Donyale Luna

Model + Actress
Born Aug 31, 1945
Hometown Detroit, Michigan
Died May 17, 1979
Death Place Rome
Height 6' 0'' (1.8m)
Weight 48081.59999999999...
Nationality American

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 After being discovered by the photographer David McCabe, she moved from Detroit to New York City to pursue a modeling career. In January 1965, a sketch of Luna appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.


1966 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She became the first African American model to appear on the cover of a Vogue magazine, the March 1966 British issue, shot by British photographer David Bailey. … Read More
1967 21 Years Old In 1967, the mannequin manufacturer Adel Rootstein created a mannequin in Luna's image, a follow-up to the company's Twiggy mannequin of 1966.
1968 22 Years Old According to the journalist Judy Stone, who wrote a profile of Luna for The New York Times in 1968, the model 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
1972 26 Years Old Luna starred as the title character in the 1972 Italian film Salomé, by director Carmelo Bene.
1975 29 Years Old Luna appeared in a nude photo layout in the April 1975 issue of Playboy; the photographer was Luigi Cazzaniga. … Read More


1979 34 Years Old Died on May 17, 1979.
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