Dorothy McGowan

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Dorothy McGowan
Born c. 1939 (age 77–78)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Model, film actress

Dorothy McGowan (sometimes credited as Dorothy MacGowan, born circa 1939) is a Brooklyn, New York-born former model and actress. She was discovered as a talent agent picked her out of a crowd of Beatles fans at Kennedy Airport.[1]

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.[citation needed]

A daughter of Irish immigrants Sarah and Michael McGowan and born in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, she had one sister, Mary, and two brothers, Peter (1930–2007), a policeman who became a Roman Catholic priest,[2] and James, a policeman whose role as lead negotiator in a hostage crisis was dramatized in the film Dog Day Afternoon.[2]

McGowan was one of photographer William Klein's favorite models.[3] After the release of his film Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, she disappeared from public view and apparently neither acted nor modeled again, according to Klein.[where?]

She was married to, and divorced, from a photographer with whom she has two children.

In 2007 Dorothy Dorot was living in Mamaroneck, New York.[2]


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