Birth Date: April 9, 1965
Birth Place: Prostejov, Czechoslovakia
Height: 5' 9½"
Measurements: 35B-23½ -35½
Paulina Porizkova was born April 9, 1965, in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia. Paulina and her younger brother were left in the care of their grandmother, after their parents fled from their country. The Porizkova family was reunited after 7 years, albeit not for long, as Paulina's parents got divorced. Since Paulina's mother was busy supporting her children and funding her own medical school education, a 10-year-old Paulina was forced to tend to herself and her brother. Paulina's life changed thanks to a chance encounter with an Elite modeling scout, who spotted her on the street while she was living in Sweden with her family for several years. Modeling was extremely tempting for a teenage Paulina who was eager to get out of Sweden and support herself.
Paulina's modeling career flew into high gear after she appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 1984, and followed up this appearance with a second cover in the 1985 issue of the coveted magazine. During her career, she has appeared in numerous magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, US, Self, and she did a topless shot in GQ. Besides her 6-million/year contract for Estée Lauder (as Elizabeth Hurley's predecessor), Paulina has appeared in advertisements for Alma, Anne Klein Footwear, Capezio Bags, Episode, Escada, Giorgio Beverly Hills Red fragrance, Macy's, Maybelline, and Mikimoto. In 1987, Paulina appeared in Playboy, and gave men a yearly dose of eye candy with Paulina Porizkova calendars in 1988 and 1989.
Although she had an illustrious career, Paulina was never one to fall into the glamour associated with being a model. Despite the perks that modeling provided, she wasn't proud or happy about her job, mostly because of the connotations that are associated with modeling, so she sought other outlets in which she could express herself more creatively. After appearing in a documentary about modeling called Portfolio, Paulina attempted to pursue an acting career. She was cast in Covergirl in 1984 and Anna in 1987, but it was in 1989 that she would land her biggest, and most known role to date, co-starring with Tom Selleck (hot off the trails of his Three Men and a Baby success), in the film Her Alibi.
Presently semi-retired as a model, Paulina is married to The Cars' lead singer and guitarist, Ric Ocasek and has two sons with him, Jonathan Raven and Oliver Orion. She is also stepmother to Ocasek's children from a previous marriage.
She has appeared in films since the 80's, with roles in Arizona Dream, Wedding Bell Blues, Long Time Since, Thursday, The Intern, and Partners in Crime. Incidentally, she turned down the role of the Bond girl in 1995's GoldenEye.
Still searching for other film roles that will allow her to develop more as an actress, Paulina delved into the publishing industry by writing a children's book, and hopes to someday publish a book about her take on the fashion industry.
Paulina Porizkova Filmography
Knots (2004) .... Lily
Second Best (2004) .... Allison
People I Know (2002) .... Dr. Anna Fahri
... aka Im inneren Kreis (Germany)
... aka Innere Kreis, Der (Germany: video title)
Au plus près du paradis (2002) .... Mary Rafelson
... aka Lo más cercano al cielo (Spain)
... aka Nearest to Heaven (International: English title)
Dark Asylum (2001) .... Maggie
Roomates (2001) .... Eliza
Partners in Crime (2000) .... Wallis P. Longsworth
The Intern (2000) .... Chi Chi Chemise
... aka Intern (USA: new title)
After the Rain (2000) .... Ellen Maxfield
Thursday (1998) .... Dallas
Long Time Since (1997) .... Diane Thwaite
Wedding Bell Blues (1996) .... Tanya Touchev
Female Perversions (1996) .... Langley Flynn
... aka Phantasien einer Frau (Germany)
Arizona Dream (1993) .... Millie
... aka Arizona Dream (France)
... aka The Arrowtooth Waltz
Her Alibi (1989) .... Nina
Anna (1987) .... Krystyna
... aka Dreamworld
Portfolio (1983) .... Elite Model
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