Her first SPORTS ILLUSTRATED swimsuit issue cover was in 1979. She also appeared on the cover in 1980 and 1981, making her the first model to appear on 3 consecutive covers.
Daughter, with Billy Joel, Alexa Ray Joel, was born. [1 January 1986]
She and her then husband-to-be, Richard Taubman, survived a helicopter crash in March 1994 near Telluride, Colorado. Nine months later, they married near the spot of the crash. Other crash survivors were her friend, Sandra Will, and Sandra's son, Cade Carradine. Cade was the last person rescued off the mountain.
Son, with Richard Taubman, Jack Paris Brinkley, was born. [2 June 1995]
Filed a $42 million defamation suit against the National Enquirer and jointly sued her former personal assistant Beth La Face as the contact for the tabloid. [9 September 1997]
Daughter, with Peter Cook, Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook, was born. [2 July 1998]
Was a democratic delegate from New York state at the 2000 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles.
Recovering from emergency back surgery following a skiing injury that occurred during a recent family ski trip [February 28, 2007].
Ranked #16 in Men's Health 100 Hottest Women of All Time (2011).