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My Great-Great-Aunt Anita Colby posing with mannequins designed in her likeness. (1954)

My Great-Great-Aunt Anita Colby posing with mannequins designed in her likeness. (1954)

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  1. renfairesandqueso

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Was she a model? How does one get mannequins designed after them?

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  2. tyrannosaurus_reznor

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Fun Facts/context about Anita Colby:

    •Although her name isn’t remembered much nowadays, she was very famous in her day. – Anita Colby was one of the earliest models to be considered a “supermodel” and during her career [she was the highest-paid model of her time.] (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Colby)

    •Grace Kelly’s character in “Rear Window” [was based on Anita Colby] (http://www.moviediva.com/MD_root/reviewpages/MDRearWindow.htm), who was [Jimmy Stewart’s real-life girlfriend at the time.] (http://37.media.tumblr.com/6b7741c29fcd9301677ba6f3623dbddf/tumblr_mh1ifhcdDl1rola9no1_500.jpg) When Hitchcock met her, he thought it was impressive that she was such an independent and successful woman for her time, with her own life and career. He based Jimmy Stewart’s character’s girlfriend on her.

    •[Her other famous Hollywood beau was Clark Gable] (http://dearmrgable.com/?page_id=3521), whose marriage proposal she turned down.

    •She was supposedly friendly with J. Edgar Hoover, and there’s a minor named character based on her who has like one line in the biopic movie made about him.

    •She was the consultant on topics such as beauty, femininity, and grace behind the scenes of David O. Selznick’s 1946 film Duel in the Sun. She would coach Jennifer Jones on how to carry herself, posture, gait, elocution, etc. [Picture] (http://anitacolby.tumblr.com/post/42385897799/actres-jennifer-jones-beauty-expert-and-feminine)

    •Anita Colby also wrote an advice book on similar topics. It is called [Beauty Book] (http://lastyeargirl.blogspot.com/2012/11/last-year-reads-anita-colbys-beauty-book.html?m=1) but a lot of it is more about how to behave and move in graceful, elegant ways.

    •Her nickname was [“The Face.”] (http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/28/obituaries/anita-colby-77-a-supermodel-who-also-wrote-on-beauty-dies.html)

    •She has been on the cover of both [Life] (https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/author/life-magazine-march-1940-anita-colby/) and [Time] (http://content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19450108,00.html) magazines.

    •Her birth name was Anita Counihan, and her father was [Bud Counihan, newspaper cartoon artist] (https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/counihan_bud.htm) of Betty Boop and Little Napoleon.

    •And there is [an IMDB trivia page] (http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0170344/trivia) with some more interesting little facts about her.

    🙂

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  3. Optical_Fallacy

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Guess she always knew what to buy at the store, since she could already tell how it looked on her.

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  4. KubrickIsMyCopilot

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Looks like a still from The Twilight Zone.

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  5. LaughingBacon

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    I’m not sure if that is really awesome or the stuff of nightmares.

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  6. phototactic

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    But nothing beats the original. This is a really cool picture!

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  7. kizar10

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Which one is her???

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  8. kibretw

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Ahh the 50s.

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  9. dick-nipples

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    You, uh, have any of those mannequins for sale by any chance?

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  10. [deleted]

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    [deleted]

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  11. get10net

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    She got any sisters?

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  12. Elizlyn

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    She is amazingly beautiful

    Reply

  13. -MarbleSoda-

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Creeeppppyyyyy

    Reply

  14. InCodIthrust

    August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Nobody is that great.

    Reply

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