As an art student in Paris, Christie Brinkley was approached by a photographer for a one-shot assignment that turned out to be a career-maker. This 44-minute Intimate Portrait, narrated by Brinkley's good friend Jill Rappaport, takes viewers from the supermodel's girlhood in Malibu with her brother, their beloved stepfather, and mother through her four marriages and astonishing career. Cooperating with this Lifetime effort are model agency owner Eileen Ford, agent Nina Blanchard, ex-husband Billy Joel, current husband Peter Cook, various friends, all immediate family members, and Brinkley herself. The result is a warm and detailed look at her triumphs--three Sports Illustrated swimsuit-issue covers in a row, the longest ever Cover Girl contract, a successful book and calendars, and three happy children. At the same time, neither Brinkley nor the producers shy from discussing her trials: a near-fatal helicopter crash, the death of a cherished boyfriend, and three failed marriages. This comprehensiveness makes for a well-rounded portrait of one of today's more upbeat celebrities. --Kimberly HeinrichsFrom the Back Cover:
Born on the sunny coast of Malibu California, supermodel Christie Brinkley has transformed herself from bleach blond model to a fashion industry icon. The fascinating Intimate Portrait reveals how Christie endured a failed, high profile marriage to singer Billy Joel and a harrowing helicopter accident that nearly ended her life, but still has managed a life as a mother, wife and entrepreneur. Featuring interviews with singer, Billy Joel, Eileen Ford, Jule Campbell of Sports Illustrated Magazine, Christie's parents and brother and Peter Cook.
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