The definitive account of Barbara Minty’s love affair with bad boy Steve McQueen

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Looking handsome, relaxed, and playful in Montana, a 48-year-old Steve McQueen dresses warmly during a late winter 1978 trip to Montana. Photography by Barbara Minty McQueen / Courtesy of Marshall Terrill
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Barbara Minty and a bearded Steve McQueen attend the premiere of the star’s underrated “Tom Horn” western in Oxnard, California, on April 1, 1980. The King of Cool would succumb to mesothelioma only seven months later in Plaza Santa Maria, Mexico. Photography by Ron Galella / WireImage / Getty Images

The Complete Barbara Minty McQueen Interview

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“A misspent youth: I spent a lot of time talking to friends on the telephone and running around in a bikini. My father didn’t seem to care for my attire….” Barbara Minty McQueen, widow of the King of Cool, circa 1970. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Barbara Minty McQueen, widow of the iconic King of Cool, confidently poses in front of her two favorite images from “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile” at a Movie Poster Gallery exhibition in London, June 13, 2007. Photography by James Veysey / Camera Press
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Steve McQueen and future third wife Barbara Minty casually pose at the Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show on Memorial Day Weekend 1979. The King of Cool was enjoying a few months off in between filming “Tom Horn” and his final movie, “The Hunter.” Image courtesy of Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Lee Majors, just one year after concluding the influential “Six Million Dollar Man” television series, congratulates buddy Steve McQueen after the latter completed his first solo flight on a yellow Stearman airplane, May 1979, Santa Paula, California. Photography by Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Sporting a perm and .12 gauge shotgun, presenting the rear dust jacket of “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited,” a mammoth coffee table tome originally written by the actor’s third wife and widow Barbara Minty McQueen with assistance from veteran celebrity biographer Marshall Terrill in 2006. Image courtesy of Dalton Watson Fine Books
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Actor Steve McQueen’s widow Barbara Minty reflects in a thought-provoking conversation, “I don’t know what I did to pick up the pieces after Steve died. You do what you do to emotionally get by and try to forget the pain.” The couple are pictured during the disco-fueled summer of 1978 in Malibu. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Barbara Minty is breathtaking in a mid-1970s magazine spread for French Vogue on some fabulous island. The model would forever capture the heart of “Bullitt” hero Steve McQueen by July 1977. Photography by Mike Reinhardt / Courtesy of Barbara Minty McQueen
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Barbara Minty McQueen fondly recalls, “With his deep lines, age spots, mustache and beard, Steve reminded me of an Ernest Hemingway literary character come to life”…Steve McQueen on the deck of the Pacific Princess, also known as television’s “The Love Boat,” in May 1980. Photography by Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Proudly sporting his bushy beard from “An Enemy of the People,” Steve McQueen is captured during the first rays of the rising sun, late 1977. The King of Cool looked this way when third wife Barbara Minty met him. Photography by Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Steve McQueen is captured by third wife Barbara Minty in Montana in 1978. One of Minty’s favorite images of her late husband occurred because she either said something dirty or flashed her boobs, which always engendered a wide smile from the King of Cool. Photography by Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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A newsboy cap-sporting Steve McQueen and future third wife Barbara Minty ride along the Pacific Coast Highway on the actor’s prized Indian Chief motorcycle, circa summer 1978, as featured on the cover of “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited.” Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill
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May Pang [John Lennon’s “Lost Weekend” girlfriend], Nancy Lee Andrews [Ringo Starr’s girlfriend], Barbara Minty McQueen, and Steve McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill are photographed together circa July 22, 2013, while in Los Angeles for a Mecum Celebrity Items Auction. Image courtesy of May Pang’s official Facebook
