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Also Known As: Gitte Nielsen Died:
Born: July 15, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rodovre, Copenhagen, DK Profession: actor, TV host, singer, model

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Statuesque actress Brigitte Nielsen enjoyed brief Hollywood stardom in the mid-1980s opposite her then-husband, Sylvester Stallone, in such films as "Rocky IV" (1987), but found more lasting fame as a unapologetic participant in numerous reality series, including "The Surreal Life" (The WB/VH1, 2003-2006). Born Gitte Nielsen in Rodovre, a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 15, 1963, she had a relatively normal childhood, marked by an interest in swimming and work at a local bakery. But at the age of 16, Nielsen decided to leave school to pursue a career in modeling. Her Scandinavian heritage and considerable height - she stood 6'1" - made her a striking representative for some of international fashion's most famous lines, including Versace and Armani. Producer Dino De Laurentiis invited her to audition for an action film he was producing, and in 1985, Nielsen made her acting debut in "Red Sonja," a fantasy film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film did modest business at the box office, but Nielsen drew more headlines for a relationship with Sylvester Stallone that culminated in marriage just 19 months after their first meeting....

Statuesque actress Brigitte Nielsen enjoyed brief Hollywood stardom in the mid-1980s opposite her then-husband, Sylvester Stallone, in such films as "Rocky IV" (1987), but found more lasting fame as a unapologetic participant in numerous reality series, including "The Surreal Life" (The WB/VH1, 2003-2006). Born Gitte Nielsen in Rodovre, a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 15, 1963, she had a relatively normal childhood, marked by an interest in swimming and work at a local bakery. But at the age of 16, Nielsen decided to leave school to pursue a career in modeling. Her Scandinavian heritage and considerable height - she stood 6'1" - made her a striking representative for some of international fashion's most famous lines, including Versace and Armani. Producer Dino De Laurentiis invited her to audition for an action film he was producing, and in 1985, Nielsen made her acting debut in "Red Sonja," a fantasy film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film did modest business at the box office, but Nielsen drew more headlines for a relationship with Sylvester Stallone that culminated in marriage just 19 months after their first meeting. Nielsen would co-star with Stallone in two films - "Rocky IV" (1985), which cast her as the steely Soviet wife of Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago, and "Cobra" (1985), with Nielsen as a model and love interest to Stallone's taciturn cop - and enjoyed a starring role with Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987). Her marriage to Stallone ended that same year amidst a storm of allegations, including infidelity on Nielsen's part; when the split was finalized, her film career went into rapid decline. She shifted her attention to a music career, and enjoyed Top 40 success in Germany and Austria with the Giorgio Moroder-penned single "Body Next to Body." Subsequent releases failed to repeat the success, and Nielsen soon divided her time between hosting duties on European talk and variety shows and low-budget American films, including "Chained Heat II" (1993), which capitalized on her waning celebrity and icy appeal. During this period, Nielsen was romantically linked to American football player Mark Gastineau, with whom she had a son in 1989, before marrying director/photographer Sebastian Copeland. That union, along with her third marriage to Raoul Meyer, ended in divorce, and she took up with Mattie Dessi before becoming linked to Public Enemy co-founder Flavor Flav. The couple co-starred in the third season of the reality series "The Surreal Life," and to the surprise of many, struck up a romantic, if volatile relationship. A subsequent series, "Strange Love" (VH1, 2005), documented the spectacular flameout of their relationship, after which Nielsen married Dessi in 2006. She returned to tabloid prominence the following year for a stint in treatment for alcohol dependency issues, which led to her participation in another VH1 reality series, "Celebrity Rehab" (2008-2012). Nielsen soon settled into steady work as a contestant on European competition series, including "Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus!" ("I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!" RTL Television, 2004- ), which she won in 2012. She also penned a best-selling autobiography, Gitte Nielsen - You Only Have One Life - This is How I Found Myself Again, in 2009, and in June 2018, drew headlines for giving birth to her fifth child at the age of 54.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mercenaries (2014)
2.
3.
 Fans (1999)
4.
 She's Too Tall (1998)
5.
6.
 Paparazzi (1997)
7.
 Body Count (1996)
8.
 Galaxis (1995) Ladera
9.
 Compelling Evidence (1995) Michelle Stone
10.
 Double O'Kid, The (1993) Rhonda
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1987:
Cast as a villain in the sequel "Beverly Hills Cop II" opposite Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley
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Hosted a Danish TV talk show in the late 1990s
1985:
Feature film debut in "Red Sonja"; producer Dino De Laurentiis reportedly picked Nielsen to play the heroine opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger; film was a critical and commercial disappointment
1985:
Appeared with then-husband Sylvester Stallone in the action features "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986)
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Made tabloid headlines in the late 1980s with her on-again, off-again relationship with football player Mark Gastineau
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Dropped out of school at 16 to pursue a modeling career in Paris; walked the runways for top designers including Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, and Gianfranco Ferre
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Modeled for renowned photographers Helmut Newton and Greg Gorman in the early 1980s
1987:
Released debut album, the dance-oriented <i>Every Body Tells a Story</i>
1989:
Acted the CBS TV-movie "Murder by Moonlight"
1996:
Cast alongside Jim Varney and Corey Haim in the comedy feature "Snowboard Academy"
2004:
Reemerged in mainstream U.S. television when she co-starred on the third season of "The Surreal Life" (VH1)
2005:
Co-starred with Flavor Flav on the VH1 spin-off reality series "Strange Love"
2005:
Appeared on the U.K. version of "Celebrity Big Brother" (BBC) alongside former mother-in-law Jackie Stallone
2007:
Attempted to beat her alcohol addiction on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1)
2010:
Celebrated two years of sobriety
2012:
Won Season 6 of the German verison of "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!"
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Notes

She recorded her first album "Body to Body" in 1988.

Released second album of Euro-dance music in 1992.

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husband:
Kasper Winding. Composer. Danish.
husband:
Sylvester Stallone. Actor, director, producer, screenwriter. Divorced in 1987 after a 19-month marriage.
companion:
Tony Scott. Director. Involved c. 1987.
companion:
Mark Gastineau. Pro football player. Former member of the New York Jets; separated in 1989 and again in 1990.
husband:
Sebastian Copeland. Video director. Married in 1990; divorced.
husband:
Raoul Mayer. Race car driver. Married in Madrid, Spain, in January 1994.
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son:
Julian Winding. Born c. 1984, father, Kasper Winding.
son:
Marcus Gastineau Jr. Born on December 15, 1989 in Scottsdale, Arizona; father, Mark Gastineau.

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