Ric Ocasek Wife Paulina Porizkova Wiki
Paulina Porizkova is a model, actress, and author. Born in Czechoslovakia, she now holds dual U.S. and Swedish citizenship. At 18 years old, in 1984, she became the first woman from Central Europe to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Paulina Porizkova& Ric Ocasek
Porizkova is a model, actress, television personality, and author. She was Ocasek’s third and final wife; Ocasek was married to his second wife, Suzanne Ocasek when he met Porizkova.
Ric Ocasek was married to model and actress Paulina Porizkova for 28 years https://t.co/v4HgAZBElf
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 16, 2019
Porizkova and Ocasek were together for 28 years before they announced their separation in 2018. However, they never legally divorced prior to his death.
Very sad to hear about Ric Ocasek. It might seem weird to mention this, but the announcement from Paulina Porizkova about their separation always kind of touched me. They seemed like a nice family who loved each other and handled the tough things in life w/grace and compassion. pic.twitter.com/dJ5w70ofIb
— Jenn! (@jenngidman) September 16, 2019
Ocasek and Porizkova were married in a private ceremony on the island of St. Bart’s in 1989. They separated in 2017, then confirmed that separation a year later.
Paulina Porizkova Husband Ric Ocasek
Ocasek was married three times. He married early in life, but divorced and was married to his second wife, Suzanne Ocasek, in 1971. Ocasek was still married to Suzanne when he met 18-year-old supermodel Paulina Porizkova during the filming of the music video for the Cars’ song “Drive” in 1984. Ocasek and Porizkova were married on August 23, 1989 on Saint-Barthélemy island. The couple had two sons, Jonathan Raven Ocasek (b. November 4, 1993), and Oliver Ocasek (b. 1999). In May 2018, Porizkova announced she and Ocasek had separated a year earlier.
The Cars’ “Drive” is fascinating. Written by Ric Ocasek, it’s their biggest hit, but bassist Benjamin Orr sings lead. (Recently someone told me he had no idea it was a Cars song.) The video stars Ocasek & Paulina Porizkova & was directed by Timothy Hutton. https://t.co/45pS6uH7SR
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) September 16, 2019
Ocasek had six sons, two from each of his three marriages. His eldest son, Christopher (born 1964), was a singer who formed the rock group Glamour Camp which released one album in 1989. His son Adam was born in 1970, Eron in 1973, and Derek in 1981.
He and co-founder of the Cars Benjamin Orr were close friends who became estranged when the band broke up. Their friendship was commemorated in the song “Silver”, which Ocasek wrote as a dedication to Orr upon his death in 2000.
Paulina Porizkova Husband Ric Ocasek Death Cause
Ocasek was found dead in his New York City apartment on September 15, 2019. Early reports said he had died of natural causes and had been found by his estranged wife Paulina.
Ric Ocasek has passed away. It’s reported that he was found at home in NYC by his ex-wife, Paulina Porizkova, and appears to have died of natural causes. We’ll pay tribute to the legendary frontman of The Cars on this week’s show. #RicOcasek pic.twitter.com/uXzkDr2SKa
— NewWaveRewind (@NewWaveRewind) September 16, 2019
Paulina Porizkova Early life
BorPaulina Porizkova was a toddler when her parents fled Czechoslovakia to Lund, Sweden, to escape the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion. She was left in the care of her grandmother. Czechoslovak authorities would not allow her parents to reclaim her, and the ensuing battle was widely publicized in the Swedish press, making Porizkova a cause célèbre.
After a failed rescue attempt, in which her pregnant mother returned to Czechoslovakia and was shortly detained by the national police and then placed under house arrest, international political pressure led by Olof Palme caused the communist government to allow the Pořízek family to be reunited after seven years. Porizkova acquired Swedish citizenship. The reunion was soon ended when Porizkova’s father left the family, and her parents filed for divorce, and her father refused to pay child support for Paulina and her younger brother. Porizkova and her father have been estranged since her youth. Her mother, a midwife, remarried at least two additional times and as of 2010 was reported to be serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda.
Paulina Porizkova Career Modeling
She quickly rose to become a top model in Paris during the early 1980s, and her fame spread to the United States when she posed in swimwear for Sports Illustrated. She appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1984 and again in 1985 (her first appearance as a model in the magazine was in 1983).
Paulina Porizkova will be 1 of 20 speakers for our PASSION event in May. Over her nearly 40-year modeling career she has achieved an incredible list milestones including the first model to be on a Sports Illustrated cover. https://t.co/lV1x9RXJUr
— TEDxAsburyPark (@TEDxAsburyPark) February 11, 2018
She appeared on the cover and inside New York Magazine in July 1985. Harper’s Bazaar named her one of its ten most beautiful women in 1992 and American Photo magazine in its first issue declared her to be the model of the 1980s.
