Anna Lee (Анна Щукина) (ana_lee) wrote,
Anna Lee (Анна Щукина)

Everyone Fell for Suzy

 "It's easy to be beautiful - just be born that way."
Suzy Parker 

  Сюзи Паркер, грациозная, огненно-рыжая красавица, чьи элегантные  позы на обложках множества журналов определяли гламур 1950-х годов, проложила дорогу целому поколению супермоделей. Ее безмятежность захватывала дух, придавая фирменную ледяную изысканность - её  часто сравнивали с Грейс Келли. Однако, этот образ совершенно противоречил истинной натуре Сюзи, "девчонки из соседнего двора", к тому же невероятно словоохотливой. Героиня Одри Хепберн в фильме "Забавная мордашка" (1957),  трогательная быстроговорящая поклонница битников, которая с неохотой становится знаменитой на весь мир супермоделью - именно Паркер послужила пробразом для этой роли и снялась в небольшом камео (ее первая работа в кино). Квинтэссенция стиля, "Сюзи" обожала мягкие фетровые шляпки в духе Гарбо и коллекционировала классические костюмы Коко Шанель. Гуру фотографии Ричард Аведон говорил о ней как о самой  волнующаей и сложной своей  музе. Диана Вриланд называла ее "умной американской красавицей, ищущей независимости и денег". "Битлз" озаглавили ее именем песню.  Как говорила сама мисс Паркер: "Мне просто повезло родиться с такими скулами".  


''She was the most beautiful creature you can imagine. She was everybody's everything.''
Ms. Ford



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"There were great models before and after Suzy, but she was something else- a red-headed force of nature, a wolf in chic clothing, the one flesh-and-blood woman in a world of exquisite creatures."
Richar Avedon

Suzy Parker (October 28, 1932 – May 3, 2003) was an American model and actress active from 1947 into the early 1960s. Her modeling career reached its zenith during the 1950s when she appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines, advertisements, and in movie and television roles. She appeared in several Revlon advertisements, but she also appeared in advertisements for several other cosmetic companies as well, as no model had an exclusive make-up contract until Lauren Hutton (for Revlon and Revlon's Ultima) and Karen Graham (Estee Lauder) signed them in the early 1970s. She was the first model to earn $100,000 per year, and the only fashion model to have a Beatles song named after her, even if an unreleased one.

Early life
Suzy Parker was born as Cecilia Ann Renee Parker in San Antonio, Texas to George and Elizabeth Parker. Her parents married when they were 18 and 17, respectively. Their first child, Dorian Leigh (Dorian Parker) was born in 1917; Florian (Cissy/Cissie) was born in 1918; and Georgibell was born in 1919. In 1931, twelve years after her last child was born, Elizabeth thought she was going through menopause. Instead, she was five months pregnant when she learned she was expecting another baby. Elizabeth's fourth daughter, was named after three friends. Her father didn't like the name and called her Susie. A French Vogue photographer changed the spelling to Suzy.
Suzy's family later moved to Highland Park, New Jersey and to Florida. It was her 15-years-older sister, Dorian, who introduced her to agent Eileen Ford when she was just 15 years old.

