Carmen Dell’Orefice - (FROM ZESTNOW)
Carmen Dell’Orefice is one of the world’s oldest working models. At 81, she still walks the catwalk and has set the bar for aging gracefully. She signed her first modeling contract with Vogue magazine in 1946 at the age of 15.
- During her career she worked with the most famous fashion photographers of the era including Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo, Norman Parkinson, and Richard Avedon.
While she was no longer poor and has had an interesting life, it was not been an easy one in many respects. In 1958 she met photographer Richard Heimann and married him six months later. She decided to retire and he promptly left her. Her third marriage to a young architect, Richard Kaplan, in the mid-1960s lasted nine years. In the late 1980s, Carmen was engaged to television talk-show host David Susskind. He died before they were married.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s she lost most of her money in the stock market. Then in 1994, with what little money she had left, and with money from boyfriend, Norman Levy, she invested with Bernie Madoff. For twelve years, Ruth and Bernie Madoff and Carmen and Norman Levy were a “foursome”, traveling and partying together on lavish yachts. Levy died in 2005 at 93. Madoff was the executor of his will, which had $244 million in assets. Madoff apparently used this money to lure in about 13,500 individuals and charities to his firm. Carmen contined to be friends with the Madoffs.
In June, 2011, a friend telephoned Carmen to tell her she had been swindled by the now infamous Madoff. Carmen said, “For the second time in my life, I’ve lost all of my life savings
- Supermodels put on a brave face as they grow older with style (guardian.co.uk)