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 as a face of CoverGirl cosmetics starting in the 1970s.
O’Neill was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the granddaughter of a Brazilian bank president, and the daughter of a famous Brazilian medical and dental supply import/export businessman, Oscar D’ O’Neill, of Irish and Spanish descent, and his English wife, Irene (“Rene”) Freda, a homemaker. 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 gracing the cover of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and other magazines, earning $80,000… read more