Three of the Parker sisters were very tall, standing between 5'10" and 6'1". Dorian was the sole exception, standing 5'5". In 1944, Dorian was writing advertising copy when a co-worker encouraged Dorian to go to the Harry Conover modeling agency to try modeling. Despite the fact that she was much shorter than other models and much older, at 27 years old, she was hired immediately by Diana Vreeland to appear on the June 1944 cover of Harper's Bazaar.
One of Dorian's first advertisements was for Revlon. Charles Revson (who later wanted to marry her) hired her for "Poison Apple," one of Revlon's first all-color, nation-wide ads.
Dorian was one of the top models in the world, arguably referred to as the "World's First Supermodel" (along with Lisa Fonssagrives). When Suzy was around 15, Dorian telephoned The Ford Modeling Agency and told Eileen Ford and Jerry Ford that she would sign on with them if they also took her younger sister, sight unseen. Anxious to represent Dorian, they agreed to this. Expecting to meet a similarly petitie, extremely thin, flawless, pale-faced, electric blue-eyed, raven-haired younger version of Dorian, they were shocked to meet Suzy for the first time at a restaurant. Upon meeting her, the Fords said, "Oh, my God!" Suzy was already 5'10", big-boned, and had carrot red hair, pale green eyes, and freckles. Suzy became more famous than Dorian.
Suzy's photo appeared in Life magazine at age 15. One of her first magazine advertisements was also at 15 for DeRosa Jewelry. Although she still lived with her parents in Florida, she stayed in New York City with Dorian when she had modeling assignments there. Dorian introduced Suzy to her fashion photographer friends, Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, John Rawlings, and a young Richard Avedon. Suzy became Avedon's muse. At age 61, she said, "The only joy I ever got out of modeling was working with Dick Avedon."
Parker became the "signature face" of Coco Chanel. Coco became a close confidante, giving her advice when it came to men and money as well as creating numerous Chanel outfits for her. She was the first model to earn $200 per hour and $100,000 per year. Vogue declared her one of the faces of the confident, post-war American woman.
However by 1955 she owed income taxes on her modeling income from previous years, amounting to more than $60,000 in back taxes and rapidly accumulating penalties, an enormous amount at the time. Jerry Ford paid her tax bill and found her work. She worked non-stop for Vogue, Revlon, Hertz, Westinghouse, Max Factor, Bliss, DuPont, Simplicity, Smirnoff, and Ronson shavers, just to name a few. She also was on the covers of about 70 magazines around the world including, Vogue, Elle, Life, Look, Redbook, Paris Match, and McCalls. She was only given 20% of her salary while the Fords took the rest to recoup their tax loan.
Avedon suggested Suzy for the movie Funny Face (1957). Fred Astaire's role was based on Avedon, whose photos appeared in the movie. Audrey Hepburn's role was inspired by Suzy, just as Hepburn's role in Breakfast at Tiffany's was supposedly based on Dorian's promiscuous lifestyle. Suzy appeared in the movie for only about two minutes.
Her other credits included Kiss Them for Me opposite Cary Grant (1957), The Best of Everything (1959), Ten North Frederick starring Gary Cooper (1959), Circle of Deception (1960) where she met future husband Bradford Dillman, Flight from Ashiya (1964), Chamber of Horrors (1966) and dramatic roles in TV shows such as Burke's Law and The Twilight Zone plus appearances as herself on a number of quiz shows like I've Got a Secret.
After marrying her third husband, Dillman, in 1963, and suffering further injuries in another car accident in 1964, she mostly retired from modeling and acting to live a quiet life in Montecito, California with her family.

Personal life
Parker was married three times. In 1950, around the time she turned 18, Suzy and her high school sweetheart, Ronald (last name unknown), drove to Georgia to secretly marry. She said that she married him in a bikini with a raincoat on top. She further said, "He was very good-looking and it (the marriage) was just a sheer disaster."The young couple drove back to Florida where she was still living with her parents. They were upset because of her age and because Ronald was part Cherokee. They moved to Pennsylvania and rented a house near where Dorian was living with her husband and children. Suzy was already modeling in the United States and Europe while Ronald was attending the University of Pennsylvania as a freshman.
Suzy met journalist Pierre de la Salle (Pitou) at a Jacques Fath party outside of Paris. She and Dorian were modeling together and separately on this trip with photographer Richard Avedon. She came back to the United States and asked Ronald for a divorce. Ronald would only agree to a quick divorce if Suzy gave him a large monetary settlement, paid for his nose job and his acting lessons. Suzy agreed and they obtained a quick divorce in Mexico, which became final in 1953. When Ronald could not get acting jobs, he committed suicide.Suzy and Pierre continued to date for years despite numerous infidelities on the part of Pierre. She also was paying for his high cost-of-living expenses. They married around 1957 or 1958, but the couple kept it a secret. Instead, Suzy told several reporters that she was just "living in sin" with Pierre.
In 1958, Suzy was a passenger in a car her father was driving when they were hit by an oncoming train. Supposedly neither heard nor saw the train until it slammed into the car. Her father died of his injuries at the hospital. Suzy checked into the hospital with broken bones and imbedded glass (her face was untouched) under the name Mrs. Pierre de la Salle. The press jumped on this and Pierre continued to deny that they were married. Soon thereafter, a photo spread of the couple appeared in the August 19, 1958 Look magazine cover story about Suzy. Suzy began psychotherapy to cope with her rocky marriage and the death of her beloved father. The couple finally admitted that they were indeed married.
After recovering from her injuries, Suzy became pregnant and Pierre left. She said, "He didn't want to be a father. I already hired a nanny... he was gone, history." She gave birth to their daughter Georgia Belle Florian Coco Chanel de la Salle in December 1959. Close friend Coco Chanel was her daughter's godmother. A March 14, 1977 People magazine article featured Suzy trying to launch her then 17-year-old daughter Georgia as a model. Georgia ended up only modeling a few times during and after college. As of 2006, Georgia's father Pierre de la Salle was in his 70s and living with his wife Berenice, whom he married in 1977, in Mammoth Lakes, California.
In 1960, Suzy met actor Bradford Dillman on the set of their movie, Circle of Deception. She was still married to Pierre but no longer living with him. Bradford was ending his first marriage and was dating Juliette Greco at the time. Suzy obtained a divorce and married Bradford in 1963 on board a boat at sea. She changed her name to Suzy Parker Dillman following the marriage.
Suzy cut her modeling and acting assignments by 1964 after marrying Dillman and becoming stepmother to his two children, Jeffrey and Pamela. She went on to have three more children with Bradford: Dinah (born 1965), Charlie (born 1967), and Christopher (born 1969). The family lived in the Bel-Air district of Los Angeles until Dinah was bitten by a rattlesnake in the yard and almost died. They then moved to Montecito in the Santa Barbara area, where Suzy remained until her death in 2003.

