Caprice Bourret

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Caprice Bourret
Caprice Bourret, London, 2013 (crop).jpg
Caprice Bourret in 2013
Born Caprice Bourret
(1971-10-24) October 24, 1971 (age 42)
Hacienda Heights, California, US
Ethnicity American mother
French Canadian father
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Website
http://www.bycaprice.com

Caprice Bourret (born October 24, 1971) is an American-born businesswoman, model, actress and television personality. She lives in London where she runs her company, By Caprice Lingerie Ltd.[1]

Modeling[edit]

Bourret has appeared on more than 250 magazine covers[2][3] which have included Vogue, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Maxim, FHM and the Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated.[4] She was named the world's sexiest woman by the News of the World, GQs Woman of the Year and Maxims International Woman of the Year for three consecutive years.[5] She has been featured in television ad campaigns for Diet Coke and Pizza Hut alongside Jonathan Ross.[6]

Business career[edit]

In 2000, Bourret entered into a licensing agreement with one of the UK's leading department stores, Debenhams, for the use of her name on a lingerie range. Six years later, she bought back the license and subsequently founded By Caprice Products, selling internationally to retailers and department stores. She designs, models, and markets lingerie, swimwear, and sleepwear.[7][8][9] In 2010, Bourret launched Bedding By Caprice.[10] Bourret has given speeches at business events about the development of her own business, and on topics of general business interest.[11]

Film and TV[edit]

Caprice starred in the film Hollywood Flies,[12] Nailing Vienna [13] and Jinxed In Love, all produced for HBO. She also appeared in the soap operas Hollyoaks and Dream Team and the English comedy show Hospital. In 1998, Bourret hosted the UK television series, Caprice's Travels. The show followed Bourret's tour through several major holiday destinations. Bourret has appeared on Friday Night's All Wright and several award shows, including the European MTV awards and the World Music Awards, the British National Television Awards in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and several series for the television channels VH1 and E! Entertainment Television. In 2000, she featured in the Channel 4 documentary Being Caprice, in which a hidden camera recorded her life for ten days.[14] Also that year, she hosted an evening at The Oscars and the red carpet event for the American Music Awards both of which were broadcast live on ABC Network.[15]

In early 2005, she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. She continued to make appearances on its companion show Big Brother's Little Brother until 2010.[16]

Bourret was a cast member on the fifth season of the VH1 reality series The Surreal Life and appeared in the reality shows Celebrities Under Pressure, Celebrities Disfigured, Three Celebrities and a Baby, and Road Raja.

In June 2006, she starred in the English independent movie Perfect Woman. This followed an earlier appearance in the film The Man with Rain in His Shoes alongside Penélope Cruz.[14]

In 2007, Bourret was a judge on Sky 1's Project Catwalk and Britain's Next Top Model.[17] Three years later she was head judge on TV3's show Style Wars in Ireland.[18]

On November 13, 2008 she came joint second with Jimmy Osmond in a Celebrity Come Dine with Me episode that also featured Nicky Clarke and Nancy Sorrell.[19]

In January 2013, Bourret was announced as one of the fifteen contestants participating in the ITV reality diving show, Splash!.

Personal life[edit]

When she arrived in London she posed as a celebrity "It" girl from a rich American family for a documentary series called Filthy Rich: Daddy's Girls, in which it was claimed she came from a moneyed family who lived in a security-screened Hollywood mansion. In fact, she was raised - mainly by her single mother - in a three-bedroom bungalow in an ordinary suburb of Los Angeles called Hacienda Heights, and was a popular cheerleader at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, California, class of 1989. Her father was a used-car salesman who split from her mother when Caprice was five. Penniless Valerie Bourret was arrested on charges of credit-card theft; she had hatched a plot to defraud retailers with a young male accomplice and was given three years' probation.[20]

In August 2003 21 year old Alexander Davis, heir to a £4bn oil fortune, asked Caprice to marry him. At the time Caprice was claiming to be 28, but she was later exposed as being more than ten years older than Davis. Davis' mother was quoted as saying "Alex needs to be studying not hanging out with a woman old enough to be his mother", and threatening to cut him out any legacy.[21] They split up less than two years later.

