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Kathy Ireland Biography

Birth Place:
Glendale, California, United States
Actor, businesswoman, author, model

Fast Facts

  • Began her modeling career at age 17, when she was discovered by an agent for the Elite Model Management company
  • Appeared in 13 consecutive issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, beginning in 1984, and graced its cover three times
  • Started the Kathy Ireland Mentor Program for Single Teen Mothers in L
  • A
  • in 1990
  • Became a certified fitness instructor in 1994, before the release of her first workout video (she went on to release several such videos)
  • Is the author of several books that focus on topics such as faith and motherhood, as well as children's books
  • Is the founder, CEO and chief designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, a billion-dollar design and marketing company
  • Has been named a National Honorary Chairperson of the March of Dimes WalkAmerica for several years
  • In 2009, suffered a surfing-related injury that was stitched up by her physician husband while on a brief break from rehearsals with Dancing with the Stars partner Tony Dovolani


  • Chloe Olsen -- Daughter
  • Lily Marie Olsen -- Daughter
  • Greg Olsen -- Husband
  • Erik Olsen -- Son