Christie Brinkley Biography
Christie Brinkley is an American model as well as an actress. She came to known for her appearance with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers through 1981. She was also the face of CoverGirl for twenty-five years.
LIFE & CAREER
Christie was born on February 2, 1954, in Monroe, Michigan, United States. Her birth name is Christie Lee Hudson. She was born to Marjorie and Herbert Hudson. Her mother remarried to television writer Don Brinkley. She has a brother named Gregory Donald Brinkley. She attended the Paul Revere Junior High School. From 9th to 12th grade she attended the Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles. She graduated in 1973.
She was discovered by photographer Errol Sawyer in 1973. Her modelling pictures were taken by him and introduce her to John Casablancas of Elite Model Management agency. She then met fashion photographers Mike Reinhardt and Patrick Demarchelier. She was booked for three national ad campaigns. She appeared on the cover of Glamour. She also had a 25-year contract with cosmetics brand CoverGirl. She appeared on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Edition cover in 1979, 1980 and 1981. She was also featured in Sports Illustrated Calendar. She appeared in covers of Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, US, Rolling Stone, Glamor, Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
In 1983 she got her first role in the film Vacation. She also appeared in the documentary King of the Hamptons in 2011. She then appeared on NBC’s Mad About You. She also hosted Celebrity Weddings InStyle. In 1983 she appeared on the Today Show. She began her own television series Living in the 90’s—With Christie Brinkley in 1992. She also appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Specials. She promoted national Family Fitness Day with Dr. Carlon Colker in 2008. She wrote a book titled Christie Brinkley’s outdoor Beauty and Fitness Book in 1983. The book was about health and beauty tips. She released her own signature fragrance, Believe in 1998. She was voted as one of the 100 Sexiest Women by Playboy readers in 1998. In December 2012 she appeared in a guest role in comedy sitcom Parks and Recreation. She hosted Anderson Cooper Live in December 2012.
Talking about her personal life, she has married four times. She first got married to Jean-Francois Allaux in 1973. They ended their marriage in 1981. She then got married to musician Billy Joel in 1985. The couple together has a child named Alexa Ray Joel. They ended their marriage in 1994. She got married to Richard Taubman on December 22, 1994. The couple has a child named Jack Paris Taubman. In 1995 they ended their marriage. On September 21, 1996, she got married to Peter Halsey Cook. Peter is an architect. The couple has a child named Sailor Brinkley Cook. On October 3, 2008, they got divorced. On October 3, 2008, the divorce was officially finalized.
AskMen.com ranked her third in Top 10 Supermodels Of All Time. She was ranked at No. 16 as the 100 Hottest Women of All-Time by Men’s Health in 2011. In 2013 she ranked No. 1 on the list of 10 Hottest Hollywood Women In Their 50’s by Pop-topia.com. As of 2016, Christie Brinkley's net worth is $80 million dollars.