Mimi Rogers Weddell (Mimi Weddell)

Mimi Rogers Weddell

Actress,  Model. She was remarkable for not having started her full-time career until after age 65. Weddell was the wife of a recording executive and art gallery salesman who spent most of her life concentrating on family obligations.  During the 1940s she had been an assistant to the “New York Times” fashion editor, and over the years she was a part time secretary, copywriter, print model, and off-Broadway actress. Following her husband’s death in 1981, Weddell felt free to pursue her ambitions. With her fashion sense, trademark cigarette holder and hats, perfect diction, and eccentric style, she became a noted presence at casting calls for movies, television, and advertising. Her silver screen debut came with the 1980 “Last Rites”, and was followed with roles in “The Purple Rose of Cairo”, “Hutch, and others. Weddell appeared frequently on the television series “Law & Order”, and had a recurring part as Standford’s grandmother on “Sex and the City”. As a model, she was a regular in advertisments for Burberry, Nike, and Louis Vuitton, as well as other companies. She simply never quit, continuing dancing lessons and gym workouts into her 90s, and showing up at casting calls until shortly before her demise.  Weddell was named by “New York Magazine” as one of the Most Beautiful New Yorkers of 2005, and was the subject of the 2008 documentary “Hats Off”. The film, which took ten years to make, has proven an inspiration to other “senior citizens” who still harbor dreams and ambitions. She died after a short illness. Of her passion for hats (she had around 150), she said: “The only thing romantic left in life is a hat”. (bio by: Bob Hufford)

Born

  • February, 15, 1915
  • USA

Died

  • September, 09, 2009
  • USA

Cemetery

  • Green-Wood Cemetery
  • USA

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