Amber Valletta

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Amber Valletta
Valletta at Hollywood Style Awards, 2009
Amber Evangeline Valletta

(1974-02-09) February 9, 1974 (age 50)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  • Model
  • Actress
Years active1993–present
  • Hervé Le Bihan
    (m. 1994; div. 1996)
  • (m. 2003; div. 2015)
RelativesRobert Parks-Valletta (half-brother)
Modeling information
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorGreen

Amber Evangeline Valletta (born February 9, 1974)[2] is an American model and actress. She began her career as a fashion model, landing her first of 17 American Vogue covers in February 1993. During the 1990s, Valletta reached the status of supermodel, working as the face of Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Escada, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino, Gucci and Versace, and signing multimillion-dollar cosmetics contracts with Calvin Klein and Elizabeth Arden.[3][4] From 1995 to 1996, Valletta and her friend and fellow model Shalom Harlow hosted the MTV show House of Style.

In the 2000s, Valletta began to focus on her career as an actress. She had her first major film role as a poltergeist in Robert Zemeckis's supernatural thriller What Lies Beneath (2000). She has since appeared in films such as Hitch (2005), Transporter 2 (2005), Man About Town (2006), Dead Silence (2007), Gamer (2009), and The Spy Next Door (2010). In 2011, she moved to television, appearing in a recurring role as the fallen socialite Lydia Davis on ABC's drama television series Revenge. In 2015, Valletta starred as the scheming Carla Briggs in another ABC soap opera, Blood & Oil.

Early life[edit]

Amber Evangeline Valletta was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother, Theresa Malaby, worked at the post office.[5] Her grandmother is Portuguese.[6] Valletta is a Cherokee Nation citizen.[7] Her half-brother is actor and producer Robert Parks-Valletta.[8][9]



Valletta got her start in the fashion industry when her mother enrolled her in modeling school at the age of 15 at the Linda Layman Agency. Valletta, along with the likes of Kate Moss, Eva Herzigová, Tyra Banks, Carolyn Murphy and Shalom Harlow, was one of the most recognizable faces of the generation immediately subsequent to the original supermodels. During the 1990s she appeared 13 times on the cover of American Vogue, second only to Claudia Schiffer's sixteen.[10] Valletta was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses".[11]

She has appeared on the cover of several international fashion magazines, such as Germany's Cosmopolitan and Glamour; Spain's Elle, Telva and Harper's Bazaar; UK's Esquire and Love and US' V, Porter, Interview, Ocean Drive, Shape, Allure, Marie Claire and i-D.[12][13] Valletta has walked in fashion shows for Versace, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Michael Kors, Alberta Ferretti, Claude Montana, Dolce & Gabbana, Pierre Balmain, Sonia Rykiel, Versus, Yohji Yamamoto, Anna Molinari, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Tom Ford.[13] She was the face of NARS Cosmetics' Spring 2010 Collection.[citation needed]

Valletta also continued to work with photographer Steven Meisel. Not only was she selected by Steven Meisel for the 2014 50th Anniversary Cover of Italian Vogue[14] but one of her prior Italian Vogue editorials with super model Tracy James[15] and photographed by Meisel was selected as one of Italian Vogues most Iconic photos.

Valletta continues to work as a fashion model, closing the Versace Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show.[16] She was also model for Marks and Spencer.[17] In 2018, Valletta appeared in advertisements for Mango, Blumarine, Escada, Chanel Watches, Prada and David Yurman.[18][19][20] In 2019, she appeared on the cover of Vogue Korea and U.S. Elle, advertising campaigns for Stella McCartney and Holt Renfrew, and editorials for Italian, American and Arabian Vogue.


Valletta's first role was in the comedy film Drop Back Ten (2000). Later that year, she played a supporting role in the thriller film What Lies Beneath, starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer and directed by Robert Zemeckis. She appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in The Family Man. In 2003, she played Celine in Danny DeVito's Duplex, starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, and in 2004, she played Martina in Raising Helen, opposite Kate Hudson, Hayden Panettiere, Abigail Breslin, and Helen Mirren.

Valletta's first major film role was as Allegra Cole in Andy Tennant's romantic comedy Hitch. The film was released on February 11, 2005, and was a box office and critical success.[21] She also had a role in Transporter 2, playing the mother of the kidnapped child. She played the female lead in the 2006 independent film The Last Time, co-starring alongside Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser. In 2007, she had supporting roles in the horror film Dead Silence, as Ella Ashen, and as Claire in Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock. Also in 2007, Valletta played the leading role in the independent coming-of-age film My Sexiest Year.[3]

Valletta at the Life Ball 2009, Rathaus, Vienna.

In 2009, Valletta starred alongside Gerard Butler in the science fiction action film Gamer. The film was released in North America on September 4, 2009, to negative reviews from critics.[21] In 2010, she starred in The Spy Next Door, alongside Jackie Chan, George Lopez, and Billy Ray Cyrus; she played Chan's character's love interest, Gillian.[22] In 2011, she appeared in the ensemble comedy film Girl Walks into a Bar.

