A Los Angeles native, model, actress, TV/radio host Cindy Margolis is best known
as the most downloaded woman in cyberspace, which led to her being named “Queen
of the Internet” by Yahoo Internet Life magazine (1996-1999). The largest
selling poster model in the world, Margolis launched her modeling career on her
own and, so far, her familiar face has decorated numerous magazine covers and
appeared in commercials for Reebok, Vidal Sassoon, Coors, Hanes and Sunkist.
Margolis is also popular among her fans on the small and big screen. Having
appeared in many TV shows, Margolis became the star of her own series “The Cindy
Margolis Show” (2000), a talk show that took viewers to South Beach Miami so
they could watch late night beach parties. She is also set to play a role in the
forthcoming TV film movie Lingerie Bowl (2006). As a movie actress, Margolis
stepped into the blockbuster realm with the 1997 hit Austin Powers:
International Man of Mystery. Her film credits include the sci-fi movie Earth
Minus Zero (1996), the comedy Chairman of the Board (1998), Sol Goode (2001) and
the horror-crime Dead Above Ground (2002).
Off screen, Cindy Margolis was listed as Details magazine’s “Sexiest Woman of
the Year” (1999), one of Forbes’ “Top 100 Celebrities” (1999 and 2000) and one
of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” (1998). Margolis initially
denied ever posing nude. However, after Hustler Magazine published her topless
pictures she did at the age of 19, Margolis confessed to her hot photos and gave
the reason she did them was because she was young and needed the money.
Childhood and Family:
On October 1, 1968, Cynthia D. Margolis, who would later be famous as Cindy
Margolis, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her attention was far
from the modeling industry until her college years when she took a college
business course. First, she appeared on the cover of her own greeting card line.
Cindy’s career took flight as she received attention from modeling agents. Later
on, she added acting and hosting to her endeavors.
Animal devotee Cindy met restaurateur Guy Starkman on a blind date and she fell
in love with him. Later on, the couple got married and welcomed their first
child, son Nicholas Isaac, on June 10, 2002. She then gave birth to twin
daughters, Sabrina and Sierra, on July 17, three years later.
The Cindy Margolis Show
Blonde bombshell Cindy Margolis began her modeling career on her own. It started
when Margolis had a class project that dealt with greeting cards for a college
business course. She took the idea further and created her own greeting card
line with her image on them. With strong commitment, persistence and creativity,
Margolis made the company score a huge success. Her door to enter the fashion
industry was opened when agents took notice of the greeting card cover girl.
Margolis was soon in high demand. She appeared in a number of advertisements for
such companies as Coors, Reebok, Vidal Sassoon, Hanes, and Sunkist. Venturing on
television as a Barker Beauty, a hostess on the game show “The Price Is Right,”
Margolis was seen acting and appeared in such shows as “Married...with Children”
(1992), “Murphy Brown,” “Baywatch” (1993), “Baywatch Nights,” “In the Dark” and
“Head Over Heels.”
Margolis has also found increased fame in cyberspace. Her popularity as ”Queen
of the Internet” started when Warner Brothers’ Extra (1995) featured a
television segment on Cindy. The audiences could go online simultaneously to see
some of her most popular pictures. Margolis’ image was downloaded to the rush of
fans logged on to the Internet every 10 seconds. As a result, she was named
Yahoo Internet Life magazine’s “Queen of the Internet” (1996 to 1999). She was
later inducted into The Guinness Book of World Records 2000 Millennium Issue for
having been downloaded 70,000 times in a period of 24 hours.
While enjoying the triumph in cyberspace, Margolis went on to pursue her
modeling career. She became the first and only supermodel to appear in three
foremost swimsuit issues in 1997. In February, she graced the cover of “Sport”
and “Muscular Development” swimsuit editions and also appeared on the “Inside
Sports” swimsuit issue for her fourth year. Also in 1997, Margolis appeared as
Fembot, an enticing robot, on the hit movie Austin Powers: International Man of
Mystery, starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley. Her first foray into the
cinematic industry was as a pizza girl in a sci-fi movie directed by Joey
Travolta, Earth Minus Zero (1996). Commenting about her role in Austin Powers,
Margolis said, “Yeah, baby! I didn’t get to keep the pink baby doll outfit, but
I wish I did because people are always telling me I should wear it.”
After the box office smash, Margolis was featured as a tennis instructor in the
Alex Zamm-helmed comedy film Chairman of the Board (1998).
A familiar face among TV, internet and film audiences, in 2000, Margolis had the
opportunity to host her own “The Cindy Margolis Show,” a show which brought the
audiences to South Beach Miami to watch late night beach parties. She also
produced and hosted “In Your Dreams with Cindy Margolis,” a series of specials
on E! On the wide screen, Margolis appeared as Angie in the feature comedy Sol
Goode, starring Balthazar Getty, and got her first major role in the Stephen J.
Cannell-scripted Dead Above Ground (2002). The crime-horror film also starred
Corbin Bernsen and Keri Lynn Pratt.
Keeping busy with several television projects in 2005, Margolis will soon appear
alongside Trishelle Cannatella, Adrianne Curry, Jasmine Dustin and Willa Ford in
the upcoming made-for-TV movie Lingerie Bowl (2006).