Bridget Marquardt
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Tillamook, Oregon
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Famous for:
As one of the stars of the successful reality TV show on the E! Network, “The Girls Next Door” (2005-2009)
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The Girls Next Door


American TV personality, model and actress Bridget Marquardt rose to fame as one of the stars of the successful reality TV show on the E! Network, “The Girls Next Door” (2005-2009), which followed the lives of Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. She appeared on the cover of the November 2005 issue of “Playboy” magazine, which marked the first of three cover pictorials she would do with fellow “Girls Next Door” stars Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson. Marquardt, who broke up with Hefner in the fall of 2008, last posed nude for the magazine in February 2009. Her new TV show, “Bridget's Sexiest Beaches,” is set to debut on the Travel Channel in March 2009.

Marquardt has acted in such movies as the George Clooney/Catherine Zeta-Jones vehicle “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003), “Kottentail” (2004), “Tomorrow's Yesterday” (2006), “Scary Movie 4” (2006) and “The House Bunny” (2008). TV series credits include “General Hospital,” “Entourage” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

The hazel-eyed actress, with measurements 34D-25-36, began dating Hugh Hefner in March 2002. In October 2002, she moved into the Playboy mansion as one of Hefner's live-in girlfriends. In early 2009, Marquardt moved out of the mansion after she and Hefner spit up. Currently, she is in a relationship with director Nicholas Carpenter, whom she met on the set of “The Telling.” Talking about her new lover, she said, “He's funny and sincere and really sweet.” She added, “He's so cute and I'm very happy!”


Childhood and Family:

Born Bridget Christina Sandmeier on September 25, 1973, in Tillamook, Oregon, Bridget Marquardt was raised in California. Her parents divorced and her mother remarried when she was in the fifth grade. Bridget then lived on her stepfather's ranch. Bridge has a younger brother named Edward and a half-sister named Anastasia.

Bridget was educated at Galt High in Sacramento County, California, before transferring to Lodi High School. She graduated in 1990 and then attended San Joaquin Delta College, from which she graduated with an Associate Degree. In 1998, she received a B.A. in communications with an emphasis on public relations from California State University in Sacramento and got a Master's Degree in communications from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, in 2001. Later, Bridget studied broadcast journalism through the UCLA Extension.

While still in college, Bridget married her best friend, Chad Christopher Marquardt, on August 2, 1997. They separated when Bridget decided to move to Los Angeles in 2001 and are now divorced.

Bridget's Sexiest Beaches


Bridget Marquardt knew she wanted to pose for Playboy at a very young age. After high school, she sent a letter to the magazine asking how to become a Playmate and by the time she earned her B.A. Degree in 1998, 25-year-old Bridget had enrolled at Playboy's Millennium Playmate hunt. She got a call to come to Los Angeles for a studio test, during which time she stayed at the Playboy mansion as a guest.

Although she failed her first audition, in 2001 she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. She landed local modeling assignments and small acting roles and worked as a dancer at Spearmint Rhino to make end meets. After failing to make Playboy a second time, in March 2002 she received a phone call from Hugh Hefner, who asked her out on a date. Within seven months, she was living at the Playboy Mansion, along with seven other Hefner lovers.

In 2003, Marquardt appeared in the Coen brothers' comedy “Intolerable Cruelty,” starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. A year later, she was cast in a role in the Tony Urban-directed comedy “Kottentail.” In June 2005, she appeared as in an episode of “Entourage” called “Aquamansion,” along with Hefner and fellow Playmates Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson. In November 2005, Bridget also made an appearance in an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” again with Hefner and Madison. She then starred in the reality TV series “The Girls Next Door,” which debuted on E! on August 7, 2005. The show, which centered on the fantasy-like lives of the three different live-in girlfriends of Hugh Hefner (Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Marquardt), was a hit among men and women audiences alike.

In addition to her regular appearances on “The Girls Next Door,” Marquardt also appeared in various TV shows like “The Tyra Banks Show” (2 episodes, 2005-2006), “E! True Hollywood Story” (2006), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (2 episodes, 2006), “Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (2006), “Celebrity Paranormal Project” (2006), “The Apprentice” (2007), “The Search for the Next Elvira” (3 episodes, 2007) and “Today” (2008). She also guest starred in an episode of the long-running soap opera “General Hospital,” which aired on August 29, 2007. Marquardt resumed her film career by taking roles in “Tomorrow's Yesterday,” a short movie directed and written by Elan Gale, and David Zucker's “Scary Movie 4” (both 2006), starring Anna Faris. She was reunited with Faris, Hefmer, Madison and Wilkinson for the 2008 comedy “The House Bunny,” which was helmed by Fred Wolf. In June 2007, Marquardt ventured into the broadcasting world by starting her “Bridget & Wednesday Friday Show” on the Sirius Radio's Playboy station.

Since the beginning of the show, Marquardt and her two “The Girls Next Door” costars graced the cover of “Playboy” magazine in November 2005, September 2006 and March 2008. Marquardt made her final appearance in Playboy in February 2009.

Marquardt will star in her own show, “Bridget's Sexiest Beaches,” on the Travel Channel. The show, which will follow her to exotic beach throughout the world, is set to air in March 2009. She will also star with Madison in the upcoming horror anthology film “The Telling,” which will have a DVD premiere on April 14, 2009. The film was jointly directed by Nicholas Carpenter and Casey Ward and written by Joe Lessard. She will also provide the voice of Postal Babe in the video game “Postal III,” which also features porn star Ron Jeremy. The game is scheduled to be launched in November 2009.


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