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Also Known As: John Stuart Twist Died:
Born: July 14, 1898 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Albany, Missouri, USA Profession: screenwriter, reader

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The original supermodel waif who acquired her name for her slim figure (a radical departure from the curvaceous ideals of previous generations), Twiggy (nee Leslie Hornby) burst upon the fashion scene and revolutionized it as a teenage icon of the "swinging 60s." Though the world will never forget her larger-than-life beginnings, she modeled a mere four years (and never walked a runway) before forsaking the industry to enjoy a respectable career in film, TV and the theater, although she did come out of retirement and allow herself to be photographed by the likes of John Fwanel and Annie Liebovitz during the 1990s. She made a charming movie debut in Ken Russell's typically strange but highly enjoyable adaptation of Sandy Wilson's spoof of 1920s musicals. Twiggy's second feature, the thriller "W" (1974) paired her with future husband Michael Witney, and she later appeared in a small role in "The Blues Brothers" (1980) and played a would-be singer in "Madame Sousatzka" (1988, opposite second husband Leigh Lawson), among her other pictures. Though she worked in TV both at home in England and on CBS' short-lived sitcom, "Princesses" (1991), she has made her biggest impact on stage, beginning with her West...

The original supermodel waif who acquired her name for her slim figure (a radical departure from the curvaceous ideals of previous generations), Twiggy (nee Leslie Hornby) burst upon the fashion scene and revolutionized it as a teenage icon of the "swinging 60s." Though the world will never forget her larger-than-life beginnings, she modeled a mere four years (and never walked a runway) before forsaking the industry to enjoy a respectable career in film, TV and the theater, although she did come out of retirement and allow herself to be photographed by the likes of John Fwanel and Annie Liebovitz during the 1990s. She made a charming movie debut in Ken Russell's typically strange but highly enjoyable adaptation of Sandy Wilson's spoof of 1920s musicals. Twiggy's second feature, the thriller "W" (1974) paired her with future husband Michael Witney, and she later appeared in a small role in "The Blues Brothers" (1980) and played a would-be singer in "Madame Sousatzka" (1988, opposite second husband Leigh Lawson), among her other pictures. Though she worked in TV both at home in England and on CBS' short-lived sitcom, "Princesses" (1991), she has made her biggest impact on stage, beginning with her West End debut as "Cinderella" in 1974. In 1983 she reunited with her "Boy Friend" co-star Tommy Tune who was co-directing and starring in Broadway's "My One and Only," a reworking of the 1920s Gershwin classic "Funny Face." Acting in a 1997 London revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" was the first step on the way to playing Coward's platonic flame and frequent co-star Gertrude Lawrence.

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University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois -

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