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Jennifer O'Neill

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Jennifer O'Neill is an American actress, model, author and speaker.


 early life
O'Neill was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the daughter of a famous Spanish-Irish dental supply import/export businessman, Oscar D' O'Neill and his English wife. She attended New York City's Professional Children's School and the prestigious Dalton School. As a teenager, O'Neill was already working as a fashion model in New York City and Paris, France by the age of 15, and appeared on magazine covers before moving to films and working in a number of television movies and series made for television.

In 1968 she landed a small role in For Love of Ivy. In 1970 she played one of the lead female roles in Rio Lobo starring John Wayne.

After her success in Summer of '42 in 1971, in which she plays the young widow of a soldier killed in World War II, O'Neill became a well-known Hollywood actress and continued acting for the next two decades, including singing in the Chrysler Corporation commercial "Change in Charger" that represented the end of the Dodge Charger in 1975. She played the part of the mistress, Teresa Raffo, in Luchino Visconti's final film, L'Innocente . She had more success in TV movies, including Love's Savage Fury.

In 1982, O'Neill starred in the short-lived NBC prime time soap opera Bare Essence. In 1984, she played the lead female role on the CBS television series Cover Up; the lead male actor, Jon-Erik Hexum, was killed in the studio playing with a blank-loaded gun, and the series ended after just one season .

Jennifer O'Neill is also catalogued in the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of American History, the Center for Advertising History in Washington, D.C. for her 30 year contract with Cover Girl cosmetics.

 personal life
A self-described "romantic," O'Neill has been married nine times to eight husbands, her seventh husband she married, divorced and then remarried him; at one point, she was married to four different men in four years. She has a daughter by her first husband and a son from her fifth marriage and another son from her sixth marriage. O'Neill has suffered nine miscarriages in the course of birthing her three children to full term. A lifelong competitive horseback rider, she has suffered serious back injuries due to falls. On October 23, 1982, O'Neill accidentally shot herself in the abdomen with a gun belonging to her then-husband, John Lederer, at their Bedford, New York, mansion; she stated she was checking to see if the weapon was loaded, and police ruled it an accident. She describes many of them in her 1999 autobiography, Surviving Myself. The book recounts her life from childhood to her move to her Tennessee farm in the late 1990s.

In 2004, O'Neill wrote and published From Fallen To Forgiven, a book of biographical notes and philosophical thoughts about life and existence. The actress, who had an abortion at the age of nineteen, became a pro-life activist and born-again Christian in 1986 at age 38, counseling abstinence to teens. Concerning her abortion:

I was told a lie from the pit of hell: that my baby was just a blob of tissue. The aftermath of abortion can be equally deadly for both mother and unborn child. A woman who has an abortion is sentenced to bear that for the rest of her life.

Jennifer O'Neill is also a tireless worker for charitable causes, having served as chairperson for the American Cancer Society as well as being a staunch supporter of the Retinitis Pigmetosa Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation. Most recently, she hosts a one hour special for World Vision shot in Africa concerning the HIV epidemic. In addition, she remains actively involved with her childhood love of animals and horses, sponsoring the Jennifer O'Neill Tennis Tournament to benefit the ASPCA, and fund-raiser for Guiding Eyes for the blind.

She still enjoys training horses at her Tennessee farm http://www.hillengladehhh.com for competition, as well as cooking, composing music, painting, designing furniture, and being a spokesperson for her skin care line Firm & Lift.

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