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

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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" (2003-06) in 2004. Her turbulent romance with co-star...

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" (2003-06) 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, 2008-13). While Nielsen arguably capitalized on her fame to deal with her personal struggles, she emerged a true Hollywood survivor.

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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.
 Compelling Evidence (1995) Michelle Stone
8.
 Body Count (1995)
9.
 Galaxis (1995) Ladera
10.
 Chained Heat II (1993) Magda Kassar
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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
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)
1987:
Cast as a villain in the sequel "Beverly Hills Cop II" opposite Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley
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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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Hosted a Danish TV talk show in the late 1990s
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
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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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