Last years
A self-described "tom-boy" in her teens, she broke several bones as a result. Parker also broke bones in car accidents in 1958 and 1964. She had long suffered from allergies and later developed ulcers in the 1990s. During surgery for an ulcer, she "died" on the operating table but was resuscitated. She never fully recovered and developed more ulcers and diabetes. She had multiple hip surgeries, and then her kidneys began to fail. She spent the last five years of her life in-and-out of the hospital.

Suzy decided to end dialysis treatments. She returned home to die surrounded by family at her orchard in Montecito. She died there, aged 70, on May 3, 2003. She was survived by two of her three sisters: Dorian Leigh (who died in 2008 at the age of 91, and who reportedly did not attend her sister's funeral due to a long estrangement) and Florian ("Cissie", "Cissy"), as of 2009, the sole surviving Parker sister. Her husband, Bradford Dillman, their children and her stepchildren also survived her.

    * Funny Face (1957)
    * Kiss Them for Me (1957)
    * Ten North Frederick (1958)
    * The Best of Everything (1959)
    * A Circle of Deception (1960)
    * The Interns (1962)
    * Flight from Ashiya (1964)
    * Chamber of Horrors (1966)

    * Producers' Showcase (2 episodes, 1957)
    * Playhouse 90 (1 episode, 1957)
    * Burke's Law (2 episodes, 1963)
    * The Twilight Zone "Number 12 Looks Just Like You," (1 episode, 1964)
    * Dr. Kildare (1 episode, 1964)
    * The Rogues (1 episode, 1964)
    * Vacation Playhouse (1 episode, 1965)
    * Tarzan (1 episode, 1966)
    * Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode, 1967)
    * It Takes a Thief (1 episode, 1968)
    * Night Gallery (1 episode, 1970)

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Suzy Parker and Richard Avedon

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Photo by Richard Avedon

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 Evening Dress by Dior, Paris Studio, August 1956, Photo by RIchard Avedon

Evening dress by Jean Desses, Paris, February, 1959. Photo by Richard Avedon.

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Parker became famous at the start of the Cold War. With her trademark russet hair, cygnet's neck, and just-this-side-of-melancholy smile, Parker portrayed a new kind of fashionable American woman: active and reflective, the girl most likely to be named homecoming queen - only to renounce the crown. "Use your mind!" Parker's father demanded at the beginning of her career, in 1948. And it was her mind, its process of intellection, that Parker revealed to the camera, along with a "look" that was like no other woman's on earth. Parker's spirit, her quicksilver wit and to-hell-with-it imagination, is the inspiration for designers like John Galleon in fashion's current cool fifties revival--her easy American style, the sartorial manifestation of her spirit. Like most stars, Parker worked in collaboration with a powerful director-Richard Avedon. "There were great models before and after Suzy," Avedon says, "but she was something else - a red-headed force of nature, a wolf in chic clothing, the one flesh-and-blood woman in a world of exquisite creatures." And, like most of the great actor-director teams of the fifties and sixties, Parker and Avedon defined their epoch. Pictured in the brave new world they invented was everything a red-blooded American girl should have: Coca-Cola, a Dior, time for reflection. Parker does not have a speaking role in the opening sequence of "Funny Face." But we see in her eyes the woman she wanted to be and eventually became: wife of the actor Bradford Dillman and mother if six, content to let Suzy Parker, model and legend, go her own way.

Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, August 1962. Photo by Richard Avedon.

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Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, Dress by Dior, Maxim's, Paris, August 1962

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Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, 1962. Photo by Richard Avedon.

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Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols. Photo by Richard Avedom.
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Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, Evening Dress by Griffe, Folies-Bergere, August 1957. Photo by Richard Avedon.

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 Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall. Photo by Richard Avedon.

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 Photo by Richard Avedon.

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Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall. Photo by Richard Avedon.
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Suzy Parker with Gardner McKay and Robin Tattersall. Photo by Richard Avedon.

Coco Chanel and Suzy Parker, 1962. Photo by Richard Avedon.

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Suzy Parker, Antigua, West Indies, 1962. Photo by Richard Avedon.

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Photo by Richard Avedon

Photo by Richard Avedon

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Gardner McKay & Suzy. Photo by Richard Avedon
Photo by John Rawlings

Photo by John Rawlings, 1952

Photo by Lillian Bassman




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Coco Chanel and Suzy Parker. Photo by Mark Shaw.

