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Donyale Luna (1945–1979)


The world's first black supermodel, Luna was born Peggy Ann Freeman was in Detroit and grew up there in the northeast side of the city. Her father, Nathaniel Freeman, worked for almost 40 years at Ford Motor Company, usually in the foundry. Her mother, Peggy, was receptionist at the downtown YWCA for almost 30 years. Her parents had a difficult ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 34) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Known For

Fellini - Satyricon
(1969)
Salomè
Salomè Salomè
(1972)
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? Mannequin / Model
(1966)

Filmography

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 1972 Salomè
Salomè
 1969 Fellini - Satyricon
Enotea
 1968 Skidoo
'God's' Mistress (as Luna)
 1966 Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?
Mannequin / Model
 1965 Camp
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 1996 The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (Documentary)
Herself (uncredited)
 1970 Soft Self-Portrait of Salvador Dali (Documentary)
Herself
 1967 Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (Documentary)
Herself (uncredited)
 1966 Screen Test #3 (Short)
Herself (uncredited)
 1966 Screen Test #4 (Short)
Herself (uncredited)
 1966 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #5.250 (1966) ... Herself
 1966 The Eamonn Andrews Show (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #2.31 (1966) ... Herself
 1966 Late Show London (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #1.26 (1966) ... Herself
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 2004 Nudi verso la follia (Documentary)
Herself
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Luna

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

[When asked in 1966 why she moved to Europe in December 1965] I love New York, but there were bad things. People were on drugs or hung up on pot. There was homosexuality and lesbianism and people who liked to hurt. See more »

Trivia:

Gave birth to her only child, daughter Dream Cazzanina, in 1977. The child's father is her second husband, Luigi Cazzaniga. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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