Eleanor Gow was born March 29,
1964, in Sydney, Australia. Elle's original plan was to study pre-law
at Sydney University, but when the 18-year old, 6-foot beauty was
discovered in Aspen, Colorado, she was immediately signed to the Click
She soon became a staple of Elle magazine, posing for the magazine for
6 years. While her talent as a model was undeniable, her marriage to
the fashion magazine's creative director, Gilles Bensimon, further
secured her relationship with the magazine.
She ventured into the world of exercise videos, motivating
and teaching people how to stay fit to hopefully end up with a body
like hers (probably something every woman would love). She showed off
her body on the cover of the much coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Edition in 1994, with models Kathy Ireland and Rachel Hunter.
Already having achieved supermodel status, Elle knew that the glamorous
modeling industry has high turnover so she set her sights on other
projects. Since the crossover from modeling to acting is a popular and
usually successful one, Elle decided to perform in front of film
cameras as well as fashion photographers. She first appeared on the
silver screen in the 1990 Woody Allen film Alice (the spectacled
director personally picked her for the part), but the part required
nothing more than a "walk-by."
Still, that was a start, and in 1994, "The Body" was required
to gain 20 pounds for her meatier role in Sirens, co-staring Hugh
Grant. In 1996 she appeared in a remake of Jane Eyre and starred
opposite Ben Stiller in the comedy, If Lucy Fell. That year she also
appeared in The Mirror Has To Faces, with Barbra Streisand and Jeff
Wanting to branch out into other industries, Elle used her
business skills to become chair of a line of lingerie called, Elle
Macpherson Intimates. Based in Australia, the company has grown into a
multimillion-dollar enterprise. Elle is also associated with Montgomery
Ward, a clothing line ranging from sportswear to intimates.
Finding time somewhere between all these projects, Elle joined
fellow supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell in developing
the theme restaurant, the Fashion Cafe.
Signed with Miramax, the leggy model/actress was the object of
Batman's affection in 1997's Batman & Robin, and co-starred with
Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in The Edge.
Elle was recently seen last season on the sitcom Friends, in the recurring role of Joey's new roommate.
As for Elle's personal life, she and Gilles Bensimon got divorced, and
Elle has since had two ex-fiances, Eric Miller and Tim Jeffries, and
has dated Sean Penn. She is now with her long-time companion, Swiss
financier Arpade "Arki" Busson, the father of her son Flynn.
Azzedine Alaia, Bendon, Biotherm, Blackglama, Budweiser beer, Chrysler, Christian Dior,
CSR sugar, Danone, Diet Coke, Elle MacPherson Intimates, Finesse
shampoo, Garuda Airlines, Guy Laroche, H & M, KFC Tender Roast
Chicken, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Milk Bureau, Omega watches,
Pinko, Tab Cola, Victoria's Secret, Victorio & Lucchino, Victorio
& Luchino 'Abril' fragrance
Cleo, Vogue, Elle, Woman's
Day, Flare, Photo, Femme, Cosmopolitan, Gala, Amica, In Style, Tynaika,
Man, DT, GQ, Paris Match, Romantique & Chic, Woman, Premiere, Sky
Magazine, Maxim, Harpers & Queen, New Woman, Shape, She, Red,
Telegraph Magazine, Tatler, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Marie
Claire, Self, Shape, Harpers Bazaar
Ralph Lauren, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Zeki Triko, Valentino, Victorio & Luchino, Thierry Mugler