Vidal Sassoon, Celebrity Hairdresser, Dies at 84

Celebrity News May. 10, 2012 AT 9:45AM
Vidal Sassoon circa 1995. Vidal Sassoon circa 1995. Credit: Maureen Donaldson/Getty

Vidal Sassoon, arguably the first celebrity hair stylist, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.

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A spokesman for the Los Angeles police told The New York Times that Sassoon, who was known to have leukemia, died of natural causes.

Sassoon was known for creating the modern "bob" in the '1960s. He made headlines when he gave Mia Farrow her iconic pixie cut for her 1968 movie, Rosemary's Baby. Sassoon was reportedly paid $5,000 for the cut, which inspired generations of women -- including stars like Winona Ryder, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson and many more -- to get similar 'dos.

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In the film, Farrow says of her haircut, "It's Vidal Sassoon! It's very in."

Clothing designer Mary Quant has her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon in 1964.
Clothing designer Mary Quant has her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon in 1964.
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Grace Coddington, the creative director of American Vogue and former model for Sassoon in the 1960s, said in an interview Wednesday, "It was an extraordinary cut; no one has bettered it since. And it liberated everyone. You could just sort of drip-dry it and shake it."

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Sassoon opened his first salon in 1954 and used the tagline "If you don't look good, we don't look good" for his technique and products.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Rhonda, and three children.

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