- Cecilia Anne Renee Parker
- Long Island New York
- United States
- Actress Supermodel
- Playing Pinball
- Red Hair One Of The First Supermodels Honesty
- Smoking Drinking
Suzy Parker Life & Death
Suzy Parker was an American model and actress, born Cecilia Ann Renee Parker on October 28, 1932 on Long Island, New York, USA. She died on May 3, 2003 in Montecito, California at the age of 70 following a long period of ill health that included respiratory problems, hip surgeries, and diabetes.
Suzy Parker Career
The sister of model Dorian Leigh, she grew up and attended school in Highland Park, New Jersey. Dorian introduced her to Eileen Ford, a famous modelling agent, at the age of 15.
She was a successful model during the 1950s and was the 'signature face' for Coco Chanel during much of that period. She was the first model to earn more than $US100 per hour and $100,000 per year, and at one point she was the highest paid model in the industry at $US200 per hour. She is often called the 'original supermodel'.
Her acting debut was in the 1957 film Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. Her other acting credits included Kiss Them for Me, Ten North Frederick and appearances in the TV series Tarzan and The Twilight Zone.
Suzy Parker Personal Life
Married three times, she took her third husband's name and was known as Suzy Parker Dillman after she retired from celebrity life. Her children are Georgia (from the first marriage), Dinah, Charles and Christopher (from the third marriage).
She was especially well known for her laidback and honest style. She publicly condemned the use of alcohol and cigarettes, and suggested that marriage killed all romance.
Suzy Parker Interesting Facts
- Indie queen Parker Posey was named after her.
- Her favorite city was Paris, France.
- At the height of her popularity, she was known as the most photographed woman in the world.
- She was the first model to make more than $100 an hour and $100,000 a year.
- Landed a two-minute cameo in Funny Face(1957) after photographer Richard Avedon had recommended her for a part.
- Briefly gave up her cover girl career for several years to become a photographer.