Bebe Buell (born Beverle Lorence Buell on July 14, 1953, in Portsmouth, Virginia) is an American fashion model and singer, and Playboy magazine's November 1974 Playmate of the Month. She is also a famous groupie known for dating and marrying rock musicians.
In 1972 while working as a teenage model in New York City, Buell met and dated rock star Todd Rundgren for several years.
During and after her sometimes open relationship with Rundgren, she also became intimate with many other famous musicians, including Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, and Steven Tyler. As well as Elvis Costello, Stiv Bators, Billy Idol, John Taylor (Duran Duran) and actors Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.
Many people assumed her and Todd Rundgren were married and Bebe was often referred to as Bebe Rundgren in the media. In the fall of 1976, she unexpectedly became pregnant by Tyler, and gave birth to daughter Liv Tyler on July 1, 1977. Buell allowed her daughter to believe that Rundgren was her father until the late 1980s, as Tyler was still deeply addicted to drugs at the time. Buell then moved on to Rod Stewart and in the summer of 1978, she began a tempestuous affair with the married but separated Elvis Costello which continued on and off until 1984. Buell married sometime-musician and actor Coyote Shivers in 1992. They divorced in 1999 after a year-long separation. In 2002 she married musician Jim Wallerstein.
Filmmaker Cameron Crowe, in his commentary on the extended DVD of his 2000 movie Almost Famous, said he based the film's "Penny Lane" character (played by Kate Hudson) on two women he met during the early 1970s — Bebe Buell and Pennie Trumble, a.k.a "Penny Lane". He said he created some of Penny's dialogue from statements Buell had made in interviews over the years.