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Vittoria Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson (born February 15, 1947) is an American actress and model. She appeared on the front covers of Vogue and Time, and won the National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Natalia Landauer in the 1972 film Cabaret. The role also earned her Golden Globe
Golden Globe
and BAFTA
BAFTA
Award nominations. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Design for Living. Her other film appearances include Death in Venice (1971), Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon
(1975), S.O.B. (1981) and I Am Love (2009).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Berenson was born in New York City, the elder of two daughters. Her father, Robert Lawrence Berenson, was an American career diplomat turned shipping executive of Lithuanian Jewish descent, and his family's original surname was Valvrojenski.[1][2] Her mother was born Maria-Luisa Yvonne Radha de Wendt de Kerlor, better known as Gogo Schiaparelli, and was a socialite of Italian, Swiss and French, and Egyptian ancestry.[3] Berenson's maternal grandmother was the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli,[4] and her maternal grandfather was Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor, a theosophist and psychic medium.[3][5][6] Her younger sister, Berinthia, became a model, actress, and photographer as Berry Berenson. She is also a great-grandniece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer who was the first to describe the so-called canals of Mars, and a second cousin, once removed, 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.[7] Career[edit] A fashion model who came to prominence in the 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 December 15, 1975. She appeared in numerous fashion layouts in Vogue in the early 1970s and her sister Berry was a photographer for the magazine as well. She was known as "The Queen of the Scene" for her frequent appearances at nightclubs and other social venues in her youth,[8] and Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her "the girl of the Seventies".[9]

with Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O'Neal
in Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon
(1975)

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 acclaim (including two Golden Globe
Golden Globe
nominations, a BAFTA
BAFTA
nomination and an award from the National Board of Review), and the tragic beauty Lady Lyndon in the Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
film Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon
(1975). Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
of The New York Times stated of her performance: " Marisa Berenson
Marisa Berenson
splendidly suits her costumes and wigs."[10][11] She recalled her experience working under Kubrick's direction:

I liked him very much. He had a lot of dry humour. Contrary to what people think – they have this image of Stanley as this difficult ogre – he wasn’t at all. He was a perfectionist but every great director I’ve worked with has been a perfectionist. You have to be to make extraordinary films.[12]

Berenson appeared in a number of other movies including Casanova & Co. (1977), Killer Fish
Killer Fish
(1979), the Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
comedy S.O.B. (1981), The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud (1984) and Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart
White Hunter Black Heart
(1990), as well as in made-for-TV movies in the United States, such as the Holocaust-themed drama Playing for Time (1980). She guest-hosted an episode of The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show
during its third season in 1978.[13] She made her Broadway debut in the 2001 revival of Design for Living, which also starred Jennifer Ehle, Alan Cumming and Dominic West. In 2009, she appeared in the film I Am Love. In August 2016 she appeared in a production of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
in London, as Lady Capulet.[citation needed] Personal life[edit] In the early 1970s, Berenson was the companion of the French banking heir Baron David René de Rothschild, the younger son of Baron Guy de Rothschild.[14] She was also in a relationship with Austrian actor Helmut Berger.[15] Her first husband was James Randall, a rivet manufacturer; they wed in Beverly Hills, in 1976[16] and divorced in 1978. The couple have one daughter, Starlite Melody Randall (born 1977).[17] Her second husband was Aaron Richard Golub, a lawyer, whom she married in 1982 and divorced in 1987. During the divorce proceedings, the judge ruled "the increased value of Ms. Berenson's acting and modeling career during the marriage were marital property" and therefore subject to consideration in any settlement agreements.[18][19][20][21] On September 11, 2001, her younger sister and sole sibling, Berry Perkins, widow of actor Anthony Perkins, was killed in the first flight to hit the World Trade Center. Marisa was also in an airplane during the terrorist attacks, flying from Paris to New York. In an interview with CBS, she told of the experience and how hours later she landed in Newfoundland (flights were diverted to Canada), and was told of her sister's death by a phone call with her daughter. Said Berenson: "I have hope and tremendous faith. I think that's what gets you through life ... through tragedies is when you have faith."[22] Of her practice of Transcendental Meditation she said:

India changed my life, because I was searching for my spiritual path, and I ended up in an ashram in Rishikesh with Maharishi and the Beatles. We’d sit on the floor at night, and George and Ringo would play the guitar, and we’d meditate all day, and have meals together, and become vegetarians, and live in huts. But it was just normal. It wasn’t like, "Oh, here are the Beatles." The most important thing was my transcendental meditation.[23]

References[edit]

^ Berenson, Bernard (1949). Sketch for a Self-Portrait. Pantheon.  ^ "Robert L. Berenson, Ex-Envoy And Head of Shipping Line, Dies". The New York Times. 1965-02-03. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-04-19.  ^ a b Elsa Schiaparelli, Shocking Life, NY: Dutton, 1954 ^ Linda Greenhouse, "Schiaparelli Dies in Paris; Brought Color to Fashion", The New York Times, November 15, 1973 ^ New Yorker article about Elsa Schiaparelli ^ Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica entry Archived May 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica Online entry" ^ John Corry, "About New York", The New York Times, February 4, 1974 ^ Judy Klemesrud, "And Now, Make Room for the Berenson Sisters", The New York Times, April 19, 1973, p. 54 ^ Vincent Canby, Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon
review, New York Times, December 19, 1975 ^ Marisa Berenson
Marisa Berenson
images from Barry Lyndon ^ " Marisa Berenson
Marisa Berenson
on the making of Barry Lyndon: Kubrick wasn't a 'difficult ogre - he was a perfectionist'", Independent, July 13, 2016 ^ Video on YouTube ^ Judy Klemesrud "And Now, Make Room for the Berenson Sisters", The New York Times, April 19, 1973, p. 54 ^ "Marisa Berenson: the It-girl who grew up". Telegraph. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2013.  ^ "People", Time, November 22, 1976 ^ "People", Time, November 21, 1977 ^ David Margolick, "Divorce Quandary: Is Fame Property?", New York Times, September 26, 1990 ^ Ronald Sullivan, "Her Fame Is Ruled His Too: Soprano Must Share Income", New York Times, July 3, 1991 ^ Joyce Wadler, "Public Lives: Still a Bad Boy, as a Lawyer and a Novelist", New York Times, April 7, 2000, B2:4 ^ Claude Solnik, "Breaking up is even harder to do for celebrities", Long Island Business News, 20 January 2006[dead link] ^ "48 Hours: And Then There Were 2". CBS. October 12, 2001.  ^ NY Times Chatting Up Marisa Berenson, Leslie Camhi, September 27, 2011, Retrieved Sept 2011

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