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Ireland at GooglePlex, 2012
|Born||Kathleen Marie Ireland
March 20, 1963
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Residence||Santa Barbara, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Model, actress, entrepreneur, businesswoman|
|Net worth||$420 million (self-made) (Forbes 2015)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Greg Olsen (m. 1988)|
Kathleen Marie "Kathy" Ireland (born March 20, 1963) is an American model and actress, turned author and entrepreneur. Ireland was a supermodel in the 1980s and 1990s, best known for appearing in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. In 1993, she founded a brand marketing company, "kathy ireland Worldwide" (kiWW), which has made her one of the wealthiest former models in the world.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Modeling
- 3 Business ventures
- 4 Other activities
- 5 Philanthropy
- 6 Popularity
- 7 Personal life
- 8 Filmography
- 9 References
- 10 External links
|Ireland's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 7, 1989|
|Ireland's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from March 9, 1992|
|Ireland's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 14, 1994|
Starting in 1984, Ireland was featured in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for 13 consecutive years, with her final appearance in 1996. She appeared on the cover of the annual issue three times, a feat tied by Christie Brinkley and Cheryl Tiegs, and surpassed only by Elle Macpherson (with five appearances). Ireland was the cover model for the first time on the 25th Anniversary Swimsuit Edition, which became SI 's best selling swimsuit issue to date. She returned to the cover in 1992 and in 1994. In her third appearance, she was accompanied by Rachel Hunter and Elle Macpherson, who were both pregnant at the time.
As a teenager, Ireland reported that a photographer once "crossed the line" with her and wanted her to pose topless. She did not feel comfortable and he did not respect her "no." He reportedly pushed her and got physical and she "decked him."
During SI Swimsuit's 50th Anniversary event, Ireland's 1989 cover was awarded "The Greatest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Of All Time" by its publisher.
kathy ireland Worldwide
She then founded kathy ireland Worldwide, initially a brand marketing firm, which she and her related trusts own in its entirety. The company concentrated on building its business in home products in 2003, after it cut its exclusive ties to Kmart.
In 2004, Ireland's annual take was thought to be around $10 million. Forbes described Ireland as a "prototype for model-turned-mogul" in a 2006 article about the trend of modelpreneurs. By 2004, kathy ireland Worldwide was marketing products from 16 manufacturers, including those of Nourison and Pacific Coast Lighting. Between 2005 and 2012, Ireland's company grew to about $2 billion in annual sales and became a leader in its industry. In a May 2012 British Vogue article, Ireland was called the world's richest model.
Ireland's billionaire friend and Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett advised her to enter into the home furnishings business. "Fashion and apparel is consistently changing, but in home it's more consistent," Buffett said. Buffet opens each Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting with Ireland and Bill Gates.
kathy ireland Worldwide ranked #31 on License! Global magazine's Top 150 Global Licensors.
Wedding dresses and gowns
Sterling/Winters Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, which is the management company for multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Janet Jackson.
Ireland has branded products in many classifications including the Home, Fashion Apparel, Wedding, Fine Jewelry, Baby, Children's Toys and books, Publishing, Pet Care, Crafts and Gift markets.
American Legend launched a Kathy Ireland collection consisting of 30 styles, which was featured at Macy's beginning in Fall 2011.
Ireland is chief designer for Royal Footwear & Accessories (The RFA Group). She has established a relationship with manufacturer Gorham designing dinnerware, glassware and flatware.
Ireland has delivered numerous keynote speeches at corporate events, industry conventions, expos, entrepreneurial events, social media conferences and pro-life events.
She spoke at the fourth Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters on August 13, 2007 encouraging young people to engage in activities aimed at ending poverty.
Ireland has written six books, including three for children. Her debut effort (with Laura Morton), Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons that Will Change Your Life, was published in 2002. Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity and Real Solutions: 52 God Inspired Messages from My Heart were published in 2009. Her children's books, Mona's Favorite Words, What Do Mommies Do? and An Angel Called Hope, were released in November 2005.
