American model and actress Carré Otis gained her worldwide fame and recognition
as the model for the Guess jeans and Calvin Klein advertising campaigns during
the late 1980s and early 1990s. One of the best known models in the world Otis
has done a number of photo shoots with such great names as Bruce Weber, Herb
Ritts, Matthew Rolston, Richard Avedon and Ellen Von Unwerth. In addition to
appearing on magazine covers like The French Elle Magazine, New Woman, San
Francisco, Gear, she posed for the 1996 Pirelli Calendar and Sports Illustrated
As an actress, Carré, who measures 36B-26-36 in her first fashion career
(Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine), is known as Brazilian model Emily Reed in
the drama-romance Wild Orchid (1990). Her later roles include Kate in Exit in
Red (1996), Elaine Johnston in Simon Says (1998) and Kathleen in Going Back
"I was always in the wrong relationships, so I decided to see what would happen
if I took that energy and focused it elsewhere. I live like a nun now." Carré
Off screen, Carré Otis is a Buddhist. She once tied the knot with actor Mickey
Rourke, but the couple separated after a two-year marriage.
Childhood and Family:
Carré Otis was born in San Francisco, California, on September 28, 1968. As a
teenager, Carré briefly pursued acting career, but soon switching to model when
she was 14. A year later, she relocated to New York City to model
professionally. A California native, Carré was educated at the Marin Academy in
San Rafael, California.
While on the production of 1990's Wild Orchid, Carré met and fell in love with
actor Mickey Rourke. She decided to marry this Hollywood bad boy in 1992, but
they divorced two years later.
"I wish he would stay away." Carré Otis on Mickey Rourke
After a brief stint as an actress, 14-year-old Carré Otis started modeling in
the Bay Area before making her way to New York City at the tender age of 15 to
more focus on her career. She soon began traveling all over the world.
Otis' modeling career received boost when she posed on the cover of the French
edition of the renowned fashion magazine Elle which brought Otis international
attention. Her skyrocket career further confirmed when Otis signed
a-three-consecutive contract as the new Guess? Girl in 1988. Shoot by Ellen von
Unwerth, the advertising campaigns garnered the model much recognition. During
the same time period, she made a notable pose as the biker babe for the Calvin
Klein jeans ads.
Following the much-talk-about-stints, Otis spent the next ten years working with
such celebrated photographers as Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Matthew Rolston,
Richard Avedon and Ellen Von Unwerth. Her pretty face also decorated numerous
magazine covers like New Woman, San Francisco, Gear, among others.
Otis did photo shoots for the notorious Pirelli Calendar in 1996, a project
honoring the most beautiful women, which also featured the sexy Laetitia Casta.
On Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Millennium Edition, she appeared alongside fellow
models Heidi Klum and Daniela Pestova.
Aside from her modeling career, Carré also built a solid career in acting. In
1990, she gained notice for her portrayal of Brazilian model Emily Reed in the
Zalman King-helmed Wild Orchid (1990). The drama-romance also starred her then
husband Mickey Rourke and Jacqueline Bisset. Six years after her film debut,
Otis re-embarked with the 1996 Exit in Red, a drama-thriller directed by Yurek
Bogayevicz and starred Mickey Rourke and Annabel Schofield, and next appeared as
Elaine Johnston in Jim O'Malley's Simon Says (1998). In 2001, she was cast in
the small role of Kathleen in the made-for-TV movie Going Back, opposite Casper
Van Dien, Jaimz Woolvett and Bobby Hosea.
Represented by The Dash Group, Otis continues to work on her modeling and film
careers. Despite her late 30s, Otis still becomes one of the most high-profile
models in the fashion industry.