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  • Grew up in Malibu, CA.
  • At 18, moved to Paris to enroll in art school.
  • Is fluent in French.  
  • Appeared on more than 500 magazine covers, and became the first model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue for three consecutive years (1979-81).
  • Worked as a spokesperson for a number of cosmetics and beauty products, including Prell and Cover Girl, as well as for Total Gym fitness products.
  • Made her film debut in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), playing Chevy Chase's mysterious love interest.
  • Survived a March 1994 helicopter crash near Telluride, CO, while heliskiing; married fellow survivor Richard Taubman nine months later near the site of the crash.
  • Made her Broadway debut portraying Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2011, and then reprised the role in London later that year.
  • Has launched several product lines, including eyewear, jewelry, fabrics and skin care.
  • Supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Handgun Control and STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation). 
  • Is a vegetarian.


  • Greg Brinkley — Brother
  • Marjorie Hudson Brinkley — Mother
  • Peter Cook — Ex-husband
  • Alexa Ray Joel — Daughter
  • Sailor Brinkley Cook — Daughter
  • Billy Joel — Ex-husband
  • Jack Paris Brinkley Cook — Son
  • Donald Brinkley — Stepfather
  • Jean-Francois Allaux — Ex-husband
  • Ricky Taubman — Ex-husband
  • Herbert Hudson — Father

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  • Birth Name: Christie Lee Hudson
  • Birth Place: Monroe, MI
  • Birthday: February 2, 1954, Aquarius
  • Profession: Model
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