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02 August 2008 @ 12:25 am
Rhodes Ladies - Part One  
The girls of Duran Duran Keyboardist Nick Rhodes from 1982 - 2000

Julie Anne Friedman 1982-1992

The Iowa born daughter of Millionaire William Friedmarin met Nick at a party in Los Angeles during 1982 while working as a model. Nick claimed it to be "love at first sight" and the following day Julie Anne found herself joining the band on their next flight to Kansas.

In 1984 they married and held a Reception at The Savoy where absoloutely everything was pink including the bride and groom's outfits and flamingos (take note WAGs, Nick and Julie Anne had the idea first!):

Their only child Tatjana was born in August 1986:

The couple seperated but Julie Anne made use of the annexe in the Art Deco styled mansion they'd set up together in Kensington so that their daughter could continue to live around both parents:

After eight years of marriage a rather messy divorce resulted in Julie Anne reportedly received a $400,000 lump sum with which to buy a new home and $60,000-a-year alimony. She celebrated the result at Brown's nightclub, reportedly announcing: 'I've done it!' Picking up her acting career, she eventually decided to make the move back to Los Angeles with Tatjana living mainly in England with her father.

Julie Anne in Cannes in 1997:

After working as an actess for a few years Julie Anne became a chef and now runs a personal cheffing service called
The Roving Stove:

Madeleine Farley 1992-1999

In late 1992, Nick began a long term relationship with the British photographer/filmmaker Madeleine.

"He used to go to Harvey Nichols and buy all my clothes. He taught me how to wear make-up, how to dress. He's the closest link between gay men and straight women. He was the woman in our relationship. I had a pair of couture fangs surreptitiously made for him - the dentist and I were in cahoots. He'd always wear them in bed, and I'd have on my six-inch Manolos."

The relationship ended after 10 years leaving Nick heartbroken. A friend of the couple claimed that "Nick, almost Svengali-like, invented Madeleine. He created somebody who walked away. She wouldn't have done so if he hadn't created what she became."

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 1999-2000

Socialite, heiress, friend of Royalty, "IT Girl" and TV presenter Tara was an old friend of Nick's who he had reportedly helped through rehab.

The couple began a short relationship over a few months with friends unable to decide if it was a rebound for Nick from Madeleine, a rebound for Tara from her tumultuous relationship with Greg Martin, a publicity stunt or something more genuine.

Tara with Madeleine:

Tara was seen in the press out and about with her new Irish boyfriend before declaring an official split from Nick. The pair remain close friends, are often seen chatting in a corner together at parties and Nick referred to her in an interview two years after their split "I haven't seen her recently, but the last time I did she was adorable".


[ part two to follow shortly when I can sift out some inspirational Meredith pictures]  

For more pictures and info on Nick's ladies I suggest a trip over to The Temple Of Saint Nick

Current Mood: complacent
Current Music: Within You - David Bowie
2minuteslater: 3 Durandisgruntledhag on August 2nd, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
EXCELLENT post! I'd love to see one about John Taylor, too...
premierludwig: DURAN bon rhodespremierludwig on August 2nd, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
Me too, but mainly because I can't find pictures of him with Bebe!
Nadia: bangsnadiamdq on August 2nd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
First of all, great post! I love DD and it's always nice to see something related to them. :D Glad to see them here. :)

Now, you said you needed pics of John with Bebe... *wink wink*

These are the only two I have, sadly. They were taken from a TV show called Liquid Assets, in which Bebe tells how they met and a few other things. If I'm not mistaken, she says that, when they met, John came up to her and kissed her by surprise.

God, what I'd give to have tat surprise. XD

Anyway, if you want the information she gives on the show, let me know and I'll post it here for you. :D
premierludwig: DURAN nick smilepremierludwig on August 2nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Ohmygod, what gorgeous pictures!!! Thank-you! *jumps up and down with glee*

Would love to know what she said on the show too. Thanks! :-D
Nadia: Haircutnadiamdq on August 2nd, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! It's a pity they didn't show any more pics, only these two. :(

Anyway, here's the transcription:

Bebe: "I met him in Los Angeles at a soirée. We all sort of got invited to this party in the Hollywood Hills. It was quite glamorous and sweet, we were drinking champagne, and I think there was some other naughty things going on there, but I shan't tell you. But you know, it was a party, and it was in the 80s, so use your imagination."

Reporter: "Rock and roll party, we'll just say it was a rock and roll party."

B: "So, he just grabbed me and kissed me."

R: "That's very forward!"

B: "He was... he was... divine!" *laughs*

R: "Everybody fancied John Taylor out of Duran Duran! How did you deal with the girls, there must have been girls..."

