Terry O’Neill was born on July 30th 1938 in London, England. Terry achieved great success as a photographer documenting the fashion style and celebrities of the 1960’s, often in unconventional or candid settings.
Terry O’Neill began his photographic career working for a photographic unit for an airline at London’s Heathrow airport. By chance he photographed a sleeping figure in a waiting room, and then that person was revealed to be the Home Secretary. O’Neill found further employment on Fleet Street with The Daily Sketch newspaper in 1959.
Terry O’Neill’s reputation grew during the 1960’s. In addition to photographing the elite of the decade’s show business icons, such as Judy Garland, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, he also photographed members of the British Royal Family and several prominent politicians, showing a more natural and human side to these subjects than had usually been portrayed before.
Terry O’Neill had a longtime relationship with the actress Faye Dunaway, his wife from 1983 – 1986. His son with Dunaway, Liam Dunaway O’Neill, was born in 1980.
One of Terry’s most famous works was a photograph of Faye the morning after she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Network. In the photo, Faye is lounging by the pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel at dawn with several newspapers scattered at her feet and her Oscar prominently shown on the table beside her breakfast tray. A black and white print from this series hangs in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, as well as Terry’s piece Brigitte Bardot, Spain 1971. Terry’s famous shot of Frank Sinatra and his entourage walking the boardwalk at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami sold for $30,000 in a recent Sotheby’s auction.