She was one of the most famous women in the world during the 80’s
1980’s Danish sex symbol Brigitte “Amazon” Nielsen turns 56
During the 1980’s she was one of the most talked women in show business, her unique look together with controversial marriages, relationships and a troubled personal life, made this Danish “Amazon” name famous. Brigitte Nielsen was born Gitte Nielsen on 15 July 1963 in Rødovre, Denmark. She began her career modeling for Greg Gorman and Helmut Newton and during the 1980’s she began her acting career having her first relevant role in the 1985 movie “Red Sonja” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. But it was what came next that made her name famous, the controversial marriage with Sylvester Stallone with whom she acted in the movies “Rocky IV” in 1985 and “Cobra” in 1986. The marriage didn’t last long though, several problems on their relationship including Nielsen’s bad relation with Stallone’s mother dictated the end of one of the 1980’s most famous couples. For a while Nielsen’s acting career gave her relevant roles in Hollywood productions, in 1987 she starred together with Eddie Murphy in the blockbuster “Beverly Hills Cop II” in what was pretty much her last relevant Hollywood acting job. Still in 1987 Nielsen started a music career and released her debut album “Every Body Tells a Story” the same year. She had a mild European hit with “Body Next To Body”, a duet with Austrian singer Falco (“Rock Me Amadeus”) composed by Giorgio Moroder. Despite the failled music career, she still released a second album in 1991 “I’m The One…Nobody Else”. During this period, Nielsen’s alcoholism began to make headlines more than her acting or singing career. For a while she mainly starred in low budget B-Movies and hosting TV shows in contrast to her golden mid 1980’s period. She also had a highly publicized relationship with rapper Flavor Flav from Public Enemy and started to do reality shows in the 2000’s, including Celebrity Big Brother. Nielsen confessed around this time that she had an affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger (both starred on the 1985 “Red Sonja” movie) while he was in a relationship with Maria Shriver soon after Schwarzenegger’s infidelity scandal and admit to many other affairs with other Hollywood celebrities including Sean Penn. Struggling with alcoholism during decades, the Danish Amazon appeared in 2008 on the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which depicted her and several other celebrities dealing with recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. But despite that, she still struggled with alcoholism after the end of the show. On 28 May 2018, Brigitte Nielsen made new headlines worldwide when she announced that she was pregnant with her fifth child at age 54. She gave birth to a daughter named Frida recently on June 22, 2018. Today, Nielsen remains an icon of the 1980’s, for better or worst, her image still sells and movies where she starred, such as “Red Sonja” and “Cobra” are now absolute cult classics. Today she turns 56.
Look back at the 1987 music video “Body Next To Body” by Brigitte Nielsen and Falco
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