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Twiggy

Biography

Style model known on her behalf waif look through the 1960s. She popularized the ‘bob’ haircut and weighty eye constitute. She went to Kilburn SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL for women and produced her own clothes. She revived her career–albeit briefly–in 2005 after she was chosen to displace Janice Dickinson on America’s Following Best Model. Her delivery name is definitely Leslie Lawson. She wedded acting professional Michael Witney in 1977, however the relationship was finished prematurely after he passed away of a coronary attack. The couple experienced a daughter collectively called Carly. She wedded Leigh Lawson in 1988. While modeling for Marks and Spencer, she worked well alongside vocalist and model Myleene Klass.

Quick Facts


Full Name Twiggy
Date Of Birth September 19, 1949
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.72 m
Profession Model
Nationality British
Spouse Leigh Lawson, Michael Witney
Children Carly Witney
Parents William Norman Hornby, Nellie Lydia Hornby
Siblings Shirley Hornby, Vivien Hornby
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Outer Critics Circle Special Award
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Movies The Boy Friend, W, The Blues Brothers, There Goes the Bride, The Doctor and the Devils, Club Paradise, The Little Match Girl, Madame Sousatzka, The Diamond Trap, Body Bags, Woundings, Broadway's Lost Treasures, The Taming Of The Shrew, Butterfly Ball, Istanbul, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Young Charlie Chaplin, Sun Child
TV Shows America's Next Top Model, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas, This Morning, Princesses, Young Charlie Chaplin, Twiggy's Frock Exchange, The Donna Summer Special
Star Sign Virgo

  • Facts
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#Fact
1 Dated Warren Beatty.
2 Has a sister Shirley who is 15 years older.
3 Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for The Boy Friend (1971). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
4 Youngest daughter of Norman Hornby (a carpenter on Planet Patrol (1963)) and his wife Nell Hornby (née Nellie Lydia Reeman).
5 She credits Jean Shrimpton as her greatest idol and considers her the world's first supermodel.
6 Appeared with David Bowie on the cover of his "Pin Ups" album, and is mentioned in his song "Drive in Saturday" from his Aladdin Sane album.
7 She is a friend of Fran Drescher and it was Drescher's interaction with Twiggy's children that was used as the basis for Drescher's hit show The Nanny (1993).
8 Attended Cynthia Lennon's wedding to Roberto Bassanini.
9 She was the youngest person to ever be surprised by the Big Red Book on This Is Your Life (1955) , aged 19 at the time.
10 Her first marriage, to American actor, Michael Witney, ended with his sudden death from a heart attack.
11 Made her return to modeling by fronting a major new TV, press and billboard campaign for Marks & Spencer, the chain department store of the UK. Her appearance alongside Erin O'Connor, Laura Bailey and other younger models is intended to portray the wide variety of choices of the M&S clothing range, as well as the fact that older women are equally entitled to look good.
12 Was regarded as "the face of 1966" in swinging London and gained her nickname from her stick-thin pubescent figure.
13 Started a clothing line through Great Universal called the Twiggy Collection for spring/summer 2006.
14 Met her second husband Leigh Lawson on the set of Madame Sousatzka (1988) in 1988.
15 Is an accomplished singer and theater star.
16 Was ranked #9 in Channel 5's "World's greatest supermodel."
17 Was nominated for Broadway's 1983 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "My One and Only."
18 Is an avid supporter of animal rights organizations and breast cancer research groups.
19 Was named "The Face of 1966" by the Daily Express.
20 Daughter, Carly Witney, born 1978.
21 Her manager was Justin de Villeneuve.
22 Model/actress


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ShakespeaRe-Told 2005 TV Mini-Series Mrs. Minola
Woundings 1998 Viv
Something Borrowed, Something Blue 1997 TV Movie Eve Hamel (as Twiggy Lawson)
The Late Show 1995 TV Series documentary Sophie's Mother
Heartbeat 1994 TV Series Lady Janet Whitly
The Nanny 1994 TV Series Jocelyn Sheffield
Body Bags 1993 TV Movie Cathy Matthews (segment "Eye")
Tales from the Crypt 1992 TV Series Bonnie
Princesses 1991 TV Series Princess Georgina 'Georgy' De La Rue
Istanbul 1989 Maud
Wonderworks: Young Charlie Chaplin 1989 TV Series Hannah Chaplin
The Diamond Trap 1988 TV Movie Det. Sgt. Charlie Lawson
Madame Sousatzka 1988 Jenny
Sun Child 1988 TV Movie Fen Harris
The Little Match Girl 1986 TV Movie Josie Roberts
Club Paradise 1986 Phillipa Lloyd
The Doctor and the Devils 1985 Jennie Bailey
Celebrity Playhouse 1981 TV Series Eliza Doolittle
There Goes the Bride 1980 Polly Perkins
The Blues Brothers 1980 Chic Lady
Bonkers! 1979 TV Series
David Essex 1977 TV Series
Victorian Scandals 1976 TV Series Florence Cook
Twiggy 1975 TV Series
Am laufenden Band 1975 TV Series Singer
W 1974 Katie Lewis
The Boy Friend 1971 Polly Browne

