Donyale Luna (August 31, 1945 – May 17, 1979) was an American model and cover girl. She also appeared in several films, in Camp (1965) by Andy Warhol, Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (1966) by William Klein, as Groucho Marx’s companion in Otto Preminger’s Skidoo (1968), and most notably as Oenothea in Federico Fellini’s Satyricon (1970) and as the title character in Salomé (1972), a film by director Carmelo Bene.
She was born Peggy Ann Freeman in Detroit, Michigan. She attended the prestigious Cass Technical High School. Her parents were Peggy and Nathaniel Freeman; her mother killed her father, who was reportedly abusive, when Donyale was 18. Luna’s mother wanted her to become a nurse.
Despite the parentage stated on her birth certificate, she insisted that her biological father was a man with the surname Luna and that her mother was Indigenous Mexican and of Afro-Egyptian lineage. According to the model, one of her grandmothers was reportedly an Irish former actress who… read more