In 2011, Valletta was cast in the recurring role as the socialite Lydia Davis on the ABC television prime time soap opera Revenge.[23] In 2014, she was a regular cast member in the TNT crime drama series Legends, playing Sean Bean's character's ex-wife.[24] In 2015, Valletta starred in the short-lived ABC prime-time soap opera Blood & Oil.[25] She played Carla Briggs, the glamorous business partner and new wife of oil tycoon Hap Briggs (Don Johnson).[26]

In 2016, Valletta starred in the video for Keith Urban's song "Blue Ain't Your Color", directed by Carter Smith.[27][circular reference] She also starred in the video for Fergie's song "M.I.L.F. $".[28][29]

Other projects[edit]

Valletta serves as the spokesperson for Oceana's Seafood Contamination Campaign,[30] to raise awareness of the dangers of mercury poisoning in various kinds of seafood. The decision to join Oceana's campaign was prompted by the mercury-poisoning experience of a friend and the fact that she is a mother.

Personal life[edit]

Valletta married Hervé Le Bihan in 1994, divorcing in 1996. In 2000, Valletta had a son with Olympic volleyball player Chip McCaw.[31][32] She married McCaw, in September 2003, and they divorced in early 2015.[citation needed]

Valletta endorsed incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.[33]

In July 2014, Valletta spoke out about her battle with drug and alcohol addiction.[34][35]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Unzipped Herself Documentary film
2000 Drop Back Ten Mindy Deal
2000 What Lies Beneath Madison Elizabeth Frank
2000 The Family Man Paula
2001 Perfume Blair
2001 Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story Lorelei Shellist Television film
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Ms. Dingman
2003 Duplex Celine
2004 Raising Helen Martina
2005 Hitch Allegra Cole
2005 Transporter 2 Audrey Billings
2006 Man About Town Brynn Lilly
2006 The Last Time Belisa
2007 Dead Silence Ella Ashen
2007 Premonition Claire Francis
2007 My Sexiest Year Marina
2008 Days of Wrath Jane Summers
2009 Gamer Angie "Nika" Roth Tilman
2010 The Spy Next Door Gillian
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Camilla
2017 Walking Herself / model Documentary film
2017 Kevyn Aucoin Beauty & the Beast in Me Herself
2017 A Film for Planned Parenthood of New York City Herself
2017 Double Dutchess: Seeing Double Herself Segment "M.I.L.F. $"


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 House of Style Herself Host
2003 Lucky Sarah Episode: "Something for Everyone"
2005 Punk'd Herself Episode: "Episode #6.4"
2009 State of the Union Herself Episode: "Episode #2.2"
2011–2014 Revenge Lydia Davis Recurring role, 14 episodes
2014 Legends Sonya Odum Series regular, 10 episodes
2015 Hot in Cleveland Ashley Episode: "Scandalous"
2015 Blood & Oil Carla Briggs Series regular, 10 episodes
2018 Movie Night With Karlie Kloss Herself Episode: "Hitch"
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself / Guest Judge Episode: "From Farm to Runway"

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Notes
2008 "Yes We Can"
2016 Fergie "M.I.L.F. $"
2016 Keith Urban "Blue Ain't Your Color"


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  8. ^ Palmer, Tamara (February 2, 2018). "Does Robert Valletta's Name Sound Familiar? Well, That's Because His Sister Is a Supermodel". BravoTV.
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  21. ^ a b "Gamer". Rotten Tomatoes. September 4, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  22. ^ "Shauna Sand Gets Estranged Hubby Arrested". Gossip Girls. November 26, 2008. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  23. ^ Lesley Goldberg (April 6, 2011). "Amber Valletta to Guest Star in ABC Drama Pilot 'Revenge'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  24. ^ Nellie Andreeva (December 14, 2012). "Amber Valletta Cast In TNT Pilot 'Legends' - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  25. ^ Nellie Andreeva (March 12, 2015). "Amber Valletta Joins ABC Drama Pilot 'Boom'; Duo Added To Comedy 'Dr. Ken' - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  26. ^ "Legends star Amber Valletta joins ABC drama pilot Boom". Digital Spy. March 13, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  27. ^ Blue Ain't Your Color
  28. ^ "Supermodels Star in new Fergie Music Video". Harper's BAZAAR. Archived from the original on August 28, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  29. ^ "Model "MILFs"! Fergie's New Video Brings Out Fashion's Bad Mama Jamas". Vogue. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
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  33. ^ Suebsaeng, Asawin. "15 Wild Celebrity Campaign Donations From the 2012 Election". Mother Jones. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  34. ^ Friedlander, Ruthie (July 10, 2014). "Amber Valletta Bravely Opens Up About Her Struggle With Addiction". Elle. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  35. ^ Revitalize (July 11, 2014). "How I Live With Addiction Every Day: Amber Valletta". MindBodyGreen. Retrieved August 17, 2014.

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Preceded by Host of House of Style
1995–96 (co-host with Shalom Harlow)
Succeeded by