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Chloë Stevens Sevigny

Birthplace: Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of H. David Sevigny and Private
Sister of Private

Occupation: actress, fashion designer, model
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About Chloë Sevigny

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Chloë Stevens Sevigny (/ˈkloʊ.iː ˈsɛvəni/; born November 18, 1974) is an American actress, fashion designer, and former model. She gained a reputation for her eclectic fashion sense, and developed a broad career in the fashion industry in the mid-to-late 1990s for modeling and her intern work at New York's Sassy Magazine, which labeled her the new "It Girl" at the time and garnered her attention within the New York fashion scene. In 1994, her personal style attracted the attention of journalist Jay McInerney, who wrote a 7-page article about her for The New Yorker, in which he called a then 19-year-old Sevigny the "coolest girl in the world". Throughout her early film career, her fashion choices often overshadowed her acting career until her work in 1999's Boys Don't Cry brought her widespread acclaim. In 2000, she won the VH1 Vogue Fashion Award for best female celebrity style. The following year, Vogue Magazine called her a "fashion icon", helping to further accredit her image as one of the coolest women in the industry.

Early life

"I was pretty much like a loner, I guess, although I hate to use that word."

Sevigny was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and raised in Darien, Connecticut by her Polish American mother Janine (née Malinowski) and father H. David Sevigny, an accountant turned interior painter of French Canadian heritage. Sevigny's father died of cancer in 1996. She has an older brother, Paul, who is a New York disc jockey. Sevigny often spent summers attending theatre camp, with leading roles in plays run by the YMCA; she had always aspired to be an actress despite her interest waxing and waning over the years. Sevigny would often play dress up as a child with trunks of clothing her mother would buy for her at local second-hand shops, describing it as "instinctual" for her. She was raised in a Roman Catholic household, and attended Darien High School, where she was a member of the Alternative Learning Program. While in high school, she often babysat actor Topher Grace and his younger sister. Despite Darien's wealthy reputation, Sevigny's parents kept a "frugal" household, and she worked as a teenager sweeping the tennis courts of a country club her family could not afford to join.

During her teenage years, Sevigny became something of a rebel: "I was very well-mannered, and my mother was very strict. But I did hang out at the Mobil station and smoke cigarettes." She also began sarcastically referring to her hometown as "Aryan Darien." Between her junior and senior year of high school, she shaved her head and sold her hair to a Broadway wigmaker. She openly admitted to using drugs as a teenager, especially hallucinogens, but said she was never a "good drug user". She has commented that her father was aware of her experimentation with hallucinogens and marijuana, and even told her that it was okay, but that she had "to stop if she had bad trips". Despite her father's leniency, her mother later chose to send her to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In 2007, she told The Times that "I had a great family life – I would never want it to look as if it reflected on them. I think I was very bored, and I did just love taking hallucinogens... but I often feel it's because I experimented when I was younger that I have no interest as an adult. I know a lot of adults who didn't, and it's much more dangerous when you start experimenting with drugs as an adult." She often described herself as a "loner" and a "depressed teenager". Her only extracurricular activity was occasionally skateboarding with her older brother, and she spent most of her free time in her bedroom: "Mostly I sewed. I had nothing better to do, so I made my own clothes."

As a teenager, Sevigny would occasionally ditch school in Darien to go into Manhattan. In 1992, at age 17, she was spotted on an East Village street by Andrea Linett, a fashion editor of Sassy magazine, who was so impressed by her style that she asked her to model for the magazine; she was later made an intern. When recounting the event, Sevigny was ambivalent about it, stating that "the woman at Sassy just liked the hat I was wearing". She later modeled in the magazine as well as for X-girl, the subsidiary fashion label of the Beastie Boys' "X-Large", designed by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, which then led to an appearance in the music video for Sonic Youth's "Sugar Kane". In 1993, at age 18, straight after her high-school graduation, Sevigny relocated from her Connecticut hometown to an apartment in Brooklyn. During that time, author Jay McInerney spotted her around New York City and wrote a seven-page article about her for The New Yorker in which he dubbed her the new "it girl" and referred to her as one of the "coolest girls in the world". She subsequently appeared on the album cover of Gigolo Aunts' 1994 recording Flippin' Out and the EP Full-On Bloom, as well as a Lemonheads music video.

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Chloë Sevigny's Timeline

November 18, 1974
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States