Agneta Frieberg

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Agneta Frieberg
Born (1945-06-02)June 2, 1945
Died May 10, 1971(1971-05-10) (aged 25)
Paris, France
Cause of death
Heart failure
Nationality Swedish
Ethnicity Caucasian
Occupation Fashion model
Years active 1960–1971 (model)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 10 in (177.8 cm)[1]
Weight 115
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Measurements 34-22-34

Ford Models AgnetaFriebergSignature.jpg

Agneta Frieberg's signature

Agneta Marianne Frieberg (2 June 1945 – 10 May 1971) was a Swedish model. Born and raised in Sweden, Frieberg moved to New York City at the age of fifteen to become a model. Frieberg was signed to the modeling agency Ford Models. Frieberg is most notable for appearing on the cover of Clairol's shampoo-conditioner Great Body, appearing in many different magazine covers for Glamour, Mademoiselle, Good Housekeeping, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar among others, and also being declared by Glamour to be one of the first supermodels.

Early life[edit]

Frieberg was born on June 2, 1945 in Sweden and moved with her family to Marin County, California, in 1961 when she was fifteen. Frieberg's mother was a Montessori school teacher and her father, Bengt O. Frieberg, was a businessman and inventor.[2] Agneta had three younger siblings: a brother and two sisters.


Frieberg was discovered when she was 15 years old by Eileen Ford in New York City on a vacation with her parents. Shortly after being discovered by Ford, she was signed to the modeling agency Ford Models. Frieberg soon started appearing on various magazine covers, advertisements, and commercials. In the mid-1960s, Frieberg was booked to appear on the front of Clairol's new product "Great Body", a shampoo and conditioner in one. Frieberg also appeared in several of Great Body's commercials. The advertisements continued being published several years after her death.[3]

In February 1966, in an issue of the magazine Glamour, the editors described Frieberg along with nineteen other models as a "supermodel", also adding that Frieberg was "Innocent, tall, and fresh."[4][5][6] That same year, Frieberg was booked for a major job, the cover of Glamour's Beauty Book. Later in 1966, Frieberg appeared in the Ormond Gigli photo of the sixties' top Ford models.[7][8] In 1968, Frieberg was featured in her agent and Ford Models founder Eileen Ford's first book, Eileen Ford's Book of Model Beauty.

Frieberg briefly appeared in her boyfriend Louis Faurer's documentary Time Capsule, which captured Time Square and other parts of New York City over several years. The film was recently rediscovered after being lost in Faurer's archives. The film is currently being showed in a show at Milwaukee Museum in New York City.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Frieberg had dated painter Jack Youngerman. After dating Jack for several years, they broke up. After breaking up with Jack, Frieberg briefly dated famous Pop art Artist Andy Warhol who made her the subject of several of his photographs.[10] Frieberg briefly dated rock musician and guitarist Jimi Hendrix from rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience.[11] Frieberg was in a long-term relationship with fashion photographer Louis Faurer, whom she was with for several years. Frieberg appeared in Faurer's short film called Time Capsule, which featured the changes of Time Square and other parts of New York City throughout the sixties. Time Capsule was found recently in Faurer's archives and is currently being shown in a museum in New York City.

During Frieberg's life, she used to commute between California and New York. Frieberg was very close friends with fellow Ford model Ulla Jones. In Frieberg's spare time, she sang and played guitar and piano. Frieberg was a frequent reader, reading between shots, her favorite author being American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway.


In 1971, at the age of twenty-five, Frieberg died in Paris, France. Frieberg was staying in a hotel on the top floor, when she fell out of the window. Frieberg lingered in The American Hospital of Paris for ten days until eventually dying on May 10, 1971, which happened to be Mother's Day.[12] There were various speculations that Frieberg had been pushed instead of falling.[citation needed] It was later found in the autopsy that Frieberg had no alcohol or drugs in her system during the time of the incident.

References in popular culture[edit]

Frieberg has been referenced in several different books, including Archiving Andy Warhol, an illustrated history by Gerard Malanga, and Book of Model Beauty by Eileen Ford.[13][10]


  1. ^ Eileen ford (1 August 1968). E Ford/modl Beauty. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-22260-4. 
  2. ^ "Bengt O. Frieberg". 2003-09-01. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  3. ^ "1972 Clairol Great Body Shampoo Ad | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  4. ^ Supermodel 25 July 2004
  5. ^ Cokal, Susann. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 1999. Michigan: Gale Group.
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  7. ^ "Eileen Ford". Patrik Sandberg. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  8. ^ da © Pleasurephoto (2012-01-24). "Ford Modeling Agency, photographed by Ormond Gigli, 1966 | © Pleasurephoto". Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  9. ^ "Louis Faurer’s ‘Time Capsule’ Catches ’60s Times Square". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Archiving Warhol: An Illustrated History - Gerard Malanga - Google Books. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  11. ^ Por banjomanbold (2011-09-14). "Agneta Freiberg | BanjomanBold". Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  12. ^ "The Female Celebrities Webring". Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
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