Jennifer O'Neill

Actor, Model, Producer
A former model and spokesperson for Cover Girl cosmetics, Jennifer O'Neill came to prominence as the beautiful young widow on whom Gary Grimes has a overwhelming crush in "The Summer of '42" (1971). Although she ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1948 in Rio de Janeiro, BR

Filmography

Actor (55)

Doonby 2012 (Movie)

Barbara Ann Reaper (Actor)

Last Ounce of Courage 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Billy: The Early Years 2008 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

On Music Row 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Changer 2002 (Movie)

Michelle Bain (Actor)

Jennifer O'Neill: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raney 1997 (Movie)

Dr Mary Bridges (Actor)

The Corporate Ladder 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ride 1997 (Movie)

Ellen Stillwell (Actor)

The Silver Strand 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Discretion Assured 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Invasion of Privacy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Love 1992 (Movie)

Ms Alman (Actor)

Committed 1991 (Movie)

Susan Manning (Actor)

Personals 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Glory Days 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Hollywood Talent Search 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love N.Y. 1988 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

The Red Spider 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wildest West Show of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVIII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Scanners 1981 (Movie)

Kim Obrist (Actor)

Cloud Dancer 1980 (Movie)

Helen St Clair (Actor)

Steel 1980 (Movie)

Cass Cassidy (Actor)

A Force of One 1979 (Movie)

Detective Mandy Rust (Actor)

Caravans 1978 (Movie)

Ellen Jasper (Actor)

Seven Notes in Black 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

L' Innocente 1975 (Movie)

Countess Teresa Raffo (Actor)

Whiffs 1975 (Movie)

Scottie (Actor)

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1974 (Movie)

Curtis Ann (Actor)

Lady Ice 1972 (Movie)

Paula Booth (Actor)

Special London Bridge Special 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Such Good Friends 1971 (Movie)

Miranda (Actor)

Summer of '42 1971 (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

The Carey Treatment 1971 (Movie)

Georgia Hightower (Actor)

Glass Houses 1970 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Rio Lobo 1970 (Movie)

Shasta Delaney (Actor)

For Love of Ivy 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bare Essence (TV Show)

Actor

Chase (TV Show)

Actor

Cover Up (TV Show)

Actor

Glory Days (Movie)

(Actor)

Love's Savage Fury (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Family (TV Show)

Actor

Set Apart (Movie)

Michele Gunn (Actor)

The Cover Girl Murders (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Victim (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former model and spokesperson for Cover Girl cosmetics, Jennifer O'Neill came to prominence as the beautiful young widow on whom Gary Grimes has a overwhelming crush in "The Summer of '42" (1971). Although she continued acting for the next two decades, the actress rarely found roles that tapped her abilities.

Born in Brazil to a British mother and businessman father, O'Neill was raised as a privileged child in such tony environments as New Rochelle, New York and Wilton, Connecticut. As a teenager, the leggy brunette won several awards for her horsemanship. By age 15, the beauty had been put under contract by the Ford modeling agency and soon was appearing on magazine covers and in TV commercials. Like many other models, O'Neill gravitated to acting, making her film debut in a bit role in "For the Love of Ivy" (1968) and acquitted herself opposite John Wayne in Howard Hawks' final film "Rio Lobo" (1970). After her breakthrough in "Summer of '42", the actress was in demand but was merely window dressing in Otto Preminger's soapy "Such Good Friends" (1972). O'Neill delivered, however, as a woman whose lover could possibly be harboring the spirit of her dead father in the underrated "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud" (1975). Her subsequent feature output, however, has been of mixed quality, with the best being David Croenenberg's "Scanners" (1991) and "Committed" (1993), in which she was a nurse-turned-patient in a mental institution.

