“We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be. I don't think I will ever cut my face, because once I cut it, I'll never know where I've been.” Lauren Hutton
American model-turned-actress Lauren Hutton got her start in the world of modeling as a Playboy bunny before emerging as a prominent cover girl for “Vogue” magazine. However, she did not reach supermodel status until the 1970s when she signed a groundbreaking contract with Revlon cosmetics. In the height of her success, Hutton branched out into acting and was praised for her performances in such films as “The Gambler” (1974), “American Gigolo” (1980), the miniseries “The Rhinemann Exchange” (1974) and the TV film “Someone's Watching Me” (1978). Following some personal setbacks in the 1980s, the gap-toothed model enjoyed a Renaissance with modeling gigs for Revlon and appearances in movies like “My Father the Hero” (1994) and “54” (1998). She also headlined her own syndicated talk show and played a recurring role in the CBS series “Central Park West” (both 1995-1996). Her career again suffered a setback after a motorcycle accident in 2000, but she resurfaced in 2002 as a Gap model and spokesperson for her own cosmetics line, “Lauren Hutton's Good Stuff.” More recently, Hutton has focused more on her charity work.
Blue-eyed beauty Hutton was named one of Channel 5's “World's Greatest Supermodels.” Since the 1990s, she has actively participated in such organizations as World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), Women's Campaign Fund and the New York Harbor Festival Foundation. She is also the spokesperson of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and once served on the broad of the National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington, DC. In 1999, she became the first TV advocate for Hormone Replacement Therapy.
On a more personal note, the friend of Beverly D'Angelo has never married, but her romantic life has been filled with several men. Dating by the mid 1960s, Hutton and Bob Williamson spent the next 20 years traveling together until the death of Williamson in the 1980s. She was then linked to Malcolm McLaren (together in the mid-1980s) and Luca Babini, her director and producer for the talk-show “Lauren Hutton and ...” (1995).
Childhood and Family:
Mary Laurence Hutton, who would later be famous as Lauren Hutton, was born on November 17, 1943, in Charleston, South Carolina. Her father, Lawrence Hutton, was sent to England as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He found work as a newspaperman after the war before suffering a heart attack that led to his eventual death at age 36. After the death, Lauren's mother remarried. Her abusive stepfather used to call Lauren “Whipping Boy.”
Raised primarily in rural Florida, Lauren attended the University of Southern Florida in Tampa in 1960. However, after a year, she transferred to Tulane University and received her B.A. degree in 1964. She was also once enrolled at Sophie Newcombe College in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lauren Hutton left her home in Tampa, Florida, at age 20 for a modeling career in New York. She became one of the members of the Playboy Club for a time, but soon decided to leave New York because the city scared her. She did not return to NYC until after completing her education and found her first job as a house model for Christian Dior. Within nine months, she was signed by the celebrated Ford Modeling Agency.
Hutton's big breakthrough came when she was spotted by Diana Vreeland, the editor of “Vogue” magazine, in a fashion show in 1966. Before long, her face could be found on the cover of the popular publication, a high-profile gig that she reprised many times over the next several years. During her long-running affiliation with “Vogue,” Hutton had the opportunity to work with the famed and powerful photographer Richard Avedon.
Lured by her success in modeling, Hutton made her feature acting debut in 1968 with a major part opposite Alan Alda in the comedy “Paper Lion,” directed by Alex March. She went on to appear in such films as “Pieces of Dreams” (1970, with Robert Forster) and “Little Fauss and Big Halsy” (1970, opposite Robert Redford and Michael J. Pollard), but it was her performance as Billie in the James Toback-written “The Gambler” (1974) that garnered the 5' 6½” beauty riveting notices. Her costars in the drama were James Caan and Paul Sorvino.
It was also in 1974 that Hutton became the center of attention when she landed a lucrative contract with Revlon cosmetics as their spokesmodel for Ultima II. Signed for $200K a year for 20 days' work, Hutton became the first million-dollar model and paved the way for “supermodels.” She stayed with Revlon for the next ten years, during which time she also continued her acting career and pursued her other interest, like traveling.
Making her first TV movie in “A Time for Love” (1973), Hutton received her first major small screen role four years later in the historical war miniseries “The Rhinemann Exchange,” in which she played Leslie Jenner Hawkewood. She then starred as Leigh Michaels in the thriller made-for-TV film “Someone's Watching Me” (1978), by John Carpenter. In 1980, she was put back into the big screen spotlight when Paul Schrader cast her in the drama “American Gigolo,” opposite Richard Gere. After making her stage debut in “Extremities” (1983), she again earned praise for her portrayal of Kari Von Fursten in the action/mystery “Lassiter” (1984), with Jane Seymour and Tom Selleck. The same year, she also had a regular role in the short-lived ABC drama series “Paper Dolls,” playing Colette Ferrier.
Unfortunately for Hutton, her modeling career started to decline after her contract with Revlon ended, and so did her film career. Her subsequent gigs were in minor European films or in American films that failed at the box office. Some of them included “Once Bitten” (1985), “Flagrant Desire” (1986) and “Run for Life” (1988). In 1989, Hutton decided to stop making movies in order to focus on modeling. Her sacrifice paid off two years later when she was recruited by Revlon to represent the skin treatments “Eterna 27.” She further proved she was back on track again with high-profile work for clients like Barney's, Federated Department Stores, J. Crew and Regatta, to name a few.
By the mid 1990s, Hutton's acting career had enjoyed a revitalization. After appearing in the romantic comedy “My Father the Hero” (1994), she had a recurring role in the CBS soap opera “Central Park West/CPW” from 1995 to 1996 and hosted her own late-night talk show, “Lauren Hutton and ...,” which only lasted for a season (1995-1996). She also hosted the Travel Channel's “Three Perfect Days” (1998) and the documentary “Junket Whore” (also 1998). Also in 1998, she could be seen appearing with Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, Mike Myers and Sela Ward in the movie “54,” a drama/history directed and written by Mark Christopher. She closed out the decade by playing roles in the films “Loser Love” and “Just a Little Harmless Sex” and the TV movie “Caracara.”
In October 2000, 57-year-old Hutton earned public attention when she was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Las Vegas while on a ride promoting a motorcycle exhibit at the Hermitage-Guggenheim museum. The accident caused multiple leg and arm trauma, broken ribs, a pierced lung, and cuts and bruises that led to a long road of physical therapy. The passionate motorcycle fan returned in 2002 by launching her own signature cosmetic line, “Lauren Hutton's Good Stuff.” Her line was sold in America primarily through the Home Shopping Network, while South American and European buyers could gain the products via several secondary distribution channels. Also that same year, she modeled for Gap.
In 2005, Hutton accepted an offer to pose nude for “Big” magazine. Two years later, she made a guest appearance in two episodes of FX's “Nip/Tuck,” playing Hollywood publicist Fiona McNeil.