Who Said There Can Only Be One Bacall? Not the Look's Lookalike, Model Nancy Grigor
People stop her on the street and ask if she is Lauren Bacall's daughter. "My bone structure is like hers and my eyes," says Nancy Grigor, a 30-year-old former airline stewardess who switched to modeling five years ago. "But not my mouth or nose."
No matter. Grigor is close enough to-capitalize on the resemblance at a time when Bogie's Baby seems to have captured the nation's fancy. Her memoir, Lauren Bacall By Myself, after 31 weeks on the national best-seller lists in hardcover, is now leading the New York Times paperback list.
Lookalike Grigor is kept busy in photographers' studios and on Seventh Avenue runways (at up to $1,000 a day) projecting the Bacall image for designers Halston, Oscar de la Renta and Albert Capraro. "Like Bacall in the '40s," says Bill Blass, "she is the epitome of the American model." Nancy has also turned up on TV plugging Timex watches, Foster Grant sunglasses and Schweppes Bitter Lemon. This month her commercial for Yves Saint Laurent jeans—in which she appears with a boa constrictor, a tiger and a leopard—begins airing nationally.
For Grigor, the New York fashion world is a long way from Edwardsville, the Pennsylvania mining town where she grew up the daughter of a coal miner and a housewife. When she was 5 she caught a scalp infection playing with a dog and was bald for two years. "I always felt so ugly and insecure about my looks," Nancy remembers. Her revenge was filming a 1977 hair commercial for Prell.
She flew seven years for Eastern Airlines, a career that nearly ended in 1969 after her DC-8 skirted a tornado near Puerto Rico. In the buffeting, she suffered a broken leg and a double fracture of the pelvis and was grounded for a year.
Eager to shed the Bacall image, Nancy appeared in a failed NBC pilot, The Three Wives of David Wheeler, and plans to fly to Paris this spring to work on a film. "Everyone says I look like Bacall," grins Grigor. "You know what? I think she looks like me."
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