Jill Goodacre

Jill Goodacre is the Victoria Secret model who ruled the fashion industry in the 80s and 90s. The Sexy lingerie and hosiery model is known to be one of the first celebrities of the brand and looked upon as an icon today. Let’s cover the F.R.I.E.N.D.S actress biography, Victoria secret career & marriage with singer Harry Connick Jr.

Full NameJill Goodacre Connick
Date of Birth29 March 1964
Age56 Years old
Height5 Feet 8 Inches
ProfessionVictoria Secret Model, Actress
Net Worth$3-5 million USD
HusbandHarry Connick Jr.
DaughtersGeorgia Tatum, Sarah Kate & Charlotte
Jