Christie Brinkley

Inside Biography

Christie Brinkley is an actress and model of American nationality, who rose to fame by appearing in the covers if the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazines in the late 1970s. She was the face of CoverGirl for twenty-five years. She has featured in over 500 magazines and featured in huge brands like Play Boy, Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Allure.

She has worked in numerous area (illustrator, photography, writing, designing and activism). Brinkley has also appeared in numerous films and TV series to date. She made her film debut in a 1983 film National Lampoon’s Vacation.

She has been married four times. Her second husband Billy Joel is a renowned singer and musician in the World. She has three children from her four marriages. Her and Billy Joel’s daughter Alexa Roy Joel is also a popular singer.  

Early Life And Education Of Christie Brinkley

She was born on the 2nd of February, 1954, in Monroe, Michigan. She was born to father Marjorie and Herbert Hudson. Christie was born in Monroe, Michigan and after her mother’s marriage to Don Brinkley, she and her brother Greg Brinkley where adopted by him. 

She was enrolled in the Paul Revere Junior High School for her education, after which she attended the Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles. She then studied art in Paris before pursuing a career in modeling.

Christie Brinkley's Career

Modeling Career

She was discovered by Errol Sawyer in Paris and was then signed in to the Elite Model Management agency. After her success in the modeling arena, she rose high up in fame to be able to appear in the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on three consecutive years from 1979 to 1981.


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She was also featured in the Sports Illustrated Calendar and also in the 40th anniversary on the magazine’s Hall of Fame. She has also appeared as a model for several other magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and in contracts with Chanel, Nissan, Revlon, Clairol, MasterCard, Breck etc.

TV And Movies Projects

Christie Brinkley has also appeared in numerous films and TV series to date. Brinkley's debut film was National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). She appeared alongside Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall.

She also appeared in a few music videos of her second husband Billy Joel's songs. She also appeared in the doc u mentary King of the Hamptons and on NBC’s Mad About You in 1994. 

In 1997, she reprised her role in the Vacation franchise film, Vegas Vacation. She made a guest appearance in a TV series Ugly Betty in 2009. She then featured in a romcom film Jack and Jill (2011) alongside  Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, David Spade and other stars.

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From 2012-15, she appeared in a TV series Parks and Recreation. In 2017, she appeared in two episodes of the series Nightcap. Brinkley’s umbrella company CB Inc. is the parents of several companies. Her companies especially focus on beauty and cosmetics products.

She also Celebrity Weddings InStyle and has also appeared in the comedy Parks and Recreation. She usually plays guest roles and her roles have been hugely appreciated by her fans around the world.

Christie Brinkley's Net Worth-Income Sources-Charity

A popular model/actress earns a significant amount of money from her career. According to the Celebrity Net Worth, her net worth is $80 million as of 2018. She is an entrepreneur who owns several companies and real estate. Her financial holdings are worth about $250 million to date. She also makes a good amount of money with her endorsement deals and profit from her business.

In 1983, she appeared in a road comedy film National Lampoon’s Vacation which grossed $61.4 million on $15 million budget. In 2011, she played in a comedy film Jack and Jill which earned $149.7 million at the Box Office.

In April 2018, she listed her two multimillion-dollar mansions for sale. One is located at Sag Harbor and the other in Bridgehampton. The Sag Harbor house has a $20 million price tag the property covers 4.44 acres. The house features multiple fireplaces, French doors, and old pine floors. She bought for $7.5 million in 2004.

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She is also selling her Bridgehampton estate- which is her primary residence. The home is on the market for $2.95 million. She bought the home back in 1998 for $3.2 million and renovated it. She is renting a $29,500 a month penthouse in Tribeca since January.

She also owns several luxurious vehicles including Mercedes 280 SL, Ferrari 308 GTS, Infiniti FX, Mercedes G wagon, Mercedes S cla s s, Lincoln Towncar,

Brinkley is also involved in several charity works and benevolent activities. She has donated over $1 million to numerous organizations and candidates of the Democratic Party of the United States including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Brinkley has also participated in several charity and fundraising events organized by numerous organizations. In 2013, she received Pet Hero Award- Humanitarian of the Year by the Pet Philanthropy Circle for her strong advocate for animals, wildlife and environment.

Christie Brinkley's Personal Life

Christie Brinkley has been married four times to date. She is not dating anyone (publicly) as of 218. From 2015-16, she dated a musician, John Mellencamp. The couple announced their separation after dating for nearly one year in August 2016. Previously, she was married to four men from Hollywood.

She first married Francios Allaux in 1973. The couple stayed together as husband and wife until 1981 and divorced that year. They do not share any children.

Then, she dated Mike Reinhardt sometimes. Next, she was in a relationship with Oliver Chandon De Brailles from 1982 to 1983.


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In 1983, she met a popular country singer Billy Joel on the Island of St. Barts in the Caribbean. The couple married on 23 March 1985 on a yacht on the Hudson River. It was the second marriage for both of them.

In 1994, she met Richard Taubman while she was still married to Joel. She and Joel welcomed a daughter named Alexa Ray Joel.

After her divorce with Joel, she married him on 22 December 1994, in Telluride, Colorado- nearby the area where they were both in a helicopter crash on 1 April 1994.

The couple stayed together from 1994 to 1995 and divorced from each other. They also have a child, Jack Paris Taubman together.

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In 1996, she married third time with architect Peter Halsey Cook. She was known him from 1979 when both were pursuing their modeling career. They engaged in August 1996 and married in September of the same year. Their wedding ceremony took place in Bridgehampton, New York in the presence of 120 guests including her ex-husband Billy Joel. The couple was married until their separation in 2008. They have one child.

Brinkley has three children from her four marriage. Her and Billy Joel’s daughter Alex Ray Joel is also a singer and songwriter. She has released several albums and singles to date. In January 2018, she got engaged to Ryan Gleason- a restaurant entrepreneur boyfriend of 2 years. During her engagement ceremony, her father and mother came together to cherish her memorable moments.

Christie Brinkley's Body Measurement

  • Height: She stands at a height of 5 feet and 9 inches.
  • Weight: She weighs 141 lb or 64 kg
  • Body figure: She has a perfect body measurement size of 37-25-35 in.
  • Bra size: 34 C
  • Workout: Cardio and yoga
  • Diet: Vegetarian diet
  • Eye color: Blue

by Bchrome, 19 Mar, 2016

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