Statuesque and exotic, Brigitte Nielsen acted alongside the biggest names in Hollywood during her 1980s heyday as an icy villainess, but it was not until years later when her star had faded that she launched a reality television career and fans finally had a glimpse of the real woman behind the mystique. Blessed with a tall frame and frosty European features, Nielsen launched her career as a fashion model, walking the runways of Paris and Milan. Discovered by producer Dino De Laurentiis, who was captivated by her beauty, Nielsen made her acting debut opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the swords-and-sorcery fantasy "Red Sonja" (1985). She also caught the eye of Sylvester Stallone, whom she co-starred with in "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986), and married in 1985. The couple's whirlwind romance developed into a tabloid fairy tale before their bitter divorce in 1987. Nielsen continued to act, playing a hit woman opposite Eddie Murphy's fast-talking Axel Foley in "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987), and even establishing a music career in Europe. After several years out of the American spotlight, she reemerged as a cast member of VH1's "The Surreal Life" (2003- ) in 2004. Her turbulent romance with co-star Flavor Flav developed into the spin-off series "Strange Love" (VH1, 2005), while her personal battle with alcoholism was documented on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1, 2008- ). While Nielsen arguably capitalized on her fame to deal with her personal struggles, she emerged a true Hollywood survivor.