Amber Valleta is an American fashion model and a film and TV actress. She began her career as a fashion model and went to become at supermodel in the 90s by endorsing top fashion luxury brands such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and Versace.
She has acted in Hollywood films such as Hitch (2005), Transporter 2 (2005) and The Spy next door (2010).
Amber Evangeline Valletta, was born on 9th February 1974 in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother worked at the post office. She did her schooling from Booker T. Washington High School.
Valetta’s mother enrolled her at a modeling school named Linda Layman Agency when she was fifteen.
As a fashion model, Valletta soon became one of the most recognized faces on the runway along with her contemporaries such as Kate Moss, Carolyn Murphy and Shalom Harlow.
During the 1990s, she appeared thirteen times on the cover of American Vogue, her first appearance being at the age of eighteen.
From 1995 to 1996, Valletta hosted the MTV Show, House of Style on television along with her friend and fellow model Shalom Harlow. In the 2000s Valletta made her acting debut in the American movie Drop Back Ten.
In the same year she played a supporting role in the thriller What Lies Beneath starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer.
She starred in the blockbuster movie Hitch (2005). In Transporter 2 (2005), she played the role of the mother of the kidnapped child. In 2006, she played the female lead in the film The Last Time, with Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser.
In 2007, Valletta starred in three films; Dead Silence, Premonition and My Sexiest Year. Valleta’s other films include Gamer (2009), The Spy Next Door (2010) and Girl Walks into a Bar (2010) wherein she starred opposite actors such as Gerard Butler and Jackie Chan.
She reappeared on television in 2011 with the prime soap opera Revenge, playing Lydia Davis, a fallen socialite.
In 2014, she was a regular cast member in the TNT Crime Drama series, Legends. In 2015, Valleta stars as the villaneous Carla Briggs in ABC’s soap opera, Blood & Oil.
Valletta has walked the runway for numerous luxury fashion brands. She was presented on the American Vogue November 1999 Millennium cover as one of the ‘Modern Muses’. She has starred in 20 films over the past two decades, Hitch (2005), Transporter 2(2005) and The Spy Next Door (2010) being noteworthy among them.
She has made an impressive television career for a decade beginning with MTV, House of Style in 1995 until Blood & Oil on ABC, in 2015.
Amber Valletta married Herve Le Bihan in 1994 and divorced in 1996. In 2003, she married Olympic Volleyball player Christian McGaw in 2003. Their son Auden McGaw was born in 2000.
They divorced in early 2015.Valletta serves as the spokesperson for Oceana’s Seafood Contamination Campaign where she encourages awareness of the hazards of mercury poisoning in seafood.
Valletta is now a fashion model for Marks and Spencer and continues her successful stint on the runway apart from making appearances in films and television.