Marilyn Reed did a shoot at Malibu Beach with her friend, Steven Silverstein, a famous fashion photographer who captured the most beautiful women in the world with his lens, including Carla Bruni who was the First Lady of France.
Marilyn got to know Steven through his father, a fashion designer. Marilyn was studying to be a fashion designer. She made the dress my ex-wife wore at our wedding. This was her ‘Train’ series, she inspired from those old movies of beautiful dames on a train. Debbie Boone wore the same dress on an album cover.
Soon after we met, Marilyn showed me a photo her friend Les McCann had taken of her when she was fifteen. I was alarmed, but, was assured Les was an artist, and his wife, Charlotte, was present. Les met Charlotte in France. She was a blonde cabaret singer. She taught Marilyn French when she would stay at the McCann house during summer vacation. At twelve, Marilyn was modeling.
Her sister Shanna was married to Les’ drummer, Ron Jefferson. Shanna later lived in France, and then Martinique, with Carlos Moore who wrote the definitive biography of Fela whose life in now depicted in a musical Off Broadway.
Marilyn was my first Muse. Days after we first kissed, we sought out a place where I could draw her and drink coffee. I considered myself a New Beat. We found a Tea House in West Los Angeles that later became a famous Folk Music spot where my friend, Bryan McClean learned to perform.
People were jealous of Marilyn and I – before we met! She tried to pass a note to me that fell into the wrong hands. In looking for the source of Rosamond’s beautiful women, then one must look for the hidden one, the lost one, the captured and concealed one. Sleeping Beauty was named ‘Rosamond’.
My famous sister had a mysterious imitator named Sara Moon. No one could find out who this artist was. There is a famous photographer named Sarah Moon, who Silverstein gives credit to for his success.
The muralist, and my late brother-in-law, Garth Benton, says Christine put images she found in fashion magazines in a projector and broadcast them onto an empty canvas. Here is the Genesis of the Rose of the World who looked through the lens of male photographers in order to capture her beautiful women. That Sara Moon turned out to be an old Iranian man, is fascinating. What is in a name?
If you take SARAH MOON you can make the name HRASAMOON, or, RASHAMOON.
I have taken the liberty to rename Marilyn, employing her father’s surname de Godfroi. This is a Huguenot name. Reed is “red” as in rouge.
Marilyn has made clothes with my sister and mother. My grandmother, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, made and sold hats in order to raise her four beautiful daughters. Some Hippies made their own clothes.
Marilyn was a good friend of Jayne Marie Mansfield, whose mother was a famous Hollywood Bombshell. After we broke up, Marilyn said to France with the son of the Hollywood movie producer, Joe Pasternik. A photo of Marilyn on the boat is seen above, as well as a photo of Jayne that appeared in playboy.
When I beheld the Hippie Commune with bedroom, I was in one of Marilyn’s bedrooms. There were Bohemian clothes in the closet, and an altar. Marilyn is a Bhudist and has a small altar room at the top of her stairs. Marilyn is the real deal, a Living Museum, too. The historic love we have for one another, needs to be captured and preserved. We are elusive butterflies.
Marilyn made the clothes we see in the top photo that I did a portrait of. If you would like to commission Marilyn to make your historic art-ware, then e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reed” is commonly believed to be a nickname-derived surname referring to a person’s complexion or hair being ruddy or red.
From the Germanic name Godafrid, which meant “peace of god” from the Germanic elements god “god” and frid “peace”. The Normans brought this name to England, where it became common during the Middle Ages. A notable bearer was Godfrey of Bouillon, an 11th-century leader of the First Crusade and the first ruler of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
John D Moulton shares with us the mystery of Sara Moon, and how it took nearly 30 years to uncover the secret…
When John D Moulton found himself in front of two Sara Moon portraits during a business meeting in 1977, he was instantly taken aback. “‘Lisa’ and ‘Jennifer’ were hung together as a pair and I was struck by the negative space around each artwork and the simple intensity of those eyes,” he tells us. In fact, he was so captivated by the artwork, he left the meeting as the new owner of both designs. An artist himself, John felt inspired by the craftsmanship in the paintings and in the years that followed, he attempted to bring the same simplistic elegance to his own work. So imagine his excitement when, five years later in a greetings card shop, he spotted another two designs – ‘Sara’ and ‘Hippy Girl’ – among the selection. With the knowledge that more Sara Moon artwork was in existence, John began his search for the artist behind the images.
Throughout the 80s and 90s, John continued to seek out ‘Sara Moon’ but to no avail. Then in 1998, he turned to the internet for help with his quest. “I created a Sara Moon gallery displaying 12 of the paintings at my sensual-arts.com website and entitled it: ‘SARA MOON – Where are you Sara?’” he tells us.
For two years he heard nothing at all, but then one day a visitor to the site told him about another website that he might be interested in. “I joined a Yahoo group dedicated to Sara Moon and cross stitching – I didn’t even know what cross stitching was back then!” says John. He soon got up to speed, though, and when the group owner asked for volunteers to take over moderating the group in 2003, he swiftly put himself forward for the job.
Enjoyable as it was to share his passion with fellow fans, John still knew very little about the real ‘Sara Moon’, so he set up a dedicated website in the hope of finding out more. “In March 2004, I created sara-moon.com so that I could show expanded galleries, offer everything I had learned so far and beg all and sundry for more information!” John tells us.
