Name:
Janice Dickinson
Birth Date:
February 17, 1953
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height:
5' 10''
Nationality:
American
Profession:
Actress, Former Model, Producer
Education:
South Broward High School
BIOGRAPHY
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Everything About Me Is Fake

Background:

“Back in the day I was doing runway, editorial, advertising, spokesmodeling, and public appearances. Those are five different categories. Your “Twiggys” and your “Lauren Huttons” weren't doing that. I was Versace's muse, I was Valentino's muse, I was Alaia's muse, Lancetti's muse, Calvin Klein's, Halston's. I could go on and on.” Janice Dickinson

American former top model turned author and reality television show star Janice Dickinson found early fame in the fashion business as a model on a number of magazines, ad campaigns and on runways. Her modeling career gradually declined in the late 1980s, specially after her move to Europe, and after failed attempt as an actress, the frankly speaking Dickinson reachieved her celebrity status with her memoirs, “No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel” (2002) and “Everything About Me Is Fake -- And I'm Perfect” (2004), as well as for her stint as a judge on  “America's Next Top Model” (2003-2005). The self-proclaimed “world's first supermodel” went on to star in the reality TV shows “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency” (Oxygen, 2006-2008) and “Abbey & Janice: Beauty & The Best” (Oxygen, 2008), opposite British model Abigail Clancy. She released her third book, “Check Please! Dating, Mating, and Extricating,” in 2006.

In addition to her past marriages to Ron Levy, Alan B. Bursteen, Simon Fields (the father of her older child Nathan) and Albert Gerston, Dickinson, who was once named one of Channel 5's “World's greatest supermodel,” has been linked to several men like Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Mick Jagger, Liam Neeson, Ronnie Wood, Kelly LeBrock, Prince Albert II, Roman Polanski, Dolph Lundgren, Grace Jones, Bruce Willis, Frank Zappa, John Cusack, David O'Hara, and Jon Lovitz. She was engaged to actor Sylvester Stallone on December 1993, and gave birth to her second child, Savannah, on February 1994. Sly taught that he was the father of her daughter, but when he found out that the biological father of the girl was Michael Birnbaum, the “Rambo” star left her. The engagement broke up in July 1994.

Dickinson joined Beyoncé Knowles, Nicole Richie, Veronica Webb, Angie Everhart, Alexandra Richards, Kelly Osbourne, Irina Pantaeva, Marisa Miller, Wyclef Jean, Rachel Hunter, and Naomi Campbell to appear in the “Fashion for Relief” show in September, 2005 in New York. The charity event aimed to support victims for Hurricane Katrina. She is a huge fan of Gilles Bensimon's work.  


Sporty Girl

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of Ray Dickinson, who was of a Belarusian descent, and Jennie Marie (née  Pietrzykoski), who was of Polish ancestry, Janice Doreen Dickinson was born on February 15, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York. She later relocated with her parents to Hollywood, Florida, where was raised along with her sisters, Alexis (older) and Debbie (younger). Janice was educated at South Broward High School, and took up karate, swimming and some gymnastics as a young girl.

Janice has been married four times. Her former husbands are Ron Levy, Alan B. Bursteen, Simon Fields (married from 1987 until May 1992), with whom she had a son named  Nathan Ray Michael Fields on May 5, 1987, and Albert Gerston (together from February 14, 1995 to 1996). While dating Sylvester Stallone, she gave birth to her second child, a girl named Savannah Rodin Dickinson, on February 23, 1994. After a paternity test, she discovered that the real father of her girl was producer/actor Michael Birnbaum.


The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency

Career:

Janice Dickinson entered the world of modeling soon after graduating high school. Her career took off with the Wilhelmina Agency, and she quickly reached international status. By the mid 1970s, her face had decorated the covers of many major publications, including Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Playboy. She also became the face of Versace’s perfume line. In the early 1980s, the statuesque beauty signed with John Casablanca's Elite Modeling Agency, and went on to enjoy great success in the fashion industry.

Dickinson has worked with some of fashion's top names such as Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace, Bill Blass, Valentino, Azzedine Alaïa, Pino Lancetti, Halston, and Oscar de la Renta. She also has appeared in advertise campaigns for Revlon, Clairol, Christian Dior,  Alberto VO5, Balmain, Obao, Hush Puppies, Jenny, Lou Taylor handbags, Max Factor, Virginia Slims and Cutex. She continued to appear within and on covers of other magazines including “Harper's Bazaar,” “Photo,” “Elégance” and “Marie Claire.”

In the late 1980s, Dickinson relocated to Europe for business and a love relationship. She, however, found disappointment on the continent and quickly returned to America.  She tried to re-launch her career, but the US fashion scene had been dominated by new faces. As a result, she started to try her luck in acting, which was considered unsuccessful. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, she only landed  guest spots on a couple of television shows, “Buddy Faro” (1998) and “Zoe” (2000).

After many years off, Dickinson returned to the spotlight in 2002 with the release of her memoir, “No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel,”detailing her “wild days” as a supermodel. The book successfully introduced her to a new generation. Her second book, “Everything About Me Is Fake -- And I'm Perfect,” followed in 2004. The book deals with her life in modeling; her experience with plastic surgery, as well as her battles with anorexia, bulimia and alcoholism. In the meantime, Dickinson gained additional media attention through her stint as a judge on the UPN reality TV show “America's Next Top Model” in 2003. Though she was fired after four cycles, Dickinson would return to the show as a guest photographer in the fifth season and then as an advisor in the following cycle. On “America's Next Top Model,” Dickinson became known for her wit and sharp, brutally honest critiques as well as her frequent quarrels with fellow judges Kimora Lee Simmons and Nolé Marin.

In 2005, Dickinson became a contestant on the fifth season of the VH1 reality series “The Surreal Life,” in which she quickly developed a feud with ex-“The Apprentice” participant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. The same year, she appeared in the Larry Clark comedy film “Wassup Rockers,” starring Jonathan Velasquez, Francisco Pedrasa and Milton Velasquez, and in an episode of “Charmed” called “Still Charmed and Kicking,” playing Paige #2.

In 2006, Dickinson starred in her own reality TV shows called “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.” The show, which she also created and executive produced, debuted on Oxygen on June 6, 2006 and was canceled later after four seasons on October 21, 2008. Her third book, “Check Please! Dating, Mating, and Extricating,” on which she discusses the men in her life, and prescribes her rules for dating, was also

In 2007, Dickinson starred with Abigail Clancy on the short lived reality television show “Abbey & Janice: Beauty & The Best,” which followed the effort by the British model to break into the American modeling market under the guidance of Dickinson. The show premiered in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2007 and made its American debut on Oxygen on February 19, 2008.

Dickinson appeared as a contestant on the UK reality television show “I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!” and in series two of the American version of the show, which began airing in June 2009. She also became a guest judge on the Finnish version of the Top Model franchise, and appeared on the celebrity edition of British dinner-party contest “Come Dine With Me” (2010) and on the fourth season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which debuted in December 2010. Dickinson launched her own jewelry line on HSN in 2008.

In 2011, Dickinson appeared in an episode of television series “90210” called “Project Runway.”


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