Adrianne Marie Curry was born August 6, 1982, in Joliet, Illinois. Like many girls, she grew up dreaming of one day becoming an international fashion model. Her reality, however, was far more grim. Hooked on heroin and cocaine at an early age, Adrianne dropped out of high school in 2000 when she was still just a junior.
Although she completed her GED, Adrianne Curry spent the next three years bouncing around from one part-time job to another, working as a telemarketer one day and as a waitress at Hooters the next. Despite the many changes in her life, the one consistent factor was her desire to model. Luckily, Adrianne got a chance to do just that in 2003 when she applied to become a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, a new UPN program about the transformation of everyday women into fierce supermodels.
The program turned out to be the perfect showcase for Adrianne’s inner and outer beauty and, after several grueling weeks of photo shoots and fashion shows, she was crowned the winner. Although the show made her an instant celebrity, it failed to produce some of the results she was expecting.
“The show didn’t put any money into us,” she says. “I was supposed to get a Revlon contract, but that fell through… It was a wake-up call. I realized people will lie and walk all over you for self-gain if you’re not careful.”
Although her Revlon contract failed to materialize, Adrianne Curry quickly rebounded by landing high-profile campaigns for Macy’s and Merit Diamonds. She also appeared in glossy magazines, such as Stuff, People, Maxim, and Marie Claire.
Despite her bittersweet experience with reality TV, Adrianne returned to the small screen again in 2005 on VH1’s The Surreal Life. This time, rather than being surrounded by wannabe models, she was surrounded by washed-up celebrities like Da Brat, Verne Troyer and Joanie Laurer. In addition to giving her career a shot in the arm, the show also did wonders for her love life when she fell for fellow cast member — and former Brady Bunch star — Christopher Knight. Not surprisingly, the couple’s romance created some of the show’s most memorable moments and even led to their very own VH1 spin-off entitled My Fair Brady.
2006 was an especially busy year for Adrianne. In addition to tying the knot with Christopher, she also appeared in Ballbreakers, Hot Properties and Lingerie Bowl, and she posed nude for the February issue of Playboy.
Persistent in keeping her career on the rise, Adrianne joked, “I’m gonna beat on Victoria’s Secret’s and Sports Illustrated’s doors till they get restraining orders on me!” As for her acting career, she was cast in the big screen’s Fallen Angels (2006), a terrifying horror movie starring Michael Dorn. Although work was sparse for Curry in 2007, she returned to work by putting in the hours for the 2008 thriller Jack Rio.
Between November and December 2010, Curry worked as the Resident Celebrity Gamer panelist judge on the second series of The Tester, a reality program on the PlayStation Network.
Adrianne Curry promoted her new show, rumored to focus on tales about her sex life, on The Howard Stern Show in mid-May 2011. While it’s not yet been revealed whether the show will actually focus on live sex demonstrations on-air, we can only hope for the best. We say she does another Playboy cover and leaves the real sex to unmarried colleagues.