Christie Brinkley

     
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Real Name: Christie Brinkley
Birthday: February 2, 1954
Place of Birth: Malibu
Education: Attended Le Lycée Français in Los Angeles
Relations: Currently single - Jean François Allaux (1973-1981), Billy Joel (1985-1994)

Children: Alexa Ray (Born 1986) Richard Taubman (1994-1995) Jack Paris (Born 1995)


 

Christie Brinkley Biography:

Christie Brinkley has appeared on over 500 magazine covers worldwide, and shines as an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist, environmentalist, and political activist. 

A Ford model for years, she has become the first model to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for three years in a row, and appeared on the  annual swimsuit issues and television specials for years to come. She was also the first model to be featured in the first ever Sports Illustrated calendar. She was featured in the 40'th Anniversary Issue’s Hall of Fame celebrating the most admired figures in SI's history.

During her career, Christie Brinkley has been involved in advertising campaigns for Chanel No 19, Prell, MasterCard, Breck, Diet Coke, Got Milk, Healthy Choice, Max Factor, Nissan Z, Noxema, Revlon, Clairol, Borghese Cosmetics, Danskin, Nu Skin, Yardley of London, Halston, Vogue Patterns, Gottex and more. She also signed a major contract with CoverGirl, the longest running cosmetics contract of any model in history. 

In 1987, Brinkley teamed with CoverGirl to create the video; “CoverGirl’s Guide to Make-up with Christie Brinkley.” Her line of prescription glasses and sunglasses, 'Perspectives', which she helps design is in its15th year with high worldwide sales.

Brinkley turned businesswomen, whose good looks helped start CoverGirl as one of the best-selling cosmetic brands in the United States recently returned to the family to start up a brand new division. Brinkley signed a multi-year contract to appear in national television and print advertisements to promote Advance Radiance Compact Foundation, her first campaign for the brand in almost 10 years. They gave the celebrity her first “big break” in modeling with a contract in 1976, the start of a 20-year partnership that marks the longest-running cosmetics contract of any model in history. As gorgeous as ever at age 52, Christie Brinkley is a likely choice to represent the brand again. With her vigorous Californian face, she symbolizes the brands strong tradition in both cosmetics and skincare.

Her shimmering, young-looking complexion has always been her trademark and she is finally going to let the world know what her secret is. Brinkley will be sharing her beauty secrets and diet tips for the whole family and her favorite exercises from her personal web site.

Christie is also a partner in Total Gym. More Total Gyms have been sold than any other piece of total body fitness equipment.  The product is sold worldwide by television infomercials and home shopping networks, retail stores, and the internet. The brand is celebrating its tenth year on television as the best selling piece of fitness equipment in the world. 

Christie has also used her skills and good looks to work beyond modeling. She made her acting debut in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase in the hit feature film “National Lampoon’s Vacation” just named one of the funniest movies of all time in the upcoming Bravo Special and appeared in the 1997 sequel, “Vegas Vacation.” She has also appeared in Billy Joel’s classic music videos “Uptown Girl” and “Keeping the Faith” and “All About SOUL” as well as Mick Jones’ music video “Just Wanna Hold.”

On television, Brinkley has appeared on NBC’s “Mad About You” with Helen Hunt, and hosted Lifetime Television’s “InStyle Celebrity Weddings,” which became the highest rated special in Lifetime’s history. Christie has also been featured in VH1’s “Pop Culture Icons” series. She has been the subject of many documentaries including the HBO program “Beautiful Baby, Beautiful, and the “E! Model Show” Lifetime’s “Intimate Portrait” and “Barbara Walters Oscar night special”. In 1992, Brinkley hosted a daily lifestyle program on CNN titled “Living in the 90’s with Christie Brinkley,” in which she scripted and filmed her own segments on health, style, travel, food and entertainment.


As a result of her different talents, Brinkley was able to put her skill and training to work. She painted the cover art for Billy Joel’s 1993 triple platinum album “River of Dreams,” which was met with glowing reviews. “Rolling Stone Magazine" awarded her the honor of best album cover of the year. An avid photographer, she was also Don King’s ring photographer for several major boxing events. Her work appeared in Ring Magazine, Photo, and Kodak’s Ampersand. Pinnacle baseball cards asked her to photograph the 1996 Baseball World Series championship teams--the Indians and Braves--for her own “Christie Brinkley Collection” of baseball trading cards. She is said to be the only photographer to get Albert Bell to crack a smile.

Her charity work is extensive. Christie Brinkley has been featured in numerous public service announcements benefiting children, the environment and breast cancer awareness. The March of Dimes honored her with their humanitarian award. The National Mothers Day committee awarded her “Mother of the Year” at a ceremony held in New York City. She has traveled to Washington to receive the “Merit Award” for her work with the USO. In addition to other honors, she received an award from Mothers Voices, was honored by The Make a Wish Foundation of New York, and Redbook Magazine recently named her one of “Americas Mothers and Shakers” for her involvement in STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation). The Women’s Division of Albert Einstein School of Medicine at Yeshiva University presented her with the Spirit of Achievement Award in 2003 for her charity work.

Brinkley is an active member and dedicated supporter and activist for many organizations including UNICEF’s Art and Entertainment Support Committee, Handgun Control, Ovarian Cancer, Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Cousteau Society, Southern Poverty Law, The Wilderness Society, Stop globalwarming.org.

Her activism reached a new level of commitment when she learned she was raising three kids in the cross-hairs of several nuclear reactors. Christie also learned that there was no evacuation plan in place for New York City and Long Island, where she works and lives.

Brinkley joined the Board of Directors of STAR, and became a spokeswoman, alerting parents to the dangers nuclear power plants have on our children, making appearances on numerous talk shows including “The View”, "Rachael Ray" and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” She made frequent trips to Washington to speak at the National Press Club and lobby for the support of politicians. She even made a well published appearance when she spoke before a Senate Sub committee Hearing on the Nuclear Industries negative effects on families living near reactors. She raised awareness as well as over $700,000.00 for STAR, and helped make nuclear security a top national priority.


As a result of her efforts, STAR was widely credited with being instrumental in securing the closure of the two reactors at the Brookhaven facility on Long Island! Her efforts were recognized in a large feature story in the August 2000 issue of George Magazine where she was commended for her passion and dedication in striving to protect the environment and the children across America from the harms of nuclear radiation.

In May 1999, Brinkley participated in a USO tour to Bosnia to entertain peacekeeping forces and visit the refugee camps. As a result of her visit with the refugees, Christie created a poster to sell and continues to donate all proceeds to Refugees International. In December 1999, she made a second official trip to The Balkans as a member of a select group that was chosen by the Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, where she was asked to greet United States Forward Deployed troops in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Italy.

On September 14, 2001, the USO called on Christie Brinkley to carry the message of gratitude this time to the hero’s right here at home…at a smoldering ground zero.

The multi-talented celebrity lives in New York with two of her three children, Sailor Lee, Jack Paris who recently made their screen debut starring with their mother and their horse Goodbar and their dog Maple in Cover Girls recent commercial. Her daughter (with Billy Joel) Alexa Ray, is a very talented singer songwriter and piano player currently on a national tour with her band.

Brinkley has recently been on news stands with a May 2006 cover and feature article in "Good Housekeeping". She was also chosen to be featured in People Magazines 100 Most Beautiful People issue with her daughters Alexa Ray and Sailor Lee.

 

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