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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Deceased
17 May 1979
Death Place
Roma Capitale

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NYTimes - over 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 - about 10 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 20 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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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 23
    Around 1969 Luna was also romantically involved with German actor Klaus Kinski.
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  • 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".
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on August 31, 1945.
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