Kelly LeBrock is the actress and former Pantene shampoo commercial girl who used to be married to headline-making actor Steven Seagal. And the Weird Science actress is back in the news as of August 30, 2013.
Kelly’s most famous line “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” was her claim to fame for a shampoo company commercial that ran on television years ago, but now she is telling everyone that “I was a hermit,” too, following her divorce from Seagal and her movie stardom, according to SFGate.com.
As the story goes, LeBrock felt the divorce brought out the worst type of interest in her life from the media, with news outlets printing every sordid detail of the rift between her and the father of her three children. And that’s what led her to a hermit-like existence, where she found solace in working a farm and avoiding the spotlight that had previously brought her acting fame. But that’s not all of the story.
LeBrock Seagal Backstory
Kelly LeBrock hasn’t always avoided the spotlight, nor has she always sought publicity, but in her early years she and Seagal met and later married after a chance encounter during one of her publicity tours overseas as an actress.
Their exact wedding date was Sept. 5, 1987, but their marriage only lasted for 10 years, finally ending in December 1997, according to IMDB.
The couple had three children together: Annaliza, Arrisa, and Dominick. And she now says in her new book publicity promos that something happened early in that marriage, before their last two children were born, and it was the catalyst that destroyed what they used to have together.
Kelly LeBrock the Model
The actress originally began her professional work life as a model at the age of 16. She had been born in New York but her family raised her in London. When she returned to the Big Apple Kelly quickly became a modeling favorite of such heavy-hitters as the Eileen Ford Agency and Christian Dior. She also starred in a movie called Weird Science at one point in her career, and she may be best remembered for that role.
Some people remember Kelly for being cast in The Woman in Red opposite Gene Wilder in 1984, before she met and married Steven Seagal. And that could be due to her Marilyn Monroe pose in a red dress, the hem of her garment blowing about her legs, with the tall model barely keeping it from revealing too much as she stood with feet spread apart atop a sidewalk vent.
Oddly enough, it is now she that is decrying the oversexualization of women, and she hints at the troubles her own marriage brought her in that regard, stating in her new memoir that she was “raped all her life.”
Segal, LeBrock: Both had previous marriages
It is interesting to note that before Kelly was married to Seagal in 1987 she was married to Victor Drai in 1984, at the time of her Woman in Red debut. The LeBrock Drai marriage lasted just two years. But Kelly wasn’t Seagal’s first marriage partner either, as he was married to Miyako Fujitani, an Aikido Master.
Later, Kelly went on to star in her husband Steven Seagal’s “Hard to Kill” movie during the ’90’s, before they divorced, and she made several other film appearances. But she would later disappear from the Hollywood scene altogether to raise their three children after divorcing Seagal she says. Most recently the 50-year-old has appeared in “Celebrity Fit Club” and “Hell’s Kitchen”.
But it is LeBrock’s memoir that is driving her publicity now, with interviews given to overseas publications and others, who report that the actress has finally decided to come out of hiding from her rural farm and get back in the spotlight.
Kelly LeBrock and Steven Seagal’s marriage and divorce were rife with tabloid headlines akin to what is making the news about him in the recent past, including Steven’s tendency to hook up with more than one woman at a time, as his bigamist activity from back then supports, as well as accusations made about his sexual appetites.
There’s more information on that story of sexual harassment by a former employee of his as well as Kelly’s new book found here: “Steven Seagal’s Ex Wife, Kelly LeBrock, Says She Was Raped All Her Life.”
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