Lisa Gastineau is a former fashion model who was once married to All-Pro Football player Mark Gastineau (together from 1979 to 1991). She is probably best known as the star of the reality series “Gastineau Girls” (2005), which followed Lisa and her daughter around as they searched for men and careers.
During the 1990s, Lisa was involved with some of Hollywood's most powerful men, including George Clooney, Sylvester Stallone, Bulldog (radio) and Billy Idol. She was also linked to infamous mobster John Gotti.
“Bottom line, if you're going to have the sizzle, you better have the steak. You meet somebody and it's like all these butterflies. You need passion. That's the sizzle and then you need the steak to keep it together.” Lisa Gastineau
Childhood and Family:
Lisa D'Amico Gastineau was born on December 11, 1959, in Rockland County, New York. She got the nicknamed Hurricane Lisa from her father. Her younger sister died when she was 17 years old. With the hope of pursuing a career in sport broadcasting, she majored in broadcast journalism at the University of Alabama, where she was also a cheerleader.
It was while in college that Lisa met and fell for the future New York Jets star Mark Gastineau (born on November 20, 1956). The couple married in 1979 and their only daughter, Brittny Gastineau, was born on November 11, 1982. The couple separated in 1986 after Lisa discovered her husband was having an affair. Their divorce was legalized in 1991.
New York Socialite
As a fashion model, Lisa Gastineau briefly became a spokesperson for Guess jeans in the 1980s. After her marriage to New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau ended in 1991, she invested a great deal of her divorce settlement into her friend Donna Karan's newest business venture, DKNY, a high-end casual wear line that offered a change from her high-end dressmaking. Originally carried in Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus, the brand gained a good response from fashion lovers and Lisa and Donna opened a boutique on Madison Avenue. With the success of DKNY, Lisa received a reported $25 million.
Along with her model/actress daughter Brittny, affluent Lisa soon became a regular in the New York social scene and frequently attended red carpet events and celebrity-filled balls. Lisa and Brittny, however, did not hit the big time until they were recruited to costar in the reality TV “Gastineau Girls” in 2005, which followed their lives. The show debuted on E! Television in February 2005 and soon became a hit with audiences. The success of the series subsequently boosted Brittny's modeling career.
After the finale season of “Gastineau Girls,” Lisa proclaimed that she has signed an endorsement deal with renowned cosmetic company Sephora. The deal was worth an estimated $2.5 million. Lisa has also signed with Doubleday & Anchor Books to write an autobiography.
More recently, in 2008, Lisa appeared in the documentary series “Relative Madness.”