Cheryl Tiegs
Birth Date:
September 25, 1947
Birth Place:
Breckenridge, Minnesota, USA
5' 10" (1.78 m)
Famous for:
Her role as Lilly in 'The Brown Bunny' (2003)
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Sports Illustrated


An American living legend in the fashion world, Cheryl Tiegs has created a reputation for herself as a timeless cover girl with her long-running partnership with Sports Illustrated, which featured her on the cover in 1970, 1975 and 1983. A 1978 poster in which Tiegs was resplendent in a pink bikini went on to become a staple in the bedroom of the American teen male. Despite her age, the supermodel of the 1970s - 1980s has managed to stay feasible today.

“I will not remarry. I’m so grateful for the marriages that I have had. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t had those. I've had four amazing men in my life, very strong, powerful, wonderful men. I certainly will have a relationship with someone but I don’t think I will get married again.” Cheryl Tiegs

Outside the spotlight, Tiegs has been married four times, to Stan Dragoti (1970-1979), Peter Beard (1981 - 1983), Tony Peck (1990 - 1995) and Rod Stryker (1998 - 2001). She has three children: a son by Peck and twins by Stryker.

Four-Time Widow

Childhood and Family:

In Breckenridge, Minnesota, Cheryl Rae Tiegs was born on September 25, 1947 to a mortician and a florist. She was educated at Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California and got her start in modeling when she was 17 years old.

In 1970, Cheryl married Stan Dragoti, but the marriage ended in separation in 1979. She tried to build a new family with Peter Beard, whom she wed on May 24, 1981 at the Montauk Presbyterian Church in Montauk, New York. Unfortunately, the bond only lasted for two years. Undaunted with the failures, Cheryl tied the knot with actor Tony Peck on November 23, 1990 and welcomed her first child, son Zachary, in 1991. The tie broke up in 1995. Three years later, on May 30, 1998, 51-year-old Cheryl married a 41-year-old yoga instructor, Rod Stryker, who becomes the father of her twin boys, Jaden and Theo. Sadly, her forth marriage ended in divorce on October 8, 2001.

Poster Girl


With the quintessence of the classic California look, 17-year-old Cheryl Tiegs broke to fashion industry with a cover shot for Glamour. Her graceful, tall frame and striking smile soon landed her more modeling gigs like appearing on the cover of such major publications as ELLE, Vogue, Time and Harper’s Bazaar.

However, Tiegs did not reach the zenith of her fame until she scored a lucrative association with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The affiliation spanned three covers in 1970, 1975 and 1983, as well as numerous appearances in the magazine. A 1978 poster of Tiegs in a pink bikini even became an iconic 1970s pop culture image.

“Being in the public eye, I have certainly gone through the tabloid situation where they come out with stories that are not true. I don’t read or pay attention to it. The only thing that I can do is know that I have great confidence in raising children and being a great mother.” Cheryl Tiegs

Aside from her successfulness, Tiegs was not happy with a career in the limelight and did not welcome the analysis that came with it. Her marriage disappointments have been well-detailed throughout the years. The supermodel pioneer has confessed that during the stature of her eminence, she would leap from one relationship to the next, never secure with the man she was with.

Now on her late fifties, Tiegs has experienced career renaissance. Her face has once again decorated the pages of magazines. Besides, she has entered the world of business with an accessory and wig line for Revlon. She also has branched out to acting by costarring as Lily in the actor/writer/director Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunn (2003). The drama film also starred Chloë Sevigny.


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