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Model Behavior: The Life of Liz Pringle

Blessed with extraordinary good looks and a steely determination, Liz Pringle is undeniably one of the most iconic women of all times. As an ode to the mother of Caribbean glamour, we’re sharing some interesting facts about the late co- founder of Round Hill:

  • Isobel Ann Benn was born on April 15 1929 in Toronto. She had an older brother and sister.
  • When her father who worked for an insurance company lost his job during The Depression of the 1940s, Liz began working at an early age to help support her struggling family.
  • At the age of 14, she was offered a starring role in the film National Velvet – based on Enid Bagnold’s novel. She turned it down, reasoning that she would make more money modelling. This film later premiered with a star- studded cast including Mickey RooneyElizabeth Taylor and Donald Crisp 
  • At age 18, Liz was signed by Eileen and Gerard Ford of the Ford Modelling Agency based in New York City.
  • With a unique look and charismatic personality, Liz become one of the most celebrated fashion models of her time, appearing on the covers of the most famous fashion magazines  such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
  • Liz met John Pringle at the airport when she visited Jamaica for a fashion shoot. They got married shortly after.
  • Young and married in New York, Liz continued with her modelling career while John opened a fashionable menswear shop.
  • After three years in New York City, the Pringle’s returned to Jamaica where they began developing Round Hill Hotel.
  • Liz promoted Round Hill and Jamaica by undertaking modelling shoots exclusively in Jamaica.
  • After moving to Kingston in 1962, Liz became a celebrated philanthropist involved with many local cultural projects and charities in Jamaica.
  • Enjoyed interior designing and enjoyed entertaining her wide circle of friends.

Liz & John Pringle with American film actress, Shirley Booth

Under the aegis of John and Liz Pringle, Round Hill became the island choice for the biggest celebrities of the 1950s, many of whom became personal friends. The guest list included names such as Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Paul Newman, Alfred Hitchcock, Errol Flynn, Leonard Bernstein, Grace Kelly, Cole Porter, John and Jackie Kennedy and Princess Margaret.

Liz Pringle on a terrace overlooking the ocean at the Round Hill (Vogue, 1954)

The picture perfect destination continues to welcome jetsetters and A- list personalities including Gabrielle Union, Heidi Klum, Eve, Michelle Williams and more. 

Learn more about the history and legacy of Round Hill here.