Agneta Marianne Frieberg (2 June 1945 – 10 May 1971) was a Swedish fashion, commercial, and runway model and activist who was known during the 1960s and early 70s. She was signed to Ford Models in America. Frieberg appeared on more than 100 magazine covers. During her lifetime she had also modeled for a number of different brands including Catalina Swimwear and Clairol. Frieberg died from falling out a French hotel in Paris on 10 May 1971. Her death was subject to much publicity and controversy.
Life and career
1945–59: Early life
Frieberg was born on 2 June 1945 in Sweden. While in her teenage years, Agneta and her family moved from Sweden to Marin County, California. Frieberg's mother, Cecilia Frieberg, was a Montessori school teacher and her father, Bengt O. Frieberg, was a businessman and inventor. Agneta was the oldest of four children.
1960–69: Move to America and modeling career
In 1959, Frieberg and her parents along with brother, Magnus, and sister, Marianne, moved to California from their native country Sweden. They had taken a vacation the following year in 1960 to New York City. While walking around New York, Frieberg had caught the attention of Ford Models owner and modeling agent Eileen Ford. Ford quickly approached Frieberg and discussed her want to sign Frieberg to her agency. Frieberg was granted permission from her parents and was able to sign to Ford soon after. Her career started shortly after she gone home.
Frieberg had dated painter Jack Youngerman. After dating Jack for several years, they broke up due to unknown reasons.
In the mid-1960s, Frieberg appeared on the bottle of Clairol's product "Great Body". Frieberg also appeared in several advertisements, commercials, and merchandise for the Great Body conditioner. In February 1966, in an issue of the magazine Glamour, the editors described Frieberg along with nineteen other models as a "supermodel", also adding that Frieberg was "Innocent, tall, and fresh." That same year, Frieberg was the cover model for Glamour's Beauty Book. Later in 1966, Frieberg appeared in the famous Ormond Gigli photo of the sixties' top Ford models. In 1968, Frieberg was featured in her agent and Ford Models founder Eileen Ford's first book, Eileen Ford's Book of Model Beauty.She appeared on an episode of the television show The Man from U.N.C.L.E..
Frieberg briefly appeared in her boyfriend Louis Faurer's documentary Time Capsule, which captured Time Square and other parts of New York City over a span of several years. The film was recently rediscovered after being lost in Faurer's archives. The film is currently being shown in a show at Milwaukee Museum in New York City.
1970–71: Final years
Frieberg briefly dated famous pop art Artist Andy Warhol who made her the subject of several of his photographs. Frieberg briefly dated rock musician and guitarist Jimi Hendrix from rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Frieberg has appeared on the cover of many magazines including Glamour (July 1964, March and June 1965, and December 1967), Mademoiselle (April, May, July, September, and December 1964, May and February 1967, May 1968, October 1969), McCall's (January 1963), Good Housekeeping (April and September 1965,February 1967), HairDo (May 1965), Ingenue (August 1965), RedBook (February 1966), and Elle (April 1966).
In 1971, at the young age of twenty-five, Frieberg died in Paris, France. Frieberg was staying in a hotel on the top floor, when she fell out of the window. Frieberg lingered in The American Hospital of Paris for ten days until eventually dying on 10 May 1971, which happened to be Mother's Day.
There were various speculations that Frieberg had been pushed instead of falling. The autopsy that was conducted at the time had showed that Frieberg had no drugs or alcohol in her system at the time of her death. American author Michael Gross wrote false claims about Frieberg in his book Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women where he referred to her as a German model who died while on drugs.
During Frieberg's life, she used to commute between California and New York. Frieberg maintained close friendships with fellow Ford model Ulla Jones, actress Jane Fonda, and model Cheryl Tiegs. In Frieberg's spare time, she sang and played guitar and piano. Frieberg was a frequent reader, reading between shots, her favourite author being American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway.