Tuesday, May 21, 2024

UPDATE: “Search has ended for today” for Famed Artist and Photographer Peter Beard, Missing in Montauk Since Tuesday Night, Will Resume Tomorrow


5pm Wednesday update: East Hampton/Montauk police have ended the search for today for Peter. They will resume at 6am tomorrow. I’m sorry to say this doesn’t sound good. If only Peter were on one of great adventures in Africa. He was indomitable. Is. Sending positive thoughts to his family. If anyone has positive stories about Peter, fun and scandalous, please contact me at showbiz411@gmail.com.


First, I can’t believe Peter Beard is 82, or that he has dementia. The famed artist and photographer shot and loved beautiful women, stalked wildlife with his camera. He is and was and has been a fixture on the New York nightlife parade my entire life.

But Tuesday night he went missing from his home on the Montauk cliffs. They say he “wandered away.” A dramatic exit for Peter? There could be nothing less. But let’s pray and hope he’s ok.

Peter’s wife now and for a long time is Nejma. They have a daughter, Zara. His second wife was model Cheryl Tiegs, from 1981 to 83. No kids. Before that he was married briefly to Minne Cushing, of Newport society, in 1961. The wedding was lavish and featured over and over in magazines.

In the 70s, Peter was a man on the prowl in New York, star of Andy Warhol’s scene, fixture at Studio 54. His girlfriends and lady friends ranged from Lee Radziwill to Candice Bergen to a long list of models including Lauren Hutton, Carole Bouquet and so many others including beauty Maureen Gallagher, whom he lived with while married to Nejma. Believe me, there’s enough to write two books.

Now we wait, and reminisce about all the items we wrote about the crazy life of Peter Beard. Let’s hope he’s ok.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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