Bob Dylan and Sara Lowndes

Bob Dylan and Sara Lowndes

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(22 November 1965 - 29 June 1977) (divorced) (4 children) (1 adopted he adopted her daughter)
According to her then-stepson Peter Lownds, Sara met Dylan in Greenwich Village in late 1962 while driving around the Village in her MG sports car. "Her meeting with Bob was the reason [Sara left Hans] — he was famous, and she was very beautiful," says Lownds. She was not familiar with his music, and only vaguely knew who he was. Sara introduced Dylan and his manager Albert Grossman to D.A. Pennebaker, the director who would later film Don't Look Back

Aronowitz claims that shortly after meeting her, Dylan told her he planned to marry her. Lownds and Dylan became romantically involved sometime in late 1964; soon afterwards, Lownds and Dylan both moved in to separate rooms in New York's Hotel Chelsea to be near one another.

The pair wed in a secret ceremony on November 22, 1965, during a break in his tour. The marriage took place under an oak tree on a judge's lawn on Mineola, Long Island. The only other participants were Albert Grossman and a maid of honor for Sara. Their marriage remained a secret even to some of Dylan's closest friends until months afterwards, when the press caught wind of their union. Dylan reportedly "depended on her advice as if she were his astrologer, his oracle, his seer, his psychic guide. He would rely on her to tell him the best hour and the best day to travel."

Bob and Sara had four children: Jesse Byron Dylan January 6, 1966, Anna Lea July 11, 1967, Samuel Isaac Abraham July 30, 1968, and Jakob Luke Dylan December 9, 1969. Dylan also adopted Maria Lownds (later Dylan, born October 21, 1961), Sara's daughter from her first marriage.

The marriage first became strained about April 1974 when Dylan began taking art classes from Norman Raeben, a 73-year-old Russian immigrant and former boxer who, according to Dylan, had been close friends with Soutine, Picasso, and Modigliani. Raeban's teaching methods radically changed the musician's way of thinking, and he would later tell an interviewer, "I went home after that first day and my wife never did understand me ever since that day. That's when our marriage started breaking up. She never knew what I was talking about, what I was thinking about, and I couldn't possibly explain it."

The couple's bitter divorce was finalized on June 29, 1977. Tensions remained between the two for several years afterwards, but they eventually made up; in 1983, they even considered remarriage.[A photo taken by Sara of Bob in Jerusalem on the occasion of their son's bar mitzvah around 1982 would later become the record cover for his album Infidels.

Maria Lowndes Dylan October 21st 1961(Bob adopted her)
Jakob Dylan December 9th 1969 Jesse Dylan January 6th 1966
Anna Leigh Dylan July 11th 1967 Samuel Abraham Dylan July 30th 1968
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22 November 1965
29 June 1977
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Maria  Female

Jesse Byron  Male

Anna Lea  Female

Samuel Isaac Abraham  Male

Jakob Luke  Male

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Sara Lownds was married to Bob Dylan. They started dating in 1962. They were married on 22nd November, 1965. After 11 years of marriage they divorced on 29th June, 1977. They had 5 children: Maria, their eldest daughter, is 54 years old; Jesse Byron, their son, is 49 years old; Anna Lea, their daughter, is 48 years old; Samuel Isaac Abraham, their son, is 47 years old; and Jakob Luke, their youngest son, is 46 years old.

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