Eileen Ford | Model discoverer, 92
In a statement, the Ford agency called her "an industry icon and pioneer. . . . We are incredibly proud and grateful for her revolutionary spirit and the values she instilled in Ford Models."
Mrs. Ford was known for her steely manner and eye for talent. She demanded professionalism from her models, putting them on strict diets and firing those with a taste for late-night revelry. Her discipline pushed Ford Model Agency to the top, making multimillionaires of both Mrs. Ford and her husband, Jerry, who handled the company's business affairs. He died in 2008.
The typical Ford woman was tall, thin, often blond, with wide-set eyes and a long neck. Mrs. Ford was known to tell hopefuls shorter than 5 foot 7 to give up their dreams. Mrs. Ford maintained that a model's charisma was as important as her looks, and prided herself on being able to detect successful personalities.