Modeling agency founder Helen Wells dies at 89

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Helen Wells, founder of the Indianapolis area’s best-known modeling and talent agency, died Thursday at age 89.
The Helen Wells Agency reported the death on its Facebook page, writing: “The loss is deeply felt by many, but Helen said many times over the years that she wanted to be remembered in celebration, not tears. In that spirit, wherever you are tonight, please take a moment to celebrate a truly beautiful woman.”

Helen Wells 15colHelen Wells started her agency in 1980.

Helen Wells, an Indiana University graduate and mother of five, started the business in 1980. It operates as a full-service talent agency and boasts a photography and video production studio at its offices at 10585 N. Meridian St. in Carmel.

The company’s client list includes many of the Indianapolis area’s top businesses, such as Eli Lilly and Co., Simon Property Group, the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts.

Hundreds of admirers posted words of remembrance on the company’s Facebook page.
“Sorry to see the loss of a truly remarkable person and legend,” wrote Todd Biberdorf. “Thanks for giving my 2 sons an opportunity to display their acting talents in several commercial ads.”
Grace Trahan, a former anchor at WRTV-TV Channel 6, added: “I am so sorry to hear this news. Helen was the epitome of grace and class. She may be gone, but her legacy will live on for years to come.”

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