Elizabeth "Liz"Ann [Campbell Parks] Rollins-Moskowitz was born and raised in Westchester, New York. She is the the daughter of Elmer Simms Campbell, an American commercial artist best known as the cartoonist who signed his work, E. Simms Campbell. Her father was the first African-American cartoonist published in nationally-distributed, slick magazines, he created Esky, the familiar pop-eyed mascot of Esquire. Her family relocated to Switzerland in her early teens where she learned German, studied fashion and began her modelling career. Upon returning from Switzerland, she continued her career in modeling which included traveling across the U.S. as part of the Ebony Fashion Fair. It was while she was modeling that she met her first husband, noteably a modern day Renaissance Man, acclaimed photographer, musician, writer and film director, Gordon Parks. Parks became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography. Parks was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the "blaxploitation" genre. Liz traveled the world while married to and sometimes modeling for Parks. After living most of her life in New York, Liz relocated to Mill Valley, California in 2004 after marrying renowned, business journalist and author, Milton Moskowitz. Moskowitz was best known for his book, “The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America,” which was a best seller when it was published in 1984, and it laid the groundwork for similar lists, both by Mr. Moskowitz and by imitators around the world. He later worked for Reuters and Advertising Age, and for 15 years wrote a business column, “The Money Tree,” for The San Francisco Chronicle.
Later in life, Elizabeth began to actively pursue her own art as a watercolorist and is now happily grandmothering, book clubbing, and painting.
August 31st, 2021 | 47 mins 23 secs
california, e. simms campbell, ebony fashion fair, elizabeth rollins-moskowitz, glocal citizens podcast, gordon parks, leap transmedia, life magazine, milton moskowitz, model, new york, switzerland, watercolorist