O'Neill fared slightly better on the small screen. She was quite good as a Southerner brutalized in a Union prison during the Civil War in "Love's Savage Fury" (ABC, 1979) and was properly haughty as the titled, globe-trotting mother of a perfume heiress in "Bare Essence" (NBC, 1983). The actress had her best chance as a fashion photographer who was really a government agent in "Cover Up" (CBS, 1984-85), but the untimely death of her co-star Jon-Eric Hexum cast a pall over the project. Throughout the late 80s and into the 90s, O'Neill has kept busy in TV-movies, playing everything from a psychotic murderer in "Red Spider" (CBS, 1988) to a journalist who becomes involved with an inmate in "Invasion of Privacy" (USA Network, 1992) to Richard Crenna's wife in "Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence" (NBC, 1994).

Relationships

Cooper Alan

Son
born on March 8, 1987

Richard Alan

Husband
Married 1984 Divorced 1987 Re-married Dec. 9, 1993 Again divorced 1996

Jeff Barry Song

Husband
Married June 3, 1978 Divorced June 26, 1979

Neil Bonin

Husband
married on December 9, 1992 Annulled May 7, 1993

Nichoals De Noia

Husband
Married 1975 Divorced 1976 Murdered 1987 at age 46

Elliott Gould Actor

Companion
Had romantic involvement in the mid-1970s

John Lederer

Husband
Married 1979 Faced weapons possessions charges over a gun that accidentally discharged and wounded O'Neill (1982); acquitted; had previous felony conviction for receiving stolen property Divorced 1983

Reis Lederer

Son
born c. 1980

Mervin Louque

Husband
head of the songwriters' organization in Nashville, Tennessee Married 1996

Oscar O'Neill

Father

Irene O'Neill

Mother
English met O'Neill's father when he was stationed in London during WWII married c. 1945

Michael O'Neill

Brother
born c. 1946

Oscar O'Neill

Grandfather
president of the Bank of Rio de Janeiro

Tom Reich

Companion
Announced engagement in 1986 but subsequently ended relationship

Dean Rossiter

Husband
Married 1965 Divorced 1971

Aimee Rossiter

Daughter
born on April 26, 1967 was married at age 18 but later divorced has three children as of 1999

Joseph Roster

Husband
Married 1972 Divorced 1974

EDUCATION

Professional Children's School

New York , New York
did not graduate

Dalton School

New York , New York

Milestones

1997

Made guest appearance on "Nash Bridges"

1993

Played power-hungry editor in "The Cover Girl Murders" (USA)

1985

Starred in miniseries "A.D." (NBC)

1984

Starred in CBS series "Cover Up"

1983

Played Lady Bobbi Rowan in TV series "Bare Essence" (NBC)

1982

Accidentally shot herself

1979

Made TV-movie debut in "Love's Savage Fury" (ABC)

1975

Won best actress honors at the Deauville Film Festival for "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud"

1970

Had breakthrough film role as a young widow in "Summer of '42"

1969

First major film role, "Rio Lobo"

1968

Had bit role in "For Love of Ivy"

Moved to NYC with her family as a child

Appeared in TV commercials for Noxema products

Began modeling career as a teenager; signed by the Ford agency by the time she was 15

Born in Brasil

Was spokesperson for Cover Girl cosemetics

Bonus Trivia

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"To me the success of my life is the reflection of my presence, be it mother, wife or friend. All my life I've been unstoppable, but now I feel unswayable. That feels like success to me."As for acting, I cared very much about being a good actress, and I learned over the years. But it wasn't my main motivating force in life; that was my drive for relationships. The concept of letting go for the sake of a marriage is unheard of in Hollywood. I did not make popular decision. I never moved to Hollywood. I wouldn't take my clothes off to act. Hollywood never owned me. My need for love owned me." --O'Neill quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES. April 27, 1999

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O'Neill is the founder of Point of View Productions through which she develops properties.

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Her line of skin care products is sold on the Shop at Home network.

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She is a show horse breeder and broke her back in a fall from a horse.

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O'Neill has been fairly candid about her life, including her nine marriages to eight men and nine miscarriages. She detailed all in her memoirs.

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She accidentally wounded herself in 1982 when she moved a gun she did not know was loaded. Her then-husband was charged with weapons possession but was found not guilty.

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In Tennessee in November 1996, O'Neill was arrested and charged with speeding and driving while under the influence. She was later cleared of all charges.

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