Carré Otis

Carré Otis (born September 28, 1968) is an American model and actress.

Carré Otis was born in San Francisco, and raised in Marin County, California along with her older sister Chrisse and her younger brother Jordan. She attended Marin Academy in San Rafael, California and the John Woolman School in Nevada City, California.

Otis began modeling at age 16. Discovered in San Francisco, she was initially signed to Elite Model Management by John Casablancas. She first achieved fame while working for Elite in Paris, when she appeared on the cover of French Elle in April 1986. Over the next several years, she appeared on covers in the American and foreign editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Mirabella, and Marie Claire.

Otis appeared in ads for Guess jeans (1988), Calvin Klein jeans (“biker chick” look, 1991), appeared in the 1996 Pirelli calendar, and also posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition (2000). Otis was also featured in 1990 and 2000 issues of Playboy magazine.

In 1990, Otis made her acting debut in the film Wild Orchid. The film became notorious due to unsubstantiated rumors that she and co-star Mickey Rourke filmed an unsimulated sex scene. Stills from the film’s climactic sex scene were sold to Playboy, and were the subject of a lawsuit filed by Otis. Otis would later appear in another Rourke film, Exit in Red.

Otis started dating Mickey Rourke not long after the release of Wild Orchid. The couple married in 1992, and had one of the most celebrated and stormy celebrity marriages of the 1990s. In 1994, Rourke was arrested for spousal abuse, but the charges were later dropped. Otis battled anorexia and drug dependency, addictions that had tormented her since her adolescence. With Rourke’s help, Otis was able to get clean from heroin in 1994, but her struggles with other substances continued until 1996. In 2001, Otis said that she had mixed everything, including “alcohol, anti-depressants, uppers, downers and diet pills”. She noted in that same interview that she and Rourke “had equally explosive personalities” (and she had) her own depression. “We were both drama addicts.” For several years before and during their marriage, Rourke refused to allow Otis to model, forcing her to turn down lucrative opportunities and threatening photographers and agents with whom she had worked. The couple eventually divorced in 1998.

After the end of her marriage to Rourke, Otis gradually resumed modeling. In 2000, she became one of the oldest models to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Shortly thereafter, she began an enduring recovery from anorexia. As part of that recovery, she experienced a weight gain that offered her the opportunity to work as a plus-size model, most notably as the face for iconic Marina Rinaldi clothing (of MaxMara Group) and in commentary and editorials for Mode Magazine; since then Otis has served as a spokesman for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in 2003. She also appeared periodically as a correspondent on Channel 4 News in San Francisco.

In 2005, she represented the Breil Jewellery line.

Otis discovered Buddhism in the late 1980s. She is a committed practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, and a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione.

In 2005, Otis was remarried to Matthew Sutton, an environmental scientist. She and Sutton have two daughters, Jade (born 2006) and Kaya (born 2008). They live in Colorado. She is currently writing her life story, scheduled for release in 2011.


8 Responses to “Carré Otis”
  1. Mindi K. Flook says:


  2. Eva Voorhees says:

    Aren’t you a sweetheart?! Thank you doll!
    This was the album I spent 10 hours making! But she’s fabulous!

  3. Edward says:


  4. Eva Voorhees says:

    OMG! I love “discovering” these models! I knew of her of course, but was so in awe of her work when I sat down to gather her images! She’s just so stunning!

  5. Linda Penner says:

    Just look at those photos and one can see why she is in modeling and not afraid to show off the body along with multiple tattoos. Her look is anything from sweet to tough as nails. She is often photographed with parts of her anatomy showing and it is graceful. Her confidence is wonderful and rightfully so. Not only is she one of the supermodels I enjoy but she also went out for a while with actor Mickey R. and that is no small feat to keep up with him ( a dangerous but handsome man in his day). The cover of them on the magazine above glows with the passion they once had. Carre is also an actress and a great one at that being seen in some steamy, drama crime movies. That is why i love Carre and all the photos above. Thank you LP

  6. Eva Voorhees says:

    She’s become one of my favorites since making this album. In her bio it said she was married to him for 6 years. And from other interviews I read she is an amazing survivor who was badly abused, so I have a lot of respect for her too.

  7. leslie77 says:

    I just adore Carre. She has such a strong, sexy, and confident look. She’s a very smart lady, as well. I recently saw her on Anderson Cooper, glad to see she’s doing so well.

  8. Gal_Friday_101 says:

    Really, ALL models are more gorgeous than your average human being, but Carre Otis really is phenomenal!! YOWZA!! At the same time, I like that in her interviews today, she’s very quick to point out that she has never really appeared that way in real life…that when we see a fashion photograph, we are seeing a work of art that was made by scores of unseen professional artists, out of frame. (Miss V – you are about as beautiful as it gets, too, and I hope you’ve found happiness today. I know many models come out of that industry with many insecurities. Best wishes for whatever you are doing now…)

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