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Wilhelmina Cooper (May 1, 1939 – March 1, 1980) was a model who began with Ford Models and, at the peak of her success, founded her own agency, Wilhelmina Models, in New York City in 1967.
Born Wilhelmina Behmenburg in Culemborg, the Netherlands, she was known professionally simply as "Wilhelmina," or "Willy" to intimates. She moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1954. She became one of the most famous models of the 1950s and 1960s. During her career as a model she was on the cover of 255 magazines.
Cooper was portrayed by Faye Dunaway in the 1998 movie "Gia", which tells the story of Gia Carangi, a model who was discovered by Cooper and later died of AIDS.
In the picture above, that's Gia Carangi on the right. Wilhelmina was only forty years old when she died of lung cancer in Connecticut.....