Elle Macpherson

Model, Actress, Clothing designer
Elle Macpherson was one of a handful of women who could lay claim to putting put the "super" in "supermodel. " The Australian beauty shot to international fame in the mid-1980s by strutting on some of the most exclusive ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1963 in Australia

Filmography

Actor (38)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Fashion Star 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Beautiful Life 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Next Top Model 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

With Friends Like These 2005 (Movie)

Samantha Mastandrea (Actor)

Miss Universe 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

South Kensington 2001 (Movie)

Camilla (Actor)

Friends 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2000 World Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Supermodels 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Beautopia 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

Julie Madison (Actor)

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Edge 1997 (Movie)

Mickey Morse (Actor)

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre 1996 (Movie)

Blanche Ingram (Actor)

If Lucy Fell 1996 (Movie)

Jane Linquist (Actor)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

Candy (Actor)

A Day With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Victoria's Secret 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sirens 1994 (Movie)

Sheela (Actor)

The 1994 MTV Movie Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice 1990 (Movie)

Model (Actor)

Dolphins, Whales and Us 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Supermodel of the World 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of a Model 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ninth Annual Emmy Awards For Sports 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Supermodel of the World 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Elle Macpherson was one of a handful of women who could lay claim to putting put the "super" in "supermodel. " The Australian beauty shot to international fame in the mid-1980s by strutting on some of the most exclusive runways for designers like Valentino and John Galliano, and even more importantly, gracing the covers of the world's top women's magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Elle, and British Vogue. Dubbed by TIME magazine as "The Body," Macpherson famously made the cover of Sports Illustrated's highly coveted annual swimsuit edition numerous times beginning in 1986. After conquering the modeling world, Macpherson launched a series of business ventures including a successful lingerie and skincare line, a series of fitness videos, and netted lucrative beauty contracts with Revlon and Victoria's Secret. She also dabbled in acting, mostly as eye candy in films such as "Sirens" (1993) and "Batman & Robin" (1997), as well on top-rated shows like "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). While her forays into acting were less than stellar, Macpherson's efforts to sustain a career in the fashion world - where a majority of her aging contemporaries had fallen to the wayside - were commendable and served as a reminder that she was, undeniably, one of the most iconic beauties of her time, no matter the presumed supermodel expiration date.

Relationships

Bryan Adams Song

Companion
Reprtedly dating as of 2009 No longer together

Gilles Bensimon Song

Husband
Married May 1986 Divorced 1989

Arpad Busson

Companion
Began relationship fall 1996 Announced engagement January 2002 Confirmed split June 2005

Arpad Busson

Son
Born Feb. 14, 1998; father, Arpad Busson

Aurelius Busson

Son
Born Feb. 5, 2003; father, Arpad Busson

Peter Gow

Father
Former president of Sydney Rugby League club the Cronulla Sharks Divorced from Macpherson's mother c. 1974

Tim Jeffries

Companion
Briefly engaged No longer together

Billy Joel Actor

Companion
Dated in 1980s prior to his marriage to Christie Brinkley No longer together

Frances Macpherson

Mother
Divorced from Macpherson's father c. 1974

Neil Macpherson

Step-Father

Mimi Macpherson

Sister

Eric Miller

Companion
Briefly engaged No longer together

Sean Penn Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 1996 No longer together

Vito Maria Schnabel Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated January 2008; he was 23 years younger than her No longer together

Jeffrey Soffer

Companion
Engagement reported March 10, 2013

EDUCATION

Killara High School

Milestones

2011

Hosted NBC's reality competition show "Fashion Star"; also executive produced

2009

Cast as Claudia Foster, the head of a modeling agency on short-lived drama "The Beautiful Life" (The CW)

2001

Played a woman experimenting with bisexuality alongside Kate Capshaw in Showtime's "A Girl Thing"

2001

Appeared in romantic comedy "South Kensington" alongside Rupert Everett

1999

Joined cast of NBC's "Friends" in recurring role of Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) roommate and girlfriend

1997

Co-starred with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in "The Edge"

1997

Landed small role in Joel Schumacher's "Batman & Robin"

1996

Cast alongside Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker in "If Lucy Fell"

1996

Appeared in a remake of "Jane Eyre" opposite William Hurt

1994

Released exercise video "Your Personal Best with Elle MacPherson"

1994

Gained 20 pounds to play an artist's model in "Sirens"

1991

Launched designer lingerie line in Australia and New Zealand

1990

Appeared in walk-on role in Woody Allen's "Alice"

1988

Made TV debut hosting syndicated special "Supermodel of the World"

1982

Spotted by a modeling agent while on vacation in Aspen, CO

1982

Signed to Click modeling agency

Appeared in every issue of Elle magazine for six years

Bonus Trivia

.

In 1990, Macpherson launched her eponymous lingerie collection Elle Macpherson Intimates in partnership with Bendon Limited Apparel.

.

She formed her own company Elle Macpherson Inc. in the mid 1990s.

.

"I've gone out of my way to take small roles and work with people whose integrity I respect. I haven't gone for just trying to do a glitzy role in a glitzy film. The whole model-turned-actress persona, the whole fame and fortune thing, is not something I find particularly appetizing. However, the work is unbelievably satisfying. For 15 years, I've been playing the same character, which is myself and I'm bored with 'myself.' Acting is an enormous release for me creatively and emotionally. And I never thought I would feel that way about it." – Macpherson quoted in the Daily News, March 6, 1996

.

After the birth of her second child in February 2003, Macpherson booking herself into Arizona's exclusive Meadows Institute, where she was treated for alcoholism and anorexia.

.

"I didn't think I was good [just] because I was pretty," she says. "I found the fashion industry very spooky. I had a very broad Australian sense of humor, and people didn't understand me. I felt very isolated and I thought everybody was fake - 'You're so beautiful, you're so gorgeous.' I would be like 'f*ck-off.' I think it saved me because I didn't believe my own press from day one. I never thought I was anything special." – Macpherson quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, August 2005

SIMILAR ARTICLES