Internationally acclaimed model, actress, film and television star, spokesperson, producer, author, fundraiser, proud mother of three, and noted among the most beautiful women in the world, by any definition, Jennifer O’Neill is one of a kind. With thirty-five plus feature films, numerous television movies and series to her credit, Jennifer is the first to tell you she is truly blessed.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to an English mother and a Spanish-Irish father, Ms. O’Neill’s career first began when her family moved from Connecticut to New York City where Jennifer entered into international modeling at age fifteen while still a student at the prestigious Dalton School in Manhattan. Having developed a passion for horses early on, she saw modeling as a way to own her first steed. The world of magazine covers, fame and fortune quickly lead to other goals; at nineteen she was accepted into the Neighborhood Playhouse–New York’s esteemed school of acting. It only took a short while before Jennifer’s unique qualities were noticed by director Howard Hawks, who cast her to star opposite John Wayne in Rio Lobo… Jennifer was a leading actress, married, and a mother by age twenty-one.
After her cinematic debut, Jennifer accepted a role in the “small” film, Summer of ‘42. Her hauntingly beautiful portrayal of Dorothy made Jennifer O’Neill a household name, and today Summer of ‘42 is one of home videos’ most popular titles. The film has become classic, with her performance hailed as legendary, not only by the public, but by Jennifer’s peers as well.
Stimulated by creative opportunities behind the camera, Ms. O’Neill moved to Europe and placed herself under the tutelage of master Italian director Luchino Visconti where she turned in an award winning performance in his final film, The Innocent, costarring Giancarlo Giannini. With Visconti, she expanded her range as an actress and began to learn the art of film making from this world-renowned auteur. Returning to the U.S., Jennifer O’Neill continued to star in a succession of notable and profitable films such as Blake Edward’s The Carey Treatment, with James Coburn, Caravans, with Anthony Quinn, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, with Michael Sarrazin, A Force of One, with Chuck Norris, Lady Ice, with Robert Duvall and Donald Sutherland, and David Cronenberg’s blockbuster Scanners.
The first television Movie of the Week in which she starred, Love’s Savage Fury, scored a 39 share, making it ABC’s top-rated movie of the year. Her next television project, The Other Victim, costarring William Devane for CBS, was hailed as one of the years Top 10 films, followed by her own series Cover-Up (CBS). And of course, we’ve all seen her impressive spokeswoman campaign for CoverGirl–Jennifer’s unprecedented thirty-year endorsement of the product catapulted CoverGirl into the top selling makeup line in the country.
As if all this activity weren’t enough to fill the day, Ms. O’Neill has always been a constant worker for charitable causes having served as Chairperson for the American Cancer Society as well as being a staunch supporter of the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, the ASPCA, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She is the International Spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a Pro-Life organization), and hosted a one hour special for World Vision shot in Africa concerning the HIV epidemic. Currently, Jennifer shares her love of horses with her Hillenglade’s™ Equine-Assisted Hope and Healing and HHH™ Volunteer Programs Gatherings in Nashville, TN, in support of our Military Warriors, Veterans, First Responders and their families.
As an author, Ms. O’Neill has recently penned her autobiography, Surviving Myself, and her latest novels, All That Glitters and Hillenglade. Her published works include: From Fallen to Forgiven, You’re Not Alone (with healing workbooks and videos) and the Circle of Friends… Just Off Main fiction series. Her films, Hillenglade, and Caught In A Lie, are presently in pre-production and due for release in the near future.
In addition to her extensive fundraising efforts, Jennifer’s corporate and testimonial speaking engagements are inspirational and practical in nature… By adding this dimension to her roster of talents and passions, Jennifer O’Neill embraces her hope and healing theme by sharing her life’s experiences with a passion, humor and enthusiasm that resonates with all generations.