Marianne Faithfull has been hospitalized in London and is being treated for the COVID-19 virus, her rep confirmed to Rolling Stone on Friday.
A statement posted Saturday on the 73-year-old British singer and actress’ official website reads, “Marianne has tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in hospital. She is stable and responding to treatment. Marianne went into hospital on Tuesday, after developing a cold while self-isolating. We wish her well and a full and speedy recovery.”
Faithfull began her career as a successful pop artist, scoring four hit singles in 1964 and ’65, her first being a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “As Tears Go By” that peaked at #22 in the U.S. and #9 in the U.K.
In 1966, Marianne began a widely publicized four-year romance with Stones singer Mick Jagger. Around this time, she also began acting in films.
In 1968, Faithfull co-wrote the song “Sister Morphine” with Jagger and Keith Richards. Her own version of the tune was released in 1969, while The Rolling Stones’ rendition appeared on their 1971 album, Sticky Fingers.
Marianne struggled for many years with anorexia and drug abuse, including heroin addiction, and for most of the 1970s she put music on hold.
Faithfull relaunched her music career with the edgy, critically acclaimed 1979 album Broken English, and has released new records fairly regularly ever since. Among the many artists who have contributed their musical talents to Marianne’s albums are Steve Winwood, Dr. John, Roger Waters, Lou Reed, The Clash‘s Mick Jones, Beck, Billy Corgan, Blur and Nick Cave.
In 1997, Faithfull lent guest vocals to the Metallica song “The Memory Remains,” which became a top-30 hit for the heavy-metal legends. Her most recent album, Negative Capability, came out in 2018.
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