Despite a couple offbeat personal and professional career moves (cf. Richard Gere, “Fair Game”), Cindy Crawford has maintained a consistent aura of respectability, grace, and beauty through her beginnings in the 1980s, her explosion a decade later, and a withdraw into family life in the 2000s. During the 90s, amid the likes of Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington, it was Cindy who emerged as the preeminent supermodel of the decade, appearing on more than 600 magazine covers.
Cindy was born in Illinois in 1966; she lost her brother from leukemia and her parents divorced while she was in high school. Graduating as school valedictorian, Cindy eyed Northwestern University as her home for the next four years and a pursuit in chemical engineering. She lasted a quarter, and by 1986 was in New York. She found work – and burgeoning success – almost instantly, landing on the covers of Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. It was in 1988 when she appeared in Playboy which led to the host position of MTV’s “House of Style.” She maintained that gig through the first half of the 1990s while representing Revlon, Pepsi and Kay’s Jewellers. She seemed to be on a magazine every week, and when she married Richard Gere in 1991, it seemed as if Cindy Crawford had realized the American Dream.
But with Gere out of the picture by 1995, Cindy’s penchant for extending her reach well beyond the catwalk inevitably landed in movies – in the hands of Billy Baldwin no less, and the thriller “Fair Game.” And while it was clear Cindy lacked the acting chops of Nicole Kidman, she found herself more at home guest starring on TV shows and producing exercise videos. But at the end of the day, all Cindy had to do was open Forbes magazine and find herself the highest paid supermodel of the time.
In 1998, Cindy settled down with land tycoon Rande Gerber and has raised two children to date with him. As the 1990s gave way to the 2000s, Cindy dramatically reduced her appearances but continued making “best” lists, such as #5 on Playboy’s “Sexiest Stars of the Century.” She also contributes to charitable causes, primarily for leukemia. But perhaps most impressive about Cindy’s longevity is the poise she has maintained – a rare commodity that most of our heralded Hollywood stars lack. If time indeed heals all, Cindy has learned how to be a timeless agent of beauty.
Cindy Crawford Photos
Cindy on the Web
Cindy’s ultimate web resource.
TV Guide: Cindy Crawford
News, photos, video links and TV Listings of Cindy.
Extended bio, links to film and TV appearances, and photos.
Good bio with vital stats and links.
Elegant official site with page on her supermodel career and other ventures.
All Pro Models
A look at Cindy in the November 2008 Vogue Paris issue.
Trivia, videos, and photo galleries of Cindy.
Cindy on Video
“House of Style” Clip
Throwback to November 1992 with a three-minute clip of “House of Style.”
The 1990 “Unforgettable” Advertisement.
Cindy, Michael Richards…and Rodney Dangerfield.
“Fair Game” Trailer
Amazing trailer to the 1995 action/thriller.
Cindy on the Screen
She was the host of MTV’s “House of Style” from 1989-1995, produced and hosted a number of exercise videos, is Kate McQuean in the Billy Baldwin vehicle “Fair Game,” voices Dorothy in a 1997 episode of “Frasier,” stars in two episodes of “Third Rock from the Sun,” cameos in “54,” stars as Sandra in “The Simian Line”,”, and hosts “Fashion Flashback” beginning in 2001.
Still making red carpet appearances and attending things like Miley Cyrus’ 16th birthday at Disneyland, Cindy appears in a November 2008 spread in Vogue Paris.
“The face you have at age 25 is the face God gave you, but the face you have after 50 is the face you earned.”