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Brigitte Nielsen

Real name: Brigitte Nielsen
Birthdate: July 15, 1963
Status: Married
Partner: Raoul Meyer

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Kasper Winding (1983-1984)Sylvester Stallone (1985-1987)Sebastian Copeland (1990-1992)Raoul Meyer (1993-2005)Mattia Dessi (2006-)

Nielsen was born in Rødovre, Denmark to Svend Nielsen, an engineer, and Hanne, a librarian. She has a brother, Jan.

Nielsen began her acting career in 1985, in Red Sonja. Nielsen started a short-lived music career shortly after her divorce from Stallone in 1987. She released her debut album Every Body Tells A Story in that year and recorded a duet with Austrian pop star Falco called "Body Next To Body" which went to #22 in Germany and #6 in Austria. She released a follow-up album, "I'm the one..nobody else", in 1992, although it was also not a success. In 1999 she made a musical comeback by recording the dance track "No more turning back" under the pseudonym of Gitta and reached #1 in Spain and topped several other European dance charts. Other tracks recorded as Gitta were 2000's "Tic Toc" and 2001's "You're No Lady", a collaboration with Ru Paul.

She has worked for Italian television hosting hit shows such as the 1992 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival; Retromarsh (1995-1997), and ..la sai l'ultima? (1999); starring in the TV movie Fantaghirò and its sequels (1992-1996); and guest starring in the Rai Tre's soap opera Un posto al sole (2000). She appeared on the first season of the Italian version of The Mole (2004) and on the third season of the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life (2004). In the show, Nielsen was seen flirting with Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav and it was confirmed that they were a couple, even though she was still legally married to Raoul Meyer. The show was such a success that VH1 produced a spin-off reality show called Strange Love, which began airing on the channel on January 9, 2005. Nielsen also appeared with Flav on VH1's Big in '04 Awards. In 2006, she guest-starred on Flav's other reality show, Flavor of Love.

In 2004 she appeared in the Danish Big Brother VIP, one year later in January 2005 she was also a contestant in the British equivalent Celebrity Big Brother along with her former mother-in-law Jackie Stallone and the writer Germaine Greer. In 2006 she appeared in another reality TV series, VH1's The Surreal Life: Fame Game. In March 2007, she starred in a new British documentary called Killing Brigitte Nielsen aired on Sky Travel.

According to some rumors she will be one of the contestants of a new VH1 reality series called Celebrity Rehab.

Nielsen's first marriage was to Danish musician Kasper Winding, with whom she had a son. She was then married to actor Sylvester Stallone, her co-star in Cobra. She later became engaged (but not married) to American football player Mark Gastineau, with whom she had a son. She then married Swiss racecar driver Raoul Meyer from December 17, 1993 to 2005, and they had two sons: Douglas Aaron and Raoul Jr. Ayrton (named after her friend Ayrton Senna). It is often claimed that she married photographer/director Sebastian Copeland, but she says that it was not a legal marriage.

As of July 22, 2007, Nielsen was out of rehab to attend the Comedy Central roast of Flavor Flav. She told People that she felt "like a new-born person... I made a choice about a new life. It's not been easy but it was definitely time." While People does not report the date that Nielsen checked into rehab, they state that she "had been in treatment for a few weeks." .


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