Model Suzy Parker wears a voluminous bow-tied coat by Pertegaz in this Henry Clarke image, which appeared in the March 15, 1954, Vogue. The coat's shape belies the slim form that lies beneath, which is evidenced by Parker's wrists and ankles, which peek out. She stands in front of tiled scenery at the restaurant Villa-Rosa in Madrid.

Likely the fashion world's first supermodel and the inspiration for Audrey Hepburn's character in the film Funny Face, Suzy Parker caught the eye of everyone from Irving Penn to Richard Avedon.
Horst P. Horst
took this image from the August 1, 1954, Vogue, of the 21-year-old Parker striking one of her trademark elegant poses in a strapless evening gown, fur stole, jeweled earrings, and pearl necklace.

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Photo by Regina Relang

Photo by Regina Relang

Georges Dambier

Georges Dambier

Suzy Parker pour Elle, 1955-56 © Georges Dambier

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Suzy Parker, Morocco, pour Elle, April 1953. Photo by Georges Dambier.

Suzy Parker, Morocco, pour Elle, April 1953. Photo by Georges Dambier.

Photo by Georges Dambier.

Photo by Georges Dambier.

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 Photo by Georges Dambier.
Photo by Jacques Boucher, 1954


Model-actress Suzy Parker wears a day dress, modeling next to a bouquet of daisies.
© Genevieve Naylor




Suzy Parker in Balenciaga, 1953. Photo by John Rawlings

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Photo by Jack Robinson








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Actress-Model Suzy Parker on set making a movie.Photo by Allan Grant, 1957



Revlon President, Charles Revson (L) showing his hand painted with Revlon finger nail polish while Executive, Martin Revson (2nd R) is watching the demonstration of the new Revlon finger nail polish on model Suzy Parker's (R) hand.



A Paris sidewalk—which happens to be in front of French Vogue's office building—serves as a photo-shoot location.
Here, Suzy Parker is the subject. She wears a dark suit by Chanel and photographs a model in a Jacques Fath suit. Jacques Boucher's cleverly manipulated photograph appeared in the August 1, 1954, Vogue.

Photographer John Rawlings captured model and photographer Suzy Parker in profile for this image, which appeared in the August 1954 Vogue.
She wears a black off-the-shoulder dress, with a gem-laden brooch and a small knotted hat.

Suzy Parker, the Seine, 1953. Photo: Louise Dahl-Wolfe

1948 Fall Fashions
Double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot. Photo by Gjon Mili.


Dior, 1952

Photo by Genevieve Naylor, 1953

Photo by Lillian Bassman


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Suzy Parker with Dior Hat, c. 1950
Photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Photo by Richard Avedon

Suzy Parker pour Dior, Monte Carlo, 1954. Photo by Henry Clarke

Suzy Parker pour Givenchy, 1952. Photo by Henry Clarke

Suzy Parker pour Mauboussin, 1953. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Suzy Parker pour Chanel, 1954. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Suzy Parker pour Griffe, 1954. Photo by Henry Clarke.

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Suzy Parker pour Fath, 1954. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Suzy Parker pour Givenchy, 1954. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Suzy Parker pour Manguin, 1954. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Suzy Parker pour Pertegaz, 1954. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Suzy Parker pour Lanvin, 1959. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Suzy Parker pour Chanel, 1960. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Suzy Parker pour Dorville, 1963. Photo by Henry Clarke.

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Suzy Parker and Cary Grant in Kiss Them for Me (1957). Photo by Henry Clarke.

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Jerry Wald, actor Cary Grant, unidentified, model Suzy Parker & unidentified, 1957

Photo by Henry Clarke

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Photo by Nina Leen, 1950

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Photo by Nina Leen, 1950

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Photo by Nina Leen.


Photo by Nina Leen, 1950


Photo by Nina Leen, 1950

Fashion models (& sisters) Suzy Parker & Dorian Leigh. Photo: Peter Stackpole/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, 1953

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - APRIL 1959: Photographer Richard Avedon with model Suzy Parker and advertising agency exec. Kathleen Daly.
Photo: Martha Holmes

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 Actress Suzy Parker models a white cotton on black velvet evening gown by Anna Miller. © Genevieve Naylor




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Три грации: Довима, Джин Пэтчетт, Сюзи Паркер



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Suzy Parker (Beatles Song)

"Suzy Parker" is a song recorded by The Beatles during the Get Back sessions in 1969. A snippet was included in the Let It Be movie. Its lyrics were rumored to have been banned by the BBC, and in the United Kingdom the song was removed from the film. It was later published on a bootleg named Hahst Az Son . The cover gives the title as "When You Get to Suzy Parker Everybody Gets Well Done".

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