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Elle Macpherson

Facts about Elle Macpherson

Date of Birth:29 March 1963
Birthplace:Cronulla, Sydney, New South Wales
First Name:Elle
Last Name:Macpherson
Height:6' (183 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Brown - Light
Star Sign:Aries
Claim to Fame:Australian supermodel
Occupation:Supermodel, actress, businesswoman
Occupation Category:Model
Alternative Names:The Body
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Biography for Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson (born 29 Mar. 1963 (57 years ago)) is an Australian model, actress, philanthropist and businesswoman. She is best known for her record five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from the 1980 (40 years ago) and '90s and into the 2000 (20 years ago). She is also known as the founder and public face of a series of business ventures including Elle Macpherson Intimates, a lingerie line, and "The Body", a line of skin care products. According to Forbes, she is worth around £60 million.

Early years

Macpherson was born in Cronulla, Sydney, the daughter of Peter Gow, a former president of Sydney rugby league club, the Cronulla Sharks. Her mother Frances worked as a nurse before she married. Elle grew up in Killara, a North Shore suburb of Sydney, and attended Killara High School. She is the eldest of four children including activist Mimi Macpherson. Macpherson’s parents divorced when she was 10, and she moved with her mother and two siblings. Her mother remarried, and a mistake registering at a new school meant that her name was changed from her father's, Gow, to her stepfather's, Macpherson.


Business career

In the 1980s, together with Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington (6 walls), Naomi Campbell, Paulina Porizkova and Cindy Crawford (20 walls), Macpherson became part of the new generation of "supermodels". In 1994 (26 years ago), she left her agency, Ford Models, to work more lucratively for her own company, Elle Macpherson Inc. This company would serve as a financial and organizational base for her later endeavors.

She soon went on to produce her own highly popular series of calendars, each of which was accompanied by a making of TV program in 1992 (28 years ago), 1993 (27 years ago), 1994 (26 years ago). She used this success as a springboard to create the "Your Personal Best -- The Body" series of workout videos.

Macpherson later diversified her portfolio of businesses, and in 1990 (30 years ago) launched her eponymous lingerie collection Elle Macpherson Intimates in partnership with Bendon Limited Apparel. Intimates met with remarkable international success, becoming the single best-selling lingerie line in both Great Britain and Australia Breaking the mold of many spokesmodels, Macpherson took an active role in the development and management of the company, serving as Chief Marketing Officer and later Creative Director. While nursing her second child, she spearheaded the development of a signature maternity bra line. Intimates has retained a high brand recognition into the 2000s, appearing as a featured brand on America's Next Top Model.

More recently she created her own label of beauty products: Elle Macpherson - The Body. She has launched or served as spokesmodel for campaigns by Boots, Invisible Zinc, and Hot Tuna.

The BBC series The Money Programme aired a documentary which followed the supermodel turned entrepreneur Macpherson through her day-to-day business as she continued to develop her international lingerie business.

In Mar. 2008 (12 years ago), Elle signed a 3-year spokesperson deal with Revlon. She has since been featured in print and advertising campaigns.

Elle Macpherson is currently signed to G2 Entertainment.

Has her own wax statue at Madame Tussaud's London and New York.

Acting career

Macpherson made her movie debut playing an artist's model in the 1994 (26 years ago) Sirens, which starred Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, Tara Fitzgerald, Kate Fischer and co-starred Portia de Rossi. Macpherson gained 9 kg (20lb) to disguise her athletic frame for the period role. After Sirens, Macpherson followed with a 2-year series of acting roles, appearing in movies such as Woody Allen’s Alice, Batman & Robin alongside George Clooney (5 walls), The Edge with Anthony Hopkins, and The Mirror Has Two Faces with Barbara Streisand.

In 1999 (21 years ago), Macpherson appeared in five episodes of the United States sitcom Friends as Joey's roommate and girlfriend, Janine Lecroix. Macpherson went on to movie Jane Eyre with William Hurt and has also appeared alongside Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker in If Lucy Fell. Her most controversial acting is the Showtime cable network miniseries A Girl Thing in which she plays a woman experimenting with bisexuality alongside Kate Capshaw.

In early 2009 (11 years ago), it has been reported that "The Body" went on a business venture trip to Montreal, Canada alongside Mischa Barton (82 walls) and Ashton Kutcher (6 walls) in attempt to shoot a sample of the proposed reality show A Beautiful Life, which would talk about aspiring models working for a modeling agency, trying to make it big in the Big Apple and in the Fashion World.

Extortion attempt

On Jul. 12 and 23, 1997 (23 years ago), William Ryan Holt and Michael Mischler burgled Macpherson's Los Angeles home while she was on business in Chicago. The pair stole an estimated $100,000 worth of jewelery, $6,000 in cash, and nude photographs. The two were arrested on 4 Aug. 1997 (23 years ago).

Mischler, 29, admitted one count of attempted extortion and one count of burglary. He received a six year, eight month sentence. Holt, 26, a former Air Force serviceman and a military inmate on parole, admitted one count of extortion and was sentenced to a year in jail.

Personal life

After briefly dating singer–songwriter Billy Joel, Macpherson met Gilles Bensimon in 1982 (38 years ago) on a shoot for Elle magazine. The couple married in 1985 (35 years ago) but divorced after 4 years together in 1989 (31 years ago).

Macpherson has two sons with her former long-term boyfriend, French financier Arpad Busson: Arpad Flynn Alexander Busson (born 14 Feb. 1998 (22 years ago)) and Aurelius Cy Andrea Busson (born 4 Feb. 2003 (17 years ago)), known as Flynn and Cy respectively. The couple started their relationship in 1995 (25 years ago) and were engaged in Aug. 2002 (18 years ago) but separated in Jul. 2005 (15 years ago). Recently she was reported to be dating Canadian singer Bryan Adams.

Macpherson currently resides in the United Kingdom, where she raises her two children.

She speaks French fluently, and is conversational in Italian and Spanish.

Humanitarian and philanthropic work

Macpherson is a European Ambassador for RED, an initiative set up by Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise money and awareness for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to help eradicate AIDS for women and children in Africa; she is also an ambassador for UNICEF. In her native Australia, she is an ambassador for the Smile Foundation, which helps the families of children with rare diseases and organizes government research grants.


  • Year movie
  • 1990 (30 years ago): Alice
  • 1994 (26 years ago): Sirens
  • 1996 (24 years ago): Jane Eyre
  • 1996 (24 years ago): If Lucy Fell
  • 1996 (24 years ago): The Mirror Has Two Faces
  • 1997 (23 years ago): Batman & Robin
  • 1997 (23 years ago): The Edge
  • 1998 (22 years ago): With Friends Like These...
  • 2000 (20 years ago): Friends
  • 2001 (19 years ago): A Girl Thing
  • 2001 (19 years ago): South Kensington

TV-shows (series)

  • 2009 (11 years ago): The Beautiful Life (TV 2009-Present)


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