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Lovely, petite British model, who initially trained as a ballet dancer.
Despite being only 4ft 11in, Newton was the most photographed and highly paid model of her time. She appeared on television and in the National Dairy Council advertisements as the “Drinka Pinta Milka Day” girl. In June 1955 she featured on the cover of Picture Post, with the inner pages offering a two-page colour souvenir.
Part of Newton’s appeal was that she looked so different to the other models of the time, with her turned-up nose and very distinctive blonde bob, long before Vidal Sassoon, Twiggy and Mary Quant made such a look fashionable.
She reached the very peak of her fame in 1955 when she added to her modelling work by appearing in two films – No Love For Judy (in the title role) and Laurence Harvey’s I Am A Camera (a bit part as a cigarette girl).
The year was also important for her marriage to David Barclay, who went on to become, with his brother, a billionaire - one half of the reclusive “Barclay brothers”.
Constant press interest in his wife (she was often followed by photographers) is said to be one of the reasons for David Barclay’s present-day aversion to the press. He was particularly horrified when it was suggested that their first son, Aidan, should be marketed as the first “milk baby”.
Zoe Newton retained her interest in show business for a while after her marriage. She was featured on the cover of Picturegoer Magazine in 1957, and is remembered for appearances in Kent Walton’s late 1950s television series Cool For Cats.
The arrival of two more sons, Howard and Duncan, finally persuaded her to give up modelling and by the very early 1960s her public career was over.
Given the Barclay brothers’ fondness for privacy, little has
been heard about the lovely Zoe in recent years.
This is a very fine vintage light blue album page (4.5" x 3"), nicely signed and dated (1955) in blue ink. In very good condition. RARE.