Julianne Phillips was an American model and actress who got married to Bruce Springsteen, a super-popular American rock musician – one of the most successful in the U.S. Nicknamed “The Boss”, Bruce Springsteen was one of the most celebrated American Rock and Roll legends. On marrying Bruce, Julianne’s fame heightened. Their union, however, did not last as it ended just a few years after it started.
Meanwhile, Julianne first gained widespread prominence as an actress when she portrayed the character of Francesca Reed on the television drama series Sisters from 1991 to 1996, a role which earned her much admiration and popularity. Read on to find out more about Julianne Phillips, Bruce Springsteen’s ex-wife; from her biography down to her marital life and other important facts.
Julianne Phillips’ Bio
Julianne Phillips was born on 6th May 1960 in Evanston, Illinois, United States. She, however, grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon where she attended the Lake Oswego High School. While her father, William Phillips worked as an insurance agent, her mother, Ann was a housewife.
Julianne Phillips attended Brook’s College in Long Beach, California. On completing her college education in the early 1980s, she moved to Manhattan, New York City where she pursued modeling. She soon landed a job with the Elite Modeling Agency, earning a mouthwatering pay of about $2,000 per day.
Julianne later left New York for Los Angeles where she gradually started acting by first featuring in a music video by the rock band .38 Special. In 1984, she landed her first television movie role in Summer Fantasy. Later in the same year, she starred in yet another television movie, His Mistress. She also appeared in the end of her would-be husband’s music video, “Glory days” (1984).
Despite the heckles of Julianne Phillip’s marital life, she soared in her acting career. In 1986, she portrayed the character of Sally in the comedy film, Odd Jobs. 1988 saw her appear in two films – Sweet Lies and Seven Hours to Judgment where she starred as Dixie and Lisa Eden respectively. In 1989, she landed roles in Fletch Lives and Skin Deep. Other roles followed in television films including Getting Up and Going Home (1992), A Vow to Kill (1995) and Original Sins (1995).
In May 1991, Julianne started playing her breakthrough role in the NBC drama series, Sisters which aired till May 1996. Julianne’s role as Frankie in the series saw her climb to immense prominence. After this, she starred in numerous other movies including Big Bully (1996), Colin Fitz Lives! (1997), Allie & Me (1997), and Tidal Wave: No Escape (1997).
Julianne Phillips met Bruce Springsteen, a popular American musician who was at the prime of his career in 1984. After a few months of dating, the pair tied the knot. The wedding which took place on 13th May 1985 was highly covered by the media. However, the union did not last. Julianne filed for a divorce just a little over three years into the marriage, precisely on 30th August 1988, citing irreconcilable differences. The proceedings were concluded in March 1989 and they had no child together.
Prior to their divorce, Bruce Springsteen had already started dating his bandmate, Patti Scialfa, an American singer, and songwriter. He moved in with her in 1987 and proceeded to marry her in 1991. The couple had three kids and remained together until Springsteen died in 2002.
Coming down to her biological family, Julianne Philips is the last among the six children of her parents (four boys and two girls). Her parents, Ann and William Phillips were both devoted Catholics and raised her alongside her siblings in the faith. This is probably the reason they were not quite comfortable with Julianne being a model. Hence, her father encouraged her to take up acting instead.
Facts About Bruce Springsteen’s Ex-Wife
1. Julianne Phillips was 11 Years Younger than Bruce Springsteen
Julianne Phillips and Bruce Springsteen counted among one of the couples with wide age differences. While Julianne was 25 at the time of their marriage, Bruce was 36. But unlike many others which turned out successful, theirs did not just work. Bruce’s subsequent marriage to someone who is closer to his age points at the possibility of their age difference playing a role in the termination of their marriage. Patti Scialfa, Springsteen’s second wife is just 4 years younger than him.
2. She has Remained Single Since The Divorce
Julianne is one of those women who are unlucky with love. In 1990 following her divorce, she had a failed relationship with actor Bryan Kestner. She subsequently started dating actor and producer, Pierce Brosnan. Their affair, however, amounted to nothing, ending in 1994. Since then, Julianne appears to have remained single.
3. Julianne Spent Just 12 Years in the Filming Industry
Julianne Phillips began professional acting in 1985 and played her last film role in 1997. Her reasons for not continuing with acting remains a mystery. Since 1997, she has kept a very low profile, rarely making public appearances.
4. She has no Social Media Account
Despite having tasted fame, Julianne Phillips shuns social media. She has no active account on any of the platforms; at least none that the public is aware of.
5. Body Stats
Julianne is a tall beautiful lady, standing at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meters). She has a slender body build and an hourglass figure measuring 34in for bust, 24in for waist and 34in for hips. Adding to her beauty is her full and long light brown hair and blue eyes.