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Also Known As: Eleanor Nancy Gow Died:
Born: March 29, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: model, actress, restaurateur, clothing designer, businesswoman

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 With Friends Like These (1998) Samantha Mastandrea
2.
 Beautopia (1998)
3.
 Batman & Robin (1997) Julie Madison
4.
 Edge, The (1997) Mickey Morse
5.
 Mirror Has Two Faces, The (1996) Candy
6.
 Jane Eyre (1996) Blanche Ingram
7.
 If Lucy Fell (1996) Jane Linquist
8.
 Sirens (1993) Sheela
10.
 Intimate Portrait: Kathy Ireland (2002) Interviewee (Clip)
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Milestones close milestones

1982:
Spotted by a modeling agent while on vacation in Aspen, CO
1982:
Signed to Click modeling agency
:
Appeared in every issue of <i>Elle</i> magazine for six years
1988:
Made TV debut hosting syndicated special "Supermodel of the World"
1990:
Appeared in walk-on role in Woody Allen's "Alice"
1991:
Launched designer lingerie line in Australia and New Zealand
1994:
Gained 20 pounds to play an artist's model in "Sirens"
1994:
Released exercise video "Your Personal Best with Elle MacPherson"
1996:
Appeared in a remake of "Jane Eyre" opposite William Hurt
1996:
Cast alongside Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker in "If Lucy Fell"
1997:
Landed small role in Joel Schumacher's "Batman & Robin"
1997:
Co-starred with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in "The Edge"
1999:
Joined cast of NBC's "Friends" in recurring role of Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) roommate and girlfriend
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
2009:
Cast as Claudia Foster, the head of a modeling agency on short-lived drama "The Beautiful Life" (The CW)
2011:
Hosted NBC's reality competition show "Fashion Star"; also executive produced
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Education

Killara High School: -

Notes

"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." --Elle Macpherson, quoted in Daily News, March 6, 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Gilles Bensimon. Magazine editor. Creative director for <i>Elle</i> magazine; 20 years older then Macpherson; married in 1985; divorced in 1989.
companion:
Eric Miller. Engaged; no longer together.
companion:
Tim Jeffries. Gallery owner. Former husband of Koo Stark; reportedly were engaged.
companion:
Sean Penn. Actor, director. Together briefly in 1996.
companion:
Arpad Busson. Financier. Swiss; began relationship in fall 1996; announced engagement on January 9, 2002.
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father:
Peter Gow. Rugby team owner. Divorced from Macpherson's mother in 1974.
sister:
Mimi Macpherson.
son:
Arpad Flynn Busson. Born on February 14, 1998 in NYC; father, Arpad Busson.

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