Faithfully Speaking

Marianne Faithfull spills some juicy details about her life -- including romps with women, her now infamous OD in Australia, playing God, and her new album Easy Come, Easy Go .



In her recent tour, Sandra Bernhard tells an amusing story
of spending Thanksgiving with you.

I've been in a lot of social situations with Sandra… She's
always amusing. We were at a
Vanity Fair

party together, which was highly amusing because Madonna was
there. I must say I find Madonna a bit irritating.

And I can quote you on that?


Joni Mitchell once described herself as a "painter
derailed by circumstance." Is there a gift or aspect of
your life that is as much a part of you as singing or acting
that we don't know about?

No. No. I would've liked to have gone to university. It
would've been great for me, because I could have got three
years to grow up a bit. When I left home, at 17, my mother was
still buying my clothes. I didn't know anything about money
or looking after myself.

What do you think your major would have been?

English lit or philosophy. It would have been a lot of fun,
though not very useful. Anyway, I didn't do that. And for 17
years I regretted it, then sometime -- maybe around
Strange Weather

[her album released in 1987] -- I suddenly realized that if I
just accepted my life it would be a lot easier. Acceptance is
the key to happiness.

There's a beautiful irony in your being skeptical about a
major in English lit being useful when you ended up becoming so
successful in the impossibly unsure field of pop-star

When I look back, I must say, I was very lucky to make a record
and have a success.

Luck is something you consistently remark on in interviews.
When you say "luck," what does that really mean to you?

I don't really know if I believe in destiny. Maybe I'm
beginning to believe a bit more. I think for a long time I did
believe it was luck. Of course there was an awful lot of hard

I read an interesting
interview with Elvis Presley when I was young, in which he
attributed his success to luck, which I thought was very wise,
because obviously it wasn't just luck -- he had enormous
talent. But it looked very modest.

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