Anne Anka interview, 2011 June 24
- US NNFIT SC.FITA.220.127.116.11.5.3
- 2011 June 24
Part of Academic Affairs records
In this interview, Anka reflects on her career as a professional model, working first in Paris and then the Unites States during the 1960s and early 1970s. Anka begins by discussing her heritage and family background, and her childhood in Egypt. Anka explains how she began modeling when she was 17 years old and recounts beginning her career as a model working in Paris with many notable 20th century fashion photographers. Anka discusses meeting Eileen Ford in Paris and how Ford took Anka under her wing once she moved to New York in 1959. Anka reflects on her experiences living with the Ford family and working as a Ford model, mentioning key bookers and agents who worked with her in New York. Anka discusses meeting, dating, and marrying singer Paul Anka, retiring in the early 1970s, and raising 5 daughters. Guided by Sicular, Anka reviews her portfolio and shares stories surrounding a few of her favorite photographs and photographers. Sicular makes a point of focusing on Anka’s composite card (13:50), explaining how in a pre-digital industry the card functioned as model’s primary means of promotion. At the end of the interview, Anka speaks on the phone with her former booker, Rusty Donovan Zeddis.