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A Porn Star Rapper 1980S Movie Icon And A Hand Model For The Pillsbury Doughboy Ad The Bizarre Past Lives Of New York City Real Estate Agents

It is a job that requires swagger and showmanship - so it is hardly surprising that the former stars of the screen have found themselves working in real estate.
This is particularly true in New York City, where many dreamers flock in a bid for fame, and the person selling you a home might just be a former actor, rapper or porn star.


The New York Times has stumbled across numerous former musicians, acrobats and hand models now working as real estate agents.

Past life: Haviland Morris (left) starred in 1984 film Sixteen Candles. Now she is a real estate agent in New York City, just one of many former actresses, models or musicians to make the switch

Life change: Morris now works for Halstead Property, but still occasionally appears in films

Among them is Haviland Morris, famous for her role in 1984's Sixteen Candles. She played Caroline Mulford, the girlfriend of the boy Molly Ringwald's character had a crush on.
Over a career of 25 years, Haviland appeared in television series such as Law & Order, One Tree Hill and Diagnosis Murder, alongside small parts in films.

But as she got into her 40s, she told the New York Times, the phone stopped ringing quite so much. So she turned to real estate - a flexible career that meant she didn't have to stop acting entirely.
Haviland, now a saleswoman at Halstead Property, said: 'If I did real estate, I wouldn’t have to say, "I’ll never do another movie again". I just couldn’t do that.
She added: 'This is way more dramatic than acting.'

It is a sentiment shared by Jackie Dunphy, a hand model whose well-manicured fingers have appeared in adverts for Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Pillsbury Doughboy and cosmetics.
They have also stood in for the hands of Sharon Stone, Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford and others, Dunphy, whose model name is Jackie Rivers, told the Times.
Despite wearing gloves and using her elbows as much as possible in order to avoid aging or damaging her hands, work began to dry up as she reached her 50s.
‘The older you get in this kind of business, the less they need you,’ she said.
So, like Haviland, she turned to real estate and now works for Corcoran in East Hampton.

Other agents include acrobats, opera singers, ballerinas, models and jazz dancers.
There is also musician and composer Laurie Lewis, who was the voice of Baxter the cat in commercials for Meow Mix – but now works as a Corcoran broker.
Another example is Cocoran’s vice president Terrence Harding, who used to be a member of B.I.G’s rap group, Junior M.A.F.I.A., in which he went by the name Klept.
Pamela Liebman, the president of Corcoran, said real estate was becoming a first career choice for young New Yorkers, but most agents were those who were on their second or third careers.
She added that former actors, models and musicians were particularly attracted to the job, aware that they had the necessary skills.

‘I hate to say you’re acting, but sometimes real estate is a bit of a show,’ she told the New York Times. ‘When you’re a broker, you’re on stage, and you’ve got to make people like you.’
But while Haviland and Dunphy still dip back into their earlier careers when opportunities arise, other agents leave the past behind them.
Top broker at Prudential Douglas Eilliman Fredrik Eklund now has a reality TV show on Bravo called Million Dollar Listing.
But before this, he was on screen in a different capacity, performing as Trag Eriksson in gay pornography.


Shari Sperling, a broker at Halstead Property, used to work as a marketing director for her father’s company, the Hair Club for Men.

She said: ‘My father is Sy Sperling, the guy from the late-night commercials who used to say, ‘I’m not only the Hair Club president, but I’m also a client,’ as he held up his photo ‘before’ (bald) and ‘after’ (with hair).”
It was her job to cast and direct adverts in the 1990s. She would encourage men to comb their fingers through their hair – until 2000 when her father sold the company.
‘How do you get a job after that?’ she said. ‘It was so specific.’
So she moved into real estate – now a popular choice.
‘People come to New York from far-off lands and states with a dream,’ said Leonard Steinberg, a managing director at Prudential Douglas Elliman.
'Oftentimes, those dreams don’t pan out as well as you’d like them to, and then you start looking at alternative careers.'

Tuesday, April 10, 2012