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Jeremy Irons was among the stars who turned out to remember the life of legendary hair stylist Vidal Sassoon in London on Friday 12 October 2012. The veteran hair designer passed away at his home in Los Angeles home in May of 2012 at the age of 84, following a battle with leukaemia. A memorial was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London and Sassoon’s famous friends and clients flocked to pay tribute to him at the ceremony.
Before his reading of “To An Athlete Dying Young” by A. E. Houseman, Jeremy Irons recalled how he met Sassoon quite late in life. Sassoon was ill when he and his wife Ronnie had arrived to stay with him at his ‘tower’ in Cork. Ronnie had told him that Vidal would be better off sleeping downstairs. “Shall I bring you down a cup of tea?” Irons had asked them, to which Sassoon responded by bounding up the stairs, “This is marvellous! Can I sleep at the top?”