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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameHarry Sayles Conover

Mini Bio (1)

Harry Conover was born on August 29, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Harry Sayles Conover. He is known for his work on Cover Girl (1944), Appointment with Baby (1948) and Person to Person (1953). He was married to Candy Jones and Gloria Dalton. He died on July 21, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (2)

Candy Jones (4 July 1946 - 1959) ( divorced) ( 3 children)
Gloria Dalton (? - 1 June 1946) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

"Cover Girl" is a Conover trademark

Trivia (32)

Former model.
Founder and head of the Conover Model Agency.
[June 1946] Proposed to Candy Jones by long distance phone when she was in Portland, Oregon.
[July 4, 1946] Married one of his top models, Candy Jones, after she worked for him for five years. They wed in the Centenary United Church in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Reverand Norman Rawson officiated.
[1959] Sold his model agency.
Head of the Conover Television Agency.
His daughter Carole wrote his biography, "Cover Girls".
Of Irish descent.
Gave his models their unique names, such as Melody Johnson, Choo Choo Johnson, Jinx Falkenburg, Candy Jones, Dusty Anderson, Chili Williams, Kim Garrett, Dulcet Tone, Frosty Webb. According to Frosty Webb's (Constance Webb) memoir, Conover renamed his models as a ploy so that photographers can have an opportunity with the Conover models, among the hundreds of young women in other agencies, and strike up a conversation on how they recieved such a name; thus Conover models can fix oneself on the photographers' minds and be remembered or called on for future assignments. The ploy worked for the Conover models as they were frequently hired, and the agency became very successful.
Creator of the "Cover Girl" concept. His famous model agency was known for his "cover girls", models who appeared most often on the covers of leading magazines, newspapers, signboards, and advertisements. The term "Cover Girl" was condensed from the promotional "Conover Cover Girl" phrase.
His parents are Harry Sayles Conover and Mary Claire Byrnes.
By 1946, he ran one of the "Big Three" largest model agencies in the U.S. The other two agencies were John Robert Powers and Walter Thornton.
Lost his model agency license in 1959 after his models complained that he owed them $75,000 to $100,000 in fees.
He co-owned the Conover Model Agency with Gerald Ford in 1939. He met Ford when they were both models at John Robert Powers' agency. When Conover left Powers to start his own model agency, Ford was persuaded by model Phyllis Brown to invest $1,000 in Conover's new venture and become his silent business partner. The Conover Model Agency became one of the country's most successful model agencies, grossing millions a year.
His model agency also handled male models, teenagers, and children.
His model agency promoted the "well-scrubbed American girl" natural look.
Director, with then-wife Candy Jones, of the famed Conover Career Girl School in New York.
Died bankrupt.
Has two daughters with Gloria Dalton: Carole Ann and Christine Raven.
Was rated one of the country's best-dressed men in a poll conducted by the Fashion Foundation of America.
Stressed to his models that modeling is a short-term career and should be used only as a calling card or stepping stone to some other field - such as movies, the radio, or fashion promotion.
At age 12, he entered the Peekskill Military Academy.
Previous jobs include salesman, soap opera hero on the radio, and disc jockey.
His parents wanted him to become a priest.
Some of his models went on to become actresses in Hollywood like 'Constance Ford'Anita Colby, Joan Caulfield, Jinx Falkenburg, Dusty Anderson.
Chose models for their brains as well as their beauty. He called this type of intelligent model, "the college type". By 1941, more than 50 percent of the 250 models who worked for the Conover agency either were graduated from or attended college for at least two years. In December 1945, 41 Conover models were subjected to an Otis Intelligence Test and averaged a point score of 109.2, proving normal intelligence; eighteen girls had proved "superior" and two "very superior".
[January 9, 1946] Blasted fashion designers for wrecking women's health by negatively "making women look like matchsticks".
Has three sons with Candy Jones.
[1952] About 20 percent of his models hold beauty titles.
[c. 1969] His son, Christian, died at age 16 as the result of an injury received while playing basketball.
He introduced the star system into modeling by promoting individual girls and thinking up their unusual names that attracted public attention, which made his models more than just a pretty face.
Divorced Candy Jones in April 1959 in Mexico, but news of the divorce was announced publicly about a month later in May 1959 (according to Jones' lawyer in the Victoria Advocate newspaper dated 05/28/1959).

Personal Quotes (5)

[Speaking against fashion designers supporting the skinny model look (1946)]: "Present fashions are pointed toward making women look like matchsticks, thus ruining their health and dispositions. I tell my models to eat as much as they like. Returning servicemen want a good well-rounded bundle, not a matchstick."
[About his agency promoting the natural look (1941)]: "Over 75 percent of our appointments today are made for the well-scrubbed American girl business. This demands a new type of girl - one whom we call 'vitaluring.' Interestingly enough, she has the same type of personality and looks that has always been demanded of men models. Men have always had to look like Ralph, the boy next door. Today's girls must look like Ruth, Ralph's sister. This doesn't mean that they may not look sophisticated. But it must be a real sophistication, one that comes from within instead of one that is painted on."
Sixty-five percent of a model's success depends on her intelligence. The remaining 35 percent depends on her face and figure and her sense of rhythm.
Girls who are extremely good dancers usually make better models than those who dance badly. If a woman is a good dancer, that's fair proof that she has a sense of timing, of rhythm. Without a sense of timing, she's not likely to succeed in this business.
True beauty is best judged in everyday clothes and everyday settings. It takes more than a few minutes of watching a girl parade down a runway, too.

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