Since 1994, Ireland has published several fitness videos that led to her design of athletic apparel and launched her brand licensing of fitness equipment.
Several of these were VSDA Award winning, including Total Fitness Workout, Core Workout, Absolutely Fit, Advanced Sports Fitness, Reach and Health and Body Specifics, which was awarded Fitness Video Of The Year.
Ireland's sister, Cynthia, has a child with Down syndrome. Ireland wrote an article about her niece and the need for an increase in research. Other Ireland-supported causes include Big Brothers Big Sisters, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Alliance for Global Education, the Alliance for Christian Education and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Ireland was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2012 by the California State University System, which said she "generously uses her power and influence to benefit others, supporting social causes including empowering women, supporting young girls through mentoring, and providing opportunities for girls and women at risk."
Ireland has lent her estates to charitable organizations such as the Marine Corps' Toys For Tots to generate funds for charity. According to Maj. Bill Grein, USMC (Ret), Ireland’s company and her book business partner Bendon Publishing International, the world’s largest publisher of children's books, donated $10 million to supplement the 2013 annual Toys For Tots gathering and distribution of Christmas gifts for millions of at-risk children and youths.
She received the WithIt 2013 Legacy Award on January 27, 2013 at World Market Center - Las Vegas.
Ireland and NFL wide receiver Tim Brown are ambassadors for 9-1-1 For Kids, a non-profit organization that specializes in making educational materials to assist emergency dispatchers in teaching children the proper use of 9-1-1 and other general emergency preparedness tips.
Ireland received the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Phenomenal Woman of the Year award. On November 8, 2013, Ireland presented Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey with the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles’ Silver Achievement Award to honor Lacey’s work with abused and abandoned children. The award was presented at the 2013 Rhapsody Ball, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
In an effort to encourage equality in women's athletics, Ireland has hosted several LPGA Golf Tournaments, including the Kathy Ireland Championship from 1999 to 2001 and the Kathy Ireland Greens.com LPGA Classic in 2000.
Ireland and Jaclyn Smith served as co-chairs of the Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs kick-off event. They joined other notable supporters that included Paul Newman, Michael Andretti, Christian Fittipaldi, Bill Goldberg, Richard Marx, Eddie George, Robert Carradine, Bryton, Beverley Mitchell and Michelle Trachtenburg. Kids Race Against Drugs toured 90 cities visiting 667 stores, raising money for local nonprofit drug and alcohol prevention organizations.
Ireland partnered with American Family Insurance to hold the 2013 Dream Camp Contest. The prize package included a trip to Madison, Wisconsin in March to attend the Dream Camp mentoring event at American Family’s DreamBank store, and the three winners received $10,000 each toward fulfilling their proposed dreams. Jason Schadewalt, Jorge Rodriguez and Robin Coalson were selected as the 2013 Dream Camp winners.
Ireland has been outspoken in her support for Israel. On October 15, 2009, she became an international ambassador for the Friends of Sheba Medical Center, traveling back to the country in 2010 to film a documentary entitled Holy Land Heroes highlighting its work for wounded soldiers and terror victims.
Ireland spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference along with US President Barack Obama, US Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ireland spoke about going to Israel and remarked that Americans and the world owed Israel “an unpayable debt.”
Ireland appeared on Larry King Live in 2009 to discuss her weight gain and women's health. She had gained a pound a year for 25 years and the cumulative effect had become obvious to her in a candid photograph her son had taken.
Friendship with Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor and Ireland had a close friendship and attended public events together. After Ireland received outspoken criticism for her uneven performance as an on-air host of ABC's 2010 pre-Oscar special, Taylor publicly defended Ireland; "I have never seen anyone epitomize glamour and grace and professionalism like she did."
