Jinx Falkenburg, 84, one of America's highest-paid cover-girl models during World War II, and later, with husband Tex McCrary, a pioneer talk-show star on radio and television, died Wednesday in Manhasset, N.Y.
At one point in the 1950s, "Tex and Jinx," as they were known in virtually every American household, had two radio programs, a five-day-a-week television show and a syndicated column in The New York Herald Tribune. They were among the first to refine the format that came to be called the talk show.
Earlier, she had careers in the movies and modeling, beginning in 1935, and became one of the best-known faces in the United States.
Among her movies, most receiving poor reviews, were the 1940s Columbia Pictures' Sing for Your Supper, Sweetheart of the Fleet, Lucky Legs, Laugh Your Blues Away, She Has What It Takes, Two Senoritas From Chicago and Cover Girl.
During the war, she spent considerable time entertaining Allied troops, and in 1945 received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal for her work.
She met Tex McCrary when he interviewed her as a reporter for The Daily Mirror, and they were married in June 1945.
The next year, they pooled their considerable powers of persuasion and talked radio station WEAF in New York into giving them a show.
The couple separated in the 1980s, but remained friends.
Mr. McCrary died a month ago.