Marianne: “I didn’t believe it when Leonard said ‘You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen’”

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Leonard then, what did he look like?
“Oh, he was beautiful!”

MARIANNE: I never felt that I looked like much at all. I didn’t believe it when Leonard said ”you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen”. And he has continued saying that. But what I mean is that… I think I had too round a face. So I have gone round looking down all my life. But after all I did have… you know the sun bleached my hair, and after all you were … in Greece you were so blonde, so blonde, so blonde, because there they were mostly dark. Skinny. Almost no boobs. laughs To my great regret.

NARRATOR: Leonard then, what did he look like?

MARIANNE: Oh, he was beautiful! Haven’t you seen pictures of Leonard when he was young? Oh yes, you have. He was marvellous. Neither did he think that he looked like much. We both had problems. You have no idea. We often stood in front of the mirror before going out and wondered who we were today and stuff like that. Oh god, how strange we human beings are, you know…

Marianne Ihlen, from an interview with Kari Hesthamar, Norway, 2005. Transcript found at LeonardCohenFiles.

Note: Originally posted Dec 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric