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December 11 1927 ~ Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba is born
On this day, American model Dovima was born. She was the first model to use a single name. The name Dovima is composed of the first two letters of her three given names.
Dovima was discovered on a sidewalk in New York by an editor at Vogue, and had a photo shoot with Irving Penn the following day. She worked closely with Richard Avedon, whose photograph of her in a floor-length black evening gown with circus elephants taken at the Cirque d'hiver, Paris, in August 1955, has become an icon and sold for $1,151,976 in 2010. The gown was the first evening dress designed for Christian Dior by his new assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent. Dovima was reputed to be the highest-paid model of her time; she commanded $60 per hour when most of the top models were receiving anything up to $25 per hour. She became known as the Dollar-a-Minute Girl.
She had a minor role as an aristocratic-looking, but empty-headed, fashion model with a Jackson Heights whine: Marion in Funny Face (Paramount, 1957).
When her marriage ended in divorce, causing her to become penniless, Dovima tried acting, then attempted working as an agent during the 1960s. Eventually, by the 1970s, she found herself moving in with her parents and was working as a hostess in The Two Guys Pizza by the 1980s.