Vendela Kirsebom

Norwegian-Swedish model and actress (born 1967)
Vendela Kirsebom
Born
Vendela Maria Kirsebom

(1967-01-12) 12 January 1967 (age 55)
OccupationActress
model
Years active1988–present
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse
(m. 1996; sep. 2007)
Children2

Vendela Maria Kirsebom (born 12 January 1967) is a Norwegian-Swedish model, television host, and actress.

Early life

Kirsebom was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to a Norwegian mother and a Turkish father.[1][2]

At the age of 13, she was discovered in a Stockholm restaurant by Eileen Ford.[citation needed] At 18, she graduated from the Oslo Waldorf School («Rudolf Steinerskolen i Oslo») and moved to Italy to pursue a modeling career under the guidance of Ford Models.[citation needed]

Career

Contracted with Elizabeth Arden, she moved to the United States to work as Almay's spokesperson.[3]

Kirsebom has appeared on the magazine covers of Bride's (US), Flare (Canada), Shape (US), FHM (UK), and Zest (US) and has been featured multiple times in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She appeared in Batman and Robin in 1997 as Nora Fries; and (as Vendela K. Thomessen) in 1998 played the bridal gown model in The Parent Trap, which starred Lindsay Lohan, Natasha Richardson, and Dennis Quaid. She was also featured in the Disney Channel's Model Behavior with Justin Timberlake and Maggie Lawson.

She appeared as herself in 1995 episodes of The Larry Sanders Show and Murphy Brown, as well as the 2005 TV-movie sequel Romy and Michele: In the Beginning. Kirsebom made a cameo as a "space villainess" in a "Pigs in Space" skit on Muppets Tonight. She also lent her voice to a fictionalized version of herself on Johnny Bravo.

In 1999, she hosted the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen 1999.

From 2006 to 2008, she hosted the Norwegian version of Top Model, and also hosted the fourth cycle of the Swedish version in 2007.

Personal life

In 1996, Kirsebom married Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen, a Roman Catholic of French and Norwegian descent. They separated in 2007 after 11 years of marriage and Kirsebom moved to Oslo with their two daughters, Julia and Hannah.

In addition to Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, she speaks German, Italian and English fluently.[4]

She remains active in modeling and is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.[citation needed]

In 2019, boyfriend Petter Pilgaard proposed to Kirsebom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the wedding was postponed,[5] but they finally married in June 2022.[6]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Batman & Robin Nora Fries
1998 The Parent Trap Bridal Gown Model

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Piazza Navona Ingrid Allberg Episode: "Cuore di ladro"
1992 Blossom Fairy Godmother Episode: "Driver's Education"
1995 Murphy Brown Vendela Episode: "Model Relationships"
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Episode: "The Bump"
1995 Dweebs Greta Nyquist Episode: "The Actress Show"
1996 Muppets Tonight Princess Vendela Episode: "Jason Alexander"
1999 Melodifestivalen 1999 Host Television special
2000 The Wonderful World of Disney Herself Episode: "Model Behavior"
2000 Model Behavior Television film
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Television film
2005–2007 Top Model Sverige Host 4 episodes
2006–2008 Top Model Norge 3 episodes

References

  1. ^ Dagbladet (5 March 2007). "Vendelas vendepunkt". Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  2. ^ Milliyet. "Hollandalı Ahmet'in film gibi öyküsü". Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  3. ^ "Vendela Biography" Retrieved 28 May 2015
  4. ^ The Face of the '90s May Belong to Vendela, Swedish Supermodel and Grace Kelly Look-Alike, People, Vol. 31, No. 12, 27 March 1989; accessed 3 May 2009.
  5. ^ Okorie, Ashura (October 25, 2021). "Wedding".
  6. ^ "Nå er Petter og Vendela mann og kone: Inviterte eksmannen til bryllupsfest". 17 June 2022.

External links

  • Vendela Kirsebom's profile in the FMD-database
  • Vendela Kirsebom at IMDb
  • (in Swedish) Aftonbladet. Jag vet inget om min pappa 2006-12-11
  • (in Swedish) Aftonbladet. Vi måste alla hjälpa barn 2001-06-18


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