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Nanny 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Madame Sousatzka 1988 performer: "Hiding from the Eyes of Love"
The Little Match Girl 1986 TV Movie performer: "Mistletoe and Wine"
The Doctor and the Devils 1985 performer: "WHISPER AND I SHALL HEAR"
The Donna Summer Special 1980 TV Special performer: "Bad Girls"
Top of the Pops 1976-1978 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
The Muppet Show 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Boy Friend 1971 performer: "The Boy Friend", "Any Old Iron", "I Could Be Happy with You", "You Are My Lucky Star", "A Room in Bloomsbury", "Act II Finale: I Could Be Happy with You - Part I", "Act II Finale: I Could Be Happy with You - Part II", "All I Do is Dream of You", "Poor Little Pierrette" - as Twiggy Lawson

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number One 2015 TV Movie Herself
Who Do You Think You Are? 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
Pop Models 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Loose Women 2008-2014 TV Series Herself
The Kumars 2014 TV Series Herself
Living the Life 2013 TV Series Herself
Paul O'Grady's Working Britain 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself
Britain's Secret Homes 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Twiggy: The Face of '66 2012 Documentary Herself
Gottschalk Live 2012 TV Series Herself
Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself
The One Show 2008-2011 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Bert Stern: Original Madman 2011 Documentary Herself
Xposé 2008-2009 TV Series Herself
Breakfast 2005-2009 TV Series Herself
Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki 2009 Documentary Herself
All You Need Is Klaus 2009 Documentary Herself
Twiggy's Frock Exchange 2008 TV Series Herself
British Style Genius 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2008 TV Series Herself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2008 TV Series Herself
America's Next Top Model 2005-2008 TV Series Herself - Judge / Herself - Judge - Fashion Icon / Fashion Icon
The Powder & the Glory 2007 Documentary Herself (as Twiggy Lawson)
Mumbai Calling 2007 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2006 TV Series Herself
Tubridy Tonight 2006 TV Series Herself
The Tyra Banks Show 2005-2006 TV Series Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Best Ever Muppet Moments 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Wogan Now & Then 2006 TV Series Herself
Parkinson 1974-2005 TV Series Herself
The Best of 'So Graham Norton' 2004 Video Herself
Today with Des and Mel 2003 TV Series Herself
Fame, Fashion and Photography: The Real Blow Up 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Absolutely Fabulous 2001 TV Series Herself
This Morning 2001 TV Series Herself - Presenter
Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook 2001 TV Series Herself
Spotlight on Suffering 2000 Documentary short Herself (actress & model) (as Twiggy Lawson)
The Beatles Revolution 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself
So Graham Norton 1999 TV Series Herself
The Annual Film Society of Lincoln Center Honors Mike Nichols 1999 TV Movie Herself
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker 1999 TV Special Herself
The Laurence Olivier Awards 1998 1998 TV Special Herself - Presenter
An Audience with the Spice Girls 1997 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Light Lunch 1997 TV Series Herself
Àngels de nit 1996 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993 TV Series Herself
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Herself
The 9th Annual American Cinema Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
The Annual National Convention of Christians and Jews 1991 TV Movie Herself
Saturday Night Clive 1991 TV Series Herself
One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Herself
The 1988 Annual Women in Film Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
Aspel & Company 1985-1988 TV Series Herself
An Audience with Peter Ustinov 1988 TV Movie Herself
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? 1986 TV Series
Billy Connolly: An Audience with Billy Connolly 1985 TV Special Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Good Morning Britain 1985 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967-1984 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Super Birthday: A World's Fair Salute to Bob Hope 1984 TV Movie Herself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design
Breakaway 1984 TV Series Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1983 TV Special Herself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Actress in a Musical
Late Night with David Letterman 1983 TV Series Herself
The 34th Annual Directors Guild Awards 1982 TV Special Herself
A Gift of Music 1981 TV Special Herself - Host
The Donna Summer Special 1980 TV Special Bad Girl
Bonkers! 1979 TV Series Herself
Golden Gala 1978 TV Movie Herself
Happy Birthday, Bob 1978 TV Special Herself
America 2-Night 1978 TV Series Herself
Top of the Pops 1976-1978 TV Series Herself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1977-1978 TV Series Herself
Mike Yarwood in Persons 1978 TV Series Herself
Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas 1977 TV Special Herself
US Against the World 1977 TV Movie Herself
Night Out at the London Casino 1977 TV Series Herself
Dinah! 1977 TV Series Herself
Musikladen 1976-1977 TV Series Herself
The Butterfly Ball 1977 Herself
Supersonic 1977 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1977 TV Series Herself - Co-Host / Herself - Model
The Muppet Show 1976 TV Series Herself - Special Guest Star
Good Morning America 1976 TV Series Herself
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series Herself / Various Characters
The Basil Brush Show 1976 TV Series Herself
Treffpunkte 1976 TV Series documentary Herself
Bring on the Girls 1976 TV Movie Herself
Arena 1975 TV Series documentary Herself
Twiggs 1974 TV Series Herself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
Cilla 1974 TV Series
The Merv Griffin Show 1973 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1972 TV Series Herself
All Talking... All Singing... All Dancing 1971 Short documentary Herself
Beaton by Bailey 1971 TV Movie documentary Herself
David Nixon's Magic Box 1970 TV Series Herself
Twiggy 1969 TV Movie documentary
This Is Your Life 1969 TV Series documentary Herself
Popcorn 1969 Documentary Herself
Juke Box Jury 1967 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Man Alive 1967 TV Series documentary Herself
Opus 1967 Short Herself
Today 1967 TV Series Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1966 TV Series Herself - Guest Star
Go Go Go Said the Bird 1966 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Favouritism 2005 TV Series Herself
Why I Hate the 60s: The Decade That Was Too Good to Be True 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Rise of the Celebrity Class 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
Great Performances 2003 TV Series
Heartbeat Chronicles 1999 Video Lady Janet Whitly (uncredited)
A Bing Crosby Christmas 1998 Video documentary Herself
Carry on Snogging 1998 TV Short documentary Herself
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Herself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1986 TV Series Herself
Childrens Songs and Stories with the Muppets 1985 Video Herself
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series Herself
Love Lust 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 2011 Documentary Herself
20 to 1 2009-2011 TV Series documentary Herself
60/90 2008 TV Series Herself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Herself
The Tyra Banks Show 2006 TV Series Herself
The 60s: The Beatles Decade 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Boy Friend (1971)
1972 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Female The Boy Friend (1971)


