Justin de Villeneuve

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Justin de Villeneuve
Born Nigel John Davies
Edmonton, London UK
Nationality British
Occupation Manager, businessman, photographer
Years active ca. 1966–present
Known for Manager to Twiggy

Justin de Villeneuve, born Nigel Jonathan Davies[1] in Edmonton, London, is a British businessman, known for being supermodel Twiggy's manager from 1966 to 1973.

De Villeneuve worked as a Mayfair hairdresser under the name Christian St. Forget[2] before meeting Twiggy as a teenager. They became a couple, and as her career as a model took off, he became her manager and helped to make her famous.[3] Twiggy severed ties with him in 1973 and has lately downplayed his role in her success.[4]

De Villeneuve was married to model Jan de Villeneuve and has two daughters, photographer Poppy de Villeneuve (born 22 May 1979) and illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve.

Between the years 1975 and 1977 he co-managed (along with his partner, Rock Manager Bryan Morrison) the British proto-punk rock band Doctors of Madness, led by Richard Strange. In 1978, he became the manager of singer-songwriter Lynsey De Paul, during the period when she recorded her Tigers and Fireflies album, and in 1980 he also managed Clifford T Ward, another U.K. singer-songwriter.[5]

De Villeneuve is repeatedly mentioned by Peter Cook on the Derek and Clive Come Again recording. This is because in 1977, de Villeneuve was employed by Phonogram Records in the capacity of Head of Public Relations & Publicity. Phonogram's was due to release Kevin Godley & Lol Creme's 'Consequences', a record on which Cook had worked, writing and playing all the male characters for a drama that filled three of the six sides. However, de Villeneuve repeatedly condemned the album and said how bad it was. This is why Peter Cook says 'Justin de Villeneuve watch out!' and 'Justin de Villeneuve is my friend!'

De Villeneuve married designer Sue Timney at Chelsea Town Hall in 2007.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ariel Leve and Robin Morgan (2013). 1963: The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion. Harper Collins. p. 42. ISBN 9780062120465. 
  2. ^ Adrian Room (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins (fifth ed.). McFarland. p. 144. ISBN 9780786457632. 
  3. ^ "The English Dream". Time. New York. 7 February 1972. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  4. ^ Saner, Emine (1 August 2006). "Summer of hate". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  5. ^ An Affectionate Punch by Justin de Villeneuve, Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, London ISBN 0-283-99346-4
  6. ^ Millard, Rosie (3 October 2012). "Interview: interior designer Sue Timney". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 

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