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Model Kathy Ireland was born in Santa Barbara, California, on March 8th 1963. She grew up with her parents, two sisters, a dog, some cats, chickens, frogs and ducks. Kathy was shy, and a bit of a tomboy, who spent her summers hanging out at the beach. Then one summer, when she was 17, an agent from Elite approached her. Within weeks, she was signed with the agency in New York. The day after her high school graduation, she was headed for Rome.

Kathy Ireland first appeared on TV in the series It's Your Move in 1984, and has since starred in numerous Television shows and movies such as Suddenly Susan with Brooke Shields and Backfire with Kristen Johnston.

In 1987, Ireland appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia. That same year, she landed the lead in Alien from L.A., a low-budget film about a G-stringed woman who stumbles on the undiscovered continent of Atlantis. The film bombed, but she was called the body of the year.

In 1989 she was the Sports Illustrated's 25th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue cover model. She has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated three times, as well as other prestigious magazines like Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Shape and Italian Vogue.

Melrose Place fans will remember the leggy actress in her 1992 four-episode stint as Brittany Maddocks, the evil but gorgeous scam artist who was killed after trying to seduce Jake.

The following year proved to be one of the her most active both personally and professionally. She posed for her first Kathy Ireland calendar and released her first fitness video, Kathy Ireland's Total Fitness Workout.

After doing her third SI swimsuit issue and getting her face on Cheerios cereal boxes, Ireland achieved her most memorable feat. In May 1994, she gave birth to her son Erik, with husband Greg Olsen. Although she continued to sell calendars and memorabilia off-the-walls, Ireland prefered to spend the majority of her time with her son.

In 1995 marked the twelfth year Kathy had been a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Then in 1996, she helped Lays launch their low-fat potato crisps and made what many considered to be her comeback, in Howard Stern's Private Parts.

Her second fitness video, Kathy Ireland Body Specifics, won the VSDA's Health and Fitness Video of the Year Award, and she is now a contributing editor for FITNESS magazine.

Kathy and her husband had their second child, a daughter named Lily, on October 27 1998. Then in March 2003 they added the newest member to their family, another daughter named Chloe.

Kathy Ireland turned full-time mommy and business tycoon, is a devoted Christian who likes to read the Bible. Actually, these days she is a Sunday School teacher, and likes to spend as much time as possible with her family.

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