"Marianne Evelyn Faithfull" (born December 29, 1946 in Hampstead, London) is an English singer and actress whose career spans over four decades.
Faithfull was born to a British military officer father named Major Glynn Faithfull and the Baroness Eva Erisso, a Viennese noblewoman of half Jewish and half noble Austrian descent, coming from the Habsburg dynasty. Faithfull attended a Roman Catholic girls school.
Faithfull began her singing career in 1964 (see 1964 in music) after being discovered at a Rolling Stones launch party by pop music producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Her first hit, "As Tears Go By", was penned by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. She then released a series of successful singles, including "This Little Bird", "Summer Nights" and "Sister Morphine" which she co-wrote with Mick Jagger.
Marianne Faithfull married artist John Dunbar in 1965 and that same year gave birth to a son named Nicholas. The marriage was short-lived however, and Faithfull began a much publicized relationship with Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger. The relationship with Jagger lasted throughout the late 1960s, and has become notorious for a fictitious incident involving a ...