Cindy Breakspeare

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Cindy Breakspeare
Born Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare
(1954-10-24) October 24, 1954 (age 63)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title Miss World 1976

Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare (born October 24, 1954) — known as Cindy Breakspeare — Canadian-Jamaican jazz musician and former model. She was crowned Miss World 1976. She is the mother of reggae musician Damian Marley, through her relationship with Bob Marley, who remained married to Rita Marley until his death. Bob Marley is said to have written the song "Is This Love" about her.[1]


Breakspeare was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to a Jamaican father, Louis Breakspeare, who was a British-Jamaican of multiracial ancestry, and a white Canadian mother of British origin, Marguerite Cochrane. She has three brothers and one sister.[2] She moved to Jamaica when she was four years old, and attended the Immaculate Conception Preparatory School. As a teenager she participated in beauty pageants, including Miss Jamaica Body Beautiful and Miss Universe Bikini. She was invited to participate in the Miss World competition in 1976 held in London, and won the title on November 19, 1976,[3] becoming the second Jamaican to do so.[4]

Breakspeare had a relationship with reggae musician Bob Marley. From their relationship she gave birth to a son, Damian Marley (aka Jr. Gong), in 1978. Three years later she married senator Tom Tavares-Finson in 1981 with whom she has a son Christian (1982) and a daughter Leah (1986). Breakspeare and Tavares-Finson divorced in 1995.

She married musician Rupert Bent II. Breakspeare has been pursuing her career as a recording artist and entrepreneur. She founded a Rastafarian craft store called Ital Craf in Jamaica. She has four grandsons from her three children.[5]



  1. ^ "Jamaican Hall of Fame: Cindy Breakspeare". Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  2. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Cindy Breakspeare-Bent - Sunday September 30, 2012". Jamaica Gleaner. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Meredith Dixon". Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Social - Cindy Breakspeare makes the big 5-O! - Sunday | October 31, 2004". Jamaica Gleaner. 2004-10-31. Archived from the original on September 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  5. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Cindy Breakspeare-Bent - Sunday September 30, 2012". Jamaica gleaner. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 

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