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February 11, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan
Nina Blanchard, the founder of an internationally known Hollywood modeling agency whose roster included Cheryl Tiegs and other top models, has died. She was 81. Blanchard died of cardiac arrest Sunday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said Ed Dawson, a longtime friend. A onetime TV makeup artist, casting director and modeling school executive director, Blanchard started the Nina Blanchard Agency in 1961. Booking talent for television commercials, print advertising and runway modeling, her agency was once described in The Times as "the best-known and richest of its kind outside Manhattan."
March 10, 1989 | KAREN NEWELL YOUNG, Karen Newell Young is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
They are big and they're beautiful. They're called "large and lovelies" by the modeling trade and they have the same occupational hazards as their long and lean counterparts--having to wear furs for an outdoor shoot in the summer, juggling bookings and maintaining a shoe wardrobe that would make Imelda Marcos blush. But large-sized models have the added difficulty of appearing fashionable in a Size 16 evening gown.
April 11, 1988 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, Times Fashion Editor
The calm of Estee Lauder's corporate heaven was shattered Friday morning when the firm's new $6-million "image" model Paulina Porizkova declined to share her birthday cake with members of the press. "Would you like to cut the cake for our guests?" asked Evelyn Lauder, daughter-in-law of Estee and a vice president of the firm. "Not really," answered Porizkova on her 23rd birthday, adding that the cake was so pretty that she'd like to take it home to her boyfriend intact.
February 25, 1987 | HECTOR GUTIERREZ, Times Staff Writer
A Municipal Court judge Tuesday ordered the head of a modeling agency to pay $22,000 in restitution to 45 modeling job applicants who replied to misleading advertisements in San Diego newspapers. Judge Ronald Domnitz also ordered Allen Neumann, president of New York West modeling agency, to pay $3,500 in fines. Neumann entered a plea of no-contest to false advertising charges and agreed to pay the fines and restitution. Deputy City Atty. James D.
February 6, 1988
New felony charges were filed Friday against the owner of a Hollywood modeling studio who is being held on charges of raping an aspiring model during a photo session. Ross Washington, 55, was charged with one count each of rape by a foreign object and sexual battery after a 20-year-old Orange woman heard a news report about the earlier charge and contacted police, Deputy Dist. Atty. Steve Sitkoff said.
August 17, 1989 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Have you ever wished that: 1) You could find a way to spend more time with your kids. 2) You could get them to sit still and be quiet for even a minute or so. If so, you just might find your solution at Laguna Beach's Irvine Bowl.
November 1, 1987 | BERT ROSENTHAL, Associated Press
In 10 years, Viisha Sedlak, a former Wilhemina model, has gone from being unable to run a quarter-mile to an ultra-distance runner to a world-class racewalker. Now she's campaigning to make her sport more widely known and, hopefully, get it recognized as an Olympic event. Sedlak, a 6-foot, 127 pounds natural athlete, did not begin her running career until 1979, when she was living in Honolulu. "I was getting cellulite and mushy," she said. "I had quit modeling and had just opened a business.
Seaweed, straw hearts, rocks and begonias adorn the walls and shelves surrounding the tile coffee table and two white director chairs with beach-awning seats in Cleo Dorman's tiny apartment in Marina del Rey. Until recently her walls were hung with paintings and drawings by artists she has posed for during six decades. Now, Dorman has given herself, in 75 artworks, to the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design.
February 2, 1995
The owner of a Beverly Hills modeling and acting school agreed Wednesday to pay $50,000 in fines for allegedly using misleading advertising to promote his business. In settling a lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles city attorney's office, James K. Lord also agreed to operate his Beverly Hills Studios according to terms laid out in a court order, a spokesman for the office said.
Judging by the public's fascination with models, any book that has them as a subject has a guaranteed audience. Throw in sex, back-stabbing, drugs, heart-wrenching failures and dizzying successes and the result is "Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women" (William Morrow), Michael Gross' excruciatingly detailed look at the history of modeling.
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