Colleen Corby

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Colleen Corby
Colleen Corby.jpg
A photo from Colleen's 1960s modeling portfolio
Colleen Corby

(1947-08-03) August 3, 1947 (age 71)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colorDark Brown
Eye colorGreen
AgencyFord Models

Colleen Corby (born August 3, 1947) is a retired American model. She is best known for her work as a teen in the 1960s, as well as for her modeling work in department store catalogs from the 1960s and 1970s, including those of Sears, JC Penney, Montgomery Ward, and others. Corby's modeling career began in 1959 when she was eleven years old.

Early career[edit]

Two weeks after walking into Eileen Ford's modeling agency (ostensibly to look for a summer job), Corby was sent on her first modeling assignment. By the end of that first summer, she was steadily booking assignments and her parents enrolled her in Manhattan's Professional Children's School, which allows for the irregular schedules of actors and models. By her last year of high school, she was so busy she hardly ever attended classes.[1]

Corby in the 1960s[edit]

By the mid-1960s, Corby's popularity was at its peak.[citation needed] In 1963, she signed a multi-year movie contract with Universal Pictures, and had every intention of making acting her new career.[2] However, her acting career never got off the ground. Her popularity as a model, however, was still strong; she appeared in TV commercials, magazines and catalogs. Corby was most closely associated with Seventeen magazine, appearing on an unprecedented 15 covers[3] in the 1960s (five times in 1964 alone) and in the magazine's fashion spreads almost every month.

1970s career[edit]

By the 1970s, Corby's teen market was gone, but she continued to appear in magazines like Glamour and Mademoiselle and was a fixture in the catalogs of major retailers like Sears and JCPenney.[4] She initially retired from modeling in 1979, when she married businessman Peter Bernuth. Corby briefly returned to modeling in the early 1980s, but after her second child was born she left New York and the fashion world for good. She currently lives in Florida (where her husband's business was located). Her last public appearance was on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[5] Currently, Corby works in Alumni Relations and Development at the University of Miami School of Business in Coral Gables, Florida.[6]


  1. ^ "Colleen Corby: My How She's Grown — Not Older, Just Better ", Models, Sept/Oct 1975. (Accessed June 15, 2011.)
  2. ^ Todd, R. "Colleen Corby — America's Number 1 Teenage Model!", Teen, Dec 1964. (Accessed June 15, 2011.)
  3. ^ "Colleen Corby: My How She's Grown — Not Older, Just Better ", Models, Sept/Oct 1975. (Accessed June 15, 2011.) Colleen appeared on the cover of the following issues of Seventeen magazine: April, July, September, November and December 1964; August 1965; March 1966; February and May 1967; April May, June and September 1968; and February and March 1969.
  4. ^ JC Penney 1972 Christmas Catalog
  5. ^ "Oprah Winfrey, talk show host: 'My teen idol was Colleen Corby, who was a model in Seventeen magazine. There were not many black models at the time and she was the closest thing ...'". (Pearlman, C. "Celebs Wished Upon the Stars Too. Heartthrobs Cast Spell on Local Heroes", Chicago Sun-Times, November 11, 1990.)
  6. ^ "Colleen the Model". Retrieved 16 October 2012.