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Marisa Berenson

Biography

Famous through the 1960s like a fashion magic size, she continued to pursue an operating career, appearing in Loss of life in Venice (1971) and Barry Lyndon (1975) and earning BAFTA and Golden World nominations on her behalf performance in Cabaret (1972). In her young years, she quickly increased to prominence like a model and was presented for the cover of Vogue journal in July of 1970. She got high-profile human relationships with acting professional Helmut Berger and prominent banker Baron David Rene de Rothschild. Created Vittoria Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson, she was raised in NEW YORK as the little girl of socialite Gogo Schiaparelli and businessman and diplomat Robert Lawrence Berenson. Her initial marriage, to Adam Randall, led to a daughter called Starlite Melody Randall; she was afterwards briefly wedded to Aaron Richard Golub. Her youthful sister, fellow model and celebrity Berry Berenson, was a traveler on American Airlines Air travel 11 and was wiped out through the 9/11 terrorist episodes. Berry Berenson was the wife of professional Anthony Perkins.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth February 15, 1947
Place Of Birth New York
Height 1.73 m
Profession Model
Nationality American
Spouse Aaron Richard Golub, James Randall
Children Starlite Randall
Parents Gogo Schiaparelli, Robert Lawrence Berenson
Siblings Berry Berenson
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress
Movies Barry Lyndon, Cabaret, Death in Venice, I Am Love, White Hunter Black Heart, S.O.B., Killer Fish, Colour Me Kubrick, The Love Punch, Casanova & Co., Playing for Time, The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, Gigola, Weddings and Other Disasters, Cineman, Asphalt Warriors, The Disciple, The Photographer, Hollywood Mavericks, Via Montenapoleone, Opium, People, Lisa, Notorious, Secrets of Mary Magdalene, Il giardino dei ciliegi, Vote and Die: Liszt for President, Night of the Cyclone, Primetime Murder, Perfume of the Cyclone, Women, Miss Oliver a filé à l'anglaise, 24 Bars
TV Shows Mafiosa, L'enfant des loups, Sins, Lost Signs
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 7th 'Festival International du Cinéma au Féminin de Bordeaux' in 2005.
2In the late 1970s, it was announced she would star as Vivien Leigh in a biographical film. Unfortunately, the plans eventually fell through.
3In 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.
4She was known as "The Queen of the Scene" for her frequent appearances at nightclubs and other social venues in her youth; Yves Saint-Laurent dubbed her "the girl of the Seventies".
5Berenson is chairman of the board of Culture Project, an organization that sponsors the theater.
6She and ex husband Jim Randall have a daughter Starlite Melody Randall born in 1977.
7Best friend of Cabaret (1972) co-star Liza Minnelli.
8Her father was Robert L. Berenson, a U.S. diplomat of Lithuanian Jewish descent (his family's original surname was Valvrojenski). He was related to legendary art critic Bernard Berenson, an expert in Italian Renaissance, and the basis of the "Aaron Jastrow" character, portrayed first by John Houseman in The Winds of War (1983), and second by John Gielgud in War and Remembrance (1988), both written by Herman Wouk. Her mother was Countess Maria Luisa (Marisa) Yvonne Radha (aka "Gogo") de Wendt de Kerlor. Gogo was the daughter of Swiss-French Count Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor and famed Paris fashion designer and later film costume designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Born in Rome, Schiaparelli was the daughter of Celestino Schiaparelli (1841-1919), of Italian stock, and his wife, of Egyptian stock (Her great-uncle was Giovanni Schiaparelli, an astronomer who discovered the canals of Mars). When Schiaparelli married Count Wilhelm, they relocated to Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA; where Gogo was born. He soon fled, and Elsa's career in fashion designing began. She was hugely successful in Paris, second only to Coco Chanel and she even collaborated with Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau. (Marisa herself maintained the fashion tradition, becoming a top model in the 1960s, both in Europe and in New York City, New York, USA).
