Lauren Hutton

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Lauren Hutton
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Hutton attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Mary Laurence Hutton
(1943-11-17) November 17, 1943 (age 72)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Model/actress
Years active 1963–present

Lauren Hutton (born November 17, 1943) is an American model[1] and actress.

Early life[edit]

Hutton was born Mary Laurence Hutton in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Her parents divorced when she was young. After her mother remarried, her last name was changed to her stepfather's name, "Hall", although he never formally adopted her.[2] She graduated from Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida in 1961,[citation needed] and was among the first students to attend the University of South Florida in 1961.[3][4]

Hutton later relocated with former Tampa disc jockey Pat Chamburs, 19 years her senior, to New York City, where she worked at the Playboy Club.[5] The pair later moved to New Orleans, where she attended Newcomb College, then a coordinate college within Tulane University,[6] and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964.[3]


Hutton returned to New York, changed her name to "Lauren Hutton", and became a popular fashion model, "cover girl" (appearing on the front cover of Vogue magazine a record 26 times[7]) and commercial spokesperson. She was advised to hide the gap in her teeth and tried using morticians' wax to cover the gap; then came the use of a cap, which she would often swallow, laugh out, or misplace.[8] Hutton eventually retained this "imperfection" and the All Movie Guide stated that it "gave her on-camera persona a down-home sensibility that other, more ethereal models lacked."[3]

In 1973, Hutton signed a contract with Revlon cosmetics, worth US$250,000 a year for 20 days' work, a professional relationship that lasted for ten years. Hutton's initial contract with Revlon involved representation of the Ultima II brand. Twenty years later, she signed a new contract with Revlon to be the spokeswoman for Results, a collection of corrective moisturizing treatments.[6]

In 1993, Hutton performed as a runway model for designer Calvin Klein and The New York Times responded by publishing an article in Hutton was "just as good as the current flock of fledglings."[4]

In 1997, Hutton became a brand ambassador and appeared in multiple advertising campaigns for the Australian department store David Jones; in 2001, she was replaced by Megan Gale.[9]

Hutton was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses".[10]

Following her recovery from a motorcycle accident in 2000, she became the spokeswoman for her own signature brand of cosmetics, "Lauren Hutton's Good Stuff", a line of cosmetic products for mature women.[11] The brand was sold primarily in the USA, but was also available through secondary distribution channels throughout Europe and South America.[citation needed]

In October 2005, Hutton was interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America program in relation to the future release of an edition of Big magazine that was entirely dedicated to Hutton's career and included eight pages of nude photos. Hutton agreed to pose nude for the feature, titled "Lauren Hutton: The Beautiful Persists", when she was 61 years old, and explained to GMA:

I want them [women] not to be ashamed of who they are when they're in bed. Society has told us to be ashamed ... The really important [thing] is that women understand not to listen to a 2,000-year-old patriarchal society.[12]

Hutton, who is supposedly one of four women offered US$1 million by Larry Flynt to pose nude, also explained that she first sought permission from her 14 godchildren, who told her the photographs would be "inspirational".[12]

In 2008, Hutton accepted an offer from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to appear in the lookbook for their clothing line The Row, and explained in 2010: "I saw the clothes, and they were wonderful, real simple, minimalist designs... Ash had a place on the beach, so we did it at her place... And they would dance on the deck, and I would do what they were doing. And it was good."[13] During the same year, retailer Mango launched a fashion collection inspired by Hutton's personal style.[4]

Alongside celebrity models such as Iman and Paulina Porizkova, Hutton was one of the panel members in a roundtable discussion for the "Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" gala, an annual event organized by the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute. Held in May 2009, the discussion occurred at New York's Minetta Tavern. Photographs of Hutton were also displayed as part of a historical fashion exhibition that acknowledged the significance of models.[4][14]

A third-party licensing brand of the Jim Henson Company, Henson Independent Properties (HIP), entered into an agreement with Hutton in November 2010 to act as the global licensing agent for her merchandising program. Targeted at women over 40 years of age, the brand launched products such as eyewear, handbags, and luggage, and home décor, globally in 2012. HIP's senior vice president at the time referred to Hutton as a "trailblazer" in the press release.[4][15]

Hutton was also a guest judge on the fashion designer reality television show Project Runway in 2010.[16]

