Marianne Evelyn Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is an award-winning English singer, songwriter and actress whose career spans over four decades. Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. During the first two-thirds of that decade, and with little notice, only two studio albums were produced. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the landmark album, Broken English. Faithfulls subsequent solo work, often critically acclaimed, has at times been overshadowed by her personal history.
The family originally lived in Ormskirk, a market town in West Lancashire 13 miles NE of Liverpool, while her father completed a doctorate at Liverpool University. She spent some of her early life at the commune formed by her father at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire. After her parents divorced, when she was six years old, she moved with her mother to Reading, Berkshire. Her elementary school was in Brixton. Living in rather reduced circumstances, Faithfull's girlhood was marred by bouts with tuberculosis and her charity-boarder status at St Joseph's Convent School. While at St. Joseph's, she was also a member of the Progress Theatre's student group.
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