Barbara Stone, who as a top agent nurtured the professions of a host of high-profile products, which includes Cheryl Tiegs, Cybill Shepherd and a younger Martha Stewart, died on April 26 at a hospital in Roslyn, N.Y., on Long Island. She was 87.
Her daughter, Julie Stone, mentioned the lead to was congestive coronary heart failure.
It was the early 1960s, nevertheless the period of twin sets and pearls, of white gloves and white faces on the handles of publications like Seventeen, Glamour and Vogue, when Ms. Stone was employed by Stewart Cowley, a previous theatrical agent, to run his company, Stewart Types. A former cheerleader from Swarthmore, Pa., she would before long assistance make Stewart the No. 2 company in New York — the Avis to Eileen Ford’s Hertz, as Michael Gross, the author of “Model: The Unpleasant Small business of Attractive Ladies,” place it.
Ms. Stone experienced a sense for contemporary-confronted American blondes, however within just a decade Stewart Products had also scooped up Twiggy, the angular British gamine usually known as Lesley Hornby, and Veruschka, the towering German countess. She was rigorous about comportment and punctuality firm however type to her young rates, quite a few of whom were being continue to in significant school and a reassuring existence to their anxious moms and dads.
She typically managed her clients’ money, doling out a weekly allowance, as she did for Lucy Angle, a 16-year-previous model then regarded an American Twiggy — “the very same no-determine determine,” as Eugenia Sheppard, the manner columnist, wrote in 1967 — together with plane fare household to Washington to see her mom.