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Born: April 9, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: model, actor

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Born April 9, 1965 in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) Paulina Porizkova was, at one time, considered the most beautiful woman in the world - a title which the brainy beauty never felt comfortable with. A model from the age of three and one of the highest paid supermodels in the world, following her reign as the top Sports Illustrated swimsuit covergirl of the late 1980s, as well as being the face of Estee Lauder, Porizkova surprised critics who assumed she could not speak, let alone act, when she made an impressive film debut in "Anna" (1987). Playing a scheming Czechoslovakian refugee who uses a former actress (and usurps her past) to become a star, Porizkova impressed Hollywood with her first film foray. She had, previously, appeared in husband Ric Ocasek's band, The Cars' music videos before "Anna" proved she had acting chops.The model went on to co-star with Tom Selleck in the pallid comedy "Her Alibi" (1989) and the cult film "Arizona Dream" (1992), before focusing more on her family than film sets and catwalks. By 2007, Porizkova came back into the limelight - first, by releasing her first work of fiction, A Model Summer ; followed by her joining the fourth season of the...

Born April 9, 1965 in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) Paulina Porizkova was, at one time, considered the most beautiful woman in the world - a title which the brainy beauty never felt comfortable with. A model from the age of three and one of the highest paid supermodels in the world, following her reign as the top Sports Illustrated swimsuit covergirl of the late 1980s, as well as being the face of Estee Lauder, Porizkova surprised critics who assumed she could not speak, let alone act, when she made an impressive film debut in "Anna" (1987). Playing a scheming Czechoslovakian refugee who uses a former actress (and usurps her past) to become a star, Porizkova impressed Hollywood with her first film foray. She had, previously, appeared in husband Ric Ocasek's band, The Cars' music videos before "Anna" proved she had acting chops.

The model went on to co-star with Tom Selleck in the pallid comedy "Her Alibi" (1989) and the cult film "Arizona Dream" (1992), before focusing more on her family than film sets and catwalks. By 2007, Porizkova came back into the limelight - first, by releasing her first work of fiction, A Model Summer ; followed by her joining the fourth season of the immensely popular dance competition series, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) in early 2007. Porizkova would be guided through her dance training by season one champ, Alec Mazo.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Second Best (2004) Allison
3.
 People I Know (2003) Dr. Anna Fahri
4.
 Dark Asylum (2001) Dr Maggie Belham
5.
 Intern (2000) Chi-Chi
6.
 After the Rain (2000)
7.
8.
 Long Time Since (1998) Diana Thwaite
9.
 Thursday (1998) Dallas
10.
 Female Perversions (1996) Langley
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1968:
Was separated from her parents by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia
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First modelling assignment at age 3
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Rejoined parents in Sweden at age ten
1980:
Became a top model from age 15
1983:
Made film debut in the modelling pseudo-documentary "Portfolio"
1984:
Appeared in Cars' music video "Drive" where she met future husband Ric Ocasek
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Appeared on the cover of the <i>Sports Illustrated</i> Swimsuit Issue in 1984 and again in 1985
1987:
Feature acting debut, "Anna"
1987:
Appeared on the cover of <i>Playboy</i> magazine (August) to preview her new swimsuit calendar
1988:
Signed a six million dollar per year contract with Estee Lauder cosmetics
1989:
Best-known role to date, co-starring with Tom Selleck in the film "Her Alibi"
1991:
Appeared in Estee Lauder how-to makeup video, "A Private Lesson" with her mother Anna
1993:
Appeared in the cult film, "Arizona Dream," with Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis, as Lewis's young Polish fiancee
1998:
Appeared in the film "Thursday"
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Signed a new contract as the lead model for Escada
2001:
Hosted for a television show on the E! network's Style Channel
2001:
Wrote and directed the film, "Roommates"
2004:
Starred in the romantic comedy, "Knots"
2007:
Joined the fourth season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" as a contestant
2007:
Replaced Twiggy as a judge for the tenth season of "America's Top Model"; fired from the show at the end of season 12
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Notes

Porizkova reportedly earned $6 million for her contract with Estee Lauder.

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husband:
Ric Ocasek. Musician. Married on August 23, 1989; together since c. 1984; born c. 1949; has four sons from previous marriage, oldest born c. 1967; formerly lead singer of the rock band The Cars.

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mother:
Anna Porizkova. Born c. 1947; teamed with daughter on an Estee Lauder how-to makeup video, "A Private Lesson" (1991).
son:
Jonathan Raven Ocasek. Born on November 4, 1993 in New York; father Ric Ocasek.
son:
Oliver Orion Ocasek. Born on May 23, 1998.

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