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“The first photo of us together in public was right before we attended a Rolling Stones concert in Anaheim, California. Photographer Peter Borsari paid a cheerleader to take our picture.” Barbara Minty and future husband Steve McQueen as seen on July 23 or 24, 1978. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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“I don’t know what we were fighting about, but I know I was winning. Steve often looked down at the ground when I had something serious to say.” Barbara Minty and future husband Steve McQueen are captured in Patagonia, Arizona, circa Feb. 1979 on the set of “Tom Horn.” Photography by Dave Friedman / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Steve McQueen displays his proficiency at tying a hackamore, a type of horse headgear which does not have a bit, on location for “Tom Horn” circa February 1979. Photography by Dave Friedman or Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Steve McQueen signs photographs for children in the slums of Chicago on Kenmore Street as future wife Barbara Minty waits patiently by his side, September 1979. Photography by Dave Friedman / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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“Dave Friedman’s picture of Steve and me on the set of ‘The Hunter’ [circa October 1979, Chicago] captures the warmth and tenderness between us. This is my favorite photo of us. I loved that bad boy,” remembers Barbara Minty, widow of Steve McQueen. Photography by Dave Friedman / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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“The 90-page New Testament Bible that evangelist Billy Graham gave to Steve days before his passing became Steve’s proudest possession and was on his chest when he died” according to Steve McQueen’s widow Barbara Minty. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / as seen in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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“To my friend Steve McQueen, may God bless you and keep you always. Billy Graham, Philippians 1:6, Nov. 3, 1980.” An inscription inside the cover of an abbreviated version of the New Testament belonging to the world’s most famous evangelist. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / as seen in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Steve McQueen and third wife Barbara Minty during their quaint wedding on January 16, 1980, inside the couple’s Santa Paula, California, home. Sammy and Wanda Mason served as witnesses to the wedding ceremony. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Grady and Judy Ragsdale pose at Christmastime inside the former Santa Paula, California, home of Steve McQueen circa 1981. Image courtesy of Judy Ragsdale
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A wedding photo of Steve McQueen and third wife Barbara Minty taken inside the couple’s Santa Paula, California, home on January 16, 1980. Reverend Leslie Miller presided over the efficient ten-minute ceremony. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Barbara Minty McQueen poignantly reflects, “Having coffee, reading the paper and enjoying an open fire in a lit smudge pot in the backyard of our Santa Paula home. These shots were the last pictures I took of Steve before he became seriously ill, late spring 1980.” Photography by Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Resplendent in a black and red jumper, a fresh-faced Barbara Minty strikes a dramatic pose for Harper’s Bazaar magazine in the mid-1970s. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Marshall Terrill, author of the bestselling “Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel” and “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile,” envelopes Barbara Minty McQueen, third wife of the iconic King of Cool, in a mighty bear hug taken just prior to April 20, 2012. Image courtesy of Marshall Terrill / Dalton Watson Fine Books
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“This is my favorite picture of Steve, one early morning before taking off [summer 1979]. He reminds me of a World War II era pilot and a dashing matinee idol rolled into one.” Photography by Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Dedicated car aficionado Jay Leno shoots the breeze with fellow gearhead Barbara Minty McQueen during an August 18, 2012, taping in Pebble Beach, California, for the Internet edition of “Jay Leno’s Garage.” Image courtesy of Barbara Minty McQueen
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Barbara Minty McQueen, widow of legendary screen personality Steve McQueen, is captured in a contemplative mood at the photo exhibition premiere of her book “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile,” held at the Prototype Museum in Hamburg, Germany, on September 26, 2012. Photography by Marshall Terrill
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During the winter of 1978, a cowboy boots-sporting Steve McQueen prefers to sit down against a fence post and meditate in the peaceful surroundings. Photography by Barbara Minty McQueen / appears in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited”
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Stunningly gorgeous fashion model Barbara Minty not long before her January 16, 1980 wedding to “Sand Pebbles” daredevil Steve McQueen. Minty was only taking sporadic assignments at this late point in her modeling career. Photography by Herb Ritts / Courtesy of Barbara Minty McQueen

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