Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen stands in a sparsely decorated room in his West Hollywood home, Hollywood, California, 1992. Dressed in a dark suit and tie, he holds a bouquet of purple flowers. (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)
Norwegian filmmaker Jan Christian Mollestad was a good friend of Marianne Ihlen — the woman who inspired Leonard Cohen's "So long, Marianne." Mollestad was with her during her final days. And he read her a letter written by Cohen himself.
All Leonard Cohen wants for his 80th birthday is a cigarette. He smoked, he estimates, for around 50 years, before he gave up a decade or so ago. “I think a lot about smoking,” he reflects. “I’m thinking about it right now.”
Leonard Cohen's gracious friendship, his burnished wisdom and his magnificent music have been an immeasurably important feature of my life for over 25 years. I took this picture a few weeks ago. He had just played me his exquisite new album and seemed simultaneously jovial and serene. I will miss this kind and beautiful man terribly for the rest of my days.