Marianne Faithfull is intensely intelligent, fiercely witty, and the kind of alluring free spirit that attracts countless hoards of people. Alain Delon, her Motorcycle costar, once said, "She is a happening all to herself. She is the type of girl men fought dragons for in mythology, the type that duels have been fought over." Not only is that the best thing that anyone has said about anyone ever, it's also really damn true. Nowadays she is a world-weary chanteuse, one who has lived through everything and is still here to sing about her adventures, but back in the sixties, she was a dreamer. She saw no end to what she hoped to accomplish and who she hoped to be. In Faithfull, she detailed how "between the ages of 17 and 19 I shed any number of old lives and grew new ones overnight without any of them seeming quite real to me; I discarded them as cavalierly as a child who moves from one game to another. Pursued in interest, any one of these might have led to a reasonably happy life. But then again, I wasn't interested in happiness. I was looking for the Holy Grail." I feel like that speaks to a lot of us young dollies out there who are looking for our own 'Holy Grail' (preferably one that includes Mick Jagger!)
Marianne was fiercely independent and never apologized for her behavior - she followed her heart no matter what. Whether that meant leaving John Dunbar for Mick, or doing some pretty drastic things to shake off her convent girl persona, Marianne was never satisfied following convention.