Lee Miller

1907 (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) – 1977 (Chiddingly, England)

Steichen was among photographers Miller modelled for before going to Europe; Chaplin was a friend from these times (rumours of an affair — as with Picasso, later — remain unsubstantiated). Cocteau first met her at the club ‘le Boeuf sur le Toit’ and cast her as a statue in one of his films. She became Man Ray’s assistant (discovering the technique of solarisation) and lover; they remained lifelong friends. Éluard, Breton and Miró were among other friends in Paris; Dubuffet and Ernst among those to visit after she moved, finally, to England, where she got Steinberg to tangle with a hose.