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Julia Morley (right) and Taťána Kuchařová at Miss World 2007
|Born||Julia Evelyn Pritchard
1939 (age 75–76)
London, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Eric Morley (m. 1960–2000)|
Julia Evelyn Morley (born 1939) is a British business woman, charity worker and former model. She is the Chairwoman of the Miss World Organisation which runs the annual Miss World competition. She was the wife of Miss World founder Eric Morley, who first held the competition in 1951.
Life and career
Born Julia Pritchard in London, she worked as a model, and met Eric Morley, then the director of Mecca Dancing, at a dance hall in Leeds; they married in 1960. She became Chairwoman of Miss World after Eric Morley's death in 2000.
As Chairwoman of Miss World, Julia introduced the theme of ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ which raises money in support of sick and disadvantaged children. In 2009, Morley used the opening of the Miss World Festival to launch the Variety International Children’s Fund with a Charity Dinner which raised over $400,000 for nutritional, educational and medical projects in Haiti. When Simon Cowell was given the 2010 Humanitarian Award at the Variety World Conference in Hollywood, he remarked that it was Julia Morley who should be collecting the award in his place, for her work as a humanitarian. Just a few months later Julia Morley was given the Humanitarian Award by Variety of Ireland.
In 2013, while visiting Haiti with Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Morley experienced a serious accident while visiting an orphanage. Young only received minor injuries from the fall while Morley suffered a hip fracture.
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