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
BornMary Laurence Hutton
(1943-11-17) November 17, 1943 (age 70)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Years active1963–present
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Lauren Hutton
Lauren Hutton 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Hutton attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
BornMary Laurence Hutton
(1943-11-17) November 17, 1943 (age 70)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Years active1963–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. Her parents divorced when she was young, her mother remarried, and Mary's last name was changed to her step-father's name, Hall, although he never formally adopted her.[2] She graduated from Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida in 1961.[citation needed] She was among the first students to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1960.[3][4] She later moved with former Tampa disc jockey Pat Chamburs, 19 years her senior, to New York City where she worked at the Playboy Club.[5] They later moved to New Orleans, where she attended Tulane University, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1964.[6]


Hutton returned to New York, changed her name to Lauren Hutton, and became a top fashion model, cover girl (appearing on the cover of American Vogue a record 26 times), and commercial spokesperson. She was advised to correct the slight gap in her teeth and tried using morticians' wax to cover the gap, cutting a line in the middle of it. Then she used a cap, which she would often swallow, laugh out, or misplace.[7] She retained this 'imperfection,' which gave her on-camera persona a down-home sensibility that other, "more ethereal models lacked."[8] In her heyday, Hutton was known as "the fresh American face of fashion."[9]

In 1974, Hutton signed a million-dollar contract as the face of Revlon cosmetics. At age 40, Revlon did not renew their contract with Hutton, and it was not until she was 50 that Hutton would sign a new contract with Revlon to be the representative for Revlon Results moisturizer line.[10] She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses".[11]

Following her recovery from a motorcycle accident in 2000, she became the spokeswoman for her own signature brand of cosmetics, Good Stuff, sold primarily via Lauren Hutton Good Stuff in the USA, as well as through numerous secondary distribution channels throughout Europe and South America.[12]

In October 2005, at the age of 61, Hutton agreed to pose nude for Big magazine. "I want them (women) not to be ashamed of who they are when they're in bed", Hutton told ABC's Good Morning America.[13]

She is signed to IMG Models in New York City, Paris, and London.[citation needed]

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.[14] 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),[15] 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 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 critic's reviews and the TV ratings.

1995 was a notable year for Hutton, as she was cast in the CBS soap-opera Central Park West, playing the wealthy socialite Linda Fairchild.[16] Also, her late-night talk show Lauren Hutton and ... debuted. However, both were short-lived and canceled the following year.[17]

Personal life[edit]

A motorcycle enthusiast, Hutton made headlines in October 2000 when, at the age of 56, she was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. She was on a 100-mile (160 km) ride near Las Vegas with various motorbikers, including actors Dennis Hopper and Jeremy Irons, to celebrate a planned motorcycle exhibit at the Hermitage-Guggenheim museum. Irons reportedly had given Hutton a full-face helmet just minutes before she crashed. Losing control on a curve, she skidded about 100 feet (30 m) and then went airborne, ultimately suffering multiple leg and arm fractures, broken ribs, a punctured lung, cuts, and bruises.

She has never married but had a 27-year-long relationship with her manager Bob Williamson, who squandered some $13 million of her money.[18]


"We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be. I don't think I will ever cut my face, because once I cut it, I'll never know where I've been." -Lauren Hutton [19]

"People say you're flirting with death but really you're flirting with life." -Lauren Hutton [20]

“Life is what we do when we’re on the way to live it.” -Lauren Hutton [21]

"She's not phony. She's not a model. She's the real thing." -Photographer Francesco Scavullo [22]

"The fashion magazines showed the new kind of woman who was emerging in the '60s. Women were in motion. And Lauren illustrated that, literally. Actually, her whole career is an excellent example of this new kind of independent woman." Hutton's wit and will are revealed in her "mischievous, kind of Tom Sawyer smile. She creates this mental space around her, and she sweeps everyone around her into her orbit." -Camille Paglia (author, iconoclastic feminist and friend of Hutton) [23]

“Lauren is anything but a classical beauty. Her nose flies west, her mouth flies north, she can cross her left eye at will. She made herself beautiful by learning, watching, willing—not by surgically altering her defects.” -Harper's Bazaar observations, 1973 profile on Hutton [24]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Barron, James (September 24, 1995). "SIGNOFF; Maybe Late-Night Success Is About The Smile". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  2. ^ Simon, Alex. "Lauren Hutton: No Nip/Tuck Required". Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  3. ^ 2013
  4. ^ [1] March 2013
  5. ^ Meacham, Andrew (April 19, 2009). < "Pat Chamburs: Tampa DJ who once lived with Lauren Hutton". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ 2013
  7. ^ Blasberg, Derek. "Lauren Hutton: The Wild One". Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Lauren Hutton, Actor Model New York Times
  9. ^ "Lauren Hutton: 'I haven't slept in 10 years'" April 18, 2010 Los Angeles Times
  10. ^ [2] March 25, 2013
  11. ^ Lee, Helen (April 11, 2007). "Vogue's ‘World's Next Top Models’ cover". Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ Lauren Hutton official website
  13. ^ "Lauren Hutton Poses Nude at 61". ABC News. October 21, 2005. 
  14. ^ 2013
  15. ^ B-Sides: Hands Off Jim Carrey, He Belongs to Me
  16. ^ 2013
  17. ^ 2013
  18. ^ Simon, Alex. "Lauren Hutton: No Nip/Tuck Required". Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  19. ^ [3] March 2013
  20. ^ [4] March 2013
  21. ^ [5] March 2013
  22. ^ [6] March 2013
  23. ^ [7] March 2013
  24. ^ [8] March 2013

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