Kelly LeBrock is an American-born English supermodel and actor. Lebrock started her career as a model, rising to fame in the 1980s. Her first modeling assignment was for a ‘British Airways’ ad. The supermodel has featured on the covers of numerous popular fashion magazines, such as ‘Vogue.’ LeBrock popularized the iconic phrase “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” in a ‘Pantene’ ad. Later in her career, she moved to the silver screen and worked in several movies, the most notable ones being ‘The Woman in Red,’ ‘Weird Science,’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’ The model-turned-actor had an illustrious career before she voluntary retreated from the limelight to shield her children from the negative impacts of fame. However, she made a comeback in 2013. Her children are all adults now, with successful careers of their own. LeBrock currently lives in a ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California.
Childhood & Early Life
Kelly LeBrock was born on March 24, 1960, in New York City, US. She was raised in the posh locality of Kensingston, London. LeBrock has a mixed cultural background. Her father, Harold Arthur LeBrock, was of French–Canadian descent, while her mother, Mary Cecilia Traynor, was Irish.
LeBrock was named after her maternal grandmother, Mary Helen Kelly. She also had a brother named Harold, whom she lost to cancer in 2008. LeBrock’s mother was a model who encouraged her daughter to pursue a similar career.
As a child, Lebrock attended school in Buckinghamshire. At the age of 16, she moved to New York, where she began her career as a model, posing for magazines and fashion spreads. During those years, she was featured in a 24-page spread in ‘Vogue’ and was also part of a ‘Christian Dior’ campaign.
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At the age of 24, Lebrock made her acting debut with the film ‘The Woman in Red’ (1984), where she played the sensational character of ‘Charlotte.’ The movie was commercially successful, and LeBrock almost became an erotic symbol of her generation.
In 1985, LeBrock starred in John Hughes’s ‘Weird Science,’ an American science-fiction film, where she played a similar sensational role. LeBrock successfully established her position in the world of cinema with her first two projects, but she did not act in any other movie until 1990.
In 1990, LeBrock co-starred with her then-husband, Steven Seagal, in ‘Hard to Kill.’ Between 1993 and 1995, she starred in movies such as ‘Betrayal of the Dove’ (1993), ‘Tracks of a Killer’ (1995), and ‘Hard Bounty’ (1995).
Between 1998 and 2006, Kelly LeBrock made appearances in several movies, such as ‘Wrongfully Accused’ (1998), ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ (2002), ‘Zerophilia’ (2005), and ‘Gamers: The Movie’ (2006). In 2005, LeBrock made an appearance on the ‘VH1’ reality show ‘Celebrity Fit Club,’ where she was the captain of the team ‘Kelly’s Bellies.’
In the second half of the 2000s, LeBrock voluntarily stayed away from the spotlight, maintaining a low profile. She was, however, seen in the third season of the UK series ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ (2007) and in a Canadian documentary about filmmaker John Hughes named ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ (2009).
LeBrock made her comeback with ‘Hidden Affairs’ in 2013, and in 2015, she was cast as ‘Queen Ariana’ in ‘A Prince for Christmas.’
In 2017, LeBrock and her youngest daughter, Arissa, appeared together in the ‘Lifetime’ docuseries ‘Growing Up Supermodel.’ The show documented the struggles, trials, and tribunals that shaped the lives of the mother–daughter duo.
LeBrock’s first two movies, ‘The Woman in Red’ and ‘Weird Science,’ earned her huge popularity. Already a supermodel back then, she became a pop culture icon with these two performances.
The ‘VH1’ reality TV show ‘Celebrity Fit Club' was the talk of the town when it was first aired. It soon became one of the most talked-about projects of LeBrock’s life.
Awards & Achievements
In 1985, Lebrock won the ‘Female Star of Tomorrow’ award at the ‘ShoWest Convention,’ USA.
In 2016, British band ‘Bastille’ released a song titled ‘Good Grief,’ which featured two phrases used by Lebrock’s character in the movie ‘Weird Science.’ The two phrases were “So what would you little maniacs like to do first?" and "If you want to be a party animal, you have to learn to live in the jungle. Now stop worrying and go and get dressed."
Family & Personal Life
In 1984, Kelly LeBrock married film producer and restaurateur Victor Drai. The marriage was short-lived, and the couple got divorced in 1986.
In September 1987, LeBrock got married to her fellow actor and martial artist Steven Seagal. Lebrock has three children from this marriage: two daughters, Annaliza and Arissa, and a son, Dominic.
LeBrock’s marriage with Seagal also failed to withstand the test of time. Their divorce was finalized in 1996.
In July 2007, LeBrock married for the third time. Her third husband, Fred Steck, is a retired investment banker. LeBrock presently lives on a ranch that she owns in Santa Ynez Valley, California.
Kelly LeBroke’s net worth is estimated to be a sum close to $2 million. Apart from being a celebrity, she has also been an active philanthropist, particularly engaging with and supporting terminally ill patients.
Some sources believe that losing her brother to cancer was one of the factors that directed her to help cancer patients. She is the celebrity spokesperson for ‘Club Carson,’ an organization for children suffering from cancer.