Joan Crawford herself weighed in. “I think that face,” she said, “is the most fabulously beautiful thing I have ever seen in my whole life.

Dovima, Suzy Parker, and Sunny Harnett in Funny Face (1957)

Unlike any fashion model before her, Suzy Parker was on a first-name basis with the world, bringing her own radiant personality to every shoot. Hitting Paris in 1950, at age 17, under the wing of her already famous older sister, Dorian Leigh, she went on to wow Christian Dior, became a muse to Coco Chanel and Richard Avedon, and fell for the dashing count she would secretly marry. But even when Hollywood beckoned, Laura Jacobs writes, Parker never gave a fig for the glitter and glamour: she found her greatest happiness at home.
BY LAURA JACOBS VANITY.FAIR.COM
MAY 2006

VANITYFAIR.COM:  EVERYONE FELL FOR: SUZY

 

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