Former AP fashion editor Anderson dies at 91
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Associated Press fashion editor and foreign correspondent Nadeane Walker Anderson, who interviewed legendary designers including Coco Chanel and Christian Dior while working in Paris, has died in Texas. She was 91.
Anderson, who used her maiden name Nadeane Walker as her byline, died of natural causes Monday in Austin, her daughter Jane Fredrick said late Tuesday.
Born in Canton, Texas, Anderson first entered journalism as a staff writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after graduating from North Texas Teacher's College in 1942.
"Since they had so many reporters drafted, you know, I got an opportunity to do bigger stories, and I covered murder cases and all sorts of things and did very well in it," Anderson said in the 2009 interview. "They sent me to do a story on the Women's Army Corps, and of course I decided I wanted to join."
She enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and became a reporter with The Stars and Stripes newspaper's Paris Edition in 1945, according to an oral history she provided to the AP.
In 1946 she married AP correspondent Godfrey Anderson in Paris and joined the AP as the European fashion editor. She interviewed some of the biggest names in fashion at the time, including Chanel, Dior and Yves Lanvin — who even named a dress after her.