See the Glamorous Photos of Stars Like Mick Jagger and Audrey Hepburn Shot By Countess Camilla McGrath
In 1963, Camilla McGrath (née Camilla Pecci-Blunt), a shy Italian countess, improbably married Earl McGrath, an American movie producer. They became known for the casual, but glamorous gatherings they hosted for decades in their luxurious homes in the U.S. and Italy—Camilla with a Nikon camera in hand. The results are cultural treasures: She captured the likes of Mick Jagger, Audrey Hepburn with playwright Anita Loos, and Carrie Fisher with Harrison Ford. Now, a selection of the more than 60,000 photos the late aristocrat collected in scrapbooks are being shared with the public in a new book, Face to Face, which includes essays by her famous friends. "It's an important artifact," says writer Fran Lebowitz, a frequent guest. "These people are cultural monuments of the 20th century. Where else but in this world of Camilla and Earl’s would Stephen Spender, the poet, meet Mick Jagger? It was good for the culture, but that world doesn’t exist anymore."
“When Mick is not on tour, he is completely charming,” writes Jann Wenner, a friend of both Jagger (here in 1974) and the McGraths.
Jerry Hall's Baby Shower
Model Jerry Hall (with Bette Midler) was surrounded by friends for her baby shower at her home in New York on December 19, 1983.
The Star Wars Squad
When the film opened in ’77, Carrie Fisher (with Harrison Ford) thought it would be "a turkey," recalls her pal, actor-director Griffin Dunne.
The Star Wars Squad: Part 2
"She said, 'I run around with a ray gun and a big ape,'" Dunne (left, with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher) continues. "But that night at Camilla’s, the trio were very aware they were on a wave of something huge."
Mick Jagger held a balloon and stuffed animal, while Jerry Hall prepared to share the cake at her baby shower.
Brunch with Sharon Tate
The actress and later-disgraced husband Roman Polanski relaxed at the McGraths’ in 1968, 18 months before Tate’s murder.
The Rolling Stones After Party
The Rolling Stones jammed out in the McGraths' house after their June 26 concert at Madison Square Garden on their 1975 tour. Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, John Phillips, and Mick Jagger sat on chairs, while Eric Clapton sat on the bed.
Camilla and Earl McGrath cleaned up after the Rolling Stones party in their N.Y.C. apartment in 1975. "Earl was very good-looking, in a very specific, kind of Oklahoma way," says writer Fran Lebowitz, a frequent guest. "He was obviously extremely exotic to someone like Camilla. She instantly fell mad in love with him and stayed that way."
A Gathering of Friends
Harrison Ford lounged next to his then-wife Mary Marquardt at the Star Wars party. In the book, he writes about how close he became with the McGraths. "He is the godfather of at least two of my children, though he claimed slightly more, as Earl would," Ford writes.
Face to Face
Face to Face: The Photographs of Camilla McGrath goes on sale on Oct. 27.
Buy It! Face to Face, $75; amazon.com
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