Carol Ann Alt, born December 1, 1960, is an American model and actress.
Alt was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, the daughter of Muriel, an airline employee and model, and Anthony Alt, a fire chief. She was noticed waiting tables in her hometown of East Williston, New York. When she was 18, she decided to try modeling as a summer job to save money for college. She is of German descent.
Alt’s first big break in modeling was in 1980, when she was featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, but she gained real fame in 1982 when she was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. During the 1980s she appeared on over 500 magazine covers, becoming one the most famous models of her era. Alt was referred to as “The Face” by Life Magazine. During the height of her popularity, she was the face of ad campaigns for Diet Pepsi, General Motors, Cover Girl Cosmetics, Noxema, Hanes and numerous others. She was the first model to produce her own posters and calendars. As the eighties were winding down, Alt switched from fashion modeling to acting.
Since 1986 she has been in a variety of movies, many of which were Italian productions. Her success in the US market has been limited. In 2004, she had a starring role in a Canadian movie Snakehead Terror. She also played “Karen Oldham” in the TV adaptation of Peter Benchley’s “Amazon” (1999). She has also had a few minor television roles, including one episode of Wings and a voice role in an episode of King of the Hill.
She has more recently returned to her modeling roots and taken on a number of model/spokesperson projects, including becoming a consultant with the “Le Mirador” skin-care line and appearing on late night TV infomercials. Alt has written two books, promoting her own raw food diet plans. She has been the cover girl for travelgirl magazine both in 2004 and 2008. After refusing to pose nude her entire career and turning down numerous offers from Playboy Magazine, Alt finally appeared on the cover and in a nude pictorial in Playboy’s December 2008 issue. She placed #5 on askmen.com’s list of “Top 10 Models Of All Time”, behind only Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Gisele Bündchen and Cindy Crawford.
Alt was a contestant on NBC’s 2008 The Celebrity Apprentice, with Donald Trump, competing for her charity, the Tony Alt Memorial Foundation, which raises funds for scholarships that will allow young adults to continue their studies. She ended up in third place before being fired, but was brought back for the final task of the show and was chosen by finalist Piers Morgan to help him to become the Celebrity Apprentice.
She starred in the Italian TV series Caterina e le sue figlie 2 and in the TV movie Piper, both were aired on Canale5 in 2007. In 2009, she was one of the contestants of the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars (Rai Uno). She’s also filming a new Italian TV series called Piper – The series, a spin-off of the successful TV movie of the same title broadcast on Canale5.
Alt was married to former New York Rangers player Ron Greschner from 1983 to 1996. As of November, 2008, the former couple are in court, with Alt suing her ex-husband with claims that he failed to divide the profits of an investment the couple made while still married.
Alt is currently in a relationship with Russian ice hockey player Alexei Yashin, who is thirteen years her junior and played previously with the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders. He is currently playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in Russia. In an interview with ESPN in 2006, Yashin stated he is not married to Alt and instead said they are in a committed relationship.