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Marisa Berenson

Model, Actress & Collaborator

Marrakesh, MA

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Marisa’s Biography

Style icon, model, actress, author, collaborator: the incomparable Marisa Berenson is the ultimate modern muse.

Five decades after shooting her first Vogue cover, Marisa, who was a creative influence on names such as Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, continues to captivate. As proof that you can be glorious at any age, Marisa became a face of the 2021 Zara Studio fall-winter collection at the age of 74. Its cheeky shoot highlighting her vibrant and down-to-earth personality.

Whatever the timeless icon turns her mind to benefits from her artistic flair – be it décor, homeware, fashion or jewellery – and her elegance and unique style have made Marisa a sought-after collaborator. In recent years, she has contributed to campaigns for MAC, Pat McGrath and Etro; designed a spa at Sofitel Hotel in Marrakech; and teamed up with Assouline on breath-taking coffee table book Marrakech Flair in which Marisa’s magnetic personality and holistic view on life shine through. She has also written several books, including A Life in Pictures and Elsa Schiaparelli’s Private Album.

The chic star...
Style icon, model, actress, author, collaborator: the incomparable Marisa Berenson is the ultimate modern muse.

Five decades after shooting her first Vogue cover, Marisa, who was a creative influence on names such as Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, continues to captivate. As proof that you can be glorious at any age, Marisa became a face of the 2021 Zara Studio fall-winter collection at the age of 74. Its cheeky shoot highlighting her vibrant and down-to-earth personality.

Whatever the timeless icon turns her mind to benefits from her artistic flair – be it décor, homeware, fashion or jewellery – and her elegance and unique style have made Marisa a sought-after collaborator. In recent years, she has contributed to campaigns for MAC, Pat McGrath and Etro; designed a spa at Sofitel Hotel in Marrakech; and teamed up with Assouline on breath-taking coffee table book Marrakech Flair in which Marisa’s magnetic personality and holistic view on life shine through. She has also written several books, including A Life in Pictures and Elsa Schiaparelli’s Private Album.

The chic star is currently focusing her talent on designing a jewellery line, and is always open to partnerships in the creative sphere, including fashion, homeware and accessories.

Granddaughter of legendary designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Marisa is a gifted actor who is continually expanding her impressive portfolio with new projects in front of the camera, and her career includes an award-winning performance in Cabaret (1972) and star turn in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975). She has also captivated audiences in several acclaimed stage productions, including an unforgettable turn as Lady Capulet in Kenneth Branagh’s staging of Romeo and Juliet.

Deeply spiritual, Marisa believes in giving hope and joy to the world by helping those less blessed. As such, she’s a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and Godmother of Robert Debré Children's Hospital, among other humanitarian interests.
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Marisa’s Newsfeed

Harper's Bazaar
Marisa Berenson becomes a Zara model at the (splendid) age of 74 in Inditex's inclusive campaign

Marisa Berenson joins international names such as Chiharu Okunugi and Precious Lee for the new Zara Studio collection, which features models of all sizes, ages and ethnicities.

L'Officiel Italy
Marisa Berenson: the life of the muse of Halston, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent

Fashion magazine L'Officiel delves into the glamorous life of Marisa Berenson, to whom Pierpaolo Piccioli dedicated the Valentino Spring Summer 2022 fashion show.

Marisa’s Social Media

Marisa’s Background

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Model, Actress & Collaborator
Marrakesh, MA
An active model and actress with several awards and honours to her name, Marisa's creative flair has been evident throughout her career. Always open to new commercial opportunities and collaborations, she is currently designing a jewellery line, has worked with Assouline on coffee table book Marrakech Flair, designed a spa for hotel chain Sofitel, and much more.

Marisa’s Gallery

Other Business Interests

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Filmography
Marisa’s dazzling acting career spans five decades and includes film, television and theatre productions. She has starred in multiple productions including Cabaret, Death in Venice, Barry Lyndon, White Hunter Black Heart, Connemara, Julie, chevalier de Maupin and more recently The Bay, Connemara and Belle Enfant.
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Celebrity
Boulogne-Billancourt, FR
Marisa is signed to Brulier Communication for her celebrity work. Her agent is Isabel Brullier.
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Current Board Positions

Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Member of the Honorary Committee
The Yves Saint Laurent Museum, based in Paris and Marrakech, is dedicated to the late fashion designer.

Previous Board Positions

Culture Project
Board Member
New York, NY, USA
The Culture Project is a non-profit organisation highlighting global human rights issues through artistic work and theatre productions that ensure the voices of the marginalised are heard.

