54 Beautiful Photos of Marianne Faithfull during the 1960s

Marianne Evelyn Gabriel Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved popularity in the 1960s with the release of her hit single “As Tears Go By” and became one of the lead female artists during the British Invasion in the United States.

Born in Hampstead, London, Faithfull began her career in 1964 after attending a Rolling Stones party, where she was discovered by Andrew Loog Oldham. Her debut album Marianne Faithfull (1965) (released simultaneously with her album Come My Way) was a commercial success followed by a number of albums on Decca Records. From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with Mick Jagger. Her popularity was further enhanced by her film roles, such as those in I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (1967), The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968), and Hamlet (1969). However, her popularity was overshadowed by personal problems in the 1970s. During that time she was anorexic, homeless, and a heroin addict.

Noted for her distinctive voice, Faithfull’s previously melodic and higher-registered vocals (which were prevalent throughout her career in the 1960s) were affected by severe laryngitis, coupled with persistent drug abuse during the 1970s, permanently altering her voice, leaving it raspy, cracked and lower in pitch. This new sound was praised as “whisky soaked” by some critics and seen as having helped to capture the raw emotions expressed in Faithfull’s music.

After a long commercial absence, Faithfull made a comeback with the 1979 release of her critically acclaimed album Broken English. The album was a commercial success and marked a resurgence of her musical career. Broken English earned Faithfull a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and is often regarded as her “definitive recording”. She followed this with a series of albums, including Dangerous Acquaintances (1981), A Child’s Adventure (1983), and Strange Weather (1987). Faithfull also wrote three books about her life: Faithfull: An Autobiography (1994), Memories, Dreams & Reflections (2007), and Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record (2014).

Faithfull is listed on VH1’s “100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll” list. She received the World Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Women’s World Awards and was made a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France.

Marianne Faithfull during the filming of “The Girl On A Motorcycle”, late 1967.
Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger in Heidelberg, Germany where Marianne was filming “The Girl On A Motorcycle” in late 1967.
Marianne Faithfull backstage at Sanremo Music Festival | January 26th-28th, 1967
Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger in Sanremo, Italy. January 1967
Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger in Sanremo, Italy. January 1967
Marianne Faithfull going to court the day after a drug raid at her and Mick Jagger’s residence at Cheyne Walk, May 1969.
Marianne Faithfull backstage in Doncaster, 1964.
Marianne Faithfull, 1965.
Marianne Faithfull, 1968.
Marianne Faithfull recording backup vocals for The Rolling Stones album “Beggars Banquet”, 1968
18-year-old Marianne Faithfull photographed for an article in “The Daily Mail” reporting about her recent engagement to art student John Dunbar, 1965.
Marianne Faithfull backstage in Belgium, June 1966.
Marianne Faithfull, 1966
Marianne Faithfull, 1966
Marianne Faithfull in rehearsal for the play “Hamlet”, 1969.
Marianne Faithfull in her flat in Lennox Gardens, London, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull performing on “Ready Steady Go”, 1965
Marianne Faithfull posing for a newspaper article announcing her engagement to Arts Undergraduate John Dunbar, 1965.
Marianne Faithfull, 1967
Marianne Faithfull at home in London, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull in San Remo, Italy, 1967
Marianne Faithfull in Amsterdam, 1966.
Marianne Faithfull on the set of “The Girl On A Motorcycle”, 1967
Marianne Faithfull in front of her childhood home on Milman Road in Reading, 1964.
Early promotional photo of Marianne Faithfull for Decca, mid-1964
Marianne Faithfull on set of “The Girl On A Motorcycle”, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull leaving Mount St. Margaret Hospital in Sydney after recovering from a week-long coma induced by an (accidental) overdose of sleeping pills, 1969.
Marianne Faithfull at home, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull, 1966
Marianne Faithfull at Churchill College, Cambridge, 1965
Marianne Faithfull, 1966.
Seventeen-year-old Marianne Faithfull posing in one of her first photoshoots in the summer of 1964
Marianne Faithfull in the 1960s
Marianne Faithfull opening fanmail backstage at San Remo Song Festival, January 1967
Marianne Faithfull near her childhood home in Reading, 1964.
Marianne Faithfull on French program “Les visiteurs d’un soir”, 1966.
Marianne Faithfull, 1964.
Marianne Faithfull, 1968
Marianne Faithfull in Heidelberg, Germany, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull, 1965
Marianne Faithfull at Heathrow Airport, late 1967
Marianne Faithfull on BBC’s music program “Gadzooks!”, June 1965
Marianne Faithfull, 1965.
Marianne Faithfull above the rooftops of London, 1965.
Marianne Faithfull on set of “The Girl On A Motorcycle”, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull on set of “The Girl On A Motorcycle”, 1967
Marianne Faithfull (and Sara), 1964.
Marianne Faithfull, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull at the San Remo Song Festival, 1967.
Marianne Faithfull, 1964

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