Marianne Faithfull

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The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Marianne Faithfull. Singer and actress, she was the original 1960s wild child.

At the age of 17, when she was still a convent schoolgirl in Reading, she shot to fame with the hit single As Tears Go By; written for her by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. She was Mick Jagger's mistress, she hung out with Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, she was young, beautiful and rich and she seemed to have it all. But the glamorous life of the pop star turned into a nightmare of drugs, homelessness, suicide attempts and broken marriages.

The daughter of an Austrian baroness, her life has been full of myths and legends. She'll be telling Sue Lawley about the years of recovery, how she's found happiness in Ireland and her hopes for a Man Friday on her desert island.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Small Axe by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Book: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Luxury: Pen from Aspreys with attached magnifying glass

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Fri 2 Jun 1995 09:05
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