Twiggy Biography (1949-)

Original name, Leslie Hornby; born September 19, 1949, in north London, England; daughter of William Norman (a carpenter) and Helen (maiden name, Reeman)Hornby; married Michael Witney (an actor; some sources spell name Michael Whitney), June 14, 1977 (divorced); married Leigh Lawson (an actor and director), September 23, 1988; children: (first marriage) Carly; stepchildren (secondmarriage): Jason. Addresses: Agent: Peters Fraser and Dunlop, Drury House, 34-43 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA, England.

Nationality
British
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer, model, writer
Birth Details
September 19, 1949
London, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Herself, Popcorn (documentary; also known as Popcorn: An Audio-Visual Rock Thing), Sherpix, 1969
  • Extra, The Devils (also known as The Devils of Loudon), Warner Bros., 1971
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Polly Browne, The Boy Friend (musical), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971
  • (Uncredited) All Talking ... All Singing ... All Dancing (short documentary), Kaleidoscope Films, 1971
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Katie Lewis, W (also known as I Want Her Dead and W Is the Mark of Death), Cinerama Releasing, 1974
  • Herself, The Butterfly Ball (animated musical), Oyster Films, 1976
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Polly Perkins, There Goes the Bride, Vanguard,c. 1979
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Chic lady, The Blues Brothers, Universal, 1980
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Jennie Bailey, The Doctor and the Devils, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Phillipa Lloyd, Club Paradise, Warner Bros., 1986
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Jenny, Madame Sousatzka, Universal, 1988
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Maud, Istanbul (also known as Harem Hotel Istanbul and Istanbul, Keep Your Eyes Open), Omega Film & Television, 1989
  • Viv, Woundings (also known as Brand New World), Isle of ManFilm Commission/Cinequanon/Muse Productions/Stone Canyon Entertainment, 1998
  • Marlene Dicktrick, Edge of Seventeen, Blue Streak Films/Luna Pictures, 1998, Strand Releasing, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • "Twiggs," Show of the Week, BBC-2, 1974
  • Twiggy, BBC-2, 1975
  • Host, Twiggy's Juke Box, syndicated, beginning c. 1978
  • Twiggy and Friends, BBC, beginning c. 1980
  • Princess Georgina "Georgy" De La Rue, Princesses, CBS, 1991
  • Interviewer, Twiggy's People, Independent Television, 1998
  • Guest presenter, OK! TV (also known as OK! Television), Independent Television, 1999
  • Presenter, This Morning (also known as This Morning with Richard and Judy), Independent Television, beginning 2001
  • Interviewer, Take Time with Twiggy, Granada Television, 2001
  • Judge, America's Next Top Model (also known as America's Next Top Model Cycle 5, America's Next Top Model 2, and ANTM), UPN, beginning 2005
  • Miniseries
  • Hannah Chaplin, Young Charlie Chaplin (also known as Charlie Chaplin and Charlie the Kid), Thames Television, 1988, broadcast onWonderWorks (also known as WonderWorks: Young Charlie Chaplin),PBS, 1989
  • Movies
  • (As Twiggy Lawson) Detective sergeant Charlotte "Charlie" Lawson, TheDiamond Trap, USA Network, 1988
  • Fen Harris, Sun Child, Yorkshire Television, 1988
  • (As Leslie Hornby) Cathy Matthews, "Eye," Body Bags (also known asJohn Carpenter Presents "Body Bags" and John Carpenter Presents "Mind Games"), Showtime, 1993
  • (As Twiggy Lawson) Eve Hamel, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,CBS, 1997
  • Specials
  • Twiggy (documentary), Granada Television, 1967
  • Twiggy in Hollywood (documentary), ABC, 1967
  • Twiggy in New York (documentary), ABC, 1967
  • Twiggy, Why? (documentary), ABC, 1967
  • Song performer, Cole Porter in Paris, NBC, 1973
  • Charles Aznavour Sings for You, BBC, 1975
