Suze Rotolo

Born Nov 20, 1943

Susan Elizabeth Rotolo, known as Suze Rotolo, was an American artist, but is perhaps best known as Bob Dylan's girlfriend between 1961 and 1964 and a strong influence on his music. She is the woman walking with him on the cover of his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, a ground-breaking street image by the CBS studio photographer, Don Hunstein.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born in 1943.


1961 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1961, she graduated from Bryant High School. … Read More
1962 19 Years Old 1 More Event
It was not until they met that Dylan's writing began to address issues such as the civil rights movement and the threat of nuclear war. They started living together in early 1962, much to the disapproval of her family. … Read More


Rotolo became pregnant in 1963 by Dylan and had an abortion. … Read More
1964 21 Years Old She and Dylan broke up in 1964, in circumstances which Dylan described in his "Ballad in Plain D". … Read More
1967 24 Years Old Rotolo married Italian Enzo Bartoccioli, a film editor who works for the United Nations, in 1967. … Read More


2002 59 Years Old She and her husband also were involved in putting on a memorial event for Dave van Ronk after the singer's death in 2002. … Read More


2007 64 Years Old In the 2007 film, "I'm Not There", a fictional account of Bob Dylan's life, there is a version of Rotolo's relationship with Dylan.
2008 65 Years Old Rotolo was also interviewed nationally in 2008 by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air to promote her book, A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, which was published by Broadway Books on May 13, 2008. … Read More
2011 68 Years Old Rotolo died of lung cancer at her home in New York City's NoHo district on February 25, 2011, aged 67.
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