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Tilda Swinton has always been one of those people who manages to be a mystery, even in the public eye. Some of us have been aware of her since the early stages of her career, while others have come to the party a bit later – but there’s no denying that, if you love Tilda Swinton, it’s with a ferocity that you can’t quite explain and wish you could emotionally imprint on others.
So, for those of you who have joined the Cult Of Swinton (or for those who will be assimilated) here are some interesting facts I discovered.
Also, I’d like to note that, while many of these read like fiction, they are true to the best of my knowledge.
1) Her full name is Katherine Mathilda Swinton. She’s the daughter of Major-General Sir John Swinton and the Swinton ancestral home has been owned by the family since the 9th century. Tilda can trace her lineage back to the Middle Ages.
2) Never one to be boxed into a category in real life, Swinton and her friend Joanna Scanian developed an art installation/performance piece called “The Maybe” in which Tilda was featured sleeping in a glass case on display to the public for a week. She ‘s also in the music video for Orbital’s “The Box”.
3) Her first film was Caravaggio, which also featured Harry Potter‘s Robbie Coltrane and Sean Bean. She worked with Bean again in War Requiem, in which she played a nurse to Sir Laurence Olivier. Now I want to play 6 Degrees Of Tilda Swinton. (BTW, Swinton has a Bacon Number of 2)
4) She has a degree in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge, she joined the Communist Party and then later joined the the Scottish Socialist Party.
5) Her propensity for playing androgynous or male characters like goes further back than her role in Sally Potter’s Orlando. Swinton played Mozart in a stage production of “Mozart and Salieri” and is actively interested in the idea of androgyny. She thinks, “People talk about androgyny in all sorts of dull ways.” Personally, I think she’s contributed a lot to the conversation.
6) Tilda is a fashion icon and muse for Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf. In 2003, they designed an entire line inspired by her. In May 2013, Swinton was announced as the face of Chanel’s Pre-Fall Paris-Edinburg collection, inspired by Scottish traditional fashion and fabrics.
7) She lives in Nairn, Scotland with her partner Sandro Kopp and her two children Xavier and Honor Byrne. Her children are fathered by Scottish painter and playwright John Byrne, with whom she had a ten year relationship. Tilda also created a film festival entitled “Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams” which was about a local bowling alley turned movie theater and generated worldwide press about the festival and Nairn.
8) School of Rock is one of her favorite movies. That’s my favorite fact of the list.
9) Musically, she’s just as inspiring. She has performed live with Patti Smith, did vocals on four tracks for ‘The Bachelor’ by singer/songwriter Patrick Wolf, and played David Bowie’s wife in the music video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”.
It is, with that last bit, that I leave you to glory in the Tilda and Bowie unification. I firmly believe that, when one dies, they will simply merge cosmically with the one who remains.