  • Bring on the Girls, Independent Television, 1976
  • The Daily Mirror Supersonic Pop Club, Independent Television, 1976
  • Portrait of ... Twiggy, Independent Television, 1976
  • Roller Coaster, Independent Television, 1976
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas, NBC, 1977
  • Night out at the London Casino, Independent Television, 1977
  • Noel Edmonds Presents Swap of the Pops, BBC, 1977
  • Golden Gala, Independent Television, 1978
  • Mike Yarwood in Person, BBC, 1978
  • Ronnie Corbett's Thursday Special, BBC, 1978
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) Host, Echoes of the Sixties, NBC, 1979
  • Bonkers, Associated Television, 1979
  • The Val Doonican Christmas Show, BBC, 1979
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) The Donna Summer Special, ABC, 1980
  • Eliza Doolittle, Pygmalion, Yorkshire Television, 1981
  • Royal Variety Performance, Independent Television, 1983
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Super Birthday Special, NBC, 1984
  • (As Leslie Hornsby) The 1984 Miss USA Pageant, CBS, 1984
  • Josie Roberts, The Little Match Girl (musical), Harlech Television, c. 1987
  • Herself, The Royal Film Performance, BBC, 1989
  • Sophie's mother, Sophie's World, BBC-2, 1995
  • Herself, An Audience with the Spice Girls, Independent Television,1997
  • Esther, BBC-2, 1997
  • Herself, Carry on Snogging, Channel 4 (England), 1998
  • Herself, The Beatles Revolution (documentary), ABC, 2000
  • Herself, Fame, Fashion and Photography: The Real Blow Up (documentary), BBC, 2002
  • Broadway's Lost Treasures (documentary), PBS, 2003
  • Herself, The Rise of the Celebrity Class (documentary), BBC, 2004
  • (Uncredited) Herself, Why I Hate the 60s: The Decade That Was Too Goodto Be True, BBC, 2004
  • Cause Celeb, Community Channel, 2004, 2005
  • Mrs. Minola, The Taming of Shrew (part of the Shakespeare Re-Toldseries), BBC, 2005
  • Herself, TV Pop Rules!, Channel 4, 2005
  • Appeared in a solo stand-up comedy show broadcast on Comedy Central during the early 1990s. Some sources cite appearances in Captain Beaky specials, BBC.
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 46th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1974
  • Presenter, British Screen Awards, BBC, 1975
  • Presenter, The 56th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1984
  • Presenter, BAFTA Awards, Independent Television, 1988
  • Presenter, Evening Standard Film Awards, Independent Television, 1989
  • Episodic
  • Panelist, Juke Box Jury, BBC, 1967
  • 24 Hours, BBC, 1967, 1969
  • Herself, "Twiggy," This Is Your Life, Independent Television, 1969
  • Herself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1971
  • Cilla, Independent Television, 1974
  • Personal Choice, BBC, 1974
  • Parkinson, BBC, 1974, 1976, 1980, Independent Television, 2005
  • The Likes of ... Twiggy, BBC, 1975
  • Florence Cook, "Victorian Scandals," Frontiers of Science (also known as Frontiers of Science: Victorian Scandals), Granada Television,1976
  • Herself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1976
  • The Basil Brush Show, Independent Television, 1976
  • Nationwide, BBC, 1976
  • Musikladen, [West Germany (now Germany)], 1976, 1977
  • Top of the Pops (also known as All New Top of the Pops andTOTP), BBC, multiple episodes in 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Herself, Dinah! (also known as Dinah! & Friends), syndicated, 1977
  • David Essex, Independent Television, 1977
  • Russell Harty, Independent Television, 1977
  • Supersonic, Independent Television, two episodes in 1977
  • Swap Shop, BBC, 1977
  • The Val Doonican Music Show, BBC, 1977, 1978
  • Herself, America 2-Night, syndicated, 1978
  • The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour, NBC, 1978
  • Max with Love, Independent Television, 1979
  • Music performer, Na sowas!, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Germany),1985
  • Wogan, BBC, 1985, 1986
  • Aspel & Co., Independent Television, 1985, 1987, 1988
