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Spielberg studio to produce film about Anniston women

Miss Macy

An undated file photo of Olma Macy Harwell, who ran a modeling school in Anniston from the 1950s to the 1980s. Harwell will be a subject in "Miss Macy," a feature film now in development. 

When Olma “Miss Macy” Harwell strode into Anniston’s Ritz Theatre in 1966 and met Trisha Mitchell Coburn, she wore a big pink hat, a pink dress, and held a pink pocketbook in her white-gloved hands. 

Minutes later — after she bought popcorn, drinks and candy from the 14-year-old, who lived at Norwood Homes with four siblings and her mother — Harwell used a pink measuring tape to check Coburn’s height. Harwell ran a modeling academy in town, she told Coburn, a Saks High School student who a few years later made a name for herself on fashion runways and magazine covers, modeling clothes for the likes of Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. Coburn was tall for her age; she ought to have her mother call and make arrangements to attend Macy’s Fashion School, Harwell told her — free of charge. 

Assistant Metro Editor Ben Nunnally: 256-235-3560. 

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