Victoria's Secret Girl
"I'm a meat girl and I just love having a beer." Jill Goodacre (on her love of un-model-like bacon and eggs, pork chops, and chicken-fried steaks).
A fashion model who worked extensively in the late 1980s and early 1990s for Victoria's Secret catalogs, Jill Goodacre, the daughter of sculptor Glenna Goodacre, promptly left modeling when she married popular crooner/actor Harry Connick Jr. in 1994. She subsequently turned to acting and appeared in the comedy movie Odd Jobs (1986), the docu-drama Ladybird Ladybird (1994) and in an episode of “Friends.”
More personally, Goodacre was engaged to French tennis star Yannick Noah. She later married Harry Connick Jr. and has three daughters together.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of sculptor Glenna Goodacre, Jill Goodacre was born in Lubbock, Texas, on March 29, 1965. When she was just a baby, Jill followed her family moving to Boulder, Colorado, where she spent most of her formative years.
In 1994, Jill married singer, pianist, actor and humanitarian Harry Connick, Jr. (born September 11, 1967). They have three daughters together: Georgia Tatom (April 17, 1996), Sarah Kate (September 12, 1997) and Charlotte (June 26, 2002).
From Modeling to Acting
Having developed a passion for modeling since in high school, Jill Goodacre immediately entered the industry after she graduated. She enjoyed her big break in the mid 1980s when the 5' 8" tall girl with auburn hair who sports at 35C-24-34 measurements was recruited by the renowned lingerie marketer Victoria's Secret. Meanwhile, she graced the cover of such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Self, Harper's Bazaar, YM and Sassy.
In a bid to prove that she has more than a beautiful face and body, Goodacre tried her hand in acting and played a co-ed in Mark Story's comedy movie Odd Jobs (1986). He also became David Letterman’s guest in his late night show in July 1991.
After marrying popular crooner/actor Harry Connick Jr. in 1994, Goodacre immediately left modeling and focused on acting. She could be seen playing a lawyer in Ken Loach's docu-drama Ladybird Ladybird (1994) and played herself in a November 1994 episode of NBC hugely popular sitcom “Friends,” in which she gets trapped with Chandler (Matthew Perry) in an ATM vestibule. Three years later, she lent her voice in a May 1997 episode of USA Network’s animated sitcom "Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man."
Goodacre was also credited as a director when she helped setting-up and organizing her husband's New York Big Band Concert video.