Have peace in knowing your mom was a true, original pioneer. My dad, Mort Weldon, knew Eileen for many years and booked many of her models in his work as a commercial photographer (E. 40th St. and Washington Sq. studios). It is truly the end of a (better) era!
This is a favorite from “The Book of Model Beauty” :
(Need a chair) :
For the thighs :::> rocking back and forth, then kick
One evening (1978), my mother took out a chair and began emulating me.
Out of all the many exercises, she chose that one!
It was then I realized I'd made ‘Eileen Ford' a household name.
For the first time, I learned the hands and feet can be exercised, too.
She's was right- it's never too late to be more beautiful.
I believe the FORD spirit will forever live on in top models around the world.
I am so sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort at this difficult time in the encouraging words found at 1 Cor. 15:26.
Eileen was my true mentor and dear friend in the fashion business I learned so much from her and have wonderful memories of times with her and Jerry and my husband Kevin- now all are gone. I feel incredibly blessed to have known her in my life. My condolences to her lovely family.
Condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Jamie, Katie, Billy and Lacey ,
I am sending these condolences on behalf of my mother, Lucille (Chase) Lewis, who was 1 of Eileen's original 7 models that started the Ford agency. Mom retired in 1953 to raise a family but she and Eileen stayed in touch through the years. Their last visit together was in May 2008 at your parent's estate in NJ. It was a wonderful reunion for the two of them plus your father and mine.
I have read many of the delightful letters your mother sent to my parents through the years. I plan to keep them along with a collection of my mother's modeling ads. Mom was a favorite of Bergdorf Goodman ads in addition to her cover shots.
Your mother's passing is truly the end of an era, not only for the fashion industry but for our family as well. However, we are comforted by knowing that our fathers were there to welcome her.
Sincerely, Chrissie (Lewis)
THANKyou for all you have giving us in life. Condolences to the family.
To Eileen, My Beauty Godmother:
I was 26 in 1978 when I purchased “The Model Handbook”. Over the decades I used the book religiously. It actually became my ‘beauty bible'. As I improved in looks, I dubbed Mrs. Ford as my ‘beauty godmother‘. Even as a 60+ year old. With the face/neck exercises, I've never needed surgery. - The complements keep coming!!!
I once introduced these techniques to the late Rev. Ike in 1987. Within a month, his neck was gorgeous- he made sure I saw it.
I attended a 45th high school reunion last June, when a classmate remarked: “You have the least wrinkles than anybody here”.
Having a knowledgeable woman as a mentor in self-care means a lot to me. I am so sorry I did not meet her in person, but now in spirit, she's more able to guide me in physically looking my best
My deepest sympathies to the Ford family. I'm so sorry for your loss. What an extraordinary lady. May our kind and loving Father in Heaven heal your broken hearts as time passes and may the memories of your loved one be a source of comfort. (Psalm 147:3)
Draw close to God during this time of sorrow.
Dear Ford Family my condolences's to the Ford Family.my name is Faith tobin and I heard this 7-11.she'll surely be missed.luv,Faith
So sorry for the loss of this woman who helped shine such a spotlight on the modeling profession. May the family cherish the memories and draw close to God at this difficult time.
My sincere condolences to Mrs. Eileen Ford's family. May she rest in peace in God's House.
What a wonderful legacy you left for your family. While there was plenty of glamor you worked hard. The best gift you gave your children though was seeing the love you and Jerry shared for each other. Thank you for the memories I will hold forever of the times we spent together and the lessons you taught me. Arlene Wilson
My sincere condolence to the family and dear friends of Eileen Ford. May your cherished memories and the drawing close to God be a comfort for you.
With heartfelt condolences I express my sorrow for the loss of a legend. Shaping lives and helping natural beauties embrace principles that make them success stories is no easy feat. Many should be eternally grateful to Mrs. Ford for doing just that. May the God of all comfort grant the Ford family comfort, peace, and pleasant memories during this difficult time.
Mrs Ford was a classy woman. She was smart and a very humble person. She was a good role model for all women. She knew herself well and stayed true to who she was. May the peace of Christ be with her family and friends.
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
You were and are my friend and mentor. I will miss our Palm Spring trips and dinners, conversations and all those wonderful people gravitated to you
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE,PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO THE FORD FAMILY,FRIENDS,&ALL WHO KNEW MRS. FORD.
To the Family, Please accept my condolences of the loss of your mother. Let prayer and your loving memories sustain you at this time.
Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends. May God be your stronghold for he is aware of those who seek refuge in him.
My condolences to the Ford family on the death of Eileen.
May you be comforted by the hope of seeing Eileen again in a paradise on earth.
My heartfelt condolences to the Ford family. May our loving heavenly Father and God of tender mercies comfort and soothe you during this difficult time. (Psalms 94:19)
Dear Ford Family, I met my Husband Jmaes V Hart of 40 years, in Eileen's office in May 1971 …. I have always thanked, Eileen, Jerry and Gene for that magic moment .. our son jake (1979) and our daughter julia (1982 and Spence School Class of 2000) are not only part of what Fords gave to my life … but now also our first grandchild 5 week old Arthur ….. I had the joy of spending time with Eileen a few years back, at one of our "old" Model lunches and she was still a bright Light … with love and only Happy Thoughts Judy "Nugent" hart
Katie and Lacey,
My heartfelt sorrow at this exceptionally sad news. Eileen was such an original. I feel so lucky to have worked for her. She was one tough cookie and I loved it. I am often surprised how few women are in charge even today, but your mother was an original, unapologetic trailblazer way back when.
May your most favorite memories buoy your spirit at this very sad time.
To Lacey, My condolences. I attended Fleming Florence with you and have lost my mom so I know the feeling.