Supermodel Carol Alt was born on December 1, 1960 in Long Island, New York.
She lived a typical life for a girl in upstate New York, growing up with friends and family. Upon graduating high school and beginning college, she discovered the modeling industry or rather it discovered her…
Carol worked as a waitress during her freshman year at Hofstra University to earn money to help pay for her studies in law. While at work one day, she was discovered by a scout from Elite Model Management. After signing with Elite, she dropped out of school and moved to Manhattan, where her new and unexpected career would make her become one of the most successful fashion models of all time.
In 1978 and at barely the age of 18, Playboy named her the Most Beautiful Woman in the World!
In 1980 she captured her first cover of Harper’s Bazaar. However, true household fame came two years later in 1982 when she was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Less than a year later in 1983, the American beauty appeared in Sports Illustrated‘s very first swimsuit video. That same video helped to catapult her onto the big screen in her first film, Portfolio, in which she portrayed a model (like the Swedish supermodel Maud Adam had done years before in 1974).
Three years later, she got the lead starring role in the Italian-made sex-scandal/beach movie Via Montenapoleone!
During the 1980’s, she also appeared in Houston Knights, Love for Life and Bye Bye Baby. In 1988, she landed spokesperson endorsements with international beauty giant Lancôme and underwear maker Hanes. Later, Maybelline elected her as its Cover Girl of the Year.
Alt is recognized as one of the first models to parlay fame in the area of modeling into bankable and lasting success in other fields such as acting, calendar productions, product lines launching and book writing. She helped to pave the way for the more recent models to do so, such as Cindy Crawford, Elle McPherson, Christy Turlington, etc.
In 1983 she married hockey star Ron Greschner of the New York Rangers. The couple divorced in 1996. In 2002 she married the Russian-born ice hockey star Alexei Yashin (thirteen years her junior – You go girl!) of the New York Islanders.
Since 1986, Carol Alt has been cast as the lead actress in one film after another mainly in Italy and France. She also starred in the Canadian film Snakehead Terror.
In 1997, she starred opposite Howard Stern in the radio shock-jock’s autobiographic film, Private Parts. This movie brought Alt back centre stage of the fashion industry and once again making her name a household word. That prompted her return to the runways where she says she “smiled all the way down”.
In a comic note to her career and dealings with Howard Stern & Co., Carol Alt’s supermodel status was challenged by radio personality Fred Norris. He contends that she is not a supermodel at all. That led to many comical moments, which would usually foreshadow Alt’s arrival to the show.
Carol loaned her voice to the “Peggy’s Pageant Fever” episode of King of the Hill, which first broadcasted on November 10, 1998.
Carol’s other accomplishments include her work as a consultant with the “Le Mirador” skin-care line. She also authored the book, Eating In The Raw: A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Slimmer, Feeling Healthier, And Looking Younger the Raw-food Way, in which she vaunts the values of eating only raw foods.
In addition to her 1978 Playboy magazine status of “Most Beautiful Woman in the World”, Life magazine once named her “The Face”. And she recently placed #5 on Askmen.com’s list of the “Top 10 Supermodels of All Time”.