9Her father was of Lithuanian Jewish descent. Her mother had Italian, Egyptian, Swiss, and French ancestry.
10Her daughter, Starlite Melody Randall, appears on the reality show Gastineau Girls (2005) on E!.
11Before entering films, she was one of the top fashion models of the 1960s, a favorite at "Vogue".
12Marisa and Jim Randall lived in a million-dollar mansion in Beverly Hills he bought from Debbie Reynolds. The house had a private movie theater with 35mm projectors fitted with Cinemascope lenses. It also included his and hers bathrooms, the floors and walls of which were marble and granite. It had three swimming pools with waterfalls one into the other on the side of a hill. It had a private barbershop with regulation barber chair, sauna and gym. The house was fitted with state-of-the-art security devices which included TV camera, motion detectors and wireless "panic buttons" which they carried with them in the house, and which were wired directly into the Beverly Hills Police Dept. A security guard lived on the premises and manned a control room in the basement where he monitored the TV cameras, etc. The wedding of Randall and Berenson was held in this house, and George Hamilton was Randall's best man. The reception turned into a brawl when some of the guests got into a fight.
13Former sister-in-law of actor Anthony Perkins.
14Marisa's sister, actress/photographer Berry Berenson (ticketed as Berinthia Perkins, Berinthia being her given first name, and Perkins being her married last name, as the widow of actor Anthony Perkins), was one of 87 victims (including 11 crew members, but not including 5 hijackers) on American Airlines flight 11 (daily scheduled transcontinental morning service from Boston Logan International Airport [BOS] to Los Angeles International Airport [LAX]), the terrorist-hijacked plane that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
15Aunt of actor Oz Perkins and musician Elvis Perkins.
16Grandaughter of famous fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unforgettable2017/Ipre-production
Morning Parisannounced rumored
Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet2016Lady Capulet
La collection: Ecrire pour... la trentaine vue par des écrivains2014TV Mini-SeriesMarianne
The Love Punch2013Clothilde
Opium2013Marquise Casati
Le sang de la vigne2011TV SeriesShirley
Gigola2010Solange
Caldo criminale2010TV MovieLucrezia
Il peccato e la vergogna2010TV SeriesElena Fontamara
Hitler in Hollywood2010Marisa Berenson
Matrimoni e altri disastri2010Lucrezia
The Disciple2010Maria
Cinéman2009Lady Lyndon
Io sono l'amore2009Allegra Rori Recchi
Vote and Die: Liszt for President2008Dr. Elizabeth Dyson
24 mesures2007La mère
Mafiosa2006-2007TV SeriesCaterina Paoli
Mystère2007TV Mini-SeriesIrène de Lestrade
Le juge est une femme2005TV SeriesJulie de Berg
Venus and Apollo2005TV SeriesAlbina de Braise
Color Me Kubrick2005Alex Witchell
Le plus beau jour de ma vie2004Barbara
Julie, chevalier de Maupin2004TV MovieMadame de Maintenon
Commissaire Valence2004TV SeriesMme Irène
People2004Daniella
Ama il tuo nemico 22001TV Movie
Lonesome2001Verena
Lisa2001Princess Maruschka
Primetime Murder2000Martha Werther
The Photographer2000Julie Morris
Retour1999Stéphanie
Maintenant et pour toujours1998TV MovieMarianne
Riches, belles, etc.1998Alizéa
Guerra di spie1998TV Mini-SeriesIsabella De Ambrosis (1988)
Elles1997Chloé
Tonka1997Mme Pflaum
Maigret1996TV SeriesMadame Crosby
Het verdriet van België1995TV Mini-SeriesMadame Laura
Le grand blanc de Lambaréné1995Helene Schweitzer
Venti dal Sud1993Anne de Bois
Il giardino dei ciliegi1992Charlotte
Notorious1992TV MovieKatarina Sebastian
Murder, She Wrote1992TV SeriesClaudia Cameron
Hollywood Detective1991TV SeriesDorothy Parker
L'enfant des loups1991TV MovieRadegonde
Ti ho adottato per simpatia1991TV Movie uncredited
Chillers1990TV Series
Night of the Cyclone1990Françoise
White Hunter Black Heart1990Kay Gibson, Film Star
Blaues Blut1990TV Mini-SeriesAnn Ryder
Have a Nice Night1990TV MovieBarbara Jenkins
Ocean1989TV Mini-SeriesMuneca Chavez
Hemingway1988TV Mini-SeriesPauline Pfeiffer
Via Montenapoleone1987Francesca