Caprice then sued a Sunday newspaper for accusing her of being a 'gold digger', and claimed during the court hearings that the boy's mother wrote 'Caprice is perfect for my son. I look forward to planning their wedding'. Caprice was later forced to hand the money back when it was discovered she had used a forged letter to win the case.[20]

In August 2006, defended by Nick Freeman, Caprice was banned from driving for one year and ordered to pay £2,500 costs when she was found guilty of drink-driving. She was held in police cells for several hours after she allegedly argued with officers who ordered her to take a breath test. "Do you know who I am?" she is said to have protested. Freeman claimed the model had a urinary tract infection, and that she was affected by the drugs she was taking.[22] She owns two homes in South Africa, one in Cape Town's Camps Bay and another in Johannesburg's Bryanston.[23]

In 2006 she was exposed for her false claim to have been 'Miss Teen California' when the organiser of the competition stated he'd never heard of her. MTC organiser Frank Lameira stated 'Caprice whomever never won Miss Teenage California and never was a participant in Miss Teenage California. The Miss Teenage California Pageant was created by myself in 1980. Perhaps she won another state teen pageant in California prior to 1980 that had a similar title, but I can assure you the Miss Teenage California's first pageant was in 1980.' He goes on to point enquirers to his website of previous winners.[24] Caprice appears to have claimed it was some sort of mistake, however she has made the false claim in interviews such as one in Stuff Magazine published 19th February 2003 (which also includes the false claim that she is 27) with quotations such as "I was Miss Teen California. I had to do parades and openings and wave and, you know, the things that a beauty queen does. God, I’m glad those days are over."[25]

In 2013, Bourret announced her pregnancy. She had decided to have a surrogate child after being told by doctors that she was unlikely to conceive naturally. Shortly after discovering the success of the procedure, Bourret found that she was also expecting a child herself.[26][27] The male, surrogate child was born in Los Angeles on August 19, 2013 and Bourret attended the birth.[28] Bourret gave birth herself less than a month later to a son.[29]


Acting[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hospital! Cassandra Channel 5 one-off comedy
1999 Dream Team, TheThe Dream Team Dani West Series regular, US TV series
2001 Bubbles American woman Short film
2001 Baywatch Jackie Love One-off episode
2002 Nailing Vienna Crystal British film
2004 Hollywood Flies Cherie Film
2004 Hollyoaks: After Hours Saskia Spin-off

Reality television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Friday Night's All Wight Herself Co-Presenter, TV series
1999 Bang Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer Herself Interviewed by Reeves and Mortimer as their characters "The Stotts".
2000 Being Caprice Herself Documentary
2002 Stars in Their Eyes Herself/Nancy Sinatra Celebrity Christmas Special
2002 Open House with Gloria Hunniford Herself 1 episode
2003 Importance of Being Famous, TheThe Importance of Being Famous Herself Single guest interview series with Piers Morgan
2004 Road Raja Herself Driving reality show
2004 Loose Women Herself 2 episodes, ITV
2004 GMTV Herself 1 episode, ITV
2004 Celebrities Under Pressure Herself 1 episode
2004 Sports Relief Herself 1 episode
2005 Celebrity Big Brother 2005 (UK) Herself Evicted: Day 16 (Placed 5th out of 10)
2005 Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, TheThe Big Idea with Donny Deutsch Herself 2 episodes, CNBC
2005 Surreal Life, TheThe Surreal Life Herself US reality series
2005 Dirty Tricks Herself 1 episode
2005 Ireland AM Herself 1 episode
2005 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself 1 episode
2006 The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday: Live Herself One-off event
2007 Xposé Herself Entertainment series
2008 Come Dine With Me Herself 1 episode, Channel 4 culinary reality show
2008 Cooking the Books Herself 1 episode, Channel 5
2009 Hole in the Wall Herself 1 episode
2009 Live from Studio Five Herself 1 episode, Channel 5 live chat show
2009 9th Meteor Ireland Music Awards Herself – Presenter Music Awards show
2010 Real Hustle, TheThe Real Hustle Herself 1 episode, BBC
2010 Big Brother's Little Brother Herself – Guest Panelist Multiple episodes, E4
2010 Style Wars Herself Judge of Irish Reality Show
2010 The King is Dead Herself – Guest Panelist 1 episode, BBC
2010 The King is Dead Herself Contestant
2010 Celebrity Juice Herself Closerer Magazine Head
2010 The Panel Herself Guest
2010 Live from Studio Five Herself Guest
2011 Celebrity Juice Herself Guest
2011 OK! TV Herself Guest
2011 Xposé Herself Guest
2011 Daybreak (ITV) Herself Guest
2011 5 News Herself Guest
2013 Splash! (ITV) Herself Guest
2014 Ladies of London Herself

