Saturday 20 May 2023


Helmut Berger (1944-2023), Austria's electrifying, androgenous screen Adonis: The Damned, Dorian Gray, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Ludwig II, Conversation Piece – was a sex-symbol and pop-icon (courtesy of Helmut Newton, David Bailey and Andy Warhol) of the 'swinging sixties'. 

Hailed as 'The most handsome main the world' and 'The It-Boy of the European jet-set', he was the muse and lover of Luchino Visconti and an object of desire for (among others, it is alleged) Rudolf Nureyev, Britt Ekland, Ursula Andress, Tab Hunter, Linda Blair, Jerry Hall and both Bianca and Mick Jagger. He was, for many years, a true imbiber of life and love and the epitome of elegant animality.

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