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova, 52, reveals STUNNING image of herself at age 13 that helped to launch her decades-long career https://t.co/rNLRaentO7
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) November 29, 2017
Porizkova appeared on the covers of numerous magazines around the world during the 1980s and 1990s, including Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Cosmopolitan and Glamour. An aspiring make-up artist friend took pictures of Porizkova and sent them to the Elite modeling agency in 1980, hoping they would notice her own make-up artist skills.
Paulina Porizkova has been featured in advertising campaigns for Chanel, Versace, Hermes, Christian Dior, Oscar De La Renta, Mikimoto, Perry Ellis, Laura Biagiotti, Anne Klein, Ellen Tracy, Barneys New York, Ann Taylor, Guerlain, and Revlon and appeared on the runway for Calvin Klein. In 1988, Porizkova won what was then the highest-paying modeling contract: a $6,000,000 contract with Estée Lauder, replacing Willow Bay. The black-and-white television and print advertising campaign won praise from critics. The Estée Lauder makeover transformed Porizkova’s public image from a swimsuit model to that of European sophisticate and she remained the company’s face until 1995. She soon landed another multimillion-dollar contract, with Escada. She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the “Modern Muses”.
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In 1988 Porizkova won a six million dollar contract with Este Lauder make-up, it was the greatest-paying modeling contract of the time. Este stayed the face of the business until 1995. Twiggy remained until being let go after cycle 12. Paulina Porizkova wed Rick Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars in 1989. The couple had their first kid in 1993; Porizkova committed less time to model next. They now have two kids.
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Paulina Porizkova Television work
Paulina Porizkova was part of the panel of judges on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), starting on Cycle 10, replacing fashion icon Twiggy. Porizkova continued to conduct regular weekly evaluations of ANTM participants on the show until she announced during a 12 May 2009 appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that she had been fired from the show.
Ric Ocasek arrives with his wife Paulina Porizkova for the MTV: Music Television’s 20th anniversary celebration Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, in…
— Musicflag (@musicflag) September 16, 2019
Although Porizkova maintained she was told by producers that she had an “ego problem”, especially when she “consistently complained” about Tyra Banks’ reported lateness to the set, ANTM executive producer Ken Mok and Banks released a statement claiming Porizkova’s firing was due to “the current state of the economy”, forcing ANTM to “make major budget cuts … unfortunately, Paulina was a casualty of these cuts.” When questioned by ABC news journalist Cynthia McFadden about the firing of Porizkova as well as former ANTM colleague, Janice Dickinson, both of whom had complained Banks was “difficult”, Banks refused to address the issue.
She appeared on Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes.
Porizkova was a participant on Dancing with the Stars, in Spring 2007 but was voted off on the first results show which aired on 27 March 2007. In 2009 and 2010, she played Clarissa on about five episodes of the CBS Daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Porizkova appeared in the fourth episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories’ second season.
Paulina Porizkova Acting
Porizkova’s film debut was in the 1983 modeling mockumentary, Portfolio. She appeared in the 1987 film Anna, receiving good reviews from her patrons at Vogue magazine. In 1989 she co-starred with Tom Selleck in the film Her Alibi. However, she was nominated for a Golden Raspberry for worst actress for her appearance in the film.
Porizkova appeared in Emir Kusturica’s 1993 film Arizona Dream, with Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis, in a minor role as Lewis’s young Polish fiancée. She had the main female role in the 1998 film Thursday. Porizkova wrote and directed the 2001 film, Roommates. In 2004, she starred in the romantic comedy Knots. She appeared in an episode of the Starz comedy series Head Case which aired on 24 April 2009. She appeared in the 6th-season episode of Desperate Housewives, “Chromolume No. 7”, alongside model Heidi Klum. She appeared on the ABC Family drama-comedy series Jane by Design in an episode which aired on 6 March 2012 and made a guest appearance on The Mysteries of Laura on February 2015.
Porizkova co-authored a children’s book, The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach (ISBN 978-0385424028) with British model Joanne Russell and illustrated by stepson Adam Ocasek, that was published on September 1992. She published her first novel, A Model Summer (ISBN 978-1401303266; Modellsommar in Swedish), in 2007, which is about a 15-year-old Swedish girl (Jirina) chosen by a modeling agent to spend a summer working in Paris in 1980. Porizkova is a blogger for Modelinia and The Huffington Post. Her Op-Ed “America Made Me A Feminist” appeared in the New York Times Sunday edition on 10 June 2017.
On 23 August 1989, Porizkova married Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars. They had met in 1984 during the filming of The Cars’ music video “Drive”. The couple has two sons, Jonathan Raven Ocasek (b. 4 November 1993), and Oliver Ocasek (b. 1999). In May 2018, Porizkova announced she and Ocasek had separated a year earlier. Ocasek was found dead in his New York apartment on 15 September 2019.
Porizkova is the subject of the song “Friends of P” by The Rentals on their 1995 album, Return of the Rentals, written by lead singer Matt Sharp. She was the subject of “Paulina” on No Doubt’s eponymous first album and “Dear Paulina”, written and performed by Luna for the film Thursday, in which she appeared.