Linda Morand

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Linda Morand
Born (1946-05-26)May 26, 1946
Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York, USA
Occupation Model, Actress, fashion archivist, Modeling Agent
Years active 1965 - present
Agent Key West Hand Print Fabrics (1964–1965)
Ford Models (1966–1968)
Paris Planning Model Agency (1967–1968)
Prestige Model Agency Paris (1973–1975)
Spouse(s) Philippe Forquet(D.1970-1979)

Linda Morand (born May 26, 1946) is an American fashion model, cover-girl and haute couture mannequin during the 1960s and 1970s. She appeared in national ads, magazine covers, TV commercials and national catalogs. She is currently a fashion archivist and consultant.[1]

New York Career[edit]

Morand was born in Lindenhurst, Long Island. She was discovered by Eileen Ford in late 1965 while studying art in New York City and groomed into a top model for the Ford Agency. Appearing on the fashion scene at the same time as Twiggy she was noted for making up very unusual poses and participating in futuristic fashion layouts including light shows, robots, super-heroes, computers and James Bond type spy take-offs.[citation needed]

Morand is known for her resemblance to the former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.[2] Noted columnist Marian Christy wrote about a meeting of the two women in a 1971 Boston Globe article, "Resemblance to Jackie Pays Off", which helped to further Morand's career:

"Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Linda Morand recently met at that chic New York "dive" where Lost Weekend [sic] was filmed: P. J. Clarke's, and the two eyed each other suspiciously. There was every reason for the prolonged glance! of cool appraisal. The two are look-alikes 21-year-old Linda being the younger, prettier version. Linda, a successful Ford model who hails from a little town on Long Island, now is one of Europe's top models with her face currently, gracing the pages and covers of the slickest fashion, magazines, such as Italian Vogue, Elle and Jardin de la Mode."[3]

In 1966 Vidal Sassoon’s, stylist, Christopher Pluck created her signature style, a closely cropped asymmetric cut. Linda Morand appeared in international magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Teen, and Elle. She also modeled for Lilly Pulitzer. In 1966, with photographer Gösta Peterson, she created images for Conde Nast.[4]

European career[edit]

In the Sixties Morand was contracted to walk the runways of Paris and appear in the pages of the European fashion magazines, such as Elle, Marie Claire and ''Vogue. Her modeling career took her on assignments throughout the fashion capitals of Europe, including Paris, Milan, Munich and Barcelona. She was muse to Pierre Cardin, who contracted with her to walk the runway and appear in fashion photos.[5][6]

Morand was based in Rome through 1969 modeling for fashion houses Valentino, Pucci and Roberto Capucci and playing small parts in a few Italian movies and TV shows. Shortly after her marriage to French actor Philippe Forquet in 1970, her husband became a teen idol starring as General Lafayette in a prime time historical mini-series for ABC called The Young Rebels.[7]

By 1974 her modeling assignments included walking the catwalks of the major European haute couture designers including Pierre Cardin, Jean Patou, Karl Lagerfeld, Emanuel Ungaro, Paco Rabanne, Chanel and Valentino.

Helmut Newton shot a ten-page spread for Vogue Paris with Morand made up in a satirical reportage type layout that seemed like she was really Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.[8] The pictures caused such a stir that Richard Avedon sent a telegram of congratulation, and said Jackie was ready to sue. This incident calmed down when it was pointed out that Linda Morand's name was mentioned in the article. This led to additional assignments throughout Europe. Hans Feurer photographed her for several layouts in Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, Mode International'.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Camille 2000 Girl at Gambling Table (uncredited)
1970 Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You Moira
1971 Pretty Maids all in a Row Other Pretty Maids
1971 The Love Machine Model (uncredited)


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Matt Lincoln Angie 1 episode "Angie"
1992 Live! Regis and Kathy Lee Jacki Onasis Episode dated 20 January 1992


  1. ^ Mademoiselle Magazine, July 1967 - Cover
  2. ^ Made You Look by Denise Bella Vlasis ISBN 1-928739-00-8 THRILLENNIUM BOOKS- Publisher
  3. ^ Marian Christie "Resemblance to Jackie Pays Off", Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback Machine. Boston Globe, 1970, as reproduced on website.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Icons of Fashion The 20th Century - Prestel Publishing, Inc. 2005 Pictured on page 89 wearing Cardin.
  6. ^ PIERRE CARDIN -60 ANS DE CREATION by Jean-Pascal Hesse published by Assoline 2010
  7. ^
  8. ^ Vogue Paris -September, 1973
  9. ^ MODEL:The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women by Michael Gross - 1995 Morrow pp. 292 – 293


  • MODEL:The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women by Michael Gross - 1995 Morrow pp. 292 – 293.
  • Made You Look by Denise Bella Vlasis ISBN 1-928739-00-8 THRILLENNIUM BOOKS- Publisher
  • Double Take by Devon Cass and John Filemon Publisher: ReganBooks; 1st ed edition (January 1998)
  • Stylist The Interpreters of Fashion - - Rizzoli Publishing 2008 pg.122 Joe Zee
  • Icons of Fashion The 20th Century - Prestel Publishing, Inc. 2005 Pictured on page 89 wearing Cardin.
  • "For Sports Illustrated autograph hound, no sign from this cover girl -". Retrieved 2014-02-14.

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