June 7, 2018

Discovered From a Crowd of The Beatles' Fans, Beautiful Girl Dorothea McGowan Became a Professional Model in the 1960s

Born 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, former model and actress Dorothea (Dorothy) McGowan was discovered as a talent agent picked her out of a crowd of Beatles fans at Kennedy Airport. Her sole screen credit is for the 1966 French film Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, in which she had the starring role of a supermodel.

As a model, McGowan appeared on countless covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, and other publications in the 1960s. She was photographed by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Melvin Sokolsky, Francesco Scavullo, and others.

McGowan was one of photographer William Klein's favorite models. After the release of his film Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, she disappeared from public view and apparently neither acted nor modeled again.

She was married to, and divorced, from a photographer with whom she has two children.

In 2007, McGowan was living in Mamaroneck, New York.

These glamorous color pictures that captured portrait of young Dorothea McGowan when she was a model from the 1960s.

 Dorothea McGowan wearing a tan colored dress, with hat by Emme, photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, 1960

Dorothea in purple wool cape-like wrap coat by Trigere, jersey turban by Mr. John, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue,
September 1960

Dorothea McGowa, McCall's Pattern Fashions Fall, 1960

Dorothea McGowan in plum wool suit by Adele Simpson, velvet turban by Sally Victor, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, September 1960

Dorothea McGowan in silver-toned mauve peignor over pink culotte pajamas of Dupont nylon from Elizabeth Arden,
photo by William Bell, Vogue, April 15, 1960

Dorothea McGowan leaning on striped ledge wearing a black and white striped dress, Vogue, April 1960

Dorothea McGowan wearing ropes of pearls and Mabe pearl ring surrounded by diamonds, all from Imperial Pearl,
photo by Karen Radkai, Vogue, May 1, 1960

Dorothea McGowan's make-up and coiffure by Michel of Helena Rubinstein, hand-beaded necklaces by Atelier Nina,
photo by Erich Locker, Vogue, May 1, 1960

Dorothea McGowan and Haniwa Figurine with bead necklaces, photo by John Rawlings, 1961

Dorothea McGowan in a velvet gown and embroidered jacket trimmed in mink by Marc Bohan for Dior, photo by
Irving Penn, Vogue, 1961

 Dorothea McGowan in beige and gray misty plaid worn with fringed stole in fine worsted by David Crystal, photo by Leombruno-Bodi, Vogue, Sept. 1961

Dorothea McGowan in deep purple velvet toque with faux jade drop earrings by Marvella, photo by Bert Stern, Vogue, 1961

Dorothea McGowan in orange sheath dress and brown jacket, both by Branell, photo by William Bell, Vogue, 1961

Dorothea McGowan in pale pink silk jacket over navy blue dress by Mainbocher, photo by Tom Palumbo, 1961

Dorothea McGowan in suit by Mr. Mort, photo by Carmen Schiavone, Mademoiselle, 1961

Dorothea McGowan in textured nylon dress by Canterbury, 1961

Dorothea McGowan in wool suit, jacket is double-breasted and boxy, photo by John Rawlings, Vogue, November 1961

Dorothea McGowan wearing a suit by Ben Zuckerman, taken by Herbert Matter, 1961

Dorothea McGowan, photo by John Rawlings, Vogue, 1961

Dorothea, photo by William Klein, Vogue, Lebanon, 1961

Dorothea Mc Gowan taken by Bert Stern, Vogue Cover, March 1962

Dorothea McGowan in Autumn Haze EMBA mink coat by Michel Gouzik, photo by Virginia Thoren-Rice, 1962

Dorothea McGowan, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, Jan. 1962

Dorothea in a beautiful print 'famille-verte' silk dress by Gustave Tassell, earrings by Hattie Carnegie, photo by Penn,
Vogue US, March 1963

Dorothea in a bright green chiffon dress and stole fringed with ostrich feathers by Mollie Parnis, photo by Penn, Vogue US, March 1963

Dorothea in oriole-yellow matelassé wool crêpe evening dress by Helga, necklaces by Pakula, white kidskin gloves from Dawnelle, photo by Penn, Vogue US, March 1963

Dorothea is wearing a white soutache braid top over water-green silk dress by Gustave Tassell, faux-pearl earrings by
Hattie Carnegie, kidskin gloves by Aris, photo by Penn, Vogue US, March 1963

 Dorothea McGowan and Barbara Berger wearing mink vests, photo by Virginia Thoren-Rice, 1963

Dorothea McGowan in silk chiffon painted by Tzaims Luksus, wrapped in taffeta stole, designed by Sarmi, Vogue,
Feb. 1963

Dorothea McGowan in Tourmaline EMBA mink coat by D.H.Grosvenor, photo by Virginia Thoren-Rice, 1963

Dorothea in suit by Dalton of America, Wool Bureau ad, 1964

Dorothea McGowan and Jean Shrimpton wearing designs by Micia, photo by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper's Bazaar,
July 1964

 Dorothea McGowan in gown by Sarmi, Max Factor compacts advertisement, 1964

Dorothea McGowan in large EMBA mink stole, jewellry by Harry Winston, photo by Virginia Thoren on the roof of the Pan Am Building, New York, Harper's Bazaar, 1964

Dorothea McGowan with coiffure by Monsieur Marc is wearing a magnificent necklace by Jean Schlumberger, photo by James Moore, Harper's Bazaar, April 1964

Dorothea McGowan, Jardin des Modes, May 1964

Dorothea McGowan, photo by Melvin Sokolsky, Harper's Bazaar, Nov. 1965

 Dorothea Mc Gowan as Green Angel, photo by Melvin Sokolsky, Harper's Bazaar 'Fly' Spring Collection, Paris, 1965

Dorothea McGowan for White Owl Cigars, photo by William Helburn, 1965

 'Feathers', Dorothea and Nati Abascal, taken by Melvin Sokolsky, 1967






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