Thursday, May 23, 2024

Christie Brinkley Keeps it Light with Mom Gravely Ill


Christie Brinkley was a hit at East Hampton’s Guild Hall this weekend, getting rave reviews for her appearance in the very funny “Celebrity Autobiography.” This is the hit show where cast members read excerpts from real celebrity bios.

The ubiquitous Alec Baldwin hosted, and Christie read from a Miley Cyrus biography. The supermodel who keeps looking better and better has a cutting sense of humor, and I’m Miley was shreds by the time Christie was done. Don’t blame her. Blame the biographer!

But what people don’t know: Christie’s beloved mom, Marge, is gravely ill and battling just about everything. She’s in the hospital and getting tons of support from Christie, her kids and brother. It was only about a month ago that Christie’s famous TV producer dad, Don Brinkley, passed away.

Brinkley moved her elderly parents from Hawaii–where they had quite a marvelous life in their heyday–to the Hamptons a few years ago as their health declined. A lot of us “regular” people are going through this sort of thing with parents and grandparents. We don’t think of supermodels having such mortal problems. But they do — and Christie has been the model daughter, so to speak. And the best medicine is always laughter.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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