Staff, 2022-11-06 16:29:43,
Even at the age of 75, celebrity photographer Peter Beard wasn’t satisfied with a cup of cocoa before bed. Instead, he returned home at 4am with two Russian women he’d picked up in a New York nightclub.
Nor was the philandering playboy one to worry too much whether his third wife, Nejma, might not approve when she was rudely awakened by the trio.
Nejma was so angry she told the emergency services Beard was suicidal and had him admitted to a psychiatric ward.
The next morning, the old roué was on the phone to his ex-girlfriends, insisting there was nothing wrong with him and pleading with them to get him out.
Peter Beard pictured with his second wife, Cheryl Tiegs, in the Turksand Caicos
Dashing, impish and seemingly irresistible to women, Peter Beard was an artist, adventurer and African wildlife conservationist who was once described as ‘half Tarzan, half Byron’.
A scion of one of New York’s most august families, he spurned convention. He fell in love with the African wilderness, becoming known as the ‘wild man of the bush’, but never lost his appetite for more worldly pursuits: drugs, drink and celebrity friends including Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon.
His matinee-idol looks and devil-may-care personality made him irresistible to women, including actresses Candice Bergen and Bond Girl Carole Bouquet, socialite Lee Radziwill (Jackie Kennedy’s sister) and supermodels Janice Dickinson and Cheryl Tiegs, who was his second wife.
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