Christie Brinkley has the charisma, the face, and of course the body that have put her on a high pedestal in the fashion world. Brinkley had her stunning face and body on CoverGirl magazine for 25 years. She is not only a model but also an actress and a successful businesswoman. Christie has a strong commitment to human and animal rights, and her story, which is full of challenges and hurdles overcome, has become an inspiration to women in business and entertainment. There is so much to learn from the life of this versatile figure, and here we have collected some lesser-known facts about Christie Brinkley.
Christie Brinkley’s Bio, Age
She was born Christine Lee Hudson on February 2, 1954, in Monroe Michigan as the daughter of her parents, Marjorie and Herbert Hudson. Her last name was later changed to Brinkley after her mother married a second husband, the television writer Donald Brinkley, in Los Angeles. Her mother had met the writer when they moved to the city. Brinkley attended Paul Revere Junior High School and also attended the Lycée Français de Los Angeles. She then went to Paris to take an art course after high school.
Christie Brinkley had glitz and glamour written all over her, and it was not long before she was discovered in Paris by Errol Sawyer, an American photographer. After photographing her, Sawyer introduced her to John Casablanca’s elite model management in the capital. From there she was introduced to Eileen Ford, the founder of one of the most renowned model agencies, Ford Models. These established contacts provided Brinkley with her first advertising campaigns in California.
Her appearances in the campaigns attracted a lot of attention from show business stakeholders, and Brinkley subsequently signed a contract with CoverGirl. Brinkley’s 25-year contract with the brand became the longest modeling contract in history. She also appeared on the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and on the Sports Illustrated calendar. During her active career, Christie’s face appeared on the covers of over 500 magazines, including the prestigious Vogue, Rolling Stonne, Esquire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and many others. She also tested her actress skills by playing a role opposite Chevy Chase in the film National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). She also appeared in the musical Chicago, a stage production.
Brinkley, who had the ideal American look with her blonde hair, blue eyes, and slim figure, was named one of the 100 sexiest women of the 20th century in 1998. She was also named one of the 100 hottest women of all time by Men’s Health in 2011.
Her Net Worth
Christie Brinkley amassed so much wealth during her time as a model and currently has an estimated $250 million fortune. But she certainly doesn’t rely solely on her modeling, she is a respected actress, business mogul, and owner of CB Inc.
CB Inc. is the umbrella brand that controls her vast business network. She controls Brinkley Beauty, Christie’s beauty brand, Hair2Wear, her hair extension line, and also her wine company known as Bellissima Prosecco. Her eyewear company, Christie Brinkley Eyewear, and her real estate company are also controlled by the same company.
Personal Life – Spouse or Husband, Daughters
Like her career, Christie Brinkley has a rather interesting private life that can never escape the prying eyes of the media. A beautiful and successful model and businesswoman are expected to have some names in her love diary. Brinkley has been married four times; first, she married Jean-François Allaux, a French artist, in 1973 in a marriage that lasted only eight years and ended without children in 1981.
Brinkley moved on soon after and became involved with Billy Joel, a musician. The two, who met in 1983, felt a spark between them and took things to the next level two years later; they married in 1985. It’s not clear what came between them, but Brinkley and Joel split up in 1994, but they are still friends. They had a daughter together, Alexa Ray Joel, a musician.
Christie married Richard Taubman, a real estate developer, in 1994. The very short marriage ended in 1995 after they welcomed a child, Jack Taubman. The following year (1996) Christie Brinkley remarried Peter Halsey Cook, an architect. They had a daughter, Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook, and separated in 2008.
It is not clear who the model and the businesswoman is currently with, but rumor has it that Brinkley was in a relationship with John Mellencamp. But the two are said to have separated after a year.
Turning 60 and still looking young is indeed a good thing, but not so good if the public sees this as a product of surgical improvements. Over the years, Christie Brinkley’s everyday young look in the cameras gradually led to speculation that she would go under the knife to preserve her youthful appearance.
Brinkley did not react negatively to the speculation but rather presented her facts. According to the model, her skin, which is always radiant and smooth, is only improved by dermatological treatments such as Botox cosmetics and other non-invasive procedures. This is in contradiction to reports that she is using severe surgical methods.