Nicole Eggert Biography

Actress, Television Actress (1972–)
First a child star on Charles in Charge, Actress Nicole Eggert is best known for her role as lifeguard Summer Quinn on Baywatch.


Born in Glendale, California, Nicole Eggert started acting as a baby, appearing in commercials. After appearing on T.J. Hooker and Who's the Boss? she landed the role of Jamie Powell on the popular sitcom Charles in Charge. Eggert transformed from child star to sex symbol in 1992, when she landed a role on popular beach action drama Baywatch. Since leaving Baywatch, Eggert has appeared on reality television shows.

Child Actor

Nicole Elizabeth Eggert was born on January 13, 1972, in Glendale, California. Her father, Rolf Eggert, is a German-born executive of a canning company, and her mother, Gina, is a British-born talent agent. Eggert was only 5 years old when her mother entered her in the petites division of the Miss Universe beauty contest. She won first place, launching a career as a child actress that led to several television commercials, including spots for Johnson's Baby Shampoo.

In 1979, at the age of 7, Eggert landed her first substantive role in the made-for-TV movie When She was Bad… After appearances on the TV shows Today's F.B.I. (1981) and Fantasy Island (1981), in 1982, while still only ten years old, Eggert landed a recurring role as William Shatner's daughter on the police drama T.J. Hooker. In addition to acting full time from the age of five, Eggert received her education via on-set tutors and night classes and was by all accounts a bright and eager student. "I was really spoiled, but I wasn't a brat," she now says, remembering herself as a child star. "My mom was strict at the same time."

In 1985, Eggert landed another recurring role in the cast of Tony Danza's popular comedy series Who's the Boss? Two years later, she got her first taste of true national stardom when she assumed the prominent role of Jamie Powell on the popular sitcom Charles in Charge. Eggert made gossip column headlines when, at the age of 16, she began dating her costar Scott Baio. Baio had first risen to stardom while playing Chachi on Happy Days and had evolved into something of a heartthrob. He was 27 years old at the time and played Eggert's babysitter on the show.

'Baywatch' Fame

Nicole Eggert completed her transformation from adorable child actress to teenage sex symbol in 1992 when she was cast as bombshell lifeguard Summer Quinn on the world-famous syndicated series Baywatch. In order to land the part, she had to pass a swim test, get breast implants and sign a contract agreeing not to gain weight. "Everybody would get on my back about all the junk food I ate and that I smoked," she later recalled.

Eggert joined the ranks of "Baywatch girls" who starred opposite David Hasselhoff in the popular beach action drama, along with Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, and Yasmine Bleeth. Baywatch made Eggert the celebrity crush of seemingly millions around the world. Despite the fame, she soon found her role on the show highly demeaning, and in 1994 she decided to quit. Shortly after leaving the cast, she had her breast implants reduced and then removed entirely. "They were way too big for what I asked for," Eggert remembered. "I wanted a regular B-cup. I'd never had boobs in my life, and I would wake up and be like, 'Oh, my God!'"

Eggert married actor Just Herwick in 2000. The couple, who have since separated, have one daughter, Dilyn.

Since leaving Baywatch, Eggert has tried to regain the national celebrity she enjoyed while on the show. "I'm not a bimbo," Eggert has said. "I'm totally ambitious. I don't want to run around in a bathing suit, dripping wet, in slow motion." She has appeared on episodes of Married with Children (1996), Boy Meets World (1999), and Gilmore Girls (2001), and she has also played leading roles in a series of films including Thank You, Good Night (2001), What Lies Above (2004), and A Christmas Proposal (2008). In addition to acting, Eggert has also enjoyed successful stints as a reality TV star on The Real Gilligan's Island (2004) and Celebrity Fit Club (2010).

Eggert appeared on Celebrity Fit Club after the death of her father from cancer and a difficult breakup. After tabloids began to critique her weight gain, the actress filmed a video in 2010 that aired on Funny or Die. It was a spoof of her TV lifeguard days in which two men who think she's fat are left in the ocean to drown. "I was like, my being overweight is not my worst quality so how do we laugh at this?" said Eggert. The ending sums up her message: "I'm a real woman and real women gain weight."

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