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Terry O'Neill is an English photographer, who achieved his greatest
success documenting the fashion style, and celebrities of the
1960s. He attracted attention for photographing his subjects in
unconventional or candid settings.
He began his photographic
career working for a photographic unit for an airline at London's
Heathrow Airport. By chance he photographed a sleeping figure in
a waiting room; when the person was revealed to be the Home Secretary,
O'Neill found further employment on Fleet Street with The Daily Sketch in 1959.
reputation grew during the 1960s, and in addition to photographing the
elite the decade's show business icons, such as Judy Garland, The
Beatles and The Rolling Stones, he also photographed members of the
British Royal Family, and several prominent politicians, showing a more
natural and human side to these subjects than had usually been
He had a longtime relationship with the
American actress Faye Dunaway. His son with Dunaway, Liam Dunaway
O'Neill, was born in 1980. O'Neill was married to Dunaway from
1983 until 1986. In 2003, he was quoted in the U.S. tabloid
magazine, Star, as saying Liam was adopted and not their
biological son, contrary to Dunaway's public assertions.
O'Neill is currently married to the former model agency head Laraine
Among his most famous images were the now-famous
color and black and white shots of then-girlfriend Dunaway at dawn on
March 29, 1977, lounging next to the swimming pool at the Beverly Hills
Hotel the morning after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for Network,
with several newspapers scattered around her and her Oscar statuette
prominently shown on a table beside her breakfast tray. A black
and white shot from the series hangs in the permanent collection of the
National Portrait Gallery in London, England.
O'Neill was also credited (as Terrence O'Neill) as an executive producer of the 1981 film Mommie Dearest . His only other film credit was for still photography for the 1987 film, Aria.
July 09, a collection of Terry O'Neill's work spanning his whole career
is to be the subject of an exhibition at the Getty Image Gallery
http://www.gettyimagesgallery.com - in the Village, Westfield Shopping
centre, London. http://uk.westfield.com/london/ .
exhibition featuring his photography of Elton John and Frank Sinatra is
also being featured at the San Francisco Art Exchange in San Francisco
July/August 2009. http://www.sfae.com
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