Born in England in 1942, Jean Shrimpton’s modelling career skyrocketed before she turned 21. She graced the covers of fashion’s biggest publications within a few years of her first photoshoot, catapulted by her gamine style and doe-eyed beauty.
Nicknamed “‘The Shrimp” – and “The Face of the ’60s”- she was the original super-model/actress.
Her sister Chrissie was Mick Jagger’s first post-fame girlfriend – but it ended because she wasn’t Faithfull. (Marianne that is – The next conquest on Mick’s never-ending belt).
Jean was once engaged to 60s photographer David Bailey – the prototype for the David Hemmings character in Blow-Up (1966).
Shrimpton was first introduced to actor Terence Stamp by Bailey, who was photographing them for a fashion magazine. Their paths would cross again at a wedding, and the pair soon became an item.
They dated for three years, although, reflecting on the relationship, Shrimpton once said that, “We were two pretty people wandering around thinking we were important.”
In 1979, Shrimpton and her husband Michael Coz bought the Abbey Hotel in Penzance. The hotel was featured on an episode of Country House Rescue in 2011 because the roof needed a renovation.