Donyale Luna
Model, actress
Donyale Luna
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.
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NYTimes - over 5 years
Here's a reader's comment about Dave Kehr's Video column about the 1968 movie ''Skidoo,'' a psychedelic generation-gap comedy by Otto Preminger that has just been released on DVD. Groucho Marx played God in the film. ''I was delighted that Mr. Kehr reviewed 'Skidoo,' one of my favorite wannabe countercultural films of the late 1960s. But I'd like
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5 Supermodels That Transformed Into Super Moguls - The Atlanta Post
Google News - over 5 years
Since the late 1960s when Donyale Luna became the first African-American model to grace the cover of British Vogue, African-American models have been cracking the industry's glass ceiling by appearing on runways worldwide and in
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VEZI FOTO! Top 10 cele mai frumoase femei de culoare - Opinia Timisoarei
Google News - over 5 years
Naomi a fost al doilea model de culoare care a aparut pe coperta Vogue UK (in 1987), dupa ce in 1966 mai pozase si Donyale Luna. Naomi a fost primul model de culoare care a aparut in Vogue Franta, dupa ce Yves Saint Laurent a amenintat ca isi va
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L'estate comoda dei pantaloni lunghi e larghi - La Stampa (Blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Vale tutto e il contrario di tutto, ma l'autentica fashion victim nel 2011 sceglierà il largo e il voluminoso: si sentirà, insomma, per metà una bellezza hippie Anni Settanta alla Donyale Luna e per metà un'elegante signora in vacanza sulla Costa
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Naomi Sims, a Pioneering Cover Girl, Is Dead at 61
NYTimes - over 7 years
Naomi Sims, whose appearance as the first black model on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal in November 1968 was a consummate moment of the Black is Beautiful movement, and who went on to design successful collections of wigs and cosmetics for black women under her name, died Saturday in Newark. She was 61 and lived in Newark. She died of cancer,
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An Ode to the Shooting Stars of Beauty
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Maxime de la Falaise -- one of the great icons of 20th-century fashion, a muse to Elsa Schiaparelli and a friend of Yves Saint Laurent -- died last week. And her departure could not have come at a more poignant moment: the opening of an exhibition in New York about the fashion model as muse. This case study, which is set to open Wednesday at the
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It's Official: Models Look Good
NYTimes - almost 8 years
''WHAT would 'Dovima With Elephants' have been without Dovima?'' the curator Kohle Yohannan said last week, referring to a celebrated Richard Avedon photograph of 1955 that depicted the attenuated mannequin Dovima (nee Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba) wearing a Christian Dior sheath and sandwiched between monumental pachyderms. One could just as
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A Cover Girl Who's Simply Himself
NYTimes - over 9 years
WHAT follows is, in brief (well, not so brief), the curious tale of how a handsome black man who can also look an awful lot like a beautiful black woman, except with better legs than most and a beard, happened to end up on the November cover of French Vogue. The time was summer 2007. The man, who goes by the name Andre J., and who was born Andre
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Looking At What Black Looks Like
NYTimes - over 19 years
I have been reading fashion magazines for years, and most of them have been filled with women who looked quite unlike me and wore clothes I was unlikely to wear in settings I was unlikely to find myself in. And yes, one of the obvious differences between us was racial. I would have been delighted to see Lena Horne or Dorothy Dandridge photographed
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donyale Luna
  • 1979
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She left behind her 18-month-old daughter, Dream.
  • 1969
    Age 23
    Around 1969 Luna was also romantically involved with German actor Klaus Kinski.
    More Details Hide Details They posed together in several photographs. The relationship ended when Kinski asked her entourage to leave his house in Rome: he was concerned that their drug use could damage his career. Luna married the Italian photographer Luigi Cazzaniga. In 1977 they had a daughter, Dream.
  • 1968
    Age 22
    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".
    More Details Hide Details In London's Sunday Times Magazine, Harold Carlton hailed her as "the completely New Image of the Negro woman. Fashion finds itself in an instrumental position for changing history, however slightly, for it is about to bring out into the open the veneration, the adoration, the idolization of the Negro". When Stone asked her about whether her appearances in Hollywood films would benefit the cause of black actresses, Luna answered, "If it brings about more jobs for Mexicans, Asians, Native Americans, Africans, groovy. It could be good, it could be bad. I couldn't care less." In the mid-1960s, Luna was married to an actor for 10 months. Later she reportedly was engaged to the Austrian-born Swiss actor Maximilian Schell, to an unnamed Danish photographer, and to Georg Willing, a German actor who appeared in European horror films (such as 1970's Necropolis) and with the Living Theatre.
  • 1966
    Age 20
    An article in Time magazine published on April 1, 1966, "The Luna Year", described her as "a new heavenly body who, because of her striking singularity, promises to remain on high for many a season.
    More Details Hide Details Donyale Luna, as she calls herself, is unquestionably the hottest model in Europe at the moment. She is only 20, a Negro, hails from Detroit, and is not to be missed if one reads Harper's Bazaar, Paris Match, Britain's Queen, the British, French or American editions of Vogue. By the 1970s, however, Luna's modeling career began to decline due to her drug use, eccentric behavior and tendency to be difficult. A designer for whom Luna once worked said, "She Luna took a lot of drugs and never paid her bills". Fellow model Beverly Johnson later said, "Luna doesn't wear shoes winter or summer. Ask her where she's from—Mars? She went up and down the runways on her hands and knees. She didn't show up for bookings. She didn't have a hard time, she made it hard for herself."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details According to the New York Times, she was under exclusive contract to the photographer Richard Avedon for a year at the beginning of her career.
  • 1965
    Age 19
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the parentage stated on her birth certificate, she insisted that her biological father was a man with the surname Luna and that her mother was Indigenous Mexican and of Afro-Egyptian lineage. According to Luna, one of her grandmothers was reportedly a former Irish actress who married a black interior decorator. Whether any of this background is true is uncertain. Luna's sister later described her as being "a very weird child, even from birth, living in a wonderland, a dream". She would routinely create fantasies about her background and herself. As a teen, she attended Cass Technical High School, where she studied journalism and was in the school choir. It was during this time that she began calling herself "Donyale". She was later described by friends and classmates as being "kind of a kook".
  • 1945
    Born on August 31, 1945.
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