Doe Avedon

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Doe Avedon Siegel
Born Dorcas Marie Nowell
(1925-04-07)April 7, 1925
Old Westbury, New York
Died December 23, 2011(2011-12-23) (aged 86)
Encino, California
Occupation Actress, model
Spouse(s) Richard Avedon (m. 1944–49) (divorced)
Dan Mathews (widowed)[1]
Don Siegel (m. 1957–71) (divorced), four children

Doe Avedon (born Dorcas Marie Nowell; April 7, 1925 – December 18, 2011) was a model and actress who starred in several feature movies.[2][3] She played the recurring role of Diane Walker on the Big Town television series (1955–56).

Funny Face inspiration[edit]

In the 1957 movie Funny Face, the role of Jo, played by Audrey Hepburn is based on the beginning of Dorcas's career as a model. The role of Dick Avery, played by Fred Astaire was based on fashion photographer Richard Avedon, who became her husband and whose idea it was to change her name from Dorcas to Doe.[2]

Movie credits[edit]


  1. ^ Ronald Bergan Obituary: Doe Avedon, The Guardian, 26 December 2011
  2. ^ a b "Doe Avedon, Fashion Model and Actress, Dies at 86". New York Times. December 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Obituary Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2011; p.AA5

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