Terry O'neill
Terry O'neill

Terry O'Neill (photographer)
Legend, 2007 Eltonography, 2008 All About Bond, 2012 Terry O’Neill, 2014 SINATRA, 2014 Terry ONeill’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Album, 2014 Two Days That Rocked the

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British photographer

Terry O'NeillBornTerence Patrick O'Neill
(1938-07-30)30 July 1938
Romford, East London, England, UKDied16 November 2019(2019-11-16) (aged 81)OccupationPhotographerSpouse(s)Vera Day
Faye Dunaway (1983–1987)
Laraine AshtonChildren3Websitewww.iconicimages.net/photographers/terry-oneill

Terence Patrick O'Neill CBE (30 July 1938 – 16 November 2019) was a British photographer. He gained renown documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the 1960s.[1][2] O'Neill's photographs capture his subjects candidly or in unconventional settings.

His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2004[3] and the Society's Centenary Medal in 2011.[4] His work is held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London

Contents Early life

O'Neill was born in Romford, East London.[5]


O'Neill began his career working in a photographic unit for an airline at London's Heathrow Airport. During this time, he photographed a sleeping figure in a waiting area who, by happenstance, was revealed to be Britain's Home Secretary.[6] O'Neill thereafter found further employment on Fleet Street with The Daily Sketch in 1959. His first professional job was photographing Laurence Olivier.[7]

During the 1960s, in addition to photographing contemporary celebrities such as Judy Garland, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, he also photographed members of the British royal family and prominent politicians, showing a more natural and human side to these subjects than had usually been portrayed.[citation needed]

O'Neill's photographs of Elton John are among his most well-known. A selection of them appeared in the 2008 book Eltonography. Also considered among his most famous images[8] are a series of American actress Faye Dunaway (his girlfriend at the time) at dawn on 29 March 1977, lounging next to the swimming pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel the morning after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for Network, with several newspapers scattered around her and her Oscar statuette prominently shown on a table beside her breakfast tray.[9][10] The series was photographed in both colour and black and white.

O'Neill was credited (as Terrence O'Neill) as an executive producer of the 1981 film Mommie Dearest.[11] His only other film credit was for still photography for the 1987 film Aria.[12]

Personal life

O'Neill had a longtime relationship with Faye Dunaway; they were married from 1983 to 1986. Their son, Liam Dunaway O'Neill, was born in 1980. In 2003, he was quoted in the U.S. tabloid magazine Star as saying Liam was adopted and not their biological son, contrary to Dunaway's public assertions.[13] O'Neill later married Laraine Ashton, a former model agency executive.[14]

He died on 16 November 2019, aged 81, after developing prostate cancer.[15][16]

Exhibitions Books Honours and awards Collections References
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  2. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (23 August 2011). "How one photograph can turn a musician into a rock star". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  3. ^ a b "Honorary Fellowships (HonFRPS)". Royal Photographic Society. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Error - RPS". www.rps.org. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  5. ^ Benedictus, Leo (18 December 2008). "Terry O'Neill's best shot". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (28 January 2017). "Photographer Terry O'Neill: 'I was invited to Sharon Tate's house the night she was murdered'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
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  8. ^ "About the Art", background information published by the San Francisco Art Exchange. Accessed 28 January 2007.
  9. ^ O'Neill, Terry "Oscar Ennui" Archived 31 January 2013 at Archive.today (1977) Rights owned by Getty Images.
  10. ^ O'Neill, Terry "Faye and Oscar" (1977) Image from print owned by Photographers Gallery, Los Angeles.
  11. ^ Mommie Dearest (1981), IMDb profile. Accessed 28 January 2007
  12. ^ Aria (1987), IMDb profile. Accessed 28 January 2007
  13. ^ "Dunaway's Son Liam Adopted, Says Ex", ContactMusic news index, 11 March 2003. Accessed 28 January 2007.
  14. ^ Husband, Stuart (25 January 2004). "This much I know: Terry O'Neill, photographer". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  15. ^ staff, Guardian (17 November 2019). "Photographer of swinging 60s Terry O'Neill dies aged 81". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  16. ^ "Iconic photographer Terry O'Neill dies aged 81". Sky News. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Terry O'Neill: Celebrity - National Portrait Gallery". www.npg.org.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  18. ^ Getty Image Gallery presents Terry O’Neill: Behind The Scene Archived 26 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Westfield London. Accessed 22 June 2009.
  19. ^ "San Francisco Art Exchange : Gallery of The Popular Image". www.sfae.com. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  20. ^ ITV, UK; This Morning; Terry O'Neill speaks about the exhibition & contents; 18 April 2010
  21. ^ "Photographer's exhibition in city". 14 September 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  22. ^ "Terry O'Neill: 50 Years at the Top". The Gallery at 164. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  23. ^ "artnet". www.artnet.com. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  24. ^ http://www.davidbowie.com/news/bowie-oneill-la-exhibition-56401
  25. ^ "EXHIBITION : Rare & Unseen, by Terry O'Neill - Iconic Images". iconicimages.net. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  26. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B9.
  27. ^ "Terry O'Neill - National Portrait Gallery". www.npg.org.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
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