  • Des O'Connor Tonight, Independent Television, 1985, 1998
  • Herself, Good Morning Britain (also known as TV-am), Independent Television, c. 1985, 1989
  • Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?, BBC-2, 1986
  • Sunday, Sunday, Independent Television, 1989
  • The Clive James Interview, BBC-2, 1991
  • Felicity, "The New Arrival," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1992
  • Jocelyn Sheffield, "Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off," The Nanny, CBS, 1994
  • (As Twiggy Lawson) Lady Janet Whitly, "A Winter's Tale," Heartbeat, Independent Television, 1994
  • Barrymore, BBC-2, 1995
  • Showstoppers, BBC-2, 1995
  • Squidge, Stick with Me Kid, The Disney Channel, 1996
  • Herself, Angels de nit, TV3 (Televisio de Catalunya in Spain), 1996
  • Herself, So Graham Norton, Channel 4 (England), 1999
  • Herself, "Menopause," Absolutely Fabulous, BBC-2 and Comedy Central, 2001
  • Herself, "Parralox," Absolutely Fabulous, BBC-2 and Comedy Central, 2001
  • Herself, Celebrity, Ready, Steady, Cook, BBC, 2001
  • Herself, Open House (also known as Open House with Gloria Hunniford), Channel 5 (England), 2001
  • Star Lives, Independent Television, 2001
  • Herself, Today with Des and Mel, Independent Television, 2003
  • Heaven & Earth, BBC, 2003
  • Herself, Breakfast, BBC, 2005
  • Herself, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2005
  • Appeared in The Hollywood Fashion Machine, American Movie Classics.
  • Pilots
  • Princess Georgina "Georgy" De La Rue, Princesses, CBS, 1991
  • Other
  • Appeared in Go Go Go Said the Bird. Appeared in news broadcasts aswell as in footage broadcast on various channels.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Title role, Cinderella (pantomime), Casino Theatre, London, beginning 1974
  • Herself, The Butterfly Ball (musical benefit), Royal Albert Hall,London, 1975
  • Captain Beaky and His Musical Christmas (pantomime; also known asCaptain Beaky's Musical Christmas), Apollo Victoria Theatre, London, 1982
  • Edith Herbert, My One and Only (musical; also known as My One and Only, the New Gershwin Musical), St. James Theatre, New York City, c.1983-84, also produced in Los Angeles
  • Elvira, Blithe Spirit, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1997
  • Gertrude Lawrence, Noel and Gertie (musical), Bay Street Theatre,Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY, 1998
  • Gertrude Lawrence, If Love Were All (musical; revised version of Noel and Gertie), Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • Elvira, Blithe Spirit, Bay Street Theatre, 2002
  • The Play What I Wrote, Wyndham's Theatre, London, then Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, then Wyndham's Theatre again, all 2002
  • Art, Bath Theatre Royal, Bath, England, 2003
  • Peter Pan, Chicken Shed Theatre, Albery Theatre, London, 2004
  • Good fairy, Jack and the Beanstalk (pantomime), Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton, England, 2005-2006
  • Major Tours
  • My One and Only (musical; also known as My One and Only, the New Gershwin Musical), 1983
  • Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Warren's Profession, English cities, 2003
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • (In archive footage) Herself, Children's Songs and Stories with the Muppets, 1985
  • (In archive footage) Herself, A Bing Crosby Christmas, 1998
  • Herself, The Best of So Graham Norton, United Film and TelevisionProduction, 2000
  • Funny Ladies, Volume 4, 2004
  • Albums
  • I Need Your Hand in Mine, 1966, released under title Twiggy andthe Girlfriends, Ember Records, 1972
  • Twiggy, Mercury, 1976
  • Please Get My Name Right, Mercury, 1977
  • Pieces of April, St. Michael, 1978
  • Then He Kissed Me, Spartan Records, 1990
  • London Pride: Songs of the London Stage, Varese Sarabande, 1996
  • The Best of Twiggy, Spectrum Music, 1998
  • Midnight Blue, Eureka, 2003
  • Some sources say she recorded London Pride (Songs from the Brit Musicals), Varese Sarabande.
