Patti Hansen is an elite model who has been active in the modeling industry for over four decades and has represented many A-List brands in the process. She has also dabbled in the movie industry by featuring in many films including Hard to Hold, Rich Kids, and They All Laughed. The renowned model is also widely known as the wife of the iconic hero of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Keith Richards. For more details and all you need to know about Keith Richards’ wife, do read on.
Patti Hansen’s Biography
The A-List model was born as Patricia Alvine Hansen on the 17th of March 1956 in Staten Island, New York City, New York, United States. She has not disclosed the identities of her parents to the media except that her mother was a homemaker while her father was a transporter. She was brought up along with her six siblings including Beverly and Barbara Hansen in Tottenville, Staten Island, New York. Regarding her ethnicity and nationality, Patti Hansen is a white American of Norwegian descent.
Hansen was spotted by her photographer neighbor, Peter Gert when she was 14 years of age. She later signed with Wilhelmina Models owned by the former model, Wilhelmina Cooper after Hansen attended Wilhelmina’s party in the company of Peter Gert. She has made numerous appearances in the pages and on the covers of many top-of-the-line magazines including Harpers Bazaar, American Vogue, Glamour, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan. She has also walked the ramp for many famous fashionistas like André Courrèges, Calvin Klein, and Revlon.
Patti Hansen put her modeling career to a halt in the early 1980s and went into acting as she made her debut movie appearance by featuring as Beverly in the 1979 Judith Ross comedy film, Rich Kids. She further starred as Sam (Deborah Wilson) and Nicky Nides in They All Laughed (1981) and Hard to Hold (1984) respectively. More so, she has appeared as herself in many documentaries, films, and TV series including Michael Kors: Fall/Winter 2019/2020 at NYFW, The Mike Douglas Show, and Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women.
Her Children and Family Life
Patti Hansen first met her husband, Keith Richards during her 23rd birthday celebration at Studio 54 in 1979 when Richards bought a bottle of champagne for her because Hansen’s friend, Shaun Casey entreated him to do so. They began dating after nine months during Richards’ 36th birthday and got engaged four years later in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The union is blessed with two daughters, Theodora Richards (born 18th March 1985) and Alexandra Richards (born on 28th July 1986).
Patti Hansen’s first daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards followed in the footsteps of her mother as she started modeling when she was 16 years of age. She has modeled for many five-star brands like New York City premium denim collection, 4Stroke Jeans, and has appeared on the cover of many top-notch magazines including Lucire and L’Officiel.
Patti’s second daughter, Alexandra Nicole Richards is a model, DJ, and artist based in New York City. She started her modeling career in her teen and has featured in many top-shelf magazines like Vanity Fair, French Jalouse, ID Magazine, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, British Glamour, Italian Glamour, Jane Magazine, as well as the French edition of Playboy.
She is currently engaged to a visual artist and filmmaker with a background in fashion and advertising, Jacques Naude after being in a relationship with him for the past two years.
Other Facts About Keith Richards’ Wife, Patti Hansen
Patti Hansen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. After undergoing lumpectomy which was suggested by her doctors because it was still in its early stage, she recuperated. A year later, following the presence of blood in her urine, she was once again diagnosed with cancer of the bladder. Thank goodness, she is cancer-free now after undergoing chemotherapy and hysterectomy that saw the removal of her bladder which was replaced with the newly constructed one from her intestines. The veteran model is now an advocate who creates awareness for the need for regular mammograms checkups and self-examinations.
Her Business Ventures
Among other things, Keith Richards’ wife launched a bag label named Hung on U. The label consists of cross-body bags that are in different sizes, colors and skins (from rubber to suede). Their prices range from $30 to $400.
She’s a Writer
Patti Hansen penned down her autobiography entitled, Patti Hansen: A Portrait which was launched at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.