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Buell at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Ester Cordet|
|Succeeded by||Janice Raymond|
|Born||Beverle Lorence Buell
July 14, 1953
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
|Measurements||Bust: 35 in / 89 cm
Waist: 24 in / 61 cm
Hips: 35 in / 89 cm
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||120 lb (54 kg; 8.6 st)|
Beverle Lorence "Bebe" Buell (born July 14, 1953) is an American fashion model and singer, and Playboy magazine's November 1974 Playmate of the Month. She is also known for dating rock musicians, and her social relationships with musical and cultural icons cross four decades. She is actress Liv Tyler's mother from a brief relationship with Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler. In 2001, she wrote an autobiography (with Victor Bockris) titled Rebel Heart: An American Rock and Roll Journey. The book was a New York Times bestseller. The paperback was issued in 2002.
Filmmaker Cameron Crowe stated in interviews about his 2000 movie Almost Famous that he based the film's Penny Lane character (played by Kate Hudson) on two women he met during the early 1970s — Bebe Buell and Geraldine Edwards. He said he created some of Penny's dialogue from statements Buell had made in interviews over the years. The majority of the character was based on Geraldine Edwards, however.
Buell was discovered by modeling agency executive Eileen Ford after high school graduation at age 17. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the November 1974 issue; her centerfold was photographed by Richard Fegley.
In 1981, Buell recorded a four song EP on Rhino Records, produced by Rick Derringer and Ric Ocasek, with The Cars serving as her band on two tracks. The rock band The Power Station began in 1984 when her then-boyfriend John Taylor (of Duran Duran fame) pulled some famous friends together to provide backing for another of Buell's musical efforts. She also formed the band The B-Sides in 1980 but they disbanded in 1985.
She founded another band called The Gargoyles in 1985, and released a couple of singles. A few large record companies were showing interest, but they disbanded when the paternity of her daughter Liv became publicly known in 1991. She withdrew from performing for six years in the 1990s. Buell managed her daughter Liv, helping to launch her career as a successful international model and actress. She also represented actress Charis Michelsen.
After Buell's daughter left home in 1997, Buell returned to music to record a solo effort with producer Don Fleming, released in 2000. She also performed around New York with the Bebe Buell Band and, later, with Boston musicians The Rudds and The Neighborhoods' drummer Johnny Lynch to form a new band for a few shows which also included husband Jim Wallerstein.
In April 2009, the Boston duo Chester French released a tribute to Buell with their album track "Bebe Buell."
As of June 2009, the lineup for The Bebe Buell Band was: Bebe Buell on vocals, Jim Wallerstein on guitar, Pete Marshall on bass, David Matos on lead guitar, Aya on keyboards, Lindsey Anderson on guitar, and Bobbie Rae on drums.
She released her first recording in ten years with a single "Air Kisses for the Masses" in May 2009 and completed recording of a full-length 12-song album, set for late Fall 2009. It can be downloaded on iTunes or Amazon MP3. Buell is playing a series of live shows in the New York City area to promote the single.
In September of 2011, Buell released Hard Love, an aggressive rock album influenced by grunge and glam rock. The album was produced by Bebe's husband James Wallerstein of the critically acclaimed proto-grunge band Das Damen, and Stephen DeAcutis. The 11-track record features original songs alongside covers of Gang of Four's "I Love A Man In Uniform" and "Baby Baby" by the English punk rock band The Vibrators.
Buell developed an interest in dating musicians when, as a 16-year-old model, she started dating Barry Cowsill of The Cowsills. She later lived with rock musician Todd Rundgren from 1972 to 1978. During their cohabitation, she dated other people including Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Page, and Steven Tyler. In 1977 she gave birth to now actress/model Liv Tyler, fathered by Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith. In 1992, Buell married for the first time to sometime-musician and actor Coyote Shivers. They divorced in 1999 after a year-long separation. In 2002, she married musician Jim Wallerstein (aka Jim Walters) of Das Damen and Vacationland fame.
- Covers Girl (1981), 12" 4 song EP produced by Ric Ocasek & Rick Derringer
- "Hard Love (2011), 11-track album produced by James Wallerstein and Stephen DeAcutis.
- "Mother of Rock'n'Roll"
- "Devil You Know"
- "Got It All Wrong"
- "Baby Baby"
- "Black Angel"
- "I Love A Man In Uniform"
- "Normal Girl"
- "I Will Wait"
- "Air Kisses For The Masses" (2009) single iTunes, Amazon MP3, produced by Twinomatick
- Free To Rock (2000) produced by Don Fleming w/ The Bebe Buell Band
- Retrosexual, (1994, reissued 2004) for Sky Dog Records France
- Little Black Egg (1982), 7" Single/UK for Moonlight Records
with The B-Sides
- A Side of the B-Sides (1984), 3 song 12" EP Picture Disc produced by Todd Rundgren
- "Mr. Never Forever"
- "Windy Words"
- "Battle Cry"
with the Gargoyles
Two 45 releases:
- "Gargoyle"/"Bored Baby" (1993), 7" Single/Cave Creek Records/Ultra Under
- "Jacuzzi Jungle"/"Thirteen Wrong Turns" (1987), 7" Single/Route One Records
Cassette EP, "Bebe Buell and the Gargoyles": "Vibrator"/"Lick it and Stick it"/"Take Me to Your Leader"/"Luv Reaction" (1988), FISHTRAKS
- Buell, Bebe and Bockris, Victor. Rebel Heart: An American Rock and Roll Journey. St. Martin's Press, 2001, page 296. (ISBN 0-312-26694-4, ISBN 0-312-30155-3)
- Google Book cover
- Morris, Bob (2004-11-21). "Manners in the Time of Flu". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- Juice Magazine: "Bebe Buell - INTERVIEW BY STEVE OLSON" September 2009 | Are you an American? Yes. I am. I’m German American. Were you born in the states? Yes. My grandparents were German
- Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey By Bebe Buell, Victor Bockris St. Martin's Press, 2001, page 199|"I'm from strong German stock, so I'm not capable of breaking down completely"
- Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey By Bebe Buell, Victor Bockris St. Martin's Press, 2001, page 1
- New York Magazine: "152 Minutes With Bebe Buell - On a rock-and-roll photo tour with the legendary groupie, who prefers “rock girlfriend,” or now just “rocker.”" By Jada Yuan September 25, 2011
- Reinhart, Ernst; Gillian Cumming (2008-06-01). "Tyler Liv's life to the full". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- Fox News: "'NCIS' Actress Pauley Perrette's Endless Nightmare Divorce" By Roger Friedman September 28, 2006
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