Lo scialo1987TV Mini-SeriesNina
Flagrant désir1986Jeanne Barnac
ABC Afterschool Specials1986TV SeriesLiz Childs
Who's the Boss?1986TV SeriesGenevieve Pescher
Sins1986TV Mini-SeriesLuba Tcherina
The Equalizer1985TV SeriesAndrea Browne
The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud1984Emma Herrmann
L'arbalète1984L'Arbalète'
La tête dans le sac1984Vera
Bel ami1983TV Mini-SeriesClotilde de Marelle
S.O.B.1981Mavis
Playing for Time1980TV MovieElzvieta
Tourist1980TV MovieMarian
Killer Fish1979Ann
Some Like It Cool1977The Caliph's Wife
Barry Lyndon1975Lady Honoria Lyndon
Un modo di essere donna1973Sibilla Ferrandi
Cabaret1972Natalia Landauer
Death in Venice1971Frau von Aschenbach
Coronet Blue1967TV SeriesMary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Muppet Show1978TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Italy (1951 - 2014)2015TV Movie documentaryRécitante / Narrator (voice)
Pop Models2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
About Face: Supermodels Then and Now2012DocumentaryHerself
Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Amore carne2011DocumentaryHerself
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel2011DocumentaryHerself
Ma plus belle histoire2011TV Series shortHerself
Cinémas2010TV SeriesHerself
Le plus grand cabaret du monde2009TV SeriesHerself
La traversée du désir2009DocumentaryHerself
Valentino: The Last Emperor2008DocumentaryHerself
Quand les femmes nous font rire2008TV Movie documentary
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Secrets of Mary Magdalene2006Video documentaryNarrator
Fragiles et sublimes... Stars en clair obscur2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Fashion Victim: The Killing of Gianni Versace2001TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross2000TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
VH1 Divas Live 21999TV Movie documentaryHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
À la recherche de Stanley Kubrick1999DocumentaryHerself
Globos de Ouro 19971998TV MovieHerself
Mundo VIP1997TV SeriesHerself
Jet 71996TV SeriesHerself (1997)
Corazón, corazón1996TV SeriesHerself
Nulle part ailleurs1995TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual American Cinema Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
Mardi cinéma1984-1988TV Series documentaryHerself
Àngel Casas Show1986-1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Muppet Video: Rowlf's Rhapsodies with the Muppets1985VideoHerself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1984TV SeriesHerself
La nuit des Césars1983TV Series documentaryHerself
The Eighteenth Century Woman1982TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Muppet Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest Star
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter:Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The 45th Annual Academy Awards1973TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
Liza with a Z1972TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 29th Annual Golden Globe Awards1972TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Diálogos de cine2008TV MovieLady Lyndon
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHerself
Hai-Kubrick1999ShortLady Honoria Lyndon (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryLady Honoria Lyndon, 'Barry Lyndon' (uncredited)
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryLady Honoria Lyndon

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActressCabaret (1972)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - Motion PictureCabaret (1972)
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleCabaret (1972)
1973BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressCabaret (1972)


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#Quote
1My ultimate goal is to become a saint.
2I hope she didn't suffer. It's hard to take in. I have hope and tremendous faith. I think that's what gets you through life...through tragedies is when you have faith. -- MB commenting on the plane crash death of her sister Berry during the 9/11 attacks.
3She was just this angel that landed on this planet for a short amount of time. - On her late sister Berry Berenson


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