How Steve McQueen's wandering eye saved him from being murdered by the Mansons

Neile Adams with her husband, Steve McQueen in 1965
Neile Adams with her first husband, Steve McQueen in 1965 Credit: Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images

When Neile Adams takes to the stage in an intimate jazz club on London’s King’s Road to perform her one-woman cabaret show, The Lives of Me, next week, there will be one life in particular with which the audience will be fascinated.

Though she grew up in the Philippines, where she and her mother were held for three years in a Japanese concentration camp during the Second World War, and later achieved success on Broadway, in Kismet and The Pyjama Game, it is her 16-year marriage to the inimitable Steve McQueen that continues to captivate.

During that time, the couple negotiated the considerable highs and lows of his meteoric Hollywood rise, narrow escape from the Manson murders and numerous infidelities. Not to mention her own sole indiscretion, which ended with him holding a gun to her head.

Adams was already a Broadway star when she met McQueen Credit: Ray Anthony/Alamy

It’s small surprise, therefore, that even some 37 years after his death, Adams admits: “I still think...


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