Monday, February 13, 2012


Liv Rundgren Tyler, maybe better known as Arwen Undómiel from Lord of the Rings.

Here she swings upside down from her mother's arms.
Her mother, Bebe Buell was November 1974 Playmate of the Month; an accomplished model and icon known for her appetite for musicians, including Barry Cowsill and David Cassidy. She lived with Todd Rundgren from 1972 through 1978. Liv was born an 1975

Liv grew up thinking that rock star Todd Rundgren was her father. But as she was growing up, Steve Tyler, lead singer for Aerosmith, began dropping by to visit, and Liv noticed that his daughter Mia Tyler looked enough like her to be her twin.

She confronted her mother, and was told the truth. She was 8 years old.

The truth about Tyler's paternity did not become public until five years later, in 1991, when she changed her name from Rundgren to Tyler, but kept the former as a middle name. Buell's stated reason for the initial decision was that Steven was too heavily addicted to drugs at the time of her birth. Since learning the truth about her paternity, Liv and Steven have developed a close relationship.
Someone had asked me if Tyler and Rundgren had known the truth from the start. I would think they likely did. Another person indicated they had heard the truth came out while 8 year old Liz was at an Aerosmith show. I had heard the same thing, but I cannot substantiate that.
Anyway, I think this is a cool story.


red dirt girl said...

happy valentine's day <3

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone- Bebe Buell did not date David Cassidy or Barry Cowsill. I have read her book "Rebel Heart" many times and it was PAUL COWSILL, one of the lesser known Cowsill brothers, that was her first boyfriend at 15 years old. It was during the 2 year period that she lived in Newport Rhode Island when she was 14 and 15 (9th & 10th grade). She met Paul at a High School dance they both attended. Just wanted to fix that- have no idea why Wikipedia has that up because it is incorrect info. Maybe her team needs to fix it. Happy V-Day<3

Anonymous said...

You must mean LIV- not LIZ in that last paragraph, right? And again, from Bebe's best selling bio "Rebel Heart" she indicates that yes, both men knew Liv's paternity but Mr. Tyler was far too deep into drugs to be a suitable father so Rundgren agreed to take the position. He and Liv still have a close relationship. The part about Liv finding out for sure in 1988 is true. Lucky girl to have two cool pops!

bulletholes said...

Thanks Anon....I havent read any of the memoirs, and I really didnt do a very good job on researching or writing this up. Half is probably just lifted from Wiki and its the better half at that.
Its a cool story though, and I liked the picture. Thanks for adding to the post for me.

bulletholes said...

Also, Anon, can you tell us if Liv asked her mother during an Aerosmith show? The story I heard was that she was watching Tykler perform, and said to her mother something like
"He is really my daddy isnt he mommy?".
Does her book substantiate that?