NYT: Barbara Stone of Swarthmore, Modeling Agent, Dies at 87

David Bjorkgren
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Barbara Stone in the 1970s as an agent for Stewart Models
Image via Julie Stone.
Barbara Stone, seen here in the 1970s.

Barbara Stone, a modeling agent who helped create successful careers for Cheryl Tiegs, Cybill Shepherd and a young Martha Stewart, has died at age 87, writes Penelope Green for The New York Times.

Stone helped run Stewart Models in the 1960s and ’70s. She made it the the No. 2 agency in New York.

 “I can look at a girl,” Ms. Stone once said, “and instinctively know that she has that quality.”

Stone was a former cheerleader and Swarthmore High graduate.

Ms. Stone was firm yet kind to the young models, many of whom were still in high school.

 “Barbara was our mother, our modeling mother,” said Martha Stewart, who was then Martha Kostyra, “Agents in those days were very proper.”

“She was no-nonsense,” said Bonnie Trompeter, who was 14 when she started modeling. “She ran a tight ship. We had to show up on time, with our hair done and our makeup on. There were no divas in those days.”

Barbara Sue Thorbahn was born Nov. 20, 1933. Her father was a newspaper reporter and editor. Her mother was a homemaker.

She married twice.

Ms. Stone left modeling in the mid-1970s. She started a production company that made short beauty spots for television, worked for Maybelline and was a real estate agent.

She published a literary journal, Hampton Shorts, from 1996 to 2003.

Read more at The New York Times about Barbara Stone.

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