Paula Barbieri (born December 31, 1966) was a Victoria's Secret model in the 1980s. She has enduring fame for any number of reasons, but has retreated from the limelight and now maintains a very low profile.
Paula was successful as a model, and she was successful in turning that into a film career. She was Dolph Lundgren's girlfriend for a while in the 1980s, which may have encouraged her to pursue a film career. After appearing in Vogue and Victoria's Secret, she started filming some of the erotic thrillers that were in demand in the early 1990s. Among her films were "Red Shoe Diaries," "Double or Nothing," "The Misery Brothers, and "The Dangerous." Paula also appeared in the October 1994 issue of Playboy Magazine.
|Paula Barbieri with Dolph Lundgren from a 1987 Ron Galella photoshoot|
Married to Michael Overstreet, a Florida Judge, in April 2000, Paula became a born-again Christian and left Hollywood and its distractions far behind. She was tangentially involved in the O.J. Simpson murder case in the 1990s, and remained involved with Simpson in some capacity during the case. She published her book "The Other Woman: My Years with O.J. Simpson" in September 1997, and then put the whole affair in the rear-view mirror. She and Simpson broke up for good not long after his murder trial, but all those facts are murky. She testified that she sent him a break-up letter right before the murder incident itself, but you know how that goes, relationships seldom end on a dime just like that. It became an issue during the trial just what was going on between them, and she gave a difficult deposition. Paula was a staple of the tabloids for years following the case, and not always placed in the most flattering of lights. Ultimately it all didn't matter, since Simpson was acquitted anyway, but the media circus apparently was a searing experience for Paula.
Today, it is difficult to learn much about Paula Barbieri. She lives quietly in Panama City, Florida, and apparently is a contented housewife. It is pretty clear that she wants to put certain well-known matters so far behind her that they become like anti-matter, wherein if they touched her again, there would be a huge explosion. It's terrific that she has found some kind of peace after her turbulent Hollywood period.
|Paula with Dolph Lundgren|
Paula Barbieri in "The Dangerous":