Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bailey, Keeler, Faithfull in 1969

Recently found - this 1969 press photo. The byline reads:
1/10/69 London. Christine Keeler (left), whose name figured prominently a few years back in a scandal that rocked the British  government attends a party in Chelsea 11/9 to launch a new book on the "Swingin' Sixties".  With her is photographer David Bailey actress Penelope Tree and singer Marianne Faithfull (right).

The book was Goodbye Baby & Amen. A Saraband for the Sixties. The text was by Peter Evans and photos by Bailey.
The sitters included Brigitte Bardot, Cecil Beaton, Marisa Berenson, Jane Birkin, Michael Caine, Julie Christie, Ossie Clark, Joan Collins, Catherine Deneuve, Mia Farrow, Albert Finney, Jean-Luc Godard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Dudley Moore, Rudolf Nureyev, Oliver Reed, Keith Richard, Peter Sellers, Jean ShrimptonBarbra Streisand, Andy Warhol, Franco Zeffirelli. Presumably some of these illuminati were at the party..


  1. Thanks for posting this interesting photo, and a great reminder of the luminous and bewitching Penelope Tree (her real name!). But why call her an actress? Any half-awake journo at that time would have noted her as a model (a supermodel before the word was invented) and Bailey's current partner. Note how, although only 19 and standing behind everyone else, she 'owns' that photo, to use current parlance.

  2. You are absolutely right. PaulH. She was a super model avant le lettre. She once shook hands with the Dalai Lama, as did a close friend so I have a connection! There is a rare interview with her at http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/aug/03/celebrity.women
    She was nothing to do with Beerbohm Tree or Iris Tree, which is odd because Iris had something of her quality...