Bill Adrian's Book Recalls His Long Career as Teen Modeling Agent
More than six decades into a fascinating career that just won't quit, the world's oldest modeling agent Bill Adrian has written his memoirs. Entitled By Invitation Only: Sixty Years of Successful Teen Modeling, the completed book is currently being reviewed for publication.
In the near future, Bill's memoir will be available for pre-ordering on this page, so please keep checking back. Meanwhile, the press release below provides a tantalizing look at his life:
William Adrian Memoir Ready for Publication January 3
Pasadena, CA (December 16, 2010) - "Man with a Thousand Daughters" is just one of the many tributes offered to William Adrian, energetic founder and manager of the William Adrian Teen Modeling Agency, America's oldest, based in Pasadena, California since 1946.
Over a remarkable 64-year career, Bill Adrian's wholesome teen graduates have graced some 500 magazine covers ranging from Pageant and Life magazines to Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen. He has trained 400 Rose parade participants, supplied award-winning Kodak girls for national advertising campaigns and worked with a bevy of talent that involved the early careers of Cheryl Tiegs, Linda Gray and Barbie Benton. Along the away he grew up with the television advertising industry in the Southland of California, interviewed on 100 TV shows and rubbing shoulders with such perennial stars as Betty White and Regis Philbin and helping judge the first Miss Universe contest.
In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games the Adrian agency supplied so many bright and sparkling teen placard bearers (46) that producer and presiding genius David L. Wolper waived precedent and offered the Adrian agency a unique credit in the official Olympic program. Yet as recently as 2010 the publicity director of the 2010 Rose Parade praised the four Adrian girl models as "the sweetest and most wonderful ladies to work with-true professionals."
Starting from humble but solid family beginnings in Syracuse, New York, Bill Adrian suffered a debilitating war-time injury that only made him more determined to come west in 1946 and follow his dream of being an actor. A part in the film "They Were Expendable (1945)" starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford had fueled his Hollywood ambitions. Asked to supply teen talent for a USC event he soon discovered an ability to discern and develop the star power lying dormant inside Southern California's fresh and wholesome young teens. "Bill has never given up on the all-American girl," says one of his graduates. Popular culture impresario Charles Adrian praised him as "one of my heroes." He has been interviewed by both PBS and the syndicated "Biography" series.
As well as interacting with some of the legends of popular culture from Marilyn Monroe to Kim Novak, Bill Adrian has been a community man active for 36 years in the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past-president of the San Gabriel Valley Advertising Club. Here is an uplifting story of old-fashioned entrepreneurship and creative resilience in pursuit of the American Dream at a time when some fear its passing.
This 250 page double-spaced manuscript tentatively titled "By Invitation Only: Sixty Years of Successful Teen Modeling" is available for perusal on January 3, 2011. For information contact Bill Adrian directly at (626) 795-2560 or Neil Earle at (626) 256-4919, or Neil.Earle@gci.org.