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Catya Sassoon Bio

Catya "Cat" Sassoon (September 3, 1968 â€“ January 1, 2002) was an American actress, singer and former model.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Death
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

The eldest of four children, Sassoon was born at the Klingenstein Pavilion of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to British hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, and his wife, Canadian-born actress Beverly Adams. She had three younger siblings: sister Eden and brothers Elan and David. Her father was born in Shepherd's Bush and was of Greek and Jewish descent. Sassoon's parents divorced in 1980.

Raised in Beverly Hills, Sassoon began modeling as child with her mother Beverly and appeared on several talk shows. By the age of 13, Sassoon began rebelling and piercing her nose and styled her hair in a purple and white mohawk.

Career

Against her parents' wishes, Sassoon dropped out of Beverly Hills High School at the age of 14 to pursue a modeling career. She moved to New York City where she signed with the Prestige Agency and enrolled at Professional Children's School. Her modeling career quickly took off and she became one of New York's top teen models. Sassoon later appeared on the covers of Seventeen, Brides and Cosmopolitan. It was around this time that Sassoon began taking drugs. In his autobiography, Vidal Sasson recalled that he realized his daughter was having drug issues when the two appeared on a morning talk show and Sassoon appeared to be high. Vidal Sassoon demanded that Catya return to Los Angeles where she was admitted to the Betty Ford Center. It would be the first of several rehab stays. After a month, Sassoon was released and resumed her career.

Shortly before she was set to leave for a lucrative modeling assignment in Japan, Sassoon met 18-year old Luca Scalisi, the son of an Italian film producer. Scalisi proposed to the then 15-year old Sassoon at a Los Angeles dinner party her father was attending. Vidal Sassoon consented to marriage on the condition that the two were married in a Jewish ceremony at his home. The two were married at Vidal's home in August 1984. Shortly after the wedding, Sassoon landed her first film role. She made her film debut in the role of "Feather", a "somewhat trashy teen-ager" in the 1985 drama, Tuff Turf. Sassoon's marriage to Luca Scalisi ended shortly after the release of Tuff Turf. By age 21, Sassoon was battling a serious addiction to drugs and eventually entered a drug rehabilitation facility. Sassoon later revealed in an interview with Joan Rivers that she had suffered a drug induced heart attack while undergoing treatment for her addiction.

By 1990, Sassoon was sober again and began traveling around the country with her mother to promote the latter's romance novel, Fantasies. Both women openly discussed how they overcame addiction problems. Beverly Sassoon spoke about her addiction to alcohol and stated that she was three years sober. Catya, then 22, was about to celebrate one year of sobriety. Later that year, Sassoon began acting again and appeared in an episode of Hardball. She also appeared in Bloodfist IV: Die Trying and Dance with Death. In 1993, Sassoon landed the lead role in the Roger Corman-produced martial arts film Angelfist, directed by Cirio H. Santiago. Sassoon made her last screen appearance in the 1995 action film, Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero. In addition to acting, Sassoon was also the lead singer of an all female group, Feline Force.

Personal life

While shooting a film on South Africa around 1994, Sassoon met a Zimbabwean musician. The two were married shortly thereafter and moved to Zimbabwe. Around 1995, the couple had a son, London Vidal, whom was named in honor of Sassoon's father's birthplace. Sassoon's second marriage also ended in divorce. She married for the third time to screenwriter and waiter Joe Meyers. In the spring of 2000, she gave birth to twin girls, Mycca and Skye.

Death

On December 31, 2001, Sassoon and her husband attended a New Year's Eve party at a friend's home. Sassoon complained of feeling unwell, left the party and returned to her home in the Hollywood Hills. At about 9:20 a.m. the following day New Year's Day 2002, Sassoon's husband went to check on her and found her dead. Sassoon had a history of high blood pressure and family members believed her death to be a heart attack. Her family maintained that she had long since kicked her drug habit and was clean and sober at the time of her death. A toxicology report later revealed that Sassoon died of a heart attack brought on by an overdose of hydromorphone. The Los Angeles County coroner also stated that Sassoon had cocaine in her system but attributed her death to an accidental overdose of hydromorphone.

Sassoon's funeral was held on January 4, after which she was buried in Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.

Filmography

External links

  • Catya Sassoon on IMDb
  • Catya Sassoon at Find a Grave

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