Twiggy was born in north London on September 19th, 1949. She was named “The Face of ’66” by the Daily Express. In the mid 60’s at 16 years of age, Twiggy became internationally known as the world’s first supermodel, her photographic modelling success epitomising the age.
Twiggy went on to become a successful actress in film, stage and television, beginning her acting career by starring in Ken Russell’s film “The Boyfriend”, for which she won two Golden Globe awards; most promising newcomer and best actress in a musical. She has recorded many albums since, encompassing a variety of styles including pop, rock, disco, country and show tunes. Twiggy’s successful recordings have earned her two silver discs, two chart albums and hit singles.
Twiggy had considerable success with her own variety series for the BBC and her portrayal of Eliza Doolitle in Yorkshire TV’s production of “Pygmalion” was highly praised. She then had outstanding success in the Tony Award winning Gershwin musical “My One and Only”. The musical ran for nearly two years and she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance.
Twiggy continued to act in film and TV in the U.S. and U.K. with parts in “The Doctor and the Devils”, “Club Paradise”, “The Blues Brothers”, “The Little Match Girl”, and “Young Charlie Chaplin” to name but a few. In 1988 Twiggy married British Actor/Director Leigh Lawson who starred with her and Shirley MacLaine in “Madame Sousatzka” directed by John Schlesinger.
The 90’s launched her into a career as TV presenter and interviewer with her own ITV series ‘Twiggy’s People’, interviewing amongst others, Dustin Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, Tom Jones, Joan Rivers, Eric Idle and Tim Curry. In 2001, Twiggy recorded a second TV series for the ITV network ‘Take Time With Twiggy’, interviewing such stars as Lulu, Ken Russell and Frederick Forsyth.
She co-produced and starred in the critically acclaimed, “If Love Were All” in New York directed by Leigh Lawson. Her autobiography, “Twiggy In Black and White” entered the bestseller list and her new album Midnight Blue was released to lauded reviews in the music press. Her timeless beauty transcends the decades and she continues to model, featuring on the cover of numerous magazines, “Vogue”, “Tatler” etc.
Twiggy is an ardent supporter of animal welfare through numerous societies – an anti fur campaigner, and is known also for her support of breast cancer research groups.
Since 2005 Twiggy has been part of the phenomenally successful Marks & Spencer advertising campaign. Twiggy has also been a guest judge on the top US reality show America’s Next Top Model opposite the shows creator Tyra Banks.
As a designer, Twiggy’s has her own successful clothing line featured in the Littlewoods catalogue. Twiggy also has recently launched her own range of bed linen.
‘Over my career I’ve had the privilege of working with many great photographers, and I’ve learned to understand the importance of the relationship with the person behind the camera. I’m constantly amazed at the different aspects of my character they choose to reveal.’ This stunning collection of photographs explores Twiggy’s extraordinary life in front of the camera. Launched with a famous haircut by Leonard and photographs by Barry Lategan in 1966, Twiggy was the world’s first supermodel. For the next four years she helped define ‘Swinging London’ and she remains today an internationally recognized name and face. In her own words, Twiggy describes the distinguished photographers with whom she has collaborated – including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Douglas Kirkland, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Norman Parkinson, Jeanloup Sieff, Melvin Sokolsky, Bert Stern, Ronal Traeger, Solve Sundsbo, Brian Aris, Bryan Adams and many others – and her memories of working with them. Published to celebrate her 60th birthday, this beautiful book documents her life through photographs. With over 100 illustrations, including works from the National Portrait Gallery, London and many private collections, it also features Twiggy’s personal selection of photographs, snapshots and memorabilia. An illustrated chronology traces highlights in her career, including her starring role in Ken Russell’s film “The Boy Friend” (1971), for which she was awarded two Golden Globes, and her Tony-award-nominated appearance in the Broadway musical “My One and Only” (1983-4).
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2009
When we reach our forties, something changes. Suddenly nothing – hair, skin, body shape – looks quite the way it used to. And it’s a myth to think that by using Botox, working out religiously and wearing skinny jeans you’re going to fool people into thinking you’re thirty. Nothing can stop the ageing process. But that doesn’t mean that you have to start wearing a twin set, cutting your hair and donning sensible shoes. You can find a new kind of beauty and a new way of being confident – why shouldn’t forty, fifty or sixty be as beautiful as twenty or thirty in a different way? Twiggy is as beautiful in her fifties as she was in her twenties, and has maintained her style and fabulousness without the aid of any plastic surgery. Women everywhere look at her as a role model and think ‘Maybe I can look like that’. And now, with this practical guide containing hundreds of tips, you can …
PUBLISHER: Michael Joseph
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2008