Cherry Marshall

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Cherry Marshall
Cherry Marshall.jpg
Marshall modelling for Susan Small
Born Irene Maud Pearson
25 July 1923
Christchurch, Dorset, England
Died 28 January 2006(2006-01-28) (aged 82)
Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England
Nationality British
Education Bournemouth School for Girls
Occupation Fashion model and agent, and non-fiction writer
Emanuel Litvinoff
(m. 1942; divorce 1970)
Children 3

Cherry Marshall (25 July 1923 – 28 January 2006) was an English fashion model and agent, and non-fiction writer. She was married to the poet Emanuel Litvinoff.

Early life

Marshall was born Irene Maud Pearson on 25 July 1923, at Girlsta Cottage, Jumpers Avenue, Christchurch, Dorset, the only daughter of Ernest Pearson, a sergeant in the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Catherine Margaret Pearson, née Baker, a photographer's assistant.[1] She was educated at Bournemouth School for Girls.[2]

In 1942, at the age of 19, she met Emanuel Litvinoff at a Catterick Camp dance and they married at a register office a few months later.[2] They had three children together[2] but divorced in 1970.[3]


At the age of 15, she left school to become the singer with a dance band, but could not remember the lyrics.[2] She then worked in a factory, then sat the civil service exams and went to work as a pay clerk at Chatham Dockyard.[1] With the start of the Second World War and the risk of bombing, she moved to Nottingham, where her father was stationed.[1]

In 1941, she worked as a fashion model for the first time, until at the age of 18 she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service as a dispatch rider and driver.[1]

She came up with the name Cherry Marshall based on "Cherry", her husband's nickname for her, and "Marshall" after the Marshall Plan.[1][2] She did modelling for department stores, Vogue magazine, and became the house model for Susan Small, the ready-to-wear clothing company, through which she became known as "Miss Susan Small" in the early 1950s.[1][4] Despite giving birth to three children she maintained her 22-inch waist and at one time held the record for London's smallest waist.[1][4]

Marshall became bored with modelling, and changed career to become Susan Small's public relations manager.[4] In 1954 she changed again, buying a modelling school and agency in London's Jermyn Street through which she became one of the most important modelling agents in London in the early 1960s. One of the models she discovered was Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.[1][4][5] The business became the Cherry Marshall Model Agency, and clients included Patti Boyd, Suzi Kendall, Anthea Redfern, Paulene Stone and Pat Booth.[3]

She also worked as a fashion journalist, firstly at the Sunday Express.[1] She ran the agency until 1976.[1]


In 1956, she published Fashion Modelling as a Career.[1] In 1978, her memoir The Cat-Walk came out, followed by Primetime Woman in 1986.[1]

Later life

In the 1990s, Marshall bought a house in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, and died there on 28 January 2006.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Baker, William. "Irene Maud Pearson [known as Cherry Marshall] (1923–2006)". ONDB. OUP. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Horwell, Veronica (23 March 2006). "Obituary: Cherry Marshall". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Cherry Marshall – Obituaries". The Stage. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Cherry Marshall". The Telegraph. 18 February 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  5. ^ Dyer, Clare (12 September 2003). "Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder in England". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2017.

External links

  • When Cherry Marshall Met Seignon: Making A Model and The Face Of Susan Small
  • Review of The Cat-Walk by Cherry Marshall
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