Philanthropy

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Robert Debré University Hospital
Godmother
Paris, FR
The Robert-Debré University Hospital in Paris, France, is a pediatric hospital with a mandate to care for children, adolescents and future mothers.
UNESCO
Goodwill Ambassador & Artist for Peace
UNESCO aims to promote world peace and stability utilising global teamwork in the areas of education, the sciences and culture. In 2004, Marisa presented the Fellini medal to Prince Moulay Rachid, President of the Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation, on behalf of UNESCO. The festival was also recognised for its support of cultural diversity and contribution to intercultural dialogue.
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Media

Valentino Garavani | Spring 2022 Ready-To-Wear Collection
Inspiration
2021
Marisa was the inspiration behind Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino Spring/Summer 2022 fashion show. The collection was infused with references to Valentino Garavani's 1968 all-white collection, captured in a photograph of Marisa Berenson.
Zara Woman | Studio Fall ‘21 Collection
Model
Oct 2021
Directed by Fabien Baron, Marisa joins a diverse group of models for this tongue-in-cheek video promoting Zara Studio’s Fall '21 Collection.
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Interviews

Marisa Berenson: In Her Own Words
Interviewed
Sep 2021
Marisa is interviewed by Julia James about her extensive career in front of the camera, the wisdom she has acquired and the journey her career continues to take her on.
Marisa Berenson: "The Orient-Express, a journey to find peace"
Interviewed
May 2021
Marisa talks to Orient Express about her home in Marrakech, her love of travel, and how the world has changed in the past two years.
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Features

Marisa Berenson: "Me, the muse of Halston and Warhol, will tell you about the fabulous '70s"
Featured
May 2021
American designer Halston is the subject of a new Netflix series. In this Italian article, model and actress Marisa Berenson shares her memories of him and the iconic era they inhabited.
Marrakech Flair: The Moroccan capital's sun-drenched allure laid bare in stunning new tome
Featured
Oct 2020
Tatler shares details of Assouline's dazzling new coffee table travel book, Marrakech Flair, a collaboration with iconic model Marisa Berenson in which she captures the magic of the "Ochre City".
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Publications

The Legend: Marisa Berenson
Subject
2021
World-renowned photographer Michel Haddi's latest exclusive coffee table book contains a collection of breathtaking photographs of the dazzling Marisa Berenson, taken throughout her career.
Marrakech Flair
Author
2020
Marisa found the perfect riad to call home in Marrakech. She shares her appreciation of, and enthusiasm for, the "Ochre City" and Moroccan culture in this beautiful Assouline coffee table book.
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Awards & Endorsements

35th Cabourg Film Festival
Award Winner
Jun 2021
Cabourg, FR
Marisa was awarded an honorary Swann during the 35th Cabourg Film Festival. The festival is dedicated to romantic cinema.
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Marie Claire Prix de la Moda Awards
Award Winner
Jul 2017
Madrid, ES
Marisa was honoured at the 15th Annual Marie Claire Prix de la Moda Awards.
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Speaking Engagements

Cairo International Film Festival
Jury Member
Dec 2021
Cairo, EG
Established in 1976, the Cairo International Film Festival is an annual event held at the Cairo Opera House. Filmmaker Emir Kusturica invited Marisa and six other jury members to the 43rd iteration of the illustrious film festival.
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Cabourg Film Festival
Jury Member
Jun 2021
Cabourg, FR
The Cabourg Film Festival is an annual event devoted to romantic films and films with romantic themes. Marisa was a member of the Feature Film Competition Jury at the festival's 35th outing.

Business Interests

Sofitel Marrakech – Lounge & Spa
Designer
Marrakesh, MA
Marisa Berenson brought her vast knowledge of art, design and décor to bear when she designed the luxurious spa at Sofitel Marrakech in 2011.
Marisa Berenson's creative talents are on display in her Marrakech home
Designer
Marrakesh, MA
In this Elle Decor feature, which includes a video and breath-taking photographs, Marisa takes the Elle team on a tour of her sublime Moroccan riad.

Press Releases

The Cairo International Film Festival unveils its full line-up
Nov 2021
Cineuropa reports on the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival of which Marisa has been named as one of the international competition's jury members.
PRODUCTION: Montenegrin/Serbian/Bosnian The Bay Starring Marisa Berenson in Production
Oct 2021
A new film starring Marisa Berenson has just wrapped shooting on the coast of Montenegro. Set at the start of World War I, the Bay/Zaliv is a co-production between Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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