Karen Graham

Born 1945

Karen Ann Graham is an American model from the 1970s and the 1980s and a respected fly-fishing expert. For fifteen years, she was a spokesmodel for the cosmetics company Estee Lauder, Inc.

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1945 Birth Karen Graham was born in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1945. … Read More


1969 24 Years Old In 1969, however, her life was changed forever when she shopped at the Bonwit Teller store in Manhattan one day. … Read More
…  Graham first appeared in Vogue in 1970, and suddenly found herself in greater demand when Grace Mirabella replaced Vreeland as editor-in-chief.
1973 28 Years Old She was employed so frequently that by 1973, she became Estee Lauder's exclusive spokesmodel. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old Karen Graham inevitably gained attention from many men, including Delbert Coleman, a tycoon who ran the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was known for his controversial financial deals. He married Graham in 1974, but the marriage did not last long. … Read More


1981 36 Years Old Karen Graham was joined by model Shaun Casey in the Estee Lauder campaign in 1981, and for the next four years the Lauder company was thus represented by two spokesmodels.


1985 40 Years Old Graham quit in 1985, when she turned 40; as she told People magazine in 2000, she decided to leave modeling while she was still on top. … Read More
1993 48 Years Old Graham was happy to return to modeling for the campaign, which lasted for a few years, and Victor Skrebneski returned to shoot the print ads for the Lauder company after leaving in 1993. … Read More


1999 54 Years Old 1 More Event
As Graham remembered in a 1999 interview, she had started chatting with Mrs Ford on the stairs, and by the time they were outside, Mrs Ford handed Graham her card and suggested that she think about becoming a model.
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