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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The Rastaman who shagged me

Bob Marley once bonked A Wintour?
In 70s London/NYC, nothing would surprise me...

BLISTERING new biography of Anna Wintour reveals the icy Vogue editrix once had an affair with reggae legend Bob Marley.

In "Front Row: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue's Editor in Chief," due next month from St. Martin's, Jerry Oppenheimer recounts how in the late '70s, Wintour's pal, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, introduced the fashionista to Marley and got her a backstage pass to one of Marley's shows in New York. She immediately "fell for" the pot-smoking musician.

She was "riveted" and acted as if she'd "met God," one friend tells Oppenheimer, who reports she "virtually disappeared for a week" while notorious womanizer Marley was in town, spending all her time backstage.

When Wintour finally resurfaced, she looked utterly worn out from her exertions with the rasta legend, but denied to friends she'd spent the week in Marley's bed. Pals didn't buy it and assumed she merely wanted to keep him to herself.

Throughout her colorful career Wintour had affairs with many men, including British gossip columnist Nigel Dempster, who bedded her at a young age, and "Monty Python" star Eric Idle. But she was always somewhat frosty, which Oppenheimer attributes to the fact that she had a "pretty screwed up childhood," growing up in a "horribly depressed and icy atmosphere."

The first signs of trouble came when she was reported to have gotten the top job at Vogue via an affair with Si Newhouse.

In 1999, Shaffer learned that Wintour was having an affair with Texas mogul Shelby Bryan when Bryan left a message on their answering machine. Shaffer called Bryan's wife and told her, "Your husband and my wife are [bleeping] each other." Bryan and Wintour, now 55, are still together.

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