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

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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

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