Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Tao of Sunday by Idy Tao, Courier Staff Artist
Eileen Ford (born March 25, 1922) is a model agency executive and co-founder, in 1946, with her late husband Gerard William "Jerry" Ford, of Ford Models, one of the earliest and internationally best known modelling agencies in the world.
Eileen Ford, née Otte, grew up on the north shore of Long Island, New York. Eileen was a model during the summers of her freshman and sophomore years at Barnard College, modeling for the Harry Conover modeling agency, one of the first in the United States. She graduated from Barnard in 1943. In 1944, she met her future husband Jerry (Gerard Ford), at a drugstore near the Columbia University campus and married him in November 1944 in San Francisco. After eloping, Jerry, who was in the Navy, was shipped out for WWII. While Jerry was gone, Eileen became photographer Elliot Clark's secretary, a fashion stylist, a copywriter, and a fashion reporter for the Tobe Report.