Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley

Brinkley in 2011, photo by

Birth Name: Christie Lee Hudson

Place of Birth: Monroe, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 2, 1954

Ethnicity: German, Irish, English, Scottish

Christie Brinkley is an American model, actress, artist, designer, photographer, author, and environmentalist.

She has German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry. Christie is the daughter of Marjorie Marie (Bowling) and Herbert Hudson. Her stepfather, who adopted her, was television writer, director, and producer Don Brinkley (Donald Alan Brinkley). Don was Jewish (his family’s original surname was Brinkman).

Christie has three children, a daughter, singer Alexa Ray Joel, with her second husband, singer Billy Joel; a son with her third husband, real estate developer Richard Taubman; and a daughter with her fourth husband, architect Peter Halsey Cook.

Christie’s paternal grandfather was Herbert A. Hudson (the son of Harrison C. Hudson and Anna Elizabeth McFernon/McLernon). Herbert was born in Indiana. Harrison was the son of Allen B. Hudson and Samantha Melissa Gurnee. Anna was Irish.

Christie’s paternal grandmother was Isabelle E. Gessner (the daughter of Joseph Michael Gessner and Elizabeth Wesenbeck/Weisbeck). Isabelle was born in Michigan. Joseph was born in Michigan, to German parents, Michael Gessner and Maria Anna Rink. Elizabeth was also born in Michigan, also to German parents, Joannes/John Georg/George Wesenbeck/Weisbeck and Margaretha/Margreat Breikmann/Brickman.

Christie’s maternal grandfather was William Harrison Bowling (the son of Anderson R. Bowling and Armilda Jane Hacker). William was born in Illinois or Kentucky. Anderson was the son of Delany Bowling and Sarah/Sallie Spicer. Armilda was the daughter of Logan Hacker and Susan Burns.

Christie’s maternal grandmother was Ida “Mamie” Henson (the daughter of James Henry Henson and Lucy Catherine Abner). Ida was born in Kentucky. James was the son of Jesse Henson and Nancy Jane Henson. Lucy was the daughter of William Squire Abner and Elizabeth Julia Cottongim.

Sources: Genealogy of Christie Brinkley –

Christie’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Christie’s paternal grandfather, Herbert A. Hudson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Christie’s paternal grandmother, Isabelle E. Gessner, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Christie’s maternal grandparents, William Harrison Bowling and Ida “Mamie” Henson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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