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Carré Otis (born September 28, 1968) is an American model and actress.

Carré Otis
Born (1968-09-28) September 28, 1968 (age 50)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationModel, actress
Mickey Rourke
(m. 1992; div. 1998)

Matthew Sutton
(m. 2005)

Early lifeEdit

Carré Otis was born in San Francisco, and raised in Marin County, California, along with her older sister Chrisse and her younger brother Jordan. She attended Marin Academy in San Rafael, California, and the John Woolman School in Nevada City, California.[1]


Early modeling careerEdit

Otis began modeling at age 16. Discovered in San Francisco, she was initially signed to Elite Model Management by John Casablancas. She first achieved fame while working for Elite in Paris, when she appeared on the cover of French Elle in April 1986. Over the next several years, she appeared on covers in the American and foreign editions of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Mirabella, and Marie Claire.

Otis appeared in ads for Guess jeans (1988), Calvin Klein jeans (1991), the 1996 Pirelli calendar, and also posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition (2000). Otis was also featured in 1990 and 2000 issues of Playboy magazine. Otis has walked the runway for Max Mara, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Ermanno Scervino, Todd Oldham and Donna Karan.

Acting careerEdit

In 1989, Otis made her acting debut in the film Wild Orchid opposite future husband Mickey Rourke. Stills from the film's climactic sex scene were sold to Playboy, and were the subject of a lawsuit filed by Otis.[2] Otis would later appear in another Rourke film, Exit in Red.

Later modeling careerEdit

After the end of her marriage to Rourke, Otis gradually resumed modeling. In 2000, she became one of the oldest models to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, although Christie Brinkley at 34 and Cheryl Tiegs at 42 were featured prominently in the 25th Anniversary edition of Sports Illustrated, released in 1989. Shortly thereafter, Otis began recovering from anorexia nervosa. As part of her recovery, she experienced a weight gain that offered her the opportunity to work as a plus-size model, most notably as the face for Marina Rinaldi and editorials for Mode Magazine; in 2003, Otis became a spokesperson for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. She also appeared periodically as a correspondent on Channel 4 News in San Francisco.[1]

In August 2003, Otis posed for a PETA ad campaign promoting vegetarianism and animal rights.[3][4]

In 2005, she represented the Breil jewelry line.[5] Otis is the model on the poster above the character Rusty Griswald's bed in the 1989 film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.[6]

Otis developed three holes in her heart during her modeling career.[7]

She is on the advisory board of the Model Alliance and an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Otis was married to Wild Orchid co-star Mickey Rourke from June 1992 to December 1998.[8] In 1994 Rourke was arrested for spousal abuse.[citation needed] The charges were later dropped.[citation needed] The couple reconciled and also starred together in Exit in Red, but their marriage ended in December 1998.[citation needed] During their time together, according to Otis's autobiography, Rourke was abusive, including holding a gun to her head on one occasion. Otis was also accidentally shot with one of Rourke's guns.[citation needed] She married Matthew Sutton in 2005, and has two children.[citation needed]

Otis and writer Hugo Schwyzer co-authored Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir, an autobiography that detailed Otis' marriage to Rourke, published in October 2011 by HarperCollins.[8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b "Supermodel Carre Otis finds the greatest gift of all". PRIMEDIA Intertec. May 2002.
  2. ^ "Actress Sues Over Nude Photos". The Los Angeles Times. May 4, 1990.
  3. ^ "PETA Launches Anti-Fishing Campaign In Leading Fishing Port". PETA UK. August 15, 2003. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Hirsen, James (2007) [2003]. Tales from the Left Coast. Crown Publishing Group. p. 139. ISBN 1-4000-5305-6.
  5. ^ WireImage: Listings Archived October 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Archived December 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Otis, Carre (August 20, 2013). "The truth about modelling: What I wish I'd said to my fans".
  8. ^ a b "Mickey & the model". 9 October 2011.
  9. ^ Page at D. website.
  10. ^ Gostin, Nicki (17 October 2011). "Carré Otis Talks Mickey Rourke And Orgasms In 'Beauty Disrupted'" – via Huff Post.
  11. ^ Archived 2012-08-25 at the Wayback Machine

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