Model-Turned-Restaurateur Norma Jean Darden '61 Featured in The Moth's Harlem Week Celebration

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Norma Jean Darden ‘61, like many Sarah Lawrence alumni, is a “hyphenate” -- actor-writer-singer, dancer-mayor, doctor-teacher. Ms. Darden’s combo? High-fashion model turned restaurateur. She was one of eleven models in the famed “Battle of Versailles Fashion Show” in 1973 and appeared in Vogue, Harper Bazaar, and ESSENCE magazines, to name a few. Today, alongside her sister, Carole Darden-Lloyd ‘66, they own Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too and Miss Maude’s Spoonbread Too, which are cornerstones of the Harlem community, serving traditional southern cuisine and award-winning peach cobbler.

Earlier this year, Ms. Darden took the stage at The Moth’s HARLEM WEEK, which celebrates the stories, places, and storytellers of Harlem that define the borough.


About Sarah Lawrence College

Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, coeducational liberal arts college that consistently ranks among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country. Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, the historic campus is home to an intellectually curious and diverse community.