the greatest photographers like Irving Penn, Henry Clarke, Patric Demarchelier. When she entered the world of cinema she participated in several prominent film roles, like the “Death in Venice”, but it was after “Cabaret”,1972, that she received some acclaim (including two Golden Globe nominations and a BAFTA nomination) and she met her best friend Liza Minelli. I read once in one of her interviews:



(during her first wedding with Jim Randall) “I remember my wedding dress had gone lost and arrived at the last minute, so Valentino had to iron it in my bathroom, while Andy(Warhol) took pictures. As i walked down the aisle Lisa handed me her wedding ring for good luck. I remember it like it was yesterday” (Harper’s Bazaar 2009)



In 2001, Marisa’s sister, actress/photographer Berry Berenson, was one of the 58 victims of the terrorist-hijacked plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11. In a strange coincidence, at the same time as her sister’s death Berenson was flying from Paris to New York….





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Marisa Berenson by Henry Clarke, 1975_portraitsofelegance


Marisa Berenson Photo Henry Clarke. La Boheme_portraitsofelegance


Marisa Berenson, Vogue pattern model 1970_portraitsofelegance


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