Tere Tereba thinks of herself first and foremost as an Angeleno. Her L.A. universe spans from downtown to Venice Beach, from Mulholland to Malibu and beyond. She spent her teenage years clubbing on the Sunset Strip, seeing performances by musicians like Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Michael Bloomfield, and English bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. During this time rock legend Jim Morrison’s girlfriend, Pamela Courson, discovered Tere and recruited her to design for her boutique, Themis. Simultaneously, she was hired as an apprentice by Young Edwardian, then the most important junior fashion label in the country. There she was soon given the opportunity to design: Her first collection sold tens of millions of dollars at prominent stores like Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Proving her mettle in the fashion industry quickly, she enjoyed early commercial success. Her hallmark became wearable “contemporary” fashion: timeless yet trendy designs featuring clean lines, unique fabrics, and unexpected detailing.
During this period, she caught the attention of Andy Warhol in Los Angeles. She was invited to visit Warhol’s Factory (then at 33 Union Square West) when she came to New York. Tere began traveling the world meeting new friends, many from the artist’s exotic milieu. Soon, she was written about and writing for Warhol’s magazine, INTERVIEW. Although consumed by a demanding fashion career, Tere enjoyed writing and as her interest in music gravitated toward film, she interviewed several iconic filmmakers for the magazine. She was cast in the dark comedy, Andy Warhol’s BAD, directed by Jed Johnson, in a role expressly written for her. Tere never pursued an acting career and appears in just this one film.
Emerging from a hiatus to design cutting edge fashion for the 21st Century, many young pop culture icons were seen wearing her designs for the L.A. based and internationally distributed fast-fashion BEBE STORES. No longer involved in the fashion industry, since 2005 she worked solely on her critically acclaimed book, Mickey Cohen: The Life & Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster, which was released on May 1, 2012.
In Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of LA’s Notorious Mobster, Tereba reveals the complete history of the L.A. underworld – definitively seen for the first time. A seductive, premium octane blend of biography, true crime and Hollywood lore, the book draws you in with rare photos and unseen documents and covers a half century of history, from the early days of the film business to the late 1970s. Tereba delivers provocative revelations and iconic players, among the 20th-century legends featured are RFK, Richard Nixon, Rev. Billy Graham, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner and her lover Johnny Stompanato (Cohen’s associate who was found dead in the film goddess’ bedroom)–as well as gangland powers, Hollywood moguls, socialites, hoodlums, sports stars, politicians, police, and party girls. The book is available in hardcover, trade paperback, electronic and audio formats; English, French, Italian and Chinese editions.