Dubbed the IT-girl by Yves Saint Laurent in the early 1970s, Marisa Berenson is the original modern muse – inspiring fashion designers, photographers, stylists, and fashion editors for decades. The granddaughter of the legendary designer Elsa Schiaparelli – Berenson’s meteoric rise in fashion began at age sixteen leading to numerous covers- her first was 1970 – in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Time, Newsweek, and editorials in countless other magazines.
Berenson’s deeply intelligent beauty and feline grace naturally led to a film career. She delivered dazzling performances in iconic films including Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice, Cabaret directed by Bob Fosse, SOB by Blake Edwards, White Hunter, Black Heart by Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick’s lavish production of Barry Lyndon and, most recently, in the critically acclaimed 2010 film, I Am Love and a romantic comedy with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan in 2013: Love Punch. For her performance in Cabaret, she was nominated for The Golden Globe, The British BAFTA and the National Board of Review.
Marisa played on Broadway Design for Living by Noel Coward Holiday with Kevin Kline at the Ahmanson Theatre, and The Time of your life by William Sorayan. In 2016, she was also on stage in London, playing at the Garrick Theatre directed by Kenneth Branagh and Bob Ashford in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In 2018, in Paris, she created the leading role f Kristen in the musical Berlin Cabaret, directed by Stéphan Druet.
Marisa Berenson is also involved in humanitarian causes. She is UNESCO Good Will Ambassador, and Artist for Peace. She is also the Godmother of Robert Debre Children’s hospital in Paris. Since 2017 she is a member of the Yves Saint Laurent museum committee in Marrakech.
She has written several books, including Moment Intimes, A Life in Pictures and Elsa Shiaparelli’s Private Album.