The story of Eileen Ford is headed to television. Sony TV has optioned the rights to Robert Lacey’s upcoming biography of the outspoken and controversial woman who started as a model and went on to co-found the famous Ford Modeling Agency with her husband Jerry. The potential hourlong series will be written and executive produced by Mistresses creator KJ Steinberg.
Model Woman is described as a story of family, beauty, ambition, business and popular culture centered on Ford, portrayed as an uncompromising and tyrannically brilliant.
Ford’s keen eye for talent and her shrewd entrepreneurial instincts turned the business of modeling into one of the most glamorous and desired professions, and turned many of her stable of beauties — Suzy Parker, Lauren Hutton, Rene Russo, Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, Naomi Campbell — into millionaire superstars. Many of these women also became part of the Ford family household as Eileen took them into her New York brownstone when they were still teens and nurtured them alongside her own four children.
Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin serves as executive producer alongside Steinberg. Lacey, whose previous books include Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II And The House of Windsor, might also executive produce.