Bernardine Freud

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Bernardine Freud (Coverley)

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Death: July 24, 2011 (68-69) (cancer)
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Wife of Lucian Freud
Mother of Private and Esther Morrissey

Managed by: Alan Henry Philipp
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About Bernardine Freud

http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2011/aug/01/bernardine-freud-obituary

"...For some, if not all of the marriage to Caroline, Freud was also continuing his affair with Katherine Margaret McAdam, at one stage babysitter to his children with Kitty, by then a fashion student at St Martin's. He and Katherine had four children together, long dubbed "the forgotten Freuds" with at least one born before the divorce from Caroline came through. He was also seeing Bernardine Coverley, who, although 20 years younger than him, died just four days after he did. She was a convent-educated girl whose Irish Catholic parents ran a pub in Brixton. She grew up to be something of a wild child and met Lucian in the clubs of Soho and Notting Hill, then became a writer and gardener and travelled widely with her two small daughters by Freud -- Bella, now a fashion designer, and Esther, a writer.

She and the girls spent some years in Morocco, with the experience later turned into a novel, Hideous Kinky, by Esther, and made into a film with Kate Winslet. Freud was also, at the same time, in a relationship with Suzy Boyt, a student of his at the Slade Art School, with whom he had five more children and who later kept the family together by running a small vintage clothes business.

In fact, Freud had three daughters born to three different women in one year, 1961 -- Lucy, born to Katherine; Isobel, born to Suzy, and Bella (remarkably, also christened Isobel), born to Bernardine. He lived half the time with Katherine and their children, until she discovered just how rampant his infidelities were. Unable to keep him away -- he would apparently simply turn up and camp outside their doorstep until she emerged in the morning -- Katherine eventually took the children and moved to a council estate in south-west London, where Freud never tried to find them. She apparently left behind a self-portrait he had given her, which later sold for several million pounds. " http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/the-tree-of-lucian-freud-26823777.html

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Bernardine Freud's Timeline

1942
1942
1963
May 2, 1963
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
2011
July 24, 2011
Age 69