Kelly LeBrock

Active - 1984 - 2015  |   Born - Mar 24, 1960 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Leisure Arts [nf], Thriller

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Born in New York City, model/actress Kelly LeBrock was raised in London, as evident in her British-accented '80s mantra: "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful." Working happily as a supermodel for hair products and other fashionable companies, she accidentally broke into films as the titular fantasy object of affection in Gene Wilder's The Woman in Red. Her image, draped in a breezy red dress, served as an icon for the film. LeBrock re-created the fantasy object role for the teenage crowd in John Hughes' Weird Science. This time, she was literally created by high school dorks Garry (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith). During the '90s, married her bodyguard, martial artist Steven Seagal. They had three children and appeared in one film together (Hard to Kill) before their divorce in 1996. LeBrock worked intermittently in thrillers (Tracks of a Killer, Betrayal of the Dove) and softcore porn (Hard Bounty). Eventually, she went down the same path as other marginally talented former beauties -- as a romantic interest of Leslie Nielsen in satirical comedy features. Her fate finally came about in the Fugitive-parody Wrongfully Accused in 1998. There was an eight-year gap before she returned to screens in Gamers and Zerophilia in 2006, then landed a major part in 2007's The Mirror.

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  • Born in New York, but raised in London.
  • Began her modeling career at 16.
  • Made her big-screen debut opposite Gene Wilder in the 1984 comedy The Woman in Red.
  • Appeared in commercials for Pantene haircare products that featured her tag line "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful," which became a pop-culture catchphrase.
  • Married her bodyguard, future action-movie star Steven Seagal, in 1987, and later co-starred with him in Hard to Kill (1990). 
  • Appeared on the third season of VH-1's Celebrity Fit Club as the team captain of Kelly's Bellies; dropped 31 pounds, but later admitted she starved herself to achieve the weight loss.
  • Appeared in the John Hughes documentary Don't You Forget About Me (2009), having starred in the director's 1985 comedy Weird Science.