THRILLING AND IMPRESSIVE LIFE STORY OF A FORMER MODEL, BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST A SINGER, MUSICIAN AND AN ARTIST. SHE IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE MOTHER OF SUCCESFUL ACTRESS, BUT MAINLY A BEAUTIFUL AND AN AMAZING WOMAN, LIV TYLER. BEBE BUELL EXPERIENCED THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK’N’ROLL AND GOT TO KNOW ALL THE ARTISTS, BUT ESPECIALLY EVERYONE ON THE ROCK SCENE. MANY OF THEM LATER BACAME WORLD FAMOUS ICONS. BEBE BUELL CURRENTLY STILL CONTINUES HER MUSIC JOURNEY, BUT IS ALSO WRITING AND MENTORING YOUNG TALENT SHE LIKES TO SUPPORT. SHE IS NOT INDIFFERENT TO THE FATE OF OUR PLANET MOTHER EARTH, AND ACTIVELY SUPPORTS PROJECTS TO SAVE ANIMALS AND OCEANS AS WELL AS TRYING TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.
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The life story of Bebe Buell – a former model, but first and foremost a singer, a musician and an artist – is not only thrilling and inspiring, but widely rich in terms of life experience. It is not possible to map her life in one interview. Bebe Buell was born in Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, United States. Her mother, Dorothea Johnson, is considered as an etiquette expert who also founded the Protocol School of Washington. Her father, Harold Lloyd Buell, was a highly awarded naval officer and renowned World War II veteran. Bebe, however, did not grow up with her father. He left the family when she was only two years old. They are very close to their mother, and perhaps their father’s departure strengthened their bond. Father’s love cannot be replaced by anything, and the soul of a person who does not know it will remain scarred somehow forever. Fate, on the other hand, is extremely generous to Bebe and has performed many miracles for her. It has sent many precious souls and opportunities into her life.
Fate plays a vital role in Bebe Buell’s life. After discovering THE ROLLING STONES as a little girl, she immediately knew her direction and knew where she belonged. She was given the gift of extraordinary beauty, refinement and elegance, so it was only a matter of time before she was noticed. At 17, she was discovered by a prominent fashion industry agent, Ellen Ford who offered her a contract. And that was exactly the impulse for Bebe to move to New York in 1972. One thing leads to another, and so important doors were opened for her to the artists, but mainly to the rock elite, where she immediately dived in. With her looks, fashion style and impeccable manners, she attracted attention wherever she appeared. She wasn’t kind of the unimpressive girls, and being easily forgotten. She got to know everyone who meant something on the scene, but also those who were still waiting for success. In November 1974, she became the first Playboy Playmate. She was dismissed from the agency for her controversial image on the cover of the magazine. No wonder she has enchanted Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Rod Stewart, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, Jack Nicholson, Andy Warhol and many others. She had a deep friendship with David Bowie, not an affair, as it is often spread mostly by the tabloid media or other judges. Her list of friends also includes the acclaimed poet and singer Patti Smith and Debbie Harry (BLONDIE).
In her private life, Bebe Buell is primarily the mother of a beautiful and successful model and actress, Liv Tyler. It is no secret that Liv’s fatherhood was originally granted to the musician Todd Rundgren, with whom Bebe lived for several years. Although Todd was not Liv’s real father, Bebe decided to protect her only child by hiding the identity of the real father. Liv’s biological father, AEROSMITH’s front man, Steven Tyler, was struggling with drug addiction at the time. The truth came out after a visit of the AEROSMITH concert in the summer of 1988, when Liv first met her older sister Mia. At that time, Liv was 11 years old. At the concert, she asked her mother, “Steven Tyler is my father, isn’t he?”
Bebe Buell witnessed the golden era of rock’n’roll and belonged to the community that most fans around the world would like to be part of. Her closeness to artists has fascinated many, and for others, she has been the subject of creating distorted theories and prejudices, as well as an impetus for hatred, in most cases caused by their own complexes and envy. And perhaps those who criticize most would like to fully enjoy the freedom and opportunities offered to her at a time when things were not taken so seriously, and when everyone enjoyed the freedom and magic of the moment their own way. I should point out that her taste in men is as brilliant as her taste for music, art and fashion.
After completing her engagement in modeling, passionate music lover Bebe Buell embarked on a dream musical career. In 1981, she released her first EP “Covers Girl” with four songs produced by Ric Ocasek. In two songs, Bebe was accompanied by his band THE CARS. Ric Ocasek was one of her close friends and music mentors. Thanks to him, Bebe Buell met his longtime partner, Czech supermodel Pavlina Porizkova who became a close friend of the family and played an important role in the modeling beginnings of Liv Tyler. The music career of Bebe Buell has started to grow up, and several major record labels have shown interest in her. She founded a female hard rock band THE GARGOYLES, with which she impressed Joey Ramone who took them to several concerts with his band THE RAMONES.
After the press release of the real father of Liv was published in 1991, Bebe decided to withdraw from the public eye and, for a few years, stopped her career in the music business. Bebe was fully devoted to her daughter Liv and fully supported her career despite her young age. She also became her manager for several years. Bebe returned to the music scene in 1997, when Liv left her home and began to pursue her acting career.
Bebe Buell released New York Tines Bestseller, “Rebel Heart: An American Rock’n’Roll Journey” in 2001.Bebe Buell is not one of the people who live from the nostalgia of a time that is long past. She fully enjoys the present and every moment with her loved ones. Since 1999, her life partner has been musician Jim Wallerstein who is also a member of Bebe’s backing band. Jim also produced her latest, so far most personal album, “Baring It All – Greetings from Nashbury Park”, which was released in 2018. Currently, she still continues her music journey but is also writing or mentoring young talent she likes to support. Other artists such as the American band THE DANDY WARHOLS also invited her for a collaboration. The result of their mutual collaboration sees the light of the world in April 2020 in the form of single with the release of the cover version of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND’s famous – “Femme Fatale”.
She is not indifferent to the fate of our planet Mother Earth, and actively supports projects to save animals and oceans as well as trying to improve the environment.