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.
But what Buell is most famous for is being “The Ultimate” Rock N’ Roll 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.
During and after her “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.
Bebe & Iggy Pop
Bebe & Rod Stewart
Bebe & Jimmy Page
Bebe & Mick Jagger
Bebe & Stiv Bators
Bebe & Elvis Costello
Bebe & Billy Idol
Bebe & John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Bebe & Steven Tyler
Many people had assumed Bebe & 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 1980’s, as Tyler was still deeply addicted to drugs at the time.
Buell and Rundgren eventually broke up. In 1992, she was married for the first time to sometime-musician and actor Coyote Shivers.
They divorced in 1999 after a year-long separation. In 2002, Buell 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.
Coincidently, Hudson is working on her own groupie resume and has two kids with two rock star ex-husbands Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes and Matthew Bellamy of Muse.