Model-turned-actress SUZY PARKER - one of the most recognisable faces of the 1950s and a forerunner of the supermodel - has died at the age of 69.

Parker - known in later life as SUZY PARKER DILLMAN - died on Saturday night (03MAY03) at her home in Montecito, California, according to her stepdaughter.

Famous for her full, red hair and beautiful bone structure, Parker was the signature face for designer COCO CHANEL.

In 1957, Parker made her Hollywood debut in the musical FUNNY FACE, alongside Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.

Parker's other film credits include KISS THEM FOR ME, opposite Cary Grant, and TEN NORTH FREDERICK, starring Gary Cooper. She also appeared in television series like THE TWILIGHT ZONE and Tarzan.

Longtime friend NANCY FAILING says, "She'd led the glamorous life and she was ready to draw in her horns."

05/05/2003 21:02