Sweater queen and home-shopping doyenne Jeanne Bice died on Friday at age 71. Bice was known for her Quacker Factory clothing line, which she sold on her QVC show of the same name, usually while wearing her trademark headband. There wasn’t an article of clothing in the world she couldn’t spruce up with a cascade of sequins, beads, fabric Christmas trees, and cartoon ducks. Her personality was often as colorful as her products, which led to her being often featured on E!’s The Soup.
QVC posted a eulogy on its website that reads, in part, “Jeanne chose to love. She loved what she did – creating Quacker Factory clothes, with ‘sparkle and shine’. Clothes that made people Happy. She loved QVC. Everything about it. She loved the people: the executives who ran it, and the production people who worked so hard to make every show perfect. She loved the famous stars who appeared there, and had to pinch herself when others considered her one.”