Donyale Luna

Model + Actress
Born Aug 31, 1945

Donyale Luna was an American model and cover girl. She also appeared in several films, in Camp by Andy Warhol, Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? by William Klein, as Groucho Marx's companion in Otto Preminger's Skidoo, and most notably as Oenothea in Federico Fellini's Satyricon and as the title character in Salomé, a film by director Carmelo Bene.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on August 31, 1945.


1965 19 Years Old 1 More Event
She was born Peggy Ann Freeman in Detroit, Michigan, to Nathaniel A. and Peggy Freeman (née Hertzog). She was the youngest of three daughters. In January 1965, her mother fatally shot her father in self-defense as he was reportedly abusive. … Read More


1966 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She became the first black model to appear on the cover of a Vogue magazine, the March 1966 British issue, shot by photographer David Bailey. … Read More
1968 22 Years Old According to the journalist Judy Stone, who wrote a profile of Luna for The New York Times in 1968, Luna was "secretive, mysterious, contradictory, evasive, mercurial, and insistent upon her multiracial lineage—exotic, chameleon strands of Indigenous-Mexican, Indonesian, Irish, and, last but least escapable, African". … Read More
1969 23 Years Old Around 1969 Luna was also romantically involved with German actor Klaus Kinski. … Read More


1979 34 Years Old At the age of 33, estranged from her husband, she died in a Rome clinic in the early hours of 17 May 1979 of an accidental heroin overdose. … Read More
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