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Winning fans with her sweet, melancholy sound, Marianne Faithfull's long career is marked by her battles with drugs, a marriage to Mick Jagger, and reinvention.
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Educated at a convent, she met Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones manager, at a party in 1964 while she was still in school. He produced her first hit, "As Tears Go By," which he helped to write, along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. The song made a strong showing on both the British and American charts.
Mick Jagger, according to an article in The Observer. They dated for several years, becoming one of rock 'n' roll's best known couples. Traveling the world, they led quite a jet set lifestyle complete with extensive partying. Making headlines, Faithfull was caught in 1967 police raid of Keith Richard's home wearing nothing but a fur rug. Jagger and Richards faced drug charges as a result of the raid, and the incident forever damaged Faithfull's public image.
Despite her escalating substance abuse, Faithfull started an acting career. She appeared on stage in a production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters in 1967 and the film Girl on a Motorcycle in 1968. But by the end of the decade, Faithfull's personal and professional life was coming undone. The song "Sister Morphine" is said to reflect this difficult time in her life, which she co-wrote with Jagger and Richards. With its controversial drug references, the song was pulled by her record company. In despair over her situation, she attempted suicide while with Jagger in Australia. The couple later broke up, and she sank deeper into drug use.
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