Born Christie Lee Hudson
February 2, 1954 (age 61)
Monroe, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Model, actress, designer
Years active 1973–present
Home town Los Angeles, California
Net worth $80 million (2008)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Spouse(s) Jean-François Allaux (1973–1981)
Billy Joel (1985–1994)
Richard Taubman (1994–1995)
Peter Cook (1996–2008)
Children Alexa Ray Joel (b. 1985)
Jack Paris Brinkley-Cook (b. 1995)
Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook (b. 1998)
Christie Brinkley (born Christie Lee Hudson; February 2, 1954) is an American model and actress. Brinkley gained worldwide fame beginning in the late 1970s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers through 1981. She spent twenty five years as the face of CoverGirl (the longest running cosmetics contract of any model in history), has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, and has signed contracts with major brands—both fashion and non-fashion.
Brinkley went on to work as an actress, illustrator, television personality, photographer, writer, designer, and activist for human and animal rights and the environment.
Brinkley has been married four times, most notably to musician Billy Joel, several of whose music videos she appeared in. Her fourth marriage, to architect Peter Cook, ended in a much-publicized 2008 divorce.
With a career spanning more than three decades, magazines such as Allure, Playboy, and Men’s Health have named Brinkley one of the most attractive women of all time. Her financial holdings in 2008 were worth an estimated USD $80 million, primarily as the owner of real estate. In February 2012, she was ranked third in the Daily Mail list “World’s 20 richest models.”
Brinkley was born Christie Lee Hudson in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of Marjorie (née Bowling) and Herbert Hudson. Her family moved to Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, where her mother Marjorie later met and married television writer Don Brinkley in Bel Air, Los Angeles. Don adopted Christie and her brother Gregory Donald Brinkley. During this time, the family lived in Malibu and then the Brentwood neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Brinkley was educated at Paul Revere Junior High School and attended Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles from 9th to 12th grade. After graduation in 1973, she moved to Paris, France, to study art.
In 1982, Brinkley had a romantic relationship with Olivier Chandon de Brailles, heir to the Moët-Chandon Champagne fortune. The two met at Studio 54 in New York City at a party promoting a calendar in which Brinkley appeared. Chandon died a year later in an auto-race car crash during a private pre-season practice session.
In September 2015, it was widely reported that John Mellencamp was in a new relationship with Brinkley.