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This Hard-Partying Rock 'N' Roll Goddess Was The Rolling Stones' Muse

There are few rock icons who have muses as complex and recognizable as Marianne Faithfull. Of all the Rolling Stones' groupies and girlfriends, Marianne stands out as the most influential. Her innocent yet haunting good looks and feathery-soft voice made her a star in her own right with a long-lasting musical career. But life was never easy for the British beauty.

She fought addiction for most of the first half of her life and struggled with the public's perception of her as Mick Jagger's hard-partying girlfriend. She escaped death multiple times and managed to turn her life around in the 1980s. 

So who is Marianne Faithfull? Though she may be clean and sober now, she has always been synonymous with the wild '60s and the Rolling Stones, and her exploits with Jagger and his bandmates are the stuff of legend.

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    During A Police Raid At Keith Richards's House, Marianne Was Caught Wearing Nothing But A Fur Rug

    The legendary Redlands drug bust changed Marianne's image in the media forever. During the police raid at Keith Richards's house, she was caught wearing nothing but a fur rug and holding a Mars candy bar. She claims that it was an incredibly embarrassing time for her and that she still has a hard time forgiving the media for the way they portrayed her. She also said in an interview with Timeout that after the incident, Mars gave her a call and offered her a bunch of money for an advertising deal; she hung up on them.

    Interviewed years later, one of the officers present at the raid claims that the part about Marianne wearing a fur rug was true, but the part about the candy bar was just a myth.

  • She Got Married At 18 And Had A Child A Year Later - The Marriage Didn't Last Long

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    In 1965, Marianne married an art dealer named John Dunbar at the tender age of 18. They had a child, a son named Nicholas, later that year. However, the marriage wasn't meant to last.

    She began an affair with Mick Jagger shortly after the birth, leaving Dunbar and getting officially divorced in 1970. 

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    Marianne And Mick Became A Huge Part Of The London Party Scene

    Before dating Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull supposedly slept with Rolling Stones bandmates Brian Jones and Keith Richards, and she was already married to another man when she first fell for Jagger. Faithfull's wild relationship with Jagger lasted four years, and in that time, they became icons of the London party scene. Marianne was young and beautiful, and Mick was the hot rock god of the moment - they were unstoppable.

    The young couple was known around the world for their drug-fueled exploits. The fast-paced lifestyle soon took a toll on Marianne, who began to use progressively harder substances - she went from cannabis to coke to smack. 

  • She Attempted Suicide In An Australian Hotel Room

    Shortly after learning that Mick was cheating on her and that her pregnancy with Mick's child had ended in a miscarriage, Marianne and Mick flew to Sydney in 1969. Mick had landed a part in a biopic about legendary Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly. While in their hotel bathroom, Marianne looked in the mirror and thought she saw Brian Jones's face instead of her own; he had been found dead in his swimming pool only days before and Marianne was high.

    Losing her grip on reality, Marianne attempted to open the window of their 14th-story room to jump, but it was sealed shut. Instead, she took 150 barbiturate pills. Luckily, Mick found her, and after being rushed to the hospital, she spent the next six days in a coma.