Monday, January 28, 2008


*1966* Born: February 20, De Kalb, Illinois
*1975* January 3rd, Cindy`s brother Jeffrey died of leukemia two weeks before his 4th birthday
Her parents, Jennifer and Daniel, are divorced

Cindy and a friend were among 50 girls who spent a free weekend in Chicago in exchange for letting Clairol Inc. cut their hair at the Midwest Hair Show. One of the Clairol people suggested she try modeling and gave her the name of an agency.

That agency was less than enthusiastic about her long-legged, fresh-scrubbed looks and they insisted on removing the mole. "The mole thing upset me. I don't believe in having things like that done, but I was interested in seeing if I could do something in modeling." She made a deal with her parents. They gave her $500 and told her that was it. She used the money to have her pictures taken. "The pictures weren't too good. But the makeup artist called Elite about me."

"She came in one day and told me she had to make a decision whether she should leave her job in the cornfield," remembers Elite's Marie Anderson.
"I told her to please take a chance and drop the cornfield job." Cindy began edging towards the $1,000-a-day bracket that summer between her junior and senior years of high school. She went to Japan on a modeling assignment, she was one of 12 finalists in an international Elite-sponsored contest, she continued getting straight A's in high school and she met Victor Skrebneski.

*1984 - 1985*
Cindy graduated Valedictorian of DeKalb High and had bet her father that she would get straight A's all the way through high school; "When I got my last report card, I said, 'Dad, you owe me.' He said, 'You're asking me for that money when you're making all that?' And I said, 'I certainly am--it's the principle of it." She won enough scholarships and grants to attend Northwestern University but had to leave after a semester because juggling a major in chemical engineering with modeling was too much.

The relationship between Victor and Cindy is intense. "It has to be, when you work with someone every day," he says. "I know her concerns ... when I'm nervous, she gets nervous. I'm not close to most models anymore, but Cindy is here almost every day. She brings hot muffins when she comes in the morning. We work, we take maybe 14 minutes for lunch. By 5, we're exhausted." She has, he says, "one of the most beautiful natural bodies," but it's her intelligence that has been crucial in the making of the million-dollar face.

"It's not complicated (why she has become a star), it's really simple. It's that intelligent force in her--she learns so quickly." "He teaches you, he makes you into the kind of model he wants to work with," she says. "He knows exactly what he wants. It's hard to describe exactly how I feel about him, except I know I respect him as much as I've ever respected anyone."

Skrebneski adds: "It's inevitable that there will be a split at some time. She will leave. She might get interested in films. There are any number of things she can do. She's so intelligent. But I still have some time with her."

*1986* Cindy commuted between jobs in Chicago and New York but she didn't make a commitment to New York until she had a fall-out with Skrebneski on her 20th birthday. The next day Cindy learned that she`d won a big money job in Bali. She had to cancel a conflicting shoot with Skrebneski. "That was it", she says. "I understand his feelings. He made me. But you can`t make something and keep it for yourself. " Cindy finally took the plunge and moved to New York to try her luck.


*1988* Became the first modern supermodel to pose nude for Playboy, which led an MTV executive to hire her for their new fashion program House of Style.
*1991* Cindy was married to actor Richard Gere at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas by Rev. Wes McPherson.
*1992* Created a popular series of exercise videos.
*1993* Numerous calendars, with half of the proceeds going to charities fighting leukemia.
*1995* Cindy and Richard are divorced. Made her film debut in the 1995 movie Fair Game
*1996*Released a book titled Cindy Crawford's Basic Face:A Makeup Workbook
*1997* Dated with Val Kilmer. Signed a 3 year exclusive development deal with ABC.
*1998* May 29-Cindy married bar owner Rande Gerber at the Ocean Club Resorton Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
*1999* July 2 - Cindy gave birth to her first child Presley Walker Gerber. Her son weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.
*1999*December 6 -Injured when her husband swerved his Jeep to avoid hitting a horse.
*2001* September 3, Cindy gave birth to a baby girl, Kaia Jordan Gerber, the second child for her and husband Rande Gerber. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces.
*2001* September 30, Released a playful children's book "About Face" with Presley

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