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#Quote
1 [on her favourite album] I've got about 20, but if it's just one, it's got to be Sgt. Pepper. I was in London when it was released, and everywhere you went, they were playing Sgt. Pepper, it was the soundtrack to our lives. Two close seconds are Blue by Joni Mitchell and Harvest by Neil Young.
2 [on Joni Mitchell] Her voice, so unique and her songs still amaze me. She's the queen of writing about unrequited love and broken hearts. Every singer songwriter owes her a nod.
3 As every teenage girl, I was absolutely obsessed with The Beatles and the first record I bought was Please Please Me. I'd have been 13 at the time. My parents wouldn't let me go into the West End on my own, so I'd have bought it from a little shop in Neasden where I grew up.
4 [on Adele] She really is so extraordinary, to be that talented at so young an age. Her voice really makes me cry, it's so emotive.
5 [on Mumford & Sons] I first saw them on Jools Holland, they absolutely blew me sideways, I love Marcus Mumford's voice.
6 [Disputing Janice Dickinson as the world's first supermodel]: I think it's up for grabs, really. I certainly was around before her and before me there was Jean Shrimpton. For me, the world's first supermodel is probably Shrimpton because she was my idol.
7 I love exercise but I find it boring doing the same thing all the time, so I fluctuate between going to the gym, doing Pilates and taking dance lessons.
8 I'm not as skinny as I used to be, thank God. I'd look very strange if I was. I'm slim. I eat healthily because that's the way I prefer to eat and I'm sure it helps keep the weight off.

#Trademark
1 Blonde pixie haircut

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