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Sunday, July 03, 2005
ANOTHER WASTED LIFE
The daughter of the British actor Laurence Harvey and his third wife, the Vogue model Pauline Stone, she famously abandoned her life as a leading teenage model to become a gun-toting bounty-hunter in downtown Los Angeles. Her adventures captured the imagination of Hollywood, and a film based on her life, directed by Tony Scott and starring Keira Knightley, opens later this year.
But the real story of Domino Harvey's mixed-up life and tragic death would have been too prosaic, and pathetic, to interest any Hollywood studio.
To feed her thirst for dangerous thrills and what had now become a full-blown heroin addiction, she drifted into the seedy world of bounty-hunting for a bail bonds agency, tracking down criminals who abscond while free on bail awaiting trial.
[H]er quarry consisted mainly of small-time drug dealers and hopeless drug addicts, a category into which she herself was steadily descending. When she checked into a Hawaiian rehabilitation clinic in 1997, after selling the rights to her life story, she weighed less than seven stone.
After two years' treatment, it was said that Domino Harvey had managed to kick her addiction. But last month she was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs, possession, trafficking and racketeering.
Domino Harvey was said to disapprove of the Hollywood version of her story because it depicted her as heterosexual, when she was in reality a proud lesbian.