MARISA MAGIC- Marisa Berenson

marisa berenson– model, actress, society darling- it girl of the 70’s, the face of fashion, a glittering life- what i call marisa magic!

born into priviledge, vittoria marisa schiaparelli berenson was never to far from a camera lense. her christening pictured by irving penn was published in american vogue. at 16 she was discovered by vogue editor, diana vreeland. she went on to a very successful modeling career photographed by all the best photographers over the last 5 decades. what i call model magic!

legendary filmmaker luchino visconti set her movie career in motion with the movie, death in venice. she went on to get a golden globe nomination for her performance in bob fosse’s 1972 production of cabaret. she worked with stanley kubrick’s and ryan o’neal in barry lyndon, miss piggy in the muppet show, and clint eastwood  in white hunter black heart. most recently, she starred and captivated the screen in one of my favorite movies of all time, i am love. what i call movie magic!

marisa’s personal life was also legendary. she held court at studio 54 and was a symbolic sex icon of the 70’s.  she dated actors terence stamp, sam shepard and kevin kline, musician bryan ferry, surfers, race car drivers, playboys and billionaires. what i call man magic!

model, actress, society darling- golden girl transformed into a golden woman! still gorgeous, still acting, still glamorous! do you believe in magic? i do, marisa magic!

most photographs from the book marisa berenson: a life in pictures

arnaud de rosnay photograph

irving penn photograph

discovered by diana vreeland at 16. james karales photograph

david bailey photograph

lionel kazan photograph

david montgomery photograph

brian duffy photograph

gianni penati photograph

bert stern photograph

david bailey photograph

with halston

with boyfriend and formula one race car driver, ricky von opel, at the “american women of art” exhibition in 1975

michael holtz photograph

jack robinson photograph

henry clarke photograph

with ricky von opel and andy warhol at studio 54- ron galella photograph

henry clarke photograph

bert stern photograph

slim aarons photograph


horst photograph

marisa and sister, photographer berry berenson- joel schumacher photograph

henry clarke photograph

jeanloup sieff photograph

wearing valentino- photographed in cy twombly’s home by henry clarke

alan berliner photograph

bert stern photograph

rufan afanador photograph

berry berenson photograph

with first husband james randall in 1976


steven meisel photograph

in tom ford and photographed by tom ford

i am love

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  1. Mark! UGH! i’ve always worshipped marisa berenson. ever since i saw her bev hills house in ad years and years ago, i think it was in the seventies.

  2. One of my favorite postings. I had forgotten how beautiful she is! Lovely compilation of photos – stunning. As ever, you do such a wonderful job painting a picture for us to more understand the subject.

    you happen to be my favorite blogger.!

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  3. Where is a still from Barry Lyndon in this fabulous survey? in my opinion, marisa berenson (as lady lyndon) gives us one of the most beautiful faces in the history of cinema, right up there with deneuve. the photo of marisa in a white suit and large white hat (the photographer credited as unknown) in your compilation may be a still from cabaret.

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  4. This iS a great entry! I didn’t kNow Marissa before. FUn to learn about her and see her from the studio 54 pictures to the “I am love” press shots.

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  5. one of the greatest beauties of all time. what a stunning and well-curated collection of photographs. well done, mark!

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