Sweet Life of an Olympic Doll

Nov. 11, 1968
Nov. 11, 1968

Table of Contents
Nov. 11, 1968

The Undefeated
Creepy Crew
Pro Basketball
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

Sweet Life of an Olympic Doll

She was always pretty, fragile and charming: a Dresden figurine performing tough school figures as though they were the easiest thing in the world. But the new Peggy Fleming, as these pictures show, is acquiring glamour—superstar, Hollywood-style glamour. After she won America's only gold medal at Grenoble, NBC signed her to a long-term contract for a reported $500,000. On November 24 the network will throw out "Bonanza" for an evening and launch its shining new star with an hour-long TV special. The ice spectaculars of the '30s that made Sonja Henie the Kewpie doll of the American public are ready for a new look in the '60s—with a brand-new doll on ice.

This is an article from the Nov. 11, 1968 issue

Moving toward the bright lights of TV, gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming is prettier than ever with a professional hairdo and makeup.

In rehearsal Gene Kelly, on hockey skates, sings "Peg o' My Heart."

Peggy is driven to the set at 5 a.m. in chauffeured limousine.

The heroine has a hero: fellow medalist Jean-Claude Killy.

In pursuit of stardom, Peggy, in sneakers and tights, attends modern-dance classes twice a week. As usual, she is at the top of her class.