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Christie Brinkley Biography

Birth Name:
Christie Lee Hudson
Birth Place:
Monroe, Michigan, United States
Profession
model

Fast Facts

  • 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

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