This was one of the iconic photos of the seventies. Marisa Berenson was at the time one of the highest paid models in the world.
Here lifestyle epitomised seventies glamour. Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her “the girl of the Seventies”.
She even had a time cover…
Marisa Berenson is the elder daughter of Robert L. Berenson, an American diplomat turned shipping executive, who was of Lithuanian Jewish descent; his family’s original surname was Valvrojenski.Her mother was born Countess Maria Luisa Yvonne Radha de Wendt de Kerlor, better known as Gogo Schiaparelli, a socialite of Italian, Swiss, French, and Egyptian ancestry.
Berenson’s maternal grandmother was the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli,and her maternal grandfather was Count Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor, a Theosophist and psychic medium.Her younger sister, Berinthia, became the model, actress, and photographer Berry Berenson. She also is a great-grand-niece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer who believed he had discovered the supposed canals of Mars, a great-grand-niece of art expert Bernard Berenson (1865 – 1959), and his sister Senda Berenson (1868 – 1954), an athlete and educator who was one of the first two women elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
She was educated in England at Heathfield St Mary’s School.
…A fashion model who came to prominence in the early 1960s — “I once was one of the highest paid models in the world”, she told The New York Times — Berenson appeared on the cover of the July 1970 issue of Vogue as well as the cover of Time on 15 December 1975. She was known as “The Queen of the Scene” for her frequent appearances at nightclubs and other social venues in her youth, and Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her “the girl of the Seventies”.
Eventually she was cast in several prominent film roles, including Gustav von Aschenbach’s wife in Luchino Visconti‘s 1971 film Death in Venice, the Jewish department store heiress Natalia Landauer in the 1972 film Cabaret, for which she received some acclaim, (including two Golden Globe nominations, a BAFTA nomination and an award from the National Board of Review) and the tragic beauty Lady Lyndon in the Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon (1975). Though the last role has been her most well known, few reviews have commented on her performance; Vincent Canby of The New York Times merely stated, “Marisa Berenson splendidly suits her costumes and wigs.”