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Eleanor Nancy Macpherson (Gow)

Also Known As: "Elle Macpherson", "Eleanor Nancy Gow", "The Body"
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private and Private
Ex-wife of Gilles Bensimon and Private
Ex-partner of Private
Mother of Private and Private
Sister of Mimi Macpherson
Half sister of Private and Private

Occupation: model, actress, and businesswoman
Managed by: Alex Moes
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About Elle Macpherson

She is an Australian model, actress, and businesswoman. She is perhaps best known for her record five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue beginning in the 1980s. She is also known as the founder and primary model for a series of business ventures including Elle Macpherson Intimates, a lingerie line, and "The Body", a line of skin care products. According to Forbes, Macpherson possesses assets around £60 million. In 2010, she became the host and executive producer of Britain's Next Top Model.

Macpherson was born Eleanor Nancy Gow, in the Killara neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, and she was the daughter of Peter Gow, a former president of a Sydney rugby league team, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Her mother Frances worked as a nurse before she married. Macpherson reportedly grew up in Killara, a North Shore suburb of Sydney, and she attended the Killara High School. Macpherson is the eldest of four children. Macpherson’s parents divorced when she was 10 years old, and she was moved away with her mother and two siblings. Her mother later remarried, and a clerical mistake in registering at her new school meant that her name was changed from her father's, Gow, to her stepfather's, Macpherson.

Personal life:

Macpherson met Gilles Bensimon in 1982 on a photo-session for Elle magazine. They were married in 1985, and divorced in 1989.

Macpherson has two sons with her former long-term boyfriend, French financier Arpad Busson, whom she never married. Her sons are Arpad Flynn Alexander Busson (born 14 February 1998), and Aurelius Cy Andrea Busson (born 4 February 2003). Macpherson and Busson began their romantic relationship in 1995, became engaged in August 2002, but called off the wedding in July 2005.

Macpherson resides most of the time in the United Kingdom along with her two sons. She speaks fluent French and conversational Italian and Spanish.



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Elle Macpherson's Timeline

March 29, 1963
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia