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Bebe Buell
Bebe Buell at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Buell at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Playboy centerfold appearance
November 1974
Preceded by Ester Cordet
Succeeded by Janice Raymond
Personal details
Born July 14, 1953 (1953-07-14) (age 56)
Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Measurements Bust: 35 in / 89 cm
Waist: 24 in / 61 cm
Hips: 35 in / 89 cm
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) [1]
Weight 120 lb (54 kg; 8.6 st)

Bebe Buell (born Beverle Lorence Buell on July 14, 1953, in Portsmouth, Virginia) is an American fashion model and singer, and Playboy magazine's November 1974 Playmate of the Month. She is also known for dating and marrying rock musicians. She is actress Liv Tyler's mother from a brief relationship with Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler.

In 2001, she wrote an autobiography (with Victor Bockris) entitled Rebel Heart: An American Rock and Roll Journey. The book was a New York Times bestseller.[2] The paperback was issued in 2002.

Filmmaker Cameron Crowe, in his commentary on the extended DVD of his 2000 movie Almost Famous, said he based the film's "Penny Lane" character (played by Kate Hudson) on two women he met during the early 1970s — Bebe Buell and Pennie Trumble, a.k.a "Penny Lane". He said he created some of Penny's dialogue from statements Buell had made in interviews over the years.




She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the November 1974 issue; her centerfold was photographed by Richard Fegley.


Buell married sometime-musician and actor Coyote Shivers in 1992.[1] They divorced in 1999 after a year-long separation. In 2002 she married musician Jim Wallerstein of Das Damen and Vacationland fame.


In 1981, Buell recorded a four song EP on Rhino Records, produced by Rick Derringer and Ric Ocasek, with The Cars serving as her band on two tracks. The rock band Power Station began in 1984 when then-boyfriend John Taylor (of Duran Duran fame) pulled some famous friends together to provide backing for another of Buell's musical efforts. She also formed the band The B-Sides in 1980 but they disbanded in 1985.

She founded another band called The Gargoyles in 1985, and released a couple of singles. A few large record companies were showing interest, but they disbanded when the paternity of her daughter Liv became publicly known in 1991. She withdrew from performing and for six years in the 1990s, Buell managed her daughter Liv, helping to launch her career as a successful international model and actress.

After her daughter left home in 1997, Buell returned to music to record a solo effort with producer Don Fleming, released in 2000. She also performed around New York with the Bebe Buell Band, and later up with Boston musicians The Rudds and The Neighborhoods drummer Johnny Lynch to form a new band for a few shows which also includes husband Jim Wallerstein.

In April 2009, the Boston duo Chester French released a tribute to Buell with their album track "Bebe Buell".

As of June 2009, the line-up for The Bebe Buell Band is: Bebe Buell on vocals, Jim Wallerstein on guitar, Pete Marshall on bass , David Matos on lead guitar, Aya on keyboards, Lindsey Anderson on guitar and Bobbie Rae on drums.

She released her first recording in ten years with a single "Air Kisses for the Masses" in May 2009 and completed recording of a full length 12 song album set for late Fall 2009. It can be downloaded on iTunes or Amazon MP3. Buell is playing a series of live shows in the New York City area to promote the single.


  • Covers Girl (1981), 12" 4 song EP produced by Ric Ocasek & Rick Derringer- track listing- side one- 1)My Little Red Book 2)Wild One Forever- side two- 3)The Little Black Egg 4)Funtime

with The B-Sides

  • A Side of the B-Sides (1984), 3 song 12" EP Picture Disc produced by Todd Rundgren- track listing- 1)Mr. Never Forever 2)Windy Words 3)Battle Cry

with the Gargoyles' Two 45 releases:

  • "Gargoyle"/"Bored Baby" (1993), 7" Single/Cave Creek Records/Ultra Under
  • "Jacuzzi Jungle"/"Thirteen Wrong Turns" (1987), 7" Single/Route One Records


  • "Air Kisses For The Masses" (2009) single iTunes, Amazon MP3, produced by Twinomatick
  • Free To Rock (2000) produced by Don Fleming w/ The Bebe Buell Band
  • Retrosexual, (1994, reissued 2004) for Sky Dog Records France
  • Little Black Egg (1982), 7" Single/UK for Moonlight Records


  1. ^ a b Buell, Bebe and Bockris, Victor. Rebel Heart: An American Rock and Roll Journey. St. Martin's Press, 2001, page 296. (ISBN 0-312-26694-4, ISBN 0-312-30155-3)
  2. ^ Google Book cover


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