"The face of '66"

Early Life, Career, Later Life

Early life:

  • Born Lesley Hornby on September 19, 1949; first rising to fame as a model in the 1960s, Twiggy has since established herself as an actress, singer, and television personality.
  • Not long after dropping out of school at age 15, Twiggy became one of the world's top models.
  • Her career breakthrough came when she was named the face of 1966 by the Daily Express newspaper.


  • Twiggy was one of the first models to parlay her success as a model into other business ventures, such as coming to the U.S. in 1967 to promote her own clothing line and model.
  • Her trip to the U.S. afforded her a chance to work with famed photographer Richard Avedon.
  • She became so popular in America that she inspired her own barbie doll, board game, lunchbox, and people would even copy her distinctive eye look with fake Twiggy lashes.
  • Twiggy's acting career started in 1970s with her first film The Boy Friend in 1971 with Tommy Tune. More movie roles followed with The Blues Brothers (1980) and Madame Sousatzka (1988).
  • She also enjoyed some success on the stage, in 1983 making her Broadway debut in My One and Only.

Later Life:

  • Twiggy has made numerous television appearances over the years, briefly the co-presenter of ITV's popular This Morning program in 2001.
  • On American TV, she's served as a judge on Tyra Banks's popular modeling-competition show America's Next Top Model.
  • Twiggy became the face of Marks & Spencer in 2005, modeling and selling a clothing line through its website.

Extra Info:

  • In 1977 Twiggy married actor Michael Witney. The couple had one daughter, Carly before Witney's death in 1983. She re-marries actor Leigh Lawson in 1988.
  • Twiggy is a strong advocate of animal welfare.
  • She also remained a subject of great interest and fascination with several books and documentaries made about her life and career. In 2009, Twiggy: A Life in Photographs was published.

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