I’m eager to see the new production of the musical Hair at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. I’m not eager to go to the park early to line up for the free tickets. The online option seems even more onerous than the real-life line. Basically, I need to find some sucker to take care of this for me. I’m totally The Man, ain’t I!
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Speaking of Hair, all you stylish peeps should know about the gorgeously Afro’d American actress/singer/writer Marsha Hunt, who played Dionne in the 1968 London production. Nowadays, a lot of people only know her as the mother of Mick Jagger’s first child, Karis, and the inspiration for the song Brown Sugar. But Marsha was a big deal before meeting Mick, thanks to Hair and Patrick Lichfield’s iconic nude photo of her, published in British Vogue.
From what I can tell, Marsha went on to record one album — Woman Child — and several singles. Her music gets rave reviews online but seems to exist only on vinyl. Someone needs to re-release her work! You can get some idea of it from a video here.
Marsha has written a number of novels and memoirs. I, of course, am more interested in the latter. Real Life deals with her experiences in the ’60s. Repossessing Ernestine is about her discovery that her grandmother was still alive at 94 after spending half a century in insane asylums. I need to get both of those.
In 2005, Hunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a mastectomy, she recreated her famous nude pose for Patrick Lichfield and used the image on the cover of her book Undefeated, which covers her battle with cancer and “superbug” MRSA.
Before she started chemo, Marsha shaved off her famous hair at a hair-cutting party attended by Karis and Mick. Mick and Marsha’s three-year-old granddaughter Mazie cut the first lock. As you can see, Marsha is just as gorgeous without hair.
I haven’t seen any updates on her lately, so hopefully she is doing well, splitting her time between her homes in Ireland and France, and fulfilling her ambition of writing a book about Jimi Hendrix.