Jinx Falkenburg

Model + Actress + Radio Personality + Columnist
Born Jan 21, 1919

Eugenia Lincoln "Jinx" Falkenburg was an actress, expert swimmer and tennis star, and one of the highest-paid and most ubiquitous cover-girl models in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s, one of the first supermodels. She married journalist and influential publicist Tex McCrary in 1945.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on January 21, 1919.


1935 16 Years Old She attended Hollywood High School but left in 1935 at the age of 16 to pursue a career in acting and modeling. … Read More
1937 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1937 her modeling career took off when she met celebrity fashion photographer Paul Hesse, whose Sunset Strip studio was a gathering place for advertising moguls and motion picture industry celebrities.


1940 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Her biggest breakthrough as a model came in 1940 when she was picked by New York-based Liebmann Brewery, maker of Rheingold Beer, to be the first "Miss Rheingold." … Read More
1942 23 Years Old …  They were about to be engaged in 1942 but World War II intervened and, after a globe-trotting romance during the hostilities, they married on June 15, 1945, in a civil ceremony conducted by New York Supreme Court Judge Ferdinand Pecora, famous for investigating the 1929 stock market crash and its aftermath. … Read More
1945 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She married journalist and influential publicist Tex McCrary in 1945. … Read More
1947 28 Years Old In January 1947, McCrary and Falkenburg had their first network TV show, Bristol-Myers Tele-Varieties, also known as Jinx and Tex at Home, broadcast Sunday nights on NBC. … Read More
1948 29 Years Old 1 More Event
All the Falkenburg offspring became known for their tennis abilities; younger brother Bob won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon in 1948. … Read More


1952 33 Years Old In 1952, McCrary spearheaded a campaign to get General Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president on the Republican ticket. … Read More
1954 35 Years Old At the behest of John Hay Whitney, finance chairman for the Republican Party, Falkenburg became head of the women's division of the finance committee in 1954. (McCrary was a wartime buddy and neighbor of Whitney—he and Jinx lived in a house on Whitney's Greentree Estate in Manhasset, Long Island). … Read More
1958 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958, she was the only female reporter on the press plane that accompanied then Vice President Richard Nixon on his trip to South America where he encountered rock throwing crowds in Venezuela. … Read More


1962 43 Years Old In 1962, she and McCrary anchored 16 weeks of coverage of the Billy Graham Crusade for Christianity. … Read More


1975 56 Years Old In 1975, at the age of 56, she was part of a celebrity team that played a pre-opening tennis match at Forest Hills before the start of the U.S. Open. … Read More


1980 61 Years Old In 1980, McCrary and Falkenburg separated but never divorced and remained friends. McCrary died at 92 on July 29, 2003, less than one month before Jinx.
2003 85 Years Old Falkenburg died in 2003 at the age of 84 at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset. … Read More
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