Brigitte Nielsen

 

Date Of Birth

July 15, 1963
 

Biography

Brigitte Nielsen was born July 15, 1963 in R?dovre, Denmark.  Upon graduating from high school, she went to France and Italy in pursuit of her modeling career.  She modeled for famous designers including Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Gianfranco Ferr?.  She was also photographed by prominent lens men Helmut Newton and Francesco Scavullo.

In 1984, she was chosen to play lead in the action/adventure/fantasy film Red Sonja, which was directed by Richard Fliescher.  It was Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis who personally hired her for the role.  She co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the said movie.

Because of the success of Red Sonja, Nielsen was approached by Marvel Comics to pose as She-Hulk.  Putting on the hero's costume, Nielsen engaged in photo ops and imitated the character from the comic book.  The company originally planned to create a movie out of the comics but only a few investors were interested, so Marvel eventually shelved the project.

In 1985, she met and married Sylvester Stallone.  They did two movies namely Rocky IV and Cobra before ending their relationship.

Nielsen also attempted a career in the music industry.  Her debut album was entitled Every Body Tells A Story.  In 1992, she released another album called I'm the One…Nobody Else.  Both albums didn't chart and Nielsen did not do well as a singer.

Nielsen guest-starred on countless TV shows including Murder on the Moon, Fantaghiro, The Mole, The Surreal Life , Flavor of Love and Celebrity Big Brother to name a few.  She also acted on several films such as Beverly Hills Cop II, Bye Bye Baby, Domino, The Double O Kid, Galaxis and Doomsdayer.  Nielsen was executive producer for the action film Hostile Environment and associate producer for the independent comedy film She's Too Tall.

Brigitte Nielsen has also appeared on VH1's reality TV series Celebrity Rehab .  The show documents the experiences of celebrities as they undergo drug, alcohol and addiction treatment program.  It chronicles their journey towards rehabilitation and recovery.  Brigitte is seeking help for her addiction to alcohol and she wants to get clean for the sake of her children.



(Photo courtesy of moldova.org)
 

Place of Birth

Rodovre, Denmark
 

Birth Name

Gitte Nielsen
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

- She has been married five times: Kasper Winding, Sylvester Stallone, Raoul Meyer, Sebastian Copeland, and Mattia Dessì.

- She dropped out of school at the age of 16 to become a model.

- Her dad was an engineer and her mom was a librarian.

- She lists A Beautiful Mind and I Am Sam as her favorite movies.

- She is fluent in four languages: Danish, Italian, English and German.

- She claims that her favorite book is "A Place Called Freedom" by Ken Follett.

- She published her autobiography "Gitte Nielsen - Du har kun ét liv - sådan fandt jeg tilbage til mig selv" in 2009.

 

Awards

1986: Razzie Awards - Worst New Star for: Red Sonja and Rocky IV
1986: Razzie Awards - Worst Supporting Actress for: Rocky IV
 

Filmography

2011: SOKO Stuttgart (TV series) - Architektin Gina Wartenberg
2010: Big Money Rustlas - The Wife
2008-2010: Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (TV series)
2009: Nite Tales: The Series (TV series) - Mona
2008: The Hustle - Rich lady
2007: The Surreal Life: Fame Games (TV series)
2005: Strange Love (TV series)
2005: Celebrity Big Brother (TV series)
2004: The Surreal Life (TV series)
2000: Doomsdayer - Elizabeth Gast
2000: Un posto al sole (TV series) - Gitte
2000: Hostile Environment - Minna
1999: She's Too Tall - Veronica Lamar
1998: Paparazzi - Gitte
1996: Fantaghirò 5 (TV movie) - Dark Witch
1996: Snowboard Academy - Mimi
1995: Galaxis - Ladera
1995: Body Count - Sybil
1995: Compelling Evidence - Michelle Stone
1994: Fantaghirò 4 (TV movie) - Dark Witch
1993: Fantaghirò 3 (TV movie) - Strega Nera
1993: Chained Heat II - Magda Kassar
1992: Fantaghirò 2 (TV movie) - Strega Nera
1992: Mission of Justice - Rachel K. Larkin
1992: Counterstrike (TV series) - Monica Steile
1992: 976-Evil II - Agnes
1992: The Double 0 Kid (video) - Rhonda
1989: Murder by Moonlight (TV movie) - Maggie Bartok
1988: Domino - Domino
1988: Bye Bye Baby - Lisa
1987: Beverly Hills Cop II - Karla Fry
1986: Cobra - Ingrid
1985: Rocky IV - Ludmilla Vobet Drago
1985: Red Sonja - Red Sonja
 

Nickname

Gitte
The Great Dane
Gitta
 

Height

6' 0 1/2" (1.84 m)

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