Het is vandaag al 55 jaar geleden dat de Franse actrice Catherine Deneuve in het huwelijk trad met de Britse fotograaf David Bailey.

David Royston Bailey was born 2 January 1938 in East London. In 1959, Bailey became a photographic assistant at the John French studio, and in May 1960, he was a photographer for John Cole’s Studio Five, before being contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue magazine later that year. He also undertook a large amount of freelance work.

Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, Bailey captured and helped create the ‘Swinging London‘ of the 1960s: a culture of fashion and celebrity chic. The three photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers, named by Norman Parkinson “the Black Trinity”.

The film Blowup (1966), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, depicts the life of a London fashion photographer (played by David Hemmings) whose character was inspired by Bailey. Bailey has been married four times: in 1960 to Rosemary Bramble; in 1965 to the actress Catherine Deneuve (divorced 1972); in 1975 to American fashion model and writer Marie Helvin; and in 1986 to the model Catherine Dyer (born 20 July 1961), to whom he remains married. [Wikipedia] 

Catherine Deneuve van haar kant had op dat moment al een zoon, Christian (°1963), verwekt door vrouwenversierder Roger Vadim. Later kreeg ze een dochter Chiara (°1972) met de Italiaanse acteur Marcello Mastroianni.

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