Twiggy

Actor, Singer, Model
The original supermodel waif who acquired her name for her stick-like figure (a radical departure from the curvaceous ideals of previous generations), 'Twiggy' (nee Leslie Hornby) burst upon the fashion scene and ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1949 in Middlesex, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (29)

Kings X 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

America's Next Top Model: Exposed 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolutely Fabulous 2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

America's Next Top Model 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1993 - 1994, 2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

ShakespeaRe-Told 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Woundings 1998 (Movie)

Viv (Actor)

John Carpenter Presents Body Bags 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Princesses 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Arrival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Istanbul: Keep Your Eyes Open 1989 (Movie)

Maud (Actor)

Young Charlie Chaplin 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Madame Sousatzka 1988 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Club Paradise 1986 (Movie)

Phillipa Lloyd (Actor)

The Doctor and the Devils 1985 (Movie)

Jenny Bailey (Actor)

The 1984 Miss USA Pageant 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Chic Lady (Actor)

The Donna Summer Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes of the Sixties 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Twiggy's Juke Box 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

There Goes the Bride 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

W 1974 (Movie)

Katie Lewis (Actor)

The Boy Friend 1971 (Movie)

Polly (Actor)

The Diamond Trap (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Chernobyl Diaries 2012 (Movie)

("No Reflection") (Song)

The Doctor and the Devils 1985 (Movie)

("Whisper and I Shall Hear") (Song Performer)

Biography

The original supermodel waif who acquired her name for her stick-like 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 90s. When director Ken Russell asked her to star in his 1971 film version of "The Boy Friend", she replied, " ... I can't act, I can't sing and I can't dance." Advised by him to "get yourself off to class," she made a charming debut in his typically strange but highly enjoyable adaptation of Sandy Wilson's spoof of 1920s musicals, saying later: "I owe him an incredible debt; I probably would just have gone on modeling."

Relationships

Helen Hornby

Mother

Shirley Hornby

Sister

Vivian Hornby

Sister

William Hornby

Father

Leigh Lawson

Husband
born on July 21, 1945 married on September 23, 1988 in Tony Walton's Sag Harbor backyard has son from relationship with actor Hayley Mills

Jason Lawson

Step-Son
born c. 1976

Justin Villeneuve

Companion
introduced by his brother Tony with whom she worked born c. 1939 together in the 1960s when he managed her career until c. 1972 gave her famous nickname of 'Twiggy', which evolved from brother Tony calling her 'Sticks'

Michael Witney

Husband
met during the filming of the psychodrama, "W" (1974) married on June 14, 1977 in Richmond, England divorced died of a heart attack in 1983 at age 52 struggled for years with alcoholism

Carly Witney

Daughter
born on December 1, 1978 father, Michael Witney studying animation at a university in Scotland c. 1999

EDUCATION

Kilburn High School for Girls

Milestones

2001

Co-hosted the English magazine program "This Morning"

1999

Returned to New York stage as Lawrence in Off-Broadway production "If Love Were All", a revised version of "Noel and Gertie", directed by Lawson; what set this edition apart were its tap numbers in period style; starred opposite Harry Groener as Coward

1998

Played Gertrude Lawrence in the biographical stage musical "Noel and Gertie" at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, Long Island

1997

Acted in London stage revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"

1991

Co-starred in the ill-fated CBS sitcom "Princesses"

1988

Had supporting role in "Madame Sousatzka", opposite second husband Leigh Lawson

1987

Played a vaudeville performer in the British TV special "The Little Match Girl"

1983

Broadway debut in the musical, "My One and Only", starring and co-staged by Tune; earned a Tony nomination

1981

Starred as Eliza Doolittle opposite Robert Powell in Yorkshire TV production of "Pygmalion"

1980

Made cameo appearance in "The Blues Brothers"

1974

Made West End stage debut in "Cinderella"

1974

Made second feature, the thriller "W/I Want Her Dead"; co-starred with future husband Michael Whitney

1970

Film debut as an extra in Ken Russell's "The Devils"

1970

First leading role in features as Polly in Ken Russell's adaptation of Sandy Wilson's pastiche of 1920s musicals "The Boy Friend"; initial collaboration with Tommy Tune

1967

Mattel issued a 'Twiggy Barbie'

Originally nicknamed 'Sticks' because of her figure; later changed to 'Twigs' and then 'Twiggy'

Became a top fashion model in the 1960s

Appeared in several West End shows including "Captain Beaky Presents" and "Funny Face"; also toured in "Funny Face"

Raised in Neasden, England

Cast as Hannah Chaplin, mother to Charles, in the British TV-movie "Young Charlie Chaplin"; aired in US on PBS' "Wonderworks" in 1989

Hosted own British TV series, "Twigs" and "Twiggy and Friends"

Bonus Trivia

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Twiggy introduced a line of skin care products, Aroma Therapies for Face and Mind, in Great Britain in 2001.

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"I only actually worked as a model for four years. That 60s thing and that phenomena, whatever it was, was as much a shock to me as it was to everyone else." --Twiggy Lawson quoted in USA Today, July 25, 1991.

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About her modeling heydey: "I brought in a whole new look. And there was a revolution coming out of England: the Beatles, pop music, fashion. When I came (to America), it all just went bananas. I was on Newseek and Time. It was madness. I couldn't go out, actually. I'd just get mobbed. It was horrible. I was only 17. It really frightened me." --Twiggy to Sam Whitehead in Time Out New York, May 13-20, 1999.

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"I know it's awful to say, but it has been a bit of a bane that nothing I can ever do in my life could make me more famous than that girl in the Sixties with the eyelashes. When I'm 85 and people hear my name, that will still be their first image. And it was something I had no control over."I only know about it [today's modeling game] the same way as everyone else: reading about it. And if all I read is true, it's shocking. It's not a world I mix in at all. I probably shouldn't say this, but the only time I see Vogue and Harper's [Bazaar] is when I go to the hairdresser or the dentist." --Twiggy quoted in Newsday, July 15, 1998.

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Remembering one of her meetings with Noel Coward: "When he found out I was just learning my dances to 'The Boy Friend', he said, 'Show me!' Then he got up and danced with me. Just then there came a loud knock on the door and in walked Merle Oberon, looking absolutely gorgeous. I couldn't believe it. And she joined us for tea." --Twiggy to Matthew Gurewitsch in The New York Times, June 7, 1999.

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