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Marianne Faithfull
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1. Where did Marianne Faithfull's family come from?

Marianne Faithfull's maternal grandmother was Jewish, and she had been in some danger during World War II. Faithfull's father was an English Utopianist, who set up a school for social research in England.

2. What were the consequences of Faithfull's parents' divorce?

When her parents divorced, Faithfull was 12. She went to live with her mother in Reading, where she and her mother and grandmother were quite poor. Marianne was sent to a convent school, and she converted to Catholicism in order to fit in there. This was also where she got involved with music for the first time.

3. How does Faithfull characterize her mother's storytelling?

According to Faithfull, Eva (her mother) was always telling fantastic stories that reinvented reality in the shape of what she wanted it to be. These stories of the Spanish Moors and her ancestors gave Marianne a sense of family pride.

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