first impression upon meeting the 83 year old Zoe Mozert in
Mozert was born Apr. 27, 1906, in Colorado Springs,
1928 at the age of 21 she met a 17 year old hitchhiker named Louis D'Arcourt in
first big break occurred in 1933 where she submitted a pastel of her younger
sister Marcia to True Story Magazine. She was paid $75.00 for this one work.
Next she won a competition for a movie magazine cover, which featured Greta
Garbo. At this same time she changed her
name slightly, making Moser into Mozert and dropping
1938, at the age of 31, the golden girl has already painted over 400 covers for
movies magazines, and True Confessions.
She worked for several publishers, including Fawcett, Dell, Street & Smith
and King Features. Zoe also illustrated national campaigns for Wing, Raleigh and
Kool cigarettes, Mentholatum, Dr. Pepper and several beauty products.
The later illustrations featured beautiful, pouty girls, with "Those
lips you'd love to kiss"
1938 Zoe did numerous covers for American Weekly Magazine owned by William
Randolph Hearst. At one point nine of her
covers were on the newsstands simultaneously, a record that has never been
equaled. Then something unforeseen happened. Photographic
covers, from about the mid-1930s they began to dominate the media and within a
few years were in the forefront.
1941 Zoe was experimenting with pinups and studying the works of Gil Elvgren and
George Petty. Just a wisp of a girl,
under five feet tall, with a 22" waist, flashing blue eyes, and a madcap
personality, Zoe Mozert jumped, with both tiny feet, into the hitherto man's
world of the pin-up! She painted some
unclad cuties and sent one to Esquire's publisher David Smart. He then summoned
was to remain with B&B for more then 26 years. Doing such nudes as,
"Reaching For The Stars", "Bubbles", "Morning
Song", "Sun Goddess"; and girl heads such as... "The
Sweetest Flower", "My Dream Girl", "For You A Rose",
"American Beauty", and "Bewitching Eyes".
They were all successes, especially the nudes.
1942 WWII was in full swing and so was Zoe. Besides her calendar work, she
painted a series of saucy maids called Victory Girls which were printed Postcard
size) and made available to servicemen (know as V-Mail.)
Also at this time she met Don Kirkley (one of
1945 Howard Hughes commissioned Zoe to do the movie poster for
"Outlaw" staring Jane Russell. Zoe's
painting was splashed on billboards across the country.
Next Warner-Brothers contracted her to do Petty type pin-ups for the
movie "Never Say Goodbye" which starred Errol Flynn.
During the making of this film Flynn invited her for a swim at his house,
"It was one of the few regrets of my life that I didn't go" Zoe said
"We were kindred souls". The unused Esquire nudes of the past were
also used in this movie. First though Zoe
had to cover their unadorned curves with bathing suits. Throughout the late
1940s she continued to work on various projects in
late 1949 she met a young carpenter named Ray "Jeep" Osterman.
They were married. In December 1951 Zoe became pregnant though
miscarried. By the end of 1952 she was divorced.
asked about some of the pin-up artists she knew and/or worked with, Zoe made
these comments: GILLETTE ELVGREN: "I
just loved him! He was crazy and adorable and funny. The bad thing was that he
drank too much; which is what killed him. But he sure was the life of the
party!" EARL MORAN:
"He was a nice man and smart; look how he latched on to Marilyn
Monroe! We had some good times together at B&B conventions. I remember he
had a very young girl friend." TED
WITHERS: "He was 5'10" and just
delightful. A real charmer! Ted was from
female illustrator, living or dead, can compare to Zoe in output or longevity of
career. This is all the more impressive because she invaded, and conquered, a
territory once completely dominated by men! Those of her paintings produced for
B&B alone, have sold over 50,000,000 copies around the world.
Mozert the great lady of Pin-up art died
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