Christie Brinkley might be embroiled in a long-standing feud with ex-husband Peter Cook, but it was an interview with Today‘s Matt Lauer that had the model and actress breaking down on camera this morning. “It just doesn’t seem like you guys can get over this,” Lauer opined, pressing Brinkley on her decision to air the details of their messy divorce and on-going custody battle. “Is turn-about fair play? Some would say just turn the other cheek.” Matt also informs Brinkley that her ex claims she “castrated him in public,” which we really, really hope is some kind of awful metaphor.
On one hand, come on! This is the Today show; Christie should be promoting her turn in the upcoming production of Chicago, not be made to weep openly. “He says one of the reasons all this is coming up now is that you want to promote your role on Broadway,” Lauer declares, later adding, “There are two sides to every story.” Just a reminder, Matt: you aren’t grilling Kim Jung-un about his divorce! On the other hand…Brinkley must have known the interview would delve into even the most embarrassing details of her personal life. “I just want peace for my family,” she says, before getting choked up. Either way, this is not the kind of thing we want to watch while enjoying our first cup of coffee. Crying and drinking hot java is a dangerous game, people.
They say with age comes wisdom, but in Christie Brinkley’s case, age also brings on even more beauty. The stunning birthday girl has graced CoverGirl ads, Sports Illustrated covers, and the big screen, but this supermodel turned actress is more than just your all-American beauty. This mom of three manages to run fragrance and jewelry lines, while strutting her stuff on the Broadway stage as Roxie Hart in the musical hit Chicago. She also devotes her “free” time to several charitable organizations, including the Make A Wish Foundation and the American Heart Association. She’s a model in more ways than one, no? Let’s celebrate Christie’s big 5-8 by marveling at how she hasn’t looked a day over 25 for the past 25 years.
Stars: they’re not just like us! It’s hard to imagine any regular earthling being able to relate to Christie Brinkley‘s pre-Tony adventure, as described in Page Six. The supermodel/new Chicago star was being taken to the gifting suite, where celebs pick up free crap in exchange for attending the event, when her “gift-suite escort” fainted. Though the paper says Brinkley “took on the role of doctor,” it seems Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer scored orange juice and a cookie for the poor woman, while Brinkley “fanned and reassured the dazed young victim until paramedics arrived.” Because that’s what doctors do: fan and reassure.
While it was certainly nice of Christie to not step over her ailing escort and head straight to the free shwag, the former Mrs. Billy Joel did eventually get something for her trouble—a $35,000 diamond-encrusted watch that she “won” from Audemars Piguet (presenters were given keys to try and unlock a box containing the bounty). No wonder she was so chipper during the ceremony! It’s nice to know that good deeds don’t go unrewarded…at least when you’re famous.
What was in the water when these ladies were growing up? ‘Cause we’ll have some! The 2011 TONY Awards took place yesterday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and we’re in awe of the slew of all the “older” actresses that walked the carpet. We’re not being derogatory about age at all. We genuinely think that the so called young Hollywood lot could learn a thing or two from ladies like Edie Falco (aged 47), Ellen Barkin (57), Brooke Shields (46) and Marg Helgenberger (52) because they looked incredible. Christie Brinkley looked pretty damn fine too, but we didn’t like the strapless blue gown she wore. And God Bless her soul, we love you Whoopi Goldberg, but what the hell were you wearing? She had some bizarre hat and an outfit that looked like it was made from cheap curtains on, which you’ll able to see in our gallery below.
A word about the gentlemen during the evening. Could Neil Patrick Harris (he was the host of the show) and partner David Burtka get any more handsome? Al Pacino could have taken a couple of styling tips considering he wore a weird headband, but his girlfriend, gorgeous Lucila Sola (who is 40 years younger than him) didn’t seem to mind. Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle all suited up too, so take a look at the pictures and tell us what you think.
Take a moment to consider Christie Brinkley and try to explain to us how this woman is 57 years old? Look at her! She’s unbelievable. Christie was in Times Square yesterday for Good Morning America and totally worked the crowd. She’s going through a renaissance currently, having been cast as Roxy in a new Broadway production of Chicago. Which is fantastic and all of that, but we’re still in awe about how great she looks. Those supermodel genes have longevity! Take a look at the gallery below and tell us if you agree.