  • Albums with Others
  • The Boy Friend (original soundtrack), Columbia, 1971
  • The Boy Friend (soundtrack excerpts and promotional radio interview), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971
  • Cole Porter in Paris, Bell Systems, 1973
  • Captain Beaky and His Band, Polydor, 1977
  • My One and Only (original Broadway cast recording), Atlantic, 1983
  • The Doctor and the Devils (original soundtrack), Island Records, 1985
  • The Boy Friend & Highlights from Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/EMI, 1990
  • Twiggy and the Silver Screen Syncopaters, Fat Boy Records, 1995, released as Beautiful Dreams, Perfect Picnic, 1997
  • A Hollywood Christmas, Varese Sarabande, 1996
  • (With Twiggy Ramirez) "I Only Want to Be With You," Dead Man on Campus (soundtrack), DreamWorks, 1998
  • If Love Were All (original cast recording), Varese Sarabande, 1999
  • Narrator, Peter Pan (original cast recording), Chicken Shed, c. 2004
  • (With Linda Thorson) A Snapshot of Swinging London, 2005
  • Singles
  • "Beautiful Dreams," c. 1966
  • "A Room in Bloomsbury" (with Christopher Gable)/"You Are My Lucky Star"/"All I Do Is Dream of You," 1971
  • "Zoo De Zoo Zong"/"Little Pleasure Acre," Bell Records, 1971
  • "Here I Go Again"/"In Love Together," Mercury, 1976
  • "Vanilla Olay"/"Good for You Too," Mercury, 1976
  • "Please Get My Name Right," Mercury, 1977
  • "Rings"/"Please Get My Name Right," Mercury, 1977
  • "Tomorrow Is Another Day"/"After All These Years" (instrumental), 1977
  • "A Woman in Love"/"I Lie Awake and Dream of You," 1977
  • "Falling Angel," Mercury, 1978
  • "Feel Emotion"/"Feel Emotion" (instrumental version), 1985
  • "Feel Emotion" (extended mix), 1985
  • "Diamond"/"Lies, Lies," Arista, 1986
  • "Diamond" (extended mix), Arista, 1986
  • "Winter Wonderland"/"Needles and Pins," 1989
  • Singles also released in other countries.
  • Audiobooks
  • Val McDermid, "Breathtaking Ignorance," More Whodunnits, PolyGramSpoken Word, 1995
  • WRITINGS
  • Nonfiction
  • (Some sources cite another author) Twiggy: How I Probably Just Came Along on a White Rabbit at the Right Time, and Met the Smile on the Face of theTiger, Hawthorne Books, 1968
  • (With Penelope Denning) Twiggy (also known as Twiggy: An Autobiography), Hart-Davis, 1975, reissued under title Twiggy in Black and White, Simon & Schuster, 1998
  • (With Angela Neustatter) Twiggy's Guide to Looking Good (also known as Open Look: Twiggy's Guide to Looking and Feeling Good), Robson Books, 1985
  • Also the author of Unlimited Twiggy. Twiggy's books have been published in other languages. Affiliated with the magazine Twiggy: Her Mod ModTeen World.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • American Decades, Gale, 1998
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Closer, October 26, 2002
    • Evening Standard Hot Tickets, February 4, 2000, p. 29
    • Good Housekeeping, October, 2002, pp. 162-64
    • Hello!, September 8, 2005
    • New York Times, June 7, 1999
    • OK!, March 23, 2004, pp. 120-23
    • S:2, November 30, 2003
    • Time Out New York, May 13, 1999
    • Top Model, July, 1997, pp. 78-81
    • TV Guide, October 2, 2005, p. 18
    • USA Today, July 25, 1991
    Electronic
    • Twiggy Lawson--The Official Site, http://www.twiggylawson.co.uk, December 8, 2005

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