Jennifer O'Neill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress, model, author and speaker, known for her role in the 1971 film Summer of '42 and modelling for CoverGirl cosmetics starting in the 1970s.
O'Neill was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. O'Neill and her older brother Michael were raised in New Rochelle, New York, and Wilton, Connecticut. When she was 14, the family moved to New York City. On Easter Sunday, 1962, O'Neill attempted suicide because the move would separate her from her dog Mandy and horse Monty — "her whole world". That same year, she was discovered by the Ford modeling agency and put under contract. By age 15, she was appearing on the cover of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and other magazines, earning US$80,000 a year in 1962 working as a fashion model in New York City.
An accomplished equestrian, O'Neill won upwards of 200 ribbons at horse show competitions in her teens. She bought a horse with her modelling fees, Alezon, who balked before a wall at a horse show, breaking O'Neill's neck and back in three places, and giving her a long period of recovery. She attended New York City's Professional Children's School and the Dalton School in Manhattan, but dropped out to wed her first husband, IBM executive Dean Rossiter, at age 17. Later, she moved on to films and worked in a number of television movies and series...
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