Birth Date: August 11, 1975
Birth Place: Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA
Height: 5' 9"
Quote: "I never thought I'd make the pages of Sports Illustrated, because I've always been skinny. But after I had my daughter, I had hips, I had boobs..."
Carolyn Murphy was born on August 11, 1975, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Although she didn't intend on becoming a model during her childhood, she eventually enrolled in a modeling school thanks to the encouragement of her mother. It didn't take long for her to gain recognition, and soon she was taking on local modeling jobs and attending modeling conventions. An agent at one of these conventions spotted Carolyn and before she knew it, she was modeling in Paris and New York.
Fast-forward several years, and Carolyn was spending most of her time modeling in New York City. Not only had she appeared in countless fashion shows, but she had also posed for many fashion magazine covers, including Vogue (U.S., France, UK, and Italy), Harper's Bazaar, W, Elle (UK and France), and Marie Claire (Italy).
Carolyn already has experience attaching her face to a brand, as she starred in Calvin Klein's perfume commercials and print ads for the "Contradiction" fragrance, and in September 2001, Carolyn was named Estee Lauder's newest spokesperson. While actress and producer Elizabeth Hurley has been the cosmetics giant's spokesperson for the past seven years, Carolyn and Elizabeth's glamorous appeal complement each other.
The start of Carolyn's Estee Lauder career was marked by her first appearance in the billion-dollar company's worldwide magazine campaign, as well as in ads for its makeup and skin care lines, and even its spa. But she didn't need Estee Lauder to give her supermodel status; she received that when she was named 1998's "Model of the Year" at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. She was also one of the models to grace the cover of Vogue's "Models of the Millennium" issue.
Carolyn successfully made the transition from model to actress in 1999, when she appeared in Barry Levinson's film, Liberty Heights. The director wanted to cast someone with a Grace Kelly appeal (ironically, Carolyn has been dubbed "The Blond Haired Gene Tierney" by Elle), and she fit the bill. She auditioned for the role after her agent encouraged her to do so, and unlike many other models turned actresses, she was praised for her work.
In 2005 Carolyn graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She also appeared in SI's Swimsuit Edition in 2004, but making the cover can be considered quite a coup.
Formerly married to surfing entrepreneur Jake Schroeder, Carolyn is currently dating Brandon Boyd, lead singer of the rock band Incubus. She has one daughter with Jake, Dylan Blue, who was born in December 2000.
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Liberty Heights (1999) .... Dubbie the Blonde
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