Biography of Lauren Hutton
Lauren Hutton (born November 17, 1943) is an American model and actress. She is known for her starring roles in the movies American Gigolo and Lassiter, and also for her fashion modeling career.
Hutton was born Mary Laurence Hutton in Charleston, South Carolina. Her parents divorced when she was young, her mother remarried, and Mary's last name was changed to her step-father's name, Hall, although he never formally adopted her. She graduated from Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida in 1961. She was among the first students to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1960. She later moved with former Tampa disc jockey Pat Chamburs, 19 years her senior, to New York City where she worked at the Playboy Club. They later moved to New Orleans, where she attended Tulane University, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1964.
Hall returned to New York, changed her name to Lauren Hutton, and became a top fashion model, cover girl (appearing on the cover of Vogue a record 27 times), and commercial spokesperson. She was advised to correct the slight gap in her teeth and tried using morticians' wax to cover the gap, cutting a line in the middle of it. Then she used a cap, which she would often swallow, laugh out, or misplace. She retained this 'imperfection,' which gave her on-camera persona a down-home sensibility that other, "more ethereal models lacked." In her heyday, Hutton was known as "the fresh American face of fashion." In 1974, Hutton signed a million-dollar contract as the face of Revlon cosmetics. At age 40, Hutton was fired by Revlon, but made an unprecedented comeback as a model several years later.
As an actress, Hutton made her film debut in the Paper Lion (1968), and she won notices for her performances in James Toback's The Gambler (1974), opposite James Caan. She also starred in John Carpenter's TV movie Someone's Watching Me! (1978) and played the wealthy adventurous adulteress in American Gigolo (1980). Important roles in major films were relatively few, however, and her acting career diminished during the 1980s, with most of her appearances being in minor European features or American films that fizzled at the box office, such as Lassiter (1984), Once Bitten (1985), and Guilty as Charged (1992).
In 1984, she was offered a role for a TV series Paper Dolls. MGM decided to produce a weekly series based on the TV movie for ABC, recasting several of the original roles from the 1982 production. However, the series was short-lived and was canceled after 13 episodes. In the spring of 1987, Hutton had a starring role opposite William Devane in a sci-fi themed ABC Movie of the Week titled Timestalkers, that did well with both the critic's reviews and the TV ratings.
1995 was a notable year for Hutton, as she was cast in the CBS soap-opera Central Park West, playing the wealthy socialite Linda Fairchild. Also, her late-night talk show Lauren Hutton and ... debuted. However, both were short-lived and canceled the following year. She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses".
A motorcycle enthusiast, Hutton made headlines in October 2000 when, at the age of 56, she was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. She was on a 100-mile (160 km) ride near Las Vegas with various motorbikers, including actors Dennis Hopper and Jeremy Irons, to celebrate a planned motorcycle exhibit at the Hermitage-Guggenheim museum. Irons reportedly had given Hutton a full-face helmet just minutes before she crashed. Losing control on a curve, she skidded about 100 feet (30 m) and then went airborne, ultimately suffering multiple leg and arm fractures, broken ribs, a punctured lung, cuts, and bruises. Following her recovery, she became the spokeswoman for her own signature brand of cosmetics, Good Stuff, sold primarily via Lauren Hutton Good Stuff in the USA, as well as through numerous secondary distribution channels throughout Europe and South America.
In October 2005, at the age of 61, Hutton agreed to pose nude for Big magazine. "I want them (women) not to be ashamed of who they are when they're in bed", Hutton told ABC's Good Morning America.
She is signed to IMG Models in New York City, Paris, and London. She has never married but had a 27-year-long relationship with her manager Bob Williamson, who squandered some $13 million of her money.