Ireland has appeared in a number of television and movie roles. Her first movie, 1988's Alien from L.A., was later skewered during the fifth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Ireland's other appearances include Melrose Place, Boy Meets World, The Larry Sanders Show, Muppets Tonight, Side Out, Mr. Destiny, Necessary Roughness, Mom and Dad Save the World, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (as Miss. Destiny Demeanor), Once Upon A Christmas, and its sequel Twice Upon A Christmas. She also appeared in the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars, where Ireland and her partner Tony Dovolani were the third couple eliminated in the second week of competition.
|1985||Charles in Charge||Woman in Line||Episode:"Snowed In"|
|1988||Alien from L.A.||Wanda Saknussemm||Motion Picture|
|1989||Journey to the Center of the Earth||Wanda Saknussemm||Motion Picture|
|1989||Worth Winning||Uncredited||Motion Picture|
|1990||Grand||Sheila||Episode: "Carnegie Hall"|
|1990||Side Out||Marie||Motion Picture|
|1990||Mr. Destiny||Gina||Motion Picture|
|1991||Necessary Roughness||Lucy Draper||Motion Picture|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Joyce||Episode:"Beauty Rest"|
|1992||Mom and Dad Save the World||Semage, Raff's Daughter||Motion Picture|
|1992||Danger Island||Laura||TV Movie|
|1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Destiny Demeanor||Motion Picture|
|1993||Down the Shore||Rachel||Episode:"Computer Date"|
|1993||The Larry Sanders Show||Herself||Episode:"The Breakdown: Part 1"|
|1993||Amore!||Taylor Christopher||Motion Picture|
|1993||A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives||Dee Morrison||TV Movie|
|1994||Boy Meets World||Alexis||Episode: "Model Family"|
|1994||Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit||Crystal||TV Movie|
|1994||Melrose Place||Brittany Maddocks||Episodes: "Grand Delusions", "In-Laws and Outlaws", "It's a Bad World After All" and "I am Curious, Melrose"|
|1995||Backfire!||Jessica Luvintryst||Motion Picture|
|1995||The Watcher||Pilot||TV Series|
|1995||Deadly Games||Amber||Episodes: "The Camp Counselor: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1996||Gridlock||Michele Conner||TV Movie|
|1995–1996||The Fantastic Four||Crystal (Voice)||Episodes: "Doomsday", "The Sentry Sinister", "Inhumans Saga: Part 3: Beware the Hidden Land" and "Inhumans Saga: Part 2: The Inhumans Among Us"|
|1996||Miami Hustle||Marsha Thomas||TV Movie|
|1997||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Shelley||Episode: "Trial by Fury"|
|1997||Suddenly Susan||Terri||Episodes: "Love and Divorce American Style: Part 2" and "Love and Divorce American Style: Part 3"|
|1997||Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Susan/Susie||Episodes: "Vuuck, as in Duck" and "Aged Heat 2: Women in Heat"|
|1996–1997||The Incredible Hulk||Ogress (Voice)||Episodes: "Fashion Warriors", "Down Memory Lane" and "Fantastic Fortitude"|
|1998||The Lionhearts||Survive (Voice)||TV Series|
|1998||King of the Hill||Sylvia||Episode: "Peggy's Pageant Fever"|
|1999||Cosby||Kara||Episode: "He Who Hesitates is Lucas"|
|1999||Pensacola: Wings of Gold||Sarah||Episode: "Tip of the Spear"|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Karla||Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"|
|2000||Once Upon a Christmas||Kristen Claus||TV Movie|
|2001||Twice Upon a Christmas||Kristen Claus||TV Movie|
|2002||Strong Medicine||Amber Hutton||Episode: "Trauma"|
|2002||For Your Love||Rhonda||Episode: "The Helpless Hand"|
|2002||Totally Spies!||Julia Hastings||Episode: "A Spy is Born: Part 1"|
|2009||Family Guy||Cardboard Cut-out||Episode: "Family Goy"|
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