Jinx Falkenburg
Model, actress, radio personality, columnist
Jinx Falkenburg
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.
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OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; The Cold War's Hot Kitchen
NYTimes - over 7 years
EXACTLY one-half century ago, one of the great confrontational moments of the cold war seized the world's attention: Nikita Khrushchev, bombastic anti-capitalist leader of the Soviet Union, and Richard Nixon, vice president of the United States with the reputation of a hard-line anti-communist, came to rhetorical grips in the model kitchen of the
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Schuyler G. Chapin, Stalwart Champion of the Arts in New York, Dies at 86
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Schuyler G. Chapin, the patrician New Yorker and impresario who glided through society and held a string of jobs in the arts -- including general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, cultural affairs commissioner of New York City and dean of the school of the arts at Columbia University -- died on Saturday. He was 86. His son Theodore said Mr. Chapin
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Schuyler Chapin, Champion of Arts in New York, Dies at 86
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Correction Appended Schuyler Chapin, the patrician New Yorker and white-shoe impresario who glided through society and a string of jobs in the arts -- including general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, cultural affairs commissioner of New York City and dean of the school of the arts at Columbia University -- died on Saturday. He was 86. His son
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A Common Currency for Online Fraud; Forgers of U.S. Postal Money Orders Grow in Numbers and Skill
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Fake checks have been the stock in trade of online fraud artists for years. Now authorities are noting a surge in schemes involving sophisticated counterfeiting of a different form of payment: United States postal money orders. And the fleecing of victims often begins in an e-mail in-box. In the last six months, the F.B.I. and postal inspectors
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Of Tex and Jinx
NYTimes - over 13 years
Jinx Falkenburg was a knockout the most beautiful cover girl, swimming and tennis star, and U.S.O. entertainer in the world of the 1940's. She lent Rita Hayworth her nightgown to pose for the sexiest picture of the era. Tex McCrary was a handsome and daring warrior-newsman -- an editor of Hearst's Daily Mirror who, as an Army Air Corps colonel, led
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Paid Notice: Deaths FALKENBURG, JINX
NYTimes - over 13 years
FALKENBURG -- Jinx. My golden girl forever. Love, Jim
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Paid Notice: Deaths MCCRARY, JINX FALKENBURG
NYTimes - over 13 years
McCRARY--Jinx Falkenburg. It is with profound sorrow that the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City note with deep sorrow the passing of Jinx Falkenberg McCrary, our longtime friend and a founding member of UCP/NYC. We extend our deepest sympathy to her sons, Michael, Kevin and John. Leo Hausman, Chairman, Martin Hausman,
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Jinx Falkenburg, Model, Actress, Pioneer Of Radio and TV Talk Shows, Dies at 84
NYTimes - over 13 years
Jinx Falkenburg, one of America's highest paid cover-girl models during World War II, and later, with her husband, Tex McCrary, a pioneer talk-show star on both radio and television, died on Wednesday in Manhasset, N.Y. She was 84 and lived in the nearby village of Mill Neck. She died at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, a Long Island
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jinx Falkenburg
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 84
    Falkenburg died in 2003 at the age of 84 at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset.
    More Details Hide Details For her contribution to the television industry, Falkenburg has a star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.
  • 1980
    Age 61
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1975
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She also was involved in charitable work and was on the board of the North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, which her husband was instrumental in getting built.
  • FORTIES
  • 1962
    Age 43
    In 1962, she and McCrary anchored 16 weeks of coverage of the Billy Graham Crusade for Christianity.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1960s, Falkenburg was a commercial spokesperson for the American Gas Association. She became vice-president of Marian Bialac Cosmetics, a company owned by Whitney. Her athletic prowess remained on display. She took up golf at the age of 40 and within a short time had a 12 handicap.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 39
    Falkenburg informally retired from broadcasting in 1958 and continued to live in Manhasset.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details She also was on assignment and appeared on camera in the historic finger-poking televised "kitchen debate" in Moscow between Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Safire maneuvered the two leaders into the kitchen of the model home, whose manufacturer was a client of McCrary's, for a public relations coup of the first order.
  • 1954
    Age 35
    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).
    More Details Hide Details She continued to serve on the finance committee and remained a lifelong Republican, occasionally lending her name to the party's causes. Falkenburg and McCrary had two sons, John Reagan "Paddy" McCrary III and Kevin Jock McCrary. Kevin appeared on the A&E reality TV show Hoarders (Season 4, Episode 12 Kevin/Mary). Kevin faced eviction from his apartment in March 2014 due to his continued hoarding.
  • 1952
    Age 33
    In 1952, McCrary spearheaded a campaign to get General Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president on the Republican ticket.
    More Details Hide Details A high point of that recruitment effort was a "Citizens for Eisenhower" rally at Madison Square Garden. Falkenburg and McCrary organized and hosted the three-hour event.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 29
    In the winter of 1948, Falkenburg traveled to Berlin, Germany, during the height of the Berlin Airlift, when the city was under blockade by the Russians and emergency supplies were being flown in by allied planes.
    More Details Hide Details She flew in with comedian Bob Hope and songwriter Irving Berlin to do highly publicized Christmas shows for airmen and occupation soldiers. McCrary and Falkenburg found their popularity growing, and at one point in the early 1950s they hosted two radio programs and a daily television show and wrote a column for the New York Herald Tribune. Some of their shows were broadcast from Peacock Alley in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Armed with tape recorder and microphone, Falkenburg often did interviews outside the studio. She covered many major stories of the day, including the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in London and the wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco.
