Bebe Buell, Rock Star Arm Candy And Liv Tyler's Mom, Then And Now

By | October 17, 2020

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Photo of Bebe Buell circa 1980. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Bebe Buell, mother of Liv Tyler, never liked the word "groupie" -- she prefers to describe herself as a "muse" when discussing her serial romantic relationships with rock stars. Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, David Bowie and Jimmy Page all fell under Buell's spell, with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler fathering Buell's famous actress daughter. 

Rock and roll means many things to its various practitioners, but for decades now one of the key reasons a teenaged boy will pick up a guitar is to get girls. In this admittedly sexist arrangement, the girls can end up being quite influential, inspiring the love or lust that comes blaring out of speakers turned to 11 -- thus Buell's preference for "muse." Numerous songs were written about her by her rock star lovers, including Rundgren's "Can We Still Be Friends?" and Costello's "I Want You." While charming her way into the hearts of the most prominent musicians, the "Mother of Rock and Roll" was also tending to her own career as a model and singer. As a symbol of the 1970s, Buell led a life of success, excess and public controversy.

Bebe Buell Got Her Start With The Ford Modeling Agency

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All the way back to the young age of five, Beverle Lorence “Bebe” Buell was obsessed with rock ‘n’ roll. She considered Mick Jagger (with whom she would later have an affair) her biggest inspiration and would stand in front of the mirror imitating his dance moves. After graduating high school, her passion and beauty led her to agent Eileen Ford of Ford Modeling Agency who signed Buell and relocated her from Virginia Beach, Virginia to the electrifying New York City. Buell immediately became a modeling star in the Big Apple and she immersed herself into Manhattan’s music scene befriending all of the top rockers in the area. Her captivating charisma drew everyone into her presence hoping to at least become her friend.