Encore Presentation – America’s First Supermodel Audrey Munson

Here’s an encore presentation from December 8, 2023 about Audrey Munson – America’s First Supermodel. Who is she? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report to discover a true-life Hollywood story that hasn’t been made into a movie. Yet.

Historian Christopher Carosa spins a tale of youth, beauty, and murder. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Born in Rochester, Audrey Munson achieved what today we would call a “supermodel.” She was the original jet-setter before jets (and barely planes) existed.  Listen and she finds herself discovered in New York City through her literally becoming the poster child at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, before ending at the top of the world in Hollywood.

In the second half of the show, Carosa tells of Munson’s slow then spectacular decline. [Warning: This portion of the show contains classical nudity.] After making history in Hollywood, a similar live performance in St. Louis ends in handcuffs, and things go downhill from there. When Audrey died in 1996 at the age of 105 (well, almost), we are left with one question: Why hasn’t Hollywood made a movie about Audrey’s life?

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a live audience member so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on StateOf.GreaterWesternNewYork.com because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

Theme music by “mansardian” courtesy of FreeSound.org under Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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