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Christie Brinkley trivia: 84 facts about the American model and enterpreneur!

Christie Brinkley is an American model, actress and enterpreneur. She gained worldwide fame with her appearances in Sports Illustrated Issues!

So let’s dive into some unknown and facts about her life and career!

  1. Christie Brinkley was born on February 2, 1954
  2. She is an American model, actress and entrepreneur
  3. Her full name is Christie Lee Hudson
  4. Brinkley gained worldwide fame with her appearances in the late 1970s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues
  5. Ultimately appearing on an unprecedented three consecutive covers starting in 1979
  6. She spent twenty-five years as the face of CoverGirl
  7. She has appeared on over 500 magazine covers
  8. And has signed contracts with major brands
  9. Both fashion and non-fashion
  10. Brinkley went on to work as an actress, illustrator, television personality, photographer, writer, designer
  11. And activist for human and animal rights and the environment
  12. Brinkley has been married four times
  13. Most notably between 1985 and 1994 to musician Billy Joel
  14. Several of whose music videos she appeared in
  15. Her fourth marriage, to architect Peter Cook, ended in a much-publicized 2008 divorce
  16. With a career spanning more than three decades
  17. Magazines such as Allure and Men’s Health have named Brinkley one of the most attractive women of all time
  18. Brinkley was born Christie Lee Hudson in Monroe, Michigan on February 2, 1954
  19. She is the daughter of Marjorie and Herbert Hudson
  20. Her family moved to Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California
  21. There her mother Marjorie later met and married television writer Donald Brinkley in Bel Air, Los Angeles
  22. Donald adopted Christie and her brother Greg Brinkley
  23. During this time, the family lived in Malibu
  24. And then the Brentwood neighborhoods of Los Angeles
  25. Brinkley was educated at Paul Revere Junior High School
  26. And attended Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles from 9th to 12th grade
  27. After graduation in 1973, she moved to Paris, to study art
  28. In 1982, Brinkley had a romantic relationship with Olivier Chandon de Brailles
  29. Heir to the Moët-Chandon Champagne fortune
  30. The two met at Studio 54 in New York City at a party promoting a calendar in which Brinkley appeared
  31. Chandon died a year later in a crash at a private pre-season practice session car race
  32. In September 2015, it was widely reported that John Mellencamp was in a new relationship with Brinkley
  33. In August 2016, the couple announced their separation after almost a year of dating
  34. In 1973, to French artist Jean-François Allaux
  35. The marriage ended in 1981 without children
  36. In 1985, to musician Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949)
  37. The two had met in 1983 on the Island of St Barts, in the Caribbean
  38. And were married March 23, 1985, on a yacht on the Hudson River
  39. The second marriage for both
  40. Guests included singer Paul Simon and members of the band Stray Cats
  41. The marriage ended in August 1994
  42. And produced one child, Alexa Ray Joel, born December 29, 1985
  43. Brinkley and Billy Joel remained friends
  44. In 1994, to real estate developer Richard Taubman (born 1948)
  45. Brinkley and Taubman met in 1994 when a mutual friend introduced them
  46. He proposed to her in May 1994
  47. Although she and Billy Joel were still married
  48. She married Taubman on December 22, 1994, in Telluride, Colorado
  49. Near the area where they were both in a helicopter crash on April 1, 1994
  50. Brinkley was 40 years old and Taubman 46
  51. She announced at their wedding that they were expecting a baby boy
  52. The marriage ended in 1995 with one son, Jack Paris Brinkley Taubman, born June 2, 1995
  53. In 1996, to architect Peter Halsey Cook (born January 1, 1959)
  54. Cook and Brinkley first met in 1979 when he was modeling
  55. Their paths also crossed a few times after that
  56. They were later reintroduced by a mutual friend, NBC’s Jill Rappaport
  57. And announced their engagement in August 1996
  58. They married on September 21, 1996 at a ranch in Bridgehampton, New York
  59. Brinkley was 42 and Cook 37
  60. They had nearly 120 guests at their wedding, including Billy Joel
  61. They had one child, daughter Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook, born July 2, 1998
  62. She began modeling at 15
  63. Having been signed to IMG Models
  64. Top Picks, in 1993 by Rolling Stone for the artistic work Brinkley did on the cover of Billy Joel’s album River of Dreams
  65. 2001 Merit Award, given by USO-The United Service Organizations Inc.. Brinkley traveled with the USO on goodwill missions to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Italy entertaining the peacekeeping forces and visiting aircraft carriers and refugee camps
  66. After participating in Secretary of Defense William Cohen’s Christmas tour to Kosovo, she was given the award in Washington DC for her efforts on behalf of American troops
  67. Spirit of Achievement Award, at 2003 by “The Women’s Division” of Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University presented Brinkley for her charity work
  68. Christie Brinkley Scholarship, at February 2007 by The Ross School in East Hampton, Long Island, New York
  69. This scholarship allow students interested in art or environment sciences get four free years at Ross High School
  70. Heart Award, special honor from the American Heart Association in the “12th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Gala” for her commitment to helping children live healthier lives
  71. Brinkley said she was very honored to receive the award from the AHA being convinced that the research from the organization made it possible for her mother to be alive after suffering five strokes
  72. Humanitarian Award, given by March of Dimes
  73. This organization is dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality through research, community services, education and advocacy
  74. Merit Award, by the non-profit USA national organization Mothers Voices which mission is strengthens family communication about sex, sexual health and HIV/AIDS/STD prevention through education and awareness, mobilize parents and caregivers to become their child’s frontline sexual health educator
  75. Mother of the Year, given by The National Mothers Day committee at a ceremony held in New York City
  76. Merit Award, given by Make-A-Wish Foundation in New York
  77. They work granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy
  78. America’s Mothers and Shakers, named by Redbook Magazine for her involvement in “STAR — Standing for Truth About Radiation”
  79. HBA’s Positively Beautiful Award, named by HBA Global Expo on behalf of her work with the international charity Smile Train
  80. Mothers Who Make A Difference Award, given by Love Our Children USA on the 2011 Sixth Annual edition, recognizing and supporting four celebrity moms for balancing motherhood, work and causes
  81. Broadway Beacon Award for her portrayal of Roxie Hart in the hit musical Chicago (June 4, 2012)
  82. Honor by the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center for her many years of work to raise awareness about nuclear radiation and the safety of the oceans.(June 16, 2012)
  83. 2013 Pet Hero Award – Humanitarian of the Year by the Pet Philanthropy Circle for her strong advocate for animals, environment and wildlife
  84. 2018 FN Style Influencer of the Year along with daughters Alexa and Sailor


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