Christie Brinkley may say she had “tough love” for Alexa Ray Joel after her heartbreak-driven Aspirin overdose last year, but it doesn’t sound like she was too hard on her daughter with ex-husband Billy Joel. “Your job as a parent is to listen. And to dole out as much love as you can. That includes tough love,” she told People. “I told Alexa, ‘You got yourself worked into such a tizzy. You need to examine that, you need to seek professional advice.’” Aw man, here we got excited for some kind of extreme denial, and it turns out Christie just told her to see a shrink about her “tizzies.” Wouldn’t “tough love” have been not letting Alexa Ray do that goofy Prell ad? Oh right, fellow Prell spokesperson Christie had nothing to do with that happening! How did we forget?
Then again, it’s not like overdose on mild pain relievers suggests the need for anything more extreme than therapy. “She tried to do something dramatic to prove to her boyfriend how much he hurt her,” Brinkley said, claiming the flamboyant gesture wasn’t really a suicide attempt. “I think many people can relate to that excruciating pain of love gone wrong. I’d rather have a broken arm than a broken heart.”
Just the other day, we were saying how nice it was that the Brinkley-Joel family seems to be keeping it together pretty well, despite Christie and Billy‘s divorce sixteen years ago, but that still doesn’t mean that these stars are just like us. For instance, Christie and her daughter Alex Ray Joel got plastic surgery together earlier this year, something we’ve definitely never done with our mom.
Star reports that the pair both visited the Upper East Side’s Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan (which is so appropriate, since they are Uptown Girls) this month to get some work done – Christie got a mini-facelift, while Alexa got a nose job within a day of one another.Star has before and after photos of both, if you’d like to compare noses. A source says that the $60,000 price tag was well worth it, because “Both Alexa and Christie are so happy.” We’d also like to take this time to point out that, despite (or because of) the work Christie has has done, she looks kind of amazing for a 56-year-old. Alexa looks good too, but we’re worried that this is just one more step closer to her morph into Tori Spelling.
Last year, we were pretty sure that Christie Brinkleywas cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs after the sordid details abouther divorce from Peter Cookwent public. (You remember, that’s the case where he slept with an 18-year-old and they both demanded that the other get sent to prison – classy!) It’s nice to see that one of Christie Brinkley’s divorces hasn’t ended in complete sleaze though, just look at how happy she and her beret are to be hanging out with ex-husband Billy Joel and their daughter Alexa Ray.
They were all together for the premiere of Last Play At Shea at the Tribeca Film Festival chronicling the Piano Man’s final concert at Shea Stadium before it was torn down. Also in attendance? Joel’s other ex,Katie Lee, whom he divorced last summer. Now that just seems awkward. Or is is sweet? We’re so used to divorces ending badly that all this supportive, nice behavior is weird.
Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, has been trying to break into the music industry for a while, performing on TV and touring since 2006. Things haven’t gone so great–reaching a low with a pill-popping incident last December–but she recently scored her highest profile gig yet, as the new face (and voice) of Prell. “I am so excited and honored to be named the new face of Prell,” she exclaimed in a statement. “Especially following in the footsteps of my mother, who was a Prell girl!” Gee, what a coincidence! Think she used an alias at her audition, like Tori Spelling allegedly did for Beverly Hills, 90210? Maybe someday she won’t have to bring up her parents the second she appears on TV!
The nationally running ad will not only give everyone a chance to marvel at the merger of Joel and Brinkley genes, but provide many their first chance to hear those promising pipes. Trust us, once you hear the last few seconds of this clip, you’ll be singing “anooother beautiful daaaay” whether you want to or not. [via Celebitchy]
Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, was rushed to a NYC hospital this weekend after she almost overdosed on homeopathic allergy pills. The singer was apparently, “distraught over an argument with her boyfriend,” said a source. Another pal told the NYDN, “It was a cry for attention. She scared herself.”
Alexa was released from the hospital this weekend and is said to be with her father. [Photo: GettyImages]