Juliet Man Ray

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Juliet Man Ray with Reginald Gray
Funerary monument, Montparnasse Cemetery

Juliet Man Ray (1911 – January 17, 1991) was an American dancer and model, who became the wife and muse of the artist Man Ray.

Early life[edit]

She was born Juliet Browner, the daughter of Henry Browner, who had emigrated from Romania and later graduated from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy.[1] She graduated from James Monroe High School and then studied dance with Martha Graham, before becoming a model.[1]


She worked as an art model, often for Abstract Expressionist painters, and at the age of 30 moved to Los Angeles, to try to start a movie career.[2]


She first met the artist Man Ray in a Los Angeles nightclub:[2]

After dinner we went to a night club where some of the best jazz of the period was being played. We danced. Juliet was like a feather in my arms.

In 1946, she married Man Ray, in a double wedding with their friends Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning. From 1951, they lived in a studio in Paris near the Luxembourg Gardens until his death in 1976 at the age of 86.[1]


She is buried at Paris's Montparnasse Cemetery, alongside her husband.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Flint, Peter B (21 January 1991). "Juliet Man Ray, 79, The Artist's Model And Muse, Is Dead". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b https://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/classroom_resources/curricula/performing_arts/downloads/juliet_dancing.pdf
  3. ^ "Juliet Browner Ray (1911 - 1991) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2017-03-30.

External links[edit]

Media related to Juliet Man Ray at Wikimedia Commons