Theatre[edit]

Bourret played Maureen in the musical Rent at The Prince of Wales Theatre. She also performed in The Vagina Monologues at the Arts Theatre in London's West End.[30]

In 2007, Bourret produced and played the lead role of Lisa, in the off-Broadway production Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical at the Tesson Theatre in Johannesburg.[31]

Music[edit]

In 1999, Bourret was signed to Virgin Records and subsequently released her first single, "Oh Yeah"[32] (UK #24), and the 2001 follow-up single, "Once Around the Sun" (also UK #24).[33][34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Caprice went from supermodel to lingerie entrepreneur". Real Business. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  2. ^ Amira Hashish (2011-06-09). "How Caprice became a model businesswoman". Thisislondon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  3. ^ Bevan, Nathan (2009-02-14). "Supermodel Caprice stars alongside Rhys Ifans in new show". WalesOnline. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Most Popular". CNN. 
  5. ^ "Interview Actress & Supermodel Caprice Bourret for Obesity Campaign UK". Obesitycampaign.co.uk. 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  6. ^ Whitehead, Jennifer (2003-10-02). "Caprice steals forklift truck in new Diet Coke promotion". Marketing magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  7. ^ About Bradley Chapman Leave a comment Go to comments. "Bradley Chapman Sales and Marketing". Rawbusiness.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  8. ^ Slowe, Kat (2011-05-12). "INTERVIEW: Caprice Bourret". Lingerieinsight.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  9. ^ bycaprice.com. "By Caprice stockists". ByCaprice.com. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  10. ^ Lingerie Buyer.co.uk. "Caprice Launches Bedding". Lingerie-Buyer.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Business Speeches". By Caprice Lingerie. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hollywood Flies (2005)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  13. ^ "SEE RANK Nailing Vienna (2002)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  14. ^ a b "Too close for comfort". The Guardian (London). 
  15. ^ "Exclusive Interviews with Top Jewish Models - Caprice". Shalom Life. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  16. ^ Burchill, Julie (13 January 2005). "My feminist hero has become a rancid bore". London: The Times. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Project Catwalk: Team Work On Caprice Lingerie Line". Unreality TV. 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  18. ^ "ShowBiz Ireland - Caprice Launches TV3 Style Wars". Showbiz.ie. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  19. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (2008-11-14). "Stuart Jeffries: Watch celebrities hold dinner parties for charity? I'd rather reverse over a puppy". The Guardian (London). 
  20. ^ a b "Wretched humiliation of Caprice". Evening Standard. 4 January 2006. 
  21. ^ article BBC News - 17 December 2002
  22. ^ Rare failure for 'Mr Loophole' BBC News - 25 August, 2006
  23. ^ "Caprice, California dreamin?". The Property Magazine. 2008. 
  24. ^ "Miss Teenage California website". 
  25. ^ And God Created...Caprice Stuff Magazine - 19th February, 2003
  26. ^ "Model Caprice Bourret having two babies ... a month apart?". Fox News. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Pregnant Caprice Bourret set to welcome surrogate baby weeks before due date". Express.co.uk. Daily Express. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  28. ^ Showbiz news. Daily Express http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/423676/Caprice-Bourret-welcomes-first-baby |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  29. ^ Moir, Jan (2013-10-25). "One baby from a surrogate. One born naturally. And why Caprice will never reveal which is which". London: Associated Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  30. ^ "Model Caprice Makes Musical Stage Debut in Rent". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  31. ^ [1][dead link]
  32. ^ "Aiming to be a model singer". BBC News. 1999-08-17. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  33. ^ music (2010-07-12). "Caprice Entertainment MSN". Entertainment.uk.msn.com. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  34. ^ "Chart positions Every Hit". Everyhit.com. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 

External links[edit]

Interviews