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The Relationships and Marriages of Christie Brinkley

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In looking at the four men that Christie Brinkley married, there isn't a pattern to show why her marriages all ended.

Here's information on Brinkley's four marriages and her children.

Christie Brinkley Marriage News Updates:

3/07/2012: Four years after their divorce, the anger and arguments continue.
Peter Cook: "I'm not here to attack Christie Brinkley, but to defend myself, because to be called a dead beat dad -- to me -- is such a horrible, spiteful, vengeful thing to say, despite the fact that its not true."
Source: "Christie Brinkley Divorce: Peter Cook Says Ex is Trying to 'Publicly Castrate' Him." HuffingtonPost.com. 3/07/2012.

7/10/08: The divorce trial for Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook ended with both sides saying they got what they wanted in the settlement. Brinkley won sole custody of Jack and Sailor, keeps properties in the Hamptons, and will pay Cook $2.1 million.

1/23/07: Custody issues between Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook are hostile and not complete. The couple fussed over situations such as helping with homework and whether the kids can fly on commercial jets.

9/14/06: With the filing of divorce papers in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, New York, Christie Brinkley is following through with her expected divorce from Peter Cook.

7/25/06: Peter Cook has made a public apology saying that he is hoping for a reconciliation with Christie. He is quoted in The New York Post as saying, "This is an aberration ... I'm sorry. I'm contrite. I'm stupid. Foolish. No excuse."
Source: BostonHerald.com


Christie Lee Hudson Brinkley: February 2, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan. Christie was raised in Malibu, California.

Jean-Francois Allaux: Rabat, Morocco.

Olivier Chandon de Brailles: September 17, 1955 in France.

Billy Joel: May 9, 1949 in the Bronx, New York.

Richard Taubman: abt. 1948.

Peter Cook: abt. 1959.

How They Met:

Jean-Francois Allaux: Christie and Jean-Francois met while she was in France.

Olivier Chandon de Brailles: Olivier and Christie Brinkley met at Studio 54 where she was hosting a party to promote her 1982 calendar.

Billy Joel: Christie and Billy Joel met in 1983 on the Island of St. Barts in the Caribbean. Her engagement ring was reportedly a diamond solitare the size of a sugar cube.

Richard Taubman: Christie and Richard Taubman met in March 1994 when a mutual friend introduced them. He proposed in May, 1994 although Christie and Billy were still married.

Peter Cook: According to an interview in the April 1997 Redbook, Peter Cook and Christie first met in 1979 when he was modeling, and had their paths cross a few times after that.

But at their re-introduction by mutual friend, NBC's Jill Rappaport, Peter and Christie felt an immediate chemistry with one another.

Peter and Christie announced their engagement in August 1996 after he gave her a sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

Marriage Dates:

Jean-Francois Allaux: Christie Brinkley and Jean-Francois Allaux married in 1973.

Olivier Chandon de Brailles: Christie Brinkley and Olivier Chandon de Brailles never married.

Billy Joel: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley were married on March 23, 1985 on a yacht on the Hudson River. This was the second marriage for both Billy and Christie. Christie and Billy have one daughter.

Richard Taubman: Christie Brinkley and Richard Taubman were married at 3:30 in the afternoon on December 22, 1994 in Telluride, Colorado near the area where they were both in a helicopter crash in March, 1994. Christie wore a white satin dress that she designed.

At the top of lift No. 9, the simple ceremony was 11,900 feet up Telluride Mountain Christie was 40 years old, and Ricky was 46 years old when they wed. The 150 wedding invitations were drawn by her daughter, Alexa.

Christie announced at their wedding that they were expecting a baby boy. Guests at their reception at the Gorrono Ranch Restaurant were served a turkey, ham, pasta, and salmon buffet.

They had a roving magician on site to entertain the children. It was the second marriage for Richard and the third marriage for Christie. They honeymooned for two weeks in Italy.

Peter Cook: Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook married on September 21, 1996 under a gazebo in a broad meadow at their ranch in Bridgehampton, New York. Both Peter and Christie wore Armani suits. Christie's was white with a long skirt and train. Peter's was a black-crepe suit.

They had nearly 120 guests at their wedding including Billy Joel. Christie was 42 when they married, and Peter was 37. Christie and Peter have a daughter.


Christie Brinkley has two daughters and one son. She had three miscarriages.
  • Alexa Ray Joel: Born on December 29, 1985. Alexa lives in New York city and is a singer, songwriter, and pianist like her father, Billy Joel.
  • Jack Paris Brinkley: Born on June 2, 1995. His father is Richard Taubman.
  • Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook: Born on July 2, 1998. Her father is Peter Cook.


Christie Brinkley: Model, actress, writer, photographer, designer, and artist.

Jean-Francois Allaux: Artist, illustrator, and political cartoonist. Jean-Francois is a faculty member of University of Massachusetts Darmouth, College of Visual & Performing Arts.

Olivier Chandon de Brailles: Race-car driver, Moet-Chandon champagne heir.

Billy Joel: Composer, actor, writer, and producer.

Richard Taubman: Real-estate developer.

Peter Cook: Architect, former model.


Jean-Francois Allaux: Christie and Jean-Francois met while she was in France.

Olivier Chandon de Brailles: Olivier lived in France and in New York City.

Billy Joel: Amagansett, Long Island and an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Richard Taubman: La Jolla, California.

Peter Cook: Bridgehampton, New York and an apartment in New York City.

How Christie's Marriages Ended

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