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Fifties supermodel Suzy Parker is dead.

Model-actress Suzy Parker (right), one of the most recognisable faces of the 1950s and a forerunner of the supermodel, has died in California aged 69.

She died on Saturday night at her home in Montecito she shared with her third husband, actor Bradford Dillman, according to her stepdaughter, Pamela Dillman Harmon.

Parker, known for her full, red hair and beautiful bone structure, was the signature face for designer Coco Chanel, photographed by the likes of Richard Avedon and Milton Greene. Greene once said Parker helped redefine the word 'elegance' in magazines.

Author Eleanor Dwight, in her 2002 biography Diana Vreeland, about the famed fashion editor who gave Parker her start, said Parker was 'the' model of the 1950s. She was at one time the highest paid model, earning pounds 160 an hour.

In 1957, Parker made her Hollywood debut in the musical Funny Face, starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. She danced in a number called Think Pink that spoofed fashion editors like Vreeland.

Parker's other film credits include Kiss Them for Me oppo-site Cary Grant, and Ten North Frederick starring Gary Cooper. In Hollywood, Parker met her third husband, actor Bradford Dillman. They married in 1963. The couple moved to Montecito in 1968 to escape the celebrity life.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 6, 2003
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