"Nina looked at me and basically told me I was too short and too heavy. But she could see I had the high cheekbones and a long neck, and something told her I might do all right. And since she had such a high regard for Roberts's instincts, she'd give me a try."
There was no denying the 5'7" Roscoe looked great in a swimsuit. After she had done a series of small jobs, Blanchard recommended her to SI swimsuit editor Jule Campbell. A few months later Roscoe was on the cover.
"My dad cleaned out every newsstand he could find and gave copies to all his friends," says Roscoe. She also became a celebrity in the skies. "The senior stewardess on our flight used to sneak behind me while I greeted passengers, hold the magazine over my head and go 'That's her' with her lips. I could have killed her."
The SI cover led to several modeling contracts, and in 1974 Roscoe quit her job as a flight attendant to become a full-time model. Over the next few years she traveled across the U.S. and Europe, once modeling fur coats in 110� heat in Palm Springs. On another occasion she suffered snow blindness after shooting a cigarette ad in the Alps. "I was never a superstar," says Roscoe, "but I am satisfied. If I didn't get a job, I didn't want to slit my wrists. It was an accident that I became a model, and I've never forgotten that."
By the early '80s, Roscoe's 10-year marriage had ended, and she was looking for a graceful transition from an insecure career. She had moved to Corona del Mar, where she knew the five former Club Med staffers who had started C'est Si Bon. "We became like family," says Roscoe, who has a "good, semiserious relationship" with Russell.
When she is not occupied at C'est Si Bon, she does about 30 modeling shoots a year. Modeling also gives her a chance to indulge the Roscoe most people don't know. "I'm not the same person in front of the camera," she says. "I just take an attitude that says, 'Hey, I've got it all.' I don't know where I picked that up."
Maybe from always having had more than she knows.