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Twiggy Lawson

Mostly Credited As: Twiggy Lawson
Sometimes Credited As: Twiggy

Birth Name: Leslie Hornby
Date Of Birth: September 19, 1949 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Neasden, England

Twiggy Lawson


The one and only übermodel of the late 1960s who made skinny an "inny" was born Leslie Hornby in Twickenham, Middlesex, England on September 19, 1949, one of three daughters of William Norman and Helen Hornby. By blending pop art with fashion, the doe-eyed, pouty-lipped gamin with the angelic puss and boyish crop took the industry by storm at age 17 defining the age of "flower power" almost singlehandedly. She was the unassuming Cockney lass who "launched a thousand shapes" and forever replaced the voluptuous image of what modeldom had once been all about. She originally was nicknamed "Sticks" because of her reed-thin figure, but then switched it to "Twigs" and, finally, "Twiggy." A model for a scant four years, she had never even walked the runways by the time she exploded onto the scene. Educated at the Kilburn High School for Girls, her look and image was an instant globular sensation. She was even imitated by Mattel when they issued a "Twiggy Barbie" in 1967 and by Milton Bradley who created a board game out of her. Lunch boxes, false eye lashes, tights, sweaters, tote bags and paper dolls -- all these bore her famous moniker. In her prime she graced the covers of Vogue and Tatler, and even had her own American publication "Her Mod, Mod Teen World." The "psychedelic '60s" would not have been the same without her.

In 1970, Twiggy was able to parlay her incredible success into a respectable career in film and TV and on the musical theater stage. It was the iconoclastic director Ken Russell who instilled in her the ambition to move away from modeling and study acting, voice and dance. An extra in his movie The Devils (1971), Russell ushered her front-and-center with the jazz-age musical The Boy Friend (1971), his homage to the Busby Berkeley Hollywood musicals. Taking on the role originated on stage by Julie Andrews, Twiggy was awarded a Golden Globe for her efforts. Her second feature, the thriller W (1974) cast her with future husband Michael Witney, who was nearly two decades her senior. They married in 1977 and later appeared together in There Goes the Bride (1980). She also cameoed in The Blues Brothers (1980) with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Following Witney's untimely death in 1983, she appeared in The Doctor and the Devils (1985) and the comedy Club Paradise (1986) with Robin Williams before meeting her second husband, actor Leigh Lawson, while filming Madame Sousatzka (1988) in which she played a singer.

Though Twiggy has worked from time to time on TV, her exposure has been somewhat limited. She hosted a couple of self-titled shows in England and co-starred in the very short-lived sitcom "Princesses" (1991) here in America, but not too much else. The singing stage is a different story. She made her West End debut as "Cinderella" in 1974 and played Eliza Doolittle in a legit performance of "Pygmalion" in 1981. In 1983 she reunited with her "Boy Friend" co-star Tommy Tune and together dazzled Broadway audiences as a tapping twosome with "My One and Only," a warm, nostalgic revamping of the Gershwin classic "Funny Face." The charming waif went on to appear in a 1997 London revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," then played star Gertrude Lawrence alongside Harry Groener's Coward in the song-and-sketch musical "Noel and Gertie" (later retitled "If Love Were All"), which focused on the close "blendship" between the two icons all to the accompaniment of 20 Coward songs. Back to her modeling ways, Twiggy came out of retirement to be photographed by the likes of John Fwanel and Annie Liebovitz in the 90s and has recently joined the professional elite of judges led by Tyra Banks on the reality show "America's Next Top Model" (2003), her warmer, more unassuming demeanor filling in for the aggressive, vitriolic Janice Dickinson.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Twiggy's Frock Exchange (2008)As: Presenter
America's Next Top Model (2003)As: Herself (Judge - S05-S09)
Princesses (1991)As: Princess Georgina "Georgy" De La Rue
Young Charlie Chaplin (1989)As: Hannah Chaplin
This Morning (1988)As: Herself (Presenter 2001)
Episode Cast Credits 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Twiggy 18x104: (Feb/20/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Series 16, Show 77 16x77: (Dec/20/2011) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Series 14, Show 193 14x193: (Jun/07/2010) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Series 14, Show 21 - 10th Birthday Celebrations! 14x21: (Sep/29/2009) As Herself (Birthday Message), [Featuring]

The Kumars (2014) 
  Episode 6 01x06: (Feb/19/2014) As Herself 

The One Show (2006) 
  February 10, 2014 08x126: (Feb/10/2014) As Herself 
  November 23, 2011 06x96: (Nov/23/2011) As Herself 
  May 6, 2011 05x198: (May/06/2011) As Herself 
  July 9, 2009 04x04: (Jul/09/2009) As Herself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  December 12, 2012 03x73: (Dec/12/2012) As Herself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 2, Show 217 02x217: (Jul/19/2012) As Herself 
  Series 2, Show 58 02x58: (Nov/30/2011) As Herself 

National Treasures Live (2011) 
  Jubilee Special (May/24/2012) As Herself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 10, Episode 38 10x38: (Mar/07/2012) As Herself 
  Series 5, Episode 47 05x47: (Dec/01/2009) As Herself 

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 2, Show 63 02x63: (Dec/08/2010) As Herself 

Alan Titchmarsh's Walks of Fame (2010) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Aug/01/2010) As Herself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Twiggy, David Baddiel, Gunther Von Hagens, Siouxsie 14x10: (Mar/21/2008) As Herself, [Interviewees]

American Idol (2002) 
  Idol Gives Back (Apr/25/2007) As Herself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 3, Show 14 03x14: (Apr/19/2007) As Herself 

ShakespeaRe-Told (2005) 
  The Taming of the Shrew 01x03: (Nov/21/2005) As Mrs Minola 

Parkinson (2004) (2004) 
  Samuel L. Jackson, Dara O'Briain, Lucie Silvas, Twiggy 02x02: (Feb/19/2005) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Absolutely Fabulous (1992) 
  Menopause 04x06: (Oct/05/2001) As Herself 
  Parralox 04x01: (Aug/31/2001) As Herself 

So Graham Norton (1998) 
  Huey, Twiggy 03x02: (Nov/26/1999) As Herself 

Heartbeat (1992) 
  A Winter's Tale (Dec/25/1994) As Lady Janet Whitly 

The Nanny (US) (1993) 
  Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off 01x17: (Mar/16/1994) As Jocelyn Sheffield 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Twiggy, David Faustino, Molly Ivins 01x29: (Oct/21/1993) As Herself (as Twiggy) 

Tales from the Crypt (1989) 
  The New Arrival 04x07: (Jul/25/1992) As Felicity 

Mike Yarwood In Persons (1976) 
  Series 2, Show 4 02x04: (Mar/11/1978) As Herself 

The Muppet Show (1976) 
  Twiggy 01x17: (Feb/07/1977) As Herself 

The Sonny & Cher Show (1976) 
  Show 21 02x10: (Nov/28/1976) As Herself 

Victorian Scandals (1976) 
  The Frontiers of Science 01x01: (Sep/03/1976) As Florence Cook 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 29th Annual Golden Globe Awards 29x01: (Feb/06/1972) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical / New Star Of The Year - Actress (for 'The Boyfriend') 

This Is Your Life (UK) (1955) 
  Twiggy 10x04: (Dec/10/1969) As Herself 
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Trivia

She didn't get her ears pierced until she was in her early twenties, and after she'd retired from full-time modelling.

She was once sawn in half by magician David Nixon on one of his TV shows.

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