Vidal Sassoon, crimper of the bob, is fighting leukemia
Vidal Sassoon, hairdresser who created the bob, reveals he is fighting leukemia
2:18 AM on 12th June 2011
Thinking positive: Vidal Sassoon is confident he will beat cancer
Legendary British hair stylist Vidal Sassoon is being treated for life-threatening cancer.
Sassoon, creator of the ‘bob’ made famous by fashion designer Mary Quant in the Sixties, has been treated for leukaemia in Beverly Hills and at the Cromwell Hospital in London.
The 83-year-old was diagnosed with the blood cancer two years ago but has kept the news private until now, determined to maintain a busy schedule with minimum distraction.
A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Vidal loves life. He is treating his illness in typical fashion: “The show must go on!” He’s been getting treatment but also maintaining a schedule to exhaust a man half his age. If anyone can beat this, it is him.’
In the Sixties, Sassoon revolutionised hairdressing with the precision-cut five-point bob, going on to create a global empire of salons and hair products worth 100 million.
He and fourth wife Ronnie, whom he wed in 1992, live in an 8.5 million home in Los Angeles.
A friend said: ‘Ronnie’s been his rock, with him every step of the way. They told family and close friends about the cancer but he didn’t want to put a damper on all the wonderful things going on in his life.
‘He’ll start a second round of chemotherapy any day now and is confident that he’s going to pull through.’
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He has recently been promoting a new autobiography, and a film of his life which tells how he went from poverty in the East End of London to become a Sixties icon.
Sassoon, who was awarded a CBE in 2009, was successfully treated for skin cancer a few years ago. His daughter Catya died, aged 33, of an overdose in 2002.
He said: ‘Even when Catya died I didn’t let myself get depressed. To overcome it I did what I always did: I went to work.’