Coco Austin

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Coco Austin
Nicole "Coco" Austin at the Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Austin in 2009
Nicole Natalie Austin

(1979-03-17) March 17, 1979 (age 42)
Other namesCoco Marie, Coco-T, Coco Marie Austin
OccupationActress, model, dancer, web personality
Years active1997–present
(m. 2002)

Nicole Natalie Marrow (née Austin;[1] born March 17, 1979),[1][2] commonly known as Coco Austin, Coco, Coco Marie Austin, Coco Marie, and Coco-T, is an American actress, dancer, glamour model, and web personality. She has been married to rapper-actor Ice-T since January 2002.[2]

Early life[edit]

Austin was born in Tarzana, California, and raised in nearby Palos Verdes.[2] She has Serbian ancestry through maternal grandparents born in Serbia.[3][4] Austin also has a younger sister named Kristy Williams and three younger brothers. As a small child, her brother would mispronounce her name, saying "Cole Cole" or "Co-co" in place of "Nicole". Eventually her family began addressing her as Coco. The family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when she was 10. She grew up as a tomboy, riding all-terrain vehicles and playing football.[2] Austin also began dancing during her childhood (jazz, tap and ballet).[5]


At 18, Austin began specializing in swimsuit, lingerie and body modeling, for calendars, catalogs and videos.[5] In 1997, she appeared on her first magazine cover for Swimwear Illustrated.[6] She won the 1998 Miss Ujena contest in Mexico.[5] In 2001, Austin began working events and parties at the Playboy Mansion.[5] She appeared in low-budget R-rated films, including Southwest Babes (2001), Desert Rose (2002), and The Dirty Monks (2004).[5]

Austin has made guest appearances on TV shows and specials including Hip-Hop Wives, the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav, RuPaul's Drag Race 5, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Dr. Oz Show, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

She was featured in a layout in the March 2008 issue of Playboy magazine and had a role in the film Thira (a.k.a. Santorini Blue, which co-starred her husband). Austin appeared on NBC's game show Celebrity Family Feud on June 24, 2008 (with winnings donated to charity). She and her husband, rapper-actor Ice-T, competed against Joan and Melissa Rivers.[7][8]

Austin played the lead role of Bo Peep in the Las Vegas revue Peepshow from December 2012 to September 1, 2013, replacing Holly Madison in the role.[9][10]

Austin and Ice-T star in the reality television series Ice Loves Coco, which premiered on June 12, 2011, on E!.[11][12] The show ran for three seasons, and ended in February 2014. After the show's cancellation, tabloids reported that Austin and her husband were preparing to launch another reality series under Ryan Seacrest's production company. She also made an appearance in rapper Lil' Kim's music video for her single "Go Awff" in 2019.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Austin and rapper-actor Ice-T were married in January 2002.[2] They renewed their vows in Hollywood on June 4, 2011.[14] In 2006, the couple made their home in a penthouse apartment they owned in North Bergen, New Jersey.[15] In 2012, they initiated building a five-bedroom house in Edgewater, New Jersey, that was expected to be completed by the end of that year.[16] The couple eventually moved into their home some time during 2018 and 2019. While waiting for the completion of their new home, in November 2015, the couple announced that their daughter, Chanel Nicole, had been born on November 28.[17][18] Prior to her marriage to Ice-T, Austin was married to Mike Williams from 1999 to 2001.


  1. ^ a b "The Birth of Nicole Austin". California Birth Index. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Coco's World". Coco's World. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014. ... born in Tarzana, California and brought up in Palos Verdes, California. ...In 2001, Coco was introduced to actor/rapper Ice T ... the couple dated a few months and then was married. NOTE: Archived version specifies: "the couple dated a few months and then was married in January 2002."
  3. ^ "Koko Ti: Ne izgledam kao Srpkinja, ali jesam! / Coco T: I Don't Look Like a Serb, But I Did!". Svet Plus / World Plus (in Serbian). October 18, 2012. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Na ovoj fotografiji me možete videti kao brinetu koja ima četrnaest godina. Mislim da ne izgledam kao Srpkinja. Inače, to je mesto (zemlja) odakle su došli roditelji moje mame / In this photo you can see me as a 14-year-old brunette. I do not think I look like a Serb. But it is the place where my mother's parents came from.
  4. ^ "Koko: Ja sam Srpkinja / Coco: I Am a Serb". Blic (in Serbian). April 10, 2011. Archived from the original on May 18, 2016. njena baka rođena u Srbiji.... / her grandmother was born in Serbia....
  5. ^ a b c d e "Ice Loves Coco: Cast Bios". E! News. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Coco Austin Shares Bikini Throwback Photo of Her 1997 Magazine Cover Debut". Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "Team Ice". Celebrity Family Feud (NBC). n.d. Archived from the original on June 17, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "Ice-T Has a New 'Feud'". VH1. n.d. Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "As 'Peepshow' ends Sunday, rumors run rampant that it'll return — and Coco Austin says she'll be back, too". Las Vegas Sun. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Nessif, Bruna (September 24, 2012). "Coco Replaces Holly Madison in Las Vegas' Peepshow". E! News. Archived from the original on July 29, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  11. ^ Allison, Kugel (May 31, 2011). "Ice-T & Coco Austin on Married Life, the Business of Being Ice, & Coco's Bodacious Body". Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "E! Orders Reality Series Starring Ice-T & His Wife", Deadline Hollywood, April 26, 2011
  13. ^ "Ice-T to end 'Ice Loves Coco' for talk show",, February 5, 2014
  14. ^ "Ice-T and Coco Renew Vows, Snoop Dogg Looks On". MTV News. June 4, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  15. ^ "Ice-T turns from cop-killing talk to posing nude". Reuters. November 3, 2006 – via MSNBC.
  16. ^ David, Mark (October 30, 2012). "Ice-T and Coco To Make a Move in New Jersey". Variety. Archived from the original on January 19, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "Thanks so much for all the warm wishes today..." Coco Austin verified Instagram page. November 28, 2015. Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. I pushed Chanel out...
  18. ^ Mendelson, Will (November 29, 2015). "Coco Austin and Ice-T Share First Photo With Baby Chanel Minutes After Her Birth: See It!". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2015.

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