Dorian Leigh - biography

Model from United States of America

Dorian Leigh (April 23, 1917 – July 7, 2008), born Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker, was an American model and one of the earliest modelling icons of the fashion industry. She is considered one of the first supermodels and was well known in the United States and Europe. Dorian Leigh Parker was born in San Antonio, Texas, to George and Elizabeth Parker. Her parents married when they were around 17 or 18 years old and Elizabeth promptly gave birth to three daughters in quick succession: Dorian (1917-2008), Florian (Cissie) (1918-2010), and Georgiabell (1919-?). Thirteen years after the birth of her last daughter, Elizabeth thought she was going through menopause and was shocked to discover that she was pregnant. She gave birth to her fourth daughter, Cecilia (1932-2003) (who became known as model/actress Suzy Parker). The family moved to Jackson Heights, Queens soon after Dorian's birth and later to Metuchen, N.J. There George Parker invented a new form of etching acid, production of which gave him enough income to retire. Dorian graduated from Newton High School in Queens, NY, in 1935 and enrolled at Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. In her autobiography, Dorian  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
dorian_leigh,Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker
Date of birth
1917-04-23
Place of birth
San Antonio
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Marshall Hawkins Alfonso de Portago Serge Bordat Roger W. Mehle Iddo Ben-Gurion
Siblings
Suzy Parker
Profession
Actor, Supermodel, Model

Education

Institution From To
New York University
Randolph College

Performances

Year Performance Character
1961 Les Mauvais coups

Death

Date of death
2008-07-07
Cause of death
Alzheimer's disease
Place of death
Falls Church

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