The wedding of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

1 portrait of Ringo Starr

The wedding of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, by Terry O'Neill, 27 April 1981 - NPG x126137 - © Iconic IMages/Terry O’Neill

© Iconic IMages/Terry O’Neill

The wedding of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 27 April 1981
14 3/4 in.x 14 3/4 in. (378 mm x 378 mm)
Given by Terry O'Neill, 2003
Photographs Collection
NPG x126137

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Artistback to top

  • Terry O'Neill (1938-), Photographer. Artist of 77 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • Barbara Bach (1947-), Film actress; wife of Ringo Starr. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Gianni Gregorini (1973-), Son of Barbara Bach and Augusto Gregorini. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • George Harrison (1943-2001), Musician; member of The Beatles. Sitter in 49 portraits.
  • Olivia Harrison (née Arias) (1948-), Wife of George Harrison. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • James Louis McCartney (1977-), Son of Paul and Linda McCartney. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Linda McCartney (1941-1998), Photographer, artist, musician, businesswoman, cookery writer and animal rights activist; late wife of Sir Paul McCartney. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist of 14 portraits.
  • Sir (James) Paul McCartney (1942-), Musician and member of The Beatles and Wings. Sitter in 55 portraits.
  • Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) (1940-), Musician; drummer for The Beatles. Sitter associated with 40 portraits.

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Starr and Bach were married at a Marylebone register office and celebrated afterwards at London club 'Rags'. The wedding party (seen from left to right at the reception) George and Olivia Harrison, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach and her son Gianni, Paul and Linda McCartney with their son James. Starr met his second wife when co-starring with her in Caveman (1981). Bach is shown wearing a dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

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Current affairs

Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral. A crowd of 600,000 spectators filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple, and 750 million viewers watched the event on television. The iconic moment came when Charles and Diana appeased the crowds by breaking royal protocol and kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Art and science

Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical Cats, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, opens in the West End. The show ran for 21 years.
Brideshead Revisited, the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh, is adapted for television by John Mortimer. The lavish production featured an all-star cast of Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom and John Gielgud, setting the bar high for future TV costume dramas.


Pope John Paul II is shot by a Turkish gunman in St Peter's Square in Rome. John Paul was rushed to hospital where he recovered, and Mehmet Ali Agca was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment.
HIV AIDS is identified in five men in Los Angeles.

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