B: "I'm sure that he was shagging his head off! I would imagine! He was having the time of his life!" *laughs*

It's not much, but well... it's a rather brief clip and they go on talking about John's obsession with McDonald's at the time. :P I hope it works. ;)
premierludwig: DURAN nick john wetpremierludwig on August 2nd, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
thank-you so much, that's fab!
Nadia: Leonardnadiamdq on August 3rd, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Glad to be of service! :D
2minuteslaterdisgruntledhag on August 3rd, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
LOVE the pictues! Thanks so much for these.
Nadia: Leonardnadiamdq on August 3rd, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed them! :D
Nadia: bangsnadiamdq on August 2nd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
By the way, I had never noticed that JulieAnn is actually quite pretty! At least, once she grew her hair. :P
premierludwig: DURAN bon rhodespremierludwig on August 2nd, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
You're right, I had the same reaction myself, being initially used to the wedding and early pictures where she has very short big 80s hair. That look was too harsh for her.
Nadia: Leonardnadiamdq on August 2nd, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Long hair definitely suits her.

*corrects herself* It's not JulieAnn, it's Julie Anne. :P
Miss Ashley: [miss pamela]imagine_peace on August 2nd, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Now I know who he is! I was trying to figure this out earlier when I saw pictures elsewhere. I should have know this. Anyway, nice pictures!
Lizzie Dolllizzie_doll on August 2nd, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
Nick Rhodes is my favourite!
premierludwig: DURAN nick smilepremierludwig on August 2nd, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Mine too, he's just too exquisite for words. He tends to leve me in a total whimpering mess, just far too decadent and perfect for me to cope with. I finally went to see a Duran gig a few weeks ago and prolly drove my friend to distraction with my giddyness everytime he pouted smiled or basically moved. I've actually never been so giddy in my life. I'm used to rock gigs filled with blokes where I'm cool as a cucumber and dance all night long right infront of the band. At Duran I did dance all night, but part way through I let go and went as giddy as the other women jumping up and down and shrieking too. It was very liberating. Couldn't have done that if I'd been at the front, so maybe there's occasons when not being front centre is a good thing. I intend to go see them again and behave more normally now I've got the giddy stuff over with. Still, when you fancy the *whole* band to excess it's difficult to retain a cool, calm exposure isn't it.

I got distracted by the most wonderful article from Tatler last night trying to find those quotes: Who's A Pretty Boy Then. He comes across as my most perfect man in the whole world ever, and then right at the end when I'm totally overwhelmed by him, Meredith does my head in saying that she's going to burn his pink shirt and complains about him eating Quorn, spending hours in bookshops buying too many books, being tidy, not taking drugs and not being promiscuous - ARGH!

Edited at 2008-08-02 01:06 pm (UTC)
That Dorky Girl: Ja' bootyblairbarella on August 2nd, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
I love Nick and the Rest of the DD boys. Out of all of them , he seems to be the nicest to the fans.
"He's the closest link between gay men and straight women."
Lol, so very true.
Morrigan: Love Killsmorrigan716 on August 2nd, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Nick Rhodes. He's prettier than most of his girlfriends!
premierludwig: DURAN le bon poutpremierludwig on August 2nd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
He so totally is. If I'd known how much everyone would enjoy this I'd have done it so much earlier. I've always felt Duran Duran to be a guilty pleasure amongst my Rock Gods like Led Zepp. But then I guess they really are just so exquisite, what's not to love about them. :-) After seeing them live I think I've now become a Duranie. God help me!

John Taylor is very rock'n'roll. And Roger Taylor is a phenomenal drummer. Nick is deffinately in the category of music boys who wear eyeliner. And Simon is just so... Simon. They do make great music with poetic meaningful lyrics and wear more glam than T-Rex. So I guess they do fit in after all. :-D
Morriganmorrigan716 on August 2nd, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
When I was in junior high I was so boy crazy, especially over Duran Duran and Wham! As I got older I liked heavier stuff, but I still have a soft spot for the 80s "boy bands."
premierludwig: A2A legs quattropremierludwig on August 2nd, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
I missed put on all that but remember finding Nick absoloutely beautiful on the View To A Kill video when I would have been about 6 years old. I spent my teenage years in the 90s being stuck in the 60s as a modette, and now I seem to be spending the 2000s catching up on the 80s! I had so much fun playing dress up and copying the make-up as a child, then looked down on the brashness of it all as a modette. Now I just find it so much fun again and am deeply intrigued by the whole New Romantic thing. I totally missed out on that when I was little.
Lizzie Dolllizzie_doll on August 2nd, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Cold Ethyl: meeeeei_like_bats on August 3rd, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)

Yeah little metalhead girl likes Duran Duran. Shhhhh it stays in this community.
premierludwig: DURAN nick barbarella kisspremierludwig on August 8th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
I've been in denial since Electric Barbarella came out, trying to make do with nothing but my secret cassette tape of their Greatest Hits (which lived permanently in my car for purposes of getting a quick fix). This year I finally thought, sod it I don't care, I'm going to buy their albums! I did, I'm hooked, and will now shout it from the rooftops.

"My name's Senti and I'm a Duranie."

Gekka Reijin (月下麗人)gekkareijine on July 26th, 2014 10:49 am (UTC)
Interesting, what talking about present Nick Rohede's
privet life, does he have a girl friend?