March 24, 2023

Who is Paulina Porizkova? Ric Ocasek Wife; Bio, Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Model, Actress, Net Worth

Paulina Porizkova Bio, Wiki

Paulina Porizkova was born on April 9th, 1965. She is a model, actress, and author. Born in Czechoslovakia, she now holds dual U.S. and Swedish citizenship.

According to The Huffington Post, Porizkova was 18 years old when she graced the cover of the famous Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She was the first Central European woman to gain that honor. She was the second woman (after Christie Brinkley) to be featured on the swimsuit issue’s front cover consecutive times (1984 and 1985). She was part of the judging panel of America’s Next Top Model in Cycles 10–12. In June 2017 The New York Times published in its pages her op-ed piece “America Made Me a Feminist”

She was the estranged wife of Ric Ocasek who, she found unconscious and unresponsive in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday, September 15th, 2019. Ocasek was 75 years old at the time of his death.

Paulina Porizkova Model

Porizkova was born in Czechoslovakia and holds U.S. and Swedish citizenship. She has had a long and illustrious career as a model, one that continues into the present day. She’s participated in modeling campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, Ann Taylor, Barney’s New York, Oscar de la Renta and more.

Porizkova is still modeling; in 2018, she participated in the Sport Illustrated female empowerment campaign in which she appeared nude, with body paint spelling “Truth.” According to The New York Post, Porizkova was the oldest “core girl” to be cast for the main spread in Sports Illustrated, at 54 years old.

Porizkova has frequently spoken out about her experiences within the modeling industry, both good and bad. Earlier this month, she posted an Instagram talking about how difficult it was for her in the earlier parts of her career to deal with rejection.

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’s other acting credits include a role in As the World Turns in 2010. She also appeared in Anna, Arizona Dream, Dark Asylum, Desperate Housewives, and many more shows and movies, per her IMDB profile.

Paulina Porizkova Television work

Besides acting and modeling work, Porizkova also appeared on the popular modeling reality show America’s Next Top Model for two seasons. She replaced model Twiggy on the judges’ panel.

Porizkova was a participant on Dancing with the Stars, in Spring 2007 but was voted off on the first results show which aired on March 27th, 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 Book

Porizkova is a published author. She co-authored The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach, a children’s book. The book was published in 1992 and is available for purchase on Amazon. 

The summary for the book, which Porizkova co-authored with Joanne Russell, reads, “When some older boys persuade Ralphie the Roach to venture beyond the boundaries of Roachtown to retrieve some jellybeans, Ralphie rises to the occasion and begins his perilous mission.”

Porizkova has spoken about her love of writing on Instagram in the past. She wrote in August of her trip to New Orleans.

Paulina Porizkova Husband (Ric Ocasek)

Porizkova and Ocasek were married on August 23rd, 1989 and have been together for 28 years before they announced their separation in 2018. However, they never legally divorced prior to his death. They had met in 1984 during the filming of The Cars’ music video “Drive”.

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.

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.

The couple has two sons, Jonathan Raven Ocasek (born on November 4th, 1993), and Oliver Ocasek (born in 1999).

Ric Ocasek Death & Cause

Richard Theodore Otcasek was born on March 23rd, 1944 and died on September 15th, 2019. He was best known as Ric Ocasek, an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He was best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band the Cars. In 2018, Ocasek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars.

Ric’s wife, Porizkova found the late singer unconscious and unresponsive in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday, September 15th. Ocasek was 75 years old at the time of his death.