    All the Falkenburg offspring became known for their tennis abilities; younger brother Bob won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details The family moved to Santiago, Chile, where she spent her early years. She first received media attention at age two when the New York Sun ran a full-page picture and story of her exploits as a "baby swimmer." A revolution in Chile caused the family to return to the United States and the family moved to Los Angeles, California.
  • 1947
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The program combined film and live interviews of celebrities in their residences. In May 1947, The Swift Home Service Club combined household tips with breezy interviews. Another radio show, Meet Tex and Jinx got such a big audience that in 1947 and 1948 it became a summer replacement for one of radio's most popular shows, Duffy's Tavern.
  • 1945
    Age 26
    In 1945 she was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal for her contributions.
    More Details Hide Details Backed by some of his well-connected friends like millionaire statesman Bernard Baruch, McCrary convinced David Sarnoff, the chairman of RCA which owned NBC, to give the couple a morning show on the network's New York radio station, WEAF. The show was called "Hi, Jinx" and first aired on April 22, 1946. Reviews ranged from "sprightly" to "rather intense discussions of foreign affairs." In a cover story about the couple, Newsweek wrote: "A soft-spoken, calculating Texan, Tex McCrary, inched up to the microphone and drawled 'Hi, Jinx.' A voice with all the foam substance of a bubble bath answered, 'Hello Tex.'" Over time they came to be known as "Mr. Brains and Mrs. Beauty." The McCrary's radio show was broadcast five mornings a week on New York radio station WEAF, and became a hit with critics and the public for tackling controversial issues like the A-Bomb, the United Nations and venereal disease along with talk about theatre openings and New York nightlife. Their guests would be a mix of popular entertainers such as Mary Martin, Ethel Waters and Esther Williams and public figures such as Bernard Baruch, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Truman, industrialist Igor Sikorsky and Indian statesman Krishna Menon.
    She married journalist and influential publicist Tex McCrary in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Known as "Tex and Jinx" to most American households, the glamorous couple pioneered and popularized the talk-show format, first on radio and then in the early days of television. They hosted a series of interview shows in the late 1940s and early 1950s that combined celebrity chit-chat with discussions of important topics of the day. Born to American parents in Barcelona, Spain, her father Eugene "Genie" Lincoln Falkenburg was an engineer for Westinghouse. Thinking the name would bring good luck, she was nicknamed Jinx by her mother Marguerite "Mickey" Crooks Falkenburg, an accomplished athlete and tennis player (Brazil women's champion in 1927), and the name stuck.
  • 1942
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the war Falkenburg traveled extensively on USO tours entertaining troops. The most arduous was a 42,000 mile 80-stop series of shows in the rugged China-Burma-India theatre of operations.
  • 1940
    Age 21
    Jolson wound up offering her a role in his upcoming Broadway show Hold On to Your Hats, that opened in January 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Though her part as a cowgirl was small, she stole the show. Fans started gathering nightly at her dressing room door at the Shubert Theater, forming the core of what would become a nationwide "Jinx Falkenburg Fan Club," the only national fan club not devoted to a movie star. But Hollywood did come calling again and in the early 1940s she did a dozen movies, mainly for Columbia Pictures, sometimes in the starring role. Mostly B-films, neither they nor her acting garnered much in the way of critical plaudits. Among them were Two Latins from Manhattan, Sweetheart of the Fleet, Laugh Your Blues Away, She Has What It Takes, Two Senoritas From Chicago, and Nine Girls. The biggest hit was Cover Girl, a musical about the modeling business that stars Rita Hayworth, with songs by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin. Falkenburg played herself in a cameo role.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details As the face for its marketing and advertising campaign, her image graced countless billboards across the U.S. and she was featured in promotional ads at every store that sold Rheingold. Her face and the campaign were an advertising executive's dream come true. Rheingold was suddenly the top brand in New York City. A year earlier she was in Hawaii posing for renowned photographer Edward Steichen for a series of ads for the Hawaiian Steamship Company's Matson Line, when she fell through a balcony at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and landed 30 feet below on a dining room table. While in the hospital recovering from her injuries, she was introduced to singer Al Jolson who was also convalescing there.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 18
    Calling her "the most charming, most vital personality I have ever had the pleasure to photograph", he took her picture for the August 1937 cover of The American Magazine, triggering similar offers from 60 other publications.
    More Details Hide Details Falkenburg eventually wound up on over 200 magazine covers and in some 1,500 commercial advertisements in the 1930s and 1940s. She was considered to be one of the most beautiful women of that era, known for her All-American girl athletic good looks. The New Yorker magazine said she "possessed one of the most photogenic faces and frames in the Western world." The New York World Telegram claimed her face was seen more often and in more places than any other woman in the country. And a headline story in the January 27, 1941 Life Magazine said Jinx Falkenburg "is the leading candidate for America's No. 1 Girl for 1941."
    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.
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  • 1935
    Age 16
    She attended Hollywood High School but left in 1935 at the age of 16 to pursue a career in acting and modeling.
    More Details Hide Details The Falkenburgs were at the center of a younger social set at the West Side Tennis Club, the watering hole for the Hollywood crowd. While playing tennis there, she caught the eye of a talent scout for Warner Bros. and was signed to a studio contract. After a few brief walk-ons, her fluency in Spanish won her minor roles in a series of forgettable Spanish-language films made for distribution in Latin America.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Age 0
    Born on January 21, 1919.
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