After more than 20 years of searching, John began to doubt whether he would ever find out the true identity of the artist behind Sara Moon. “Within the Yahoo group, folks all over the world – including me – were speculating who and where Sara Moon may be, and even if the artist actually ever existed. But mainly, members were swapping and trading both Lanarte and ‘home-spun’ Sara Moon charts – not as a blatant breach of copyright, but because these people dearly wanted to stitch Sara Moon artwork and there was simply nobody to ask!” says John. Little did he know then that the ‘home-spun’ charts would be the key to unlocking the identity of the artist!
It was when one of the ladies creating her own cross stitch charts was challenged by Lanarte that the big breakthrough finally came. The Dutch manufacturer informed the lady that they had exclusive rights to create charts of Sara Moon artwork and in response she asked them to prove it. So they did, and in November 2004 Lanarte sent her a copy of the artist’s authority which included the full name, address and even a telephone number. It was the moment John had been waiting for. “She stopped producing patterns immediately and emailed me a copy of the proof from Lanarte with the news that there really was a ‘Sara Moon’ – a man who lived in Germany and was called Bijan Djamalzadeh. If I hadn’t been sat down, I would have fallen over! Seeing it there, including his signature, on a legal document, just felt surreal,” says John.
Face to face
Naturally, John’s thoughts turned to approaching Bijan, but he never expected that the artist would actually get in touch with him! “Bijan’s good friend and ex-business manager, Thomas Laukamm, emailed me from Germany in 2005 to say he and Bijan had found my “Where Are You Sara?” gallery. He wanted to say thank you for helping to keep the art of Sara Moon alive,” says John.
Months of email correspondence and a few phone calls later, the three men arranged to meet up at Bijan’s home in Germany. “I was on a plane and going to visit a fellow artist I had admired for 20 years and had all-but convinced myself didn’t even exist,” he says. Once in Germany, John spent two days in Bijan’s home and studio learning about the artist and trying to absorb as much as he could. A full account of his trip can be found online at sara-moon.com, but needless to say, it was an encounter that John will never forget.
On the horizon
These days John volunteers his services as Bijan’s International Business Manager, looking after his interests on the internet and elsewhere too. “I see my role as the contact between Bijan and his many fans around the world – keeping him in touch with his audience. I also manage all his business dealings, from copyright issues to marketing initiatives,” he says. John’s wife helps too, managing the many websites – including pages on Facebook, MySpace and the Yahoo group, which is now a community of over 800 passionate members.
Projects in the pipeline include a search for a gallery or auction house in order to sell some of Bijan’s original paintings, and a publishing house to print a book of his works. John has also been approached to grant permission for some paintings to be included in the sets of two upcoming movies – Loosies, out this year, and Rock of Ages due for release in 2012. Perhaps what most stitchers will be interested to hear, though, is that more Sara Moon cross stitch kits will be released at the end of the year. Additionally, John assures us that there’s a wealth of artwork waiting to be converted into cross stitch kits and charts in the future, too.
Sarah Moon (born 1941), previously known as Marielle Hadengue, is a French photographer. Initially a model, she turned to fashion photography in the 1970s. Since 1985, she has concentrated on gallery and film work.
Hadengue was born in Vichy in 1941. Her Jewish family was forced to leave occupied France for England. As a teenager she studied drawing before working as a model in London and Paris (1960–1966) under the name Marielle Hadengue. She also became interested in photography, taking shots of her model colleagues. In 1970, she finally decided to spend all her time on photography rather than modelling, adopting Sarah Moon as her new name. She successfully captured the fashionable atmosphere of London after the “swinging sixties”, working closely with Barbara Hulanicki, who had launched the popular clothes store Biba.
Carla Bruni, now known by her name of use Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi; Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarla dʒilˈbɛrta ˈbruːni teˈdeski]; 23 December 1967) is an Italian-French singer, songwriter and former model. She married the then President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008.
Any person involved in a creative pursuit, be it at a piano or behind a palette, is alone. Nobody can help him while he’s practicing his art, but sometimes people close can give him the understanding and support to make the job more bearable. In the dimness of the control booth, left and below, Les’ wife, Charlotte, tries to help him in a gentle, soothing way as they listen to the playback of the tapes.
After Wednesday’s recording session Charlotte hurried home to give French lessons to a few select pupils. Les later joined two of them, movie star Julie Adams and Charlotte’s daughter Rose Elaine.
Carlos Moore (Born Charles Moore Wedderburn in Cuba, 1942). Is a writer, researcher and social scientist (with two doctorates from the University of Paris-7, France), dedicated to the african and afroamerican history and culture. 
He is internationally known for combating racism and defending panafricanism and for writing the authorized biography of the singer, saxophonist and activist Nigerian Fela Kuti “Fela, Fela: This Bitch of a Life”. 
In recent years he has been living in Brazil with his family, taking the opportunity to write your story and learn more about the Latin American and brazilian culture. 
Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre, and television, a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s. Mansfield was 20th Century Fox’s alternative Marilyn Monroe and came to be known as the Working Man’s Monroe. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts.
Mansfield became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. She was one of Hollywood’s original blonde bombshells, and although many people have never seen her movies, Mansfield remains one of the most recognizable icons of 1950s celebrity culture. With the decrease of the demand for big-breasted blonde bombshells and the increase in the negative backlash against her over-publicity, she became a box-office has-been by the early 1960s.