Cindy Crawford

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Birthday: February 20, 1966
Place of Birth: De Kalb, Illinois
Sign: Sun in Pisces, Moon in Pisces
Relations: Ex-husband: Richard Gere; companion: Val Kilmer


Cindy Crawford Biography:

Sixteen-year-old Cindy Crawford was spending her summers working in the corn fields when a photographer from a local newspaper saw her and took her picture. The photo showed a young girl of extraordinary beauty, and it generated enough positive feedback to convince her to quit her farm job and spend the summers modeling.

Cindy Crawford would go on to turn her beauty into a career as a multimillion-dollar commercial pitchwoman, television personality, fitness-video queen, and possible movie star. She then enrolled at Northwestern University to study chemical engineering on an academic scholarship. She made straight As through high school.

It only took Crawford one semester to see that modeling was a far more rewarding career than engineering, and she left school to model full-time for a Chicago photographer. In 1986, having made it big in Chicago, Cindy relocated to New York to try and start a career. Within two years of arriving, she had become an authentic supermodel and sexy celebrity, swaying down top runways, gracing top magazine covers, going to top parties, and earning big money.

In 1988, Crawford made the decision to become the first modern supermodel to pose for Playboy Magazine. Among those impressed by the photo layout were executives at MTV, who then hired her to host the network's fashion program, "House of Style", where she worked for six successful seasons.

Crawford then launched a best-selling series of swimsuit calendars when her photo shots for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue got axed from the final photo spread. She put at risk her commercial contracts by posing nude on thee cover of Vanity Fair with openly gay singer and songwriter K.D. Lang.

In the world of high fashion and modeling, Cindy Crawford remained the hottest of talent for ten years after beginning her modeling career. By 1995, Forbes reported that she was the world's highest paid super model, with annual earnings in the neighborhood of $10 million. The magazine accredited her continued financial success to her charm and her ability to sell her name and face for commercial endorsements on a scale similar to that of professional athletes.

Her company, Crawdaddy Inc., was earning the most of its fees from Pepsi, Kay Jewelers, and Revlon, which signed her to a multiyear, seven-figure contract. Before turning thirty, she had started to reposition herself for a post-modelling career. She stepped down from House of Style, relocated her office to Los Angeles, where she signed for her first feature film "Fair Game" (1995), with Salma Hayek, about a cop who protects an attorney from a renegade KGB team out to kill her. 

She then was hired for a cameo in the movie "54" (1998) about the famous 70's New York City Studio 54 nightclub seen and told through the eyes of a young employee. While her role was small, it gave her the chance to work with an all-star cast that included Ryan Phillippe, Mike Myers and Salma Hayek. She then had a starring role in the romantic comedy "The Simian Line" (2000) with Harry Connick Jr., about an eccentric palm reader who predicts that one of the couples attending an intimate dinner party will end their relationship before the year is over, sparking confusion and doubt amongst the guests.

Cindy Crawford turned actress has made numerous guest appearances on television sitcoms and talk shows including "MTV Music Awards", "Saturday Night Live", "Late Show with David Letterman", "Ellen", "The Howard Stern Show", "The Rosie O'Donnell Show", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The View", "Frasier", "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "According to Jim".

Her appeal extends into her personal life: she attracted the eye of actor Richard Gere, seventeen years older than her, and after dating for four years, they married in December 1991. Their quick Las Vegas ceremony, which featured wedding rings made of foil, cemented what appeared to be a perfect union, if not to all observers, then at least to People Magazine, which called the couple the Sexiest Couple Alive.

Three years later, and mere months after she and Gere took out a $30,000, full-page ad in the London Times that declared their love to be true and of the heterosexual variety, she filed for divorce. There had been rumors that Gere was gay for many years, the divorce announcement was a disappointment to the Hollywood tabloid press that once again went on the bandwagon speculating that he was gay.

Cindy Crawford has since rebounded romantically, wining and dining a series of high-profile companions, including actors Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer.


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