In terms of fashion work, 2011 was also a fairly busy year for Hutton, as it commenced with her selection as the house model for the Alexis Bittar jewelry brand in February. Designer Alexis Bittar, a recipient of the CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year award, personally selected Hutton after choosing Joan Collins for the previous year. Hutton stated that Bittar's jewelry is "like art and still doesn't look like anything I have ever seen."[17] Hutton then appeared alongside people such as actress Shuya Chang and Annie Lennox's daughter Tali Lennox in the spring 2011 ad campaign for the Club Monaco retail brand. The lookbook was photographed by Ryan McGinley, the youngest photographer to be featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art at the time of the Club Monaco shoot.[18]

As of March 2014, Hutton is represented by the IMG Models agency and is one of their "Special Bookings" models. Julianne Moore and Liv Tyler are also represented by IMG under the same category.[19]

Acting career[edit]

As an actress, Hutton made her film debut in the Paper Lion (1968), and she won notices for her performances in James Toback's The Gambler (1974), opposite James Caan.[20] She also starred in John Carpenter's TV movie Someone's Watching Me! (1978) and played the wealthy adventurous adulteress in American Gigolo (1980). Important roles in major films were relatively few, however, and her acting career diminished during the 1980s,[citation needed] with most of her appearances being in minor European features or American films that fizzled at the box office, such as Lassiter (1984), Once Bitten (1985),[21] and Guilty as Charged (1992).

In 1984, she was offered a role for a TV series, Paper Dolls.[citation needed] MGM decided to produce a weekly series based on the TV movie for ABC, recasting several of the original roles from the 1982 production. However, the series was short-lived and was canceled after 13 episodes.[citation needed] In 1986, she starred opposite Stacy Keach in The Return Of Mike Hammer. In the spring of 1987, Hutton had a starring role opposite William Devane in a sci-fi themed ABC Movie of the Week titled Timestalkers, that did well with both the critics' reviews and the TV ratings.

In 1995, Hutton was cast in the CBS soap opera Central Park West, playing the wealthy socialite Linda Fairchild until the show was canceled the following year.[3][4]

The following year, Hutton's late-night talk show for Turner Original Production, Lauren Hutton and..., debuted and ran until 1997.[11] Hutton's partner at the time, Luca Babini, was the director, set designer and post-production supervisor of the talk show, and the couple founded Lula Productions as part of their arrangement with the Turner media company.[6]

Hutton appeared in her first feature film in two decades with the 2009 release of The Joneses, in which she starred alongside David Duchovny and Demi Moore. When asked about her decision to play the head of a marketing company, Hutton explained:

I thought it was an extraordinary script, and a great idea, this stealth marketing. My character had worked with Demi [Moore] when Demi was an 18-year-old, having her sitting on bar stools at expensive bars and ordering certain champagnes and certain cigarettes. And now she has little pods of these families all over the country, and she's got them in rented houses for a year at a whack to heist all the neighbors. And I thought that capitalism could be as vicious as anything they ever came up with in the U.S.S.R. And certainly to some degree, we do seem to be involved in that, don't we? All these people who do double jobs of acting were on red carpets wearing diamonds and $20,000 dresses, and that's a full-time job. I never did that.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Hutton met Luca Babini on a film set in 1991 and he said of the relationship's development in 1996: "I was coming out of a divorce, and she became like a sister to me. Then I fell in love with her. And I loved her feet, which say so much about a person." Babini also referred to Hutton as "accessible and down to earth," and described her as a person with "very clear opinions" that she was willing to express.[6]

In October 2000, Hutton joined a motorbike group, which included actors Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne and Jeremy Irons, to celebrate "The Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit at the Hermitage-Guggenheim museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to the journey, Hutton informed the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "I love the feeling of being a naked egg atop that throbbing steel. You feel vulnerable — but so alive." En route, Hutton crashed near Hoover Dam, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada, going over 100 miles (160 km) per hour, and suffered multiple leg fractures, a fractured arm, broken ribs and sternum, and a punctured lung.[4] Hopper later recalled from before the start of the ride: "She had on a little helmet, sort of tied under her chin. It was cute. And Jeremy [Irons] came up to her and said, 'You got to be kidding.' He took it off her and gave her a proper helmet."[22]

Hutton is the original vice-president of the Guggenheim Museum Motorcycle Club, and, in 2003, was a board member of the National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington, D.C., US.[11]

As of 2014, Hutton has never married, but was involved in a 27-year-long relationship with her manager Bob Williamson, who died in the 1990s.[23] Williamson squandered some US$13 million of her money.[2][23] Hutton later explained that he had saved her life on five occasions and made sure that she "didn't get seduced by the work." She spoke of a void that Williamson filled:

I didn't have a father, and I wanted to be a child with a protector. I'd never seen a shrink, and there was a psychological situation that clearly needed to be addressed. But, you know, I wanted to see the world and how people lived and think about who are we, how are we, why is the world? And Bob did that for me.[7]

In July 2013, Hutton revealed that she was in the process of writing her memoir, which may be titled Smile, and also explained the value of traveling and exploration in her life thus far: "whenever I came back from Africa or the Antarctic, head swelling with the beauty of it all, I found I was loving life again. You look different because of everything that has gone on inside of you..."[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1968 Paper Lion Kate
1970 Pieces of Dreams Pamela Gibson
1970 Little Fauss and Big Halsy Rita Nebraska
1971 My Name Is Rocco Papaleo Jenny
1974 Gambler, TheThe Gambler Billie
1976 Gator Aggie Maybank
1976 Welcome to L.A. Nona Bruce
1977 Viva Knievel! Kate Morgan
1978 Wedding, AA Wedding Florence Farmer
1980 American Gigolo Michelle
1981 Zorro, The Gay Blade Charlotte Taylor Wilson
1981 Paternity Jenny Lofton
1982 All Fired Up Jane
1982 Hécate Clothilde de Watteville
1984 Lassiter Kari Von Fursten
1985 Once Bitten Countess
1986 Flagrant désir Marlene Bell-Ferguson
1987 Malone Jamie
1988 Run for Your Life Sarah Forsythe
1989 Forbidden Sun Mrs. Lake
1990 Fear Jessica Moreau
1991 Missing Pieces Jennifer
1991 Millions Cristina Ferretti
1991 Guilty as Charged Liz
1994 My Father the Hero Megan
1997 Rat's Tale, AA Rat's Tale Evelyn Jellybelly
1998 54 Liz Vangelder
1998 Just a Little Harmless Sex Elaine
1999 Loser Love Annie Delacroix
2009 Joneses, TheThe Joneses KC
2013 Walking Stories Aunt Ruthie Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Time for Love, AA Time for Love Darleen TV film
1977 Rhinemann Exchange, TheThe Rhinemann Exchange Leslie Jenner Hawkewood TV miniseries
1978 Someone's Watching Me! Leigh Michaels TV film
1979 Institute for Revenge Lilla Simms TV film
1983 Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land Erica Hansen TV film
1983 Cradle Will Fall, TheThe Cradle Will Fall Kathy DeMaio TV film
1984 Paper Dolls Colette Ferrier Recurring role
1985 Scandal Sheet Meg North TV film
1985 Faerie Tale Theatre The Lady of Summer "The Snow Queen"
1985 From Here to Maternity Caroline TV short
1986 Monte Carlo Evelyn MacIntyre TV miniseries
1986 Sins ZZ Bryant TV miniseries
1986 Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, TheThe Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Joanna Lake TV film
1987 Timestalkers Georgia Crawford TV film
1987 Falcon Crest Liz McDowell 4 episodes
1988 Perfect People Barbara Laxton TV film
1990 Blue Blood Gerda Minsker TV miniseries
1990 Hitchhiker, TheThe Hitchhiker Tess "Riding the Nightmare"
1995-1996 Central Park West Linda Fairchild Rush TV series
1996 We the Jury Wynne Atwood TV film
1999 Last Witness, TheThe Last Witness Cynthia Kirkman Sutherland TV film
2007 Manchild Joyce TV film
2007 Nip/Tuck Fiona McNeil "Carly Summers", "Joyce and Sharon Monroe"


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  14. ^ Eric Wilson (4 May 2009). "A Museum Gala Where High Cheekbones and Higher Hemlines Rule". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
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  20. ^ 2013
  21. ^ B-Sides: Hands Off Jim Carrey, He Belongs to Me
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  23. ^ a b "Father figure cost supermodel dearly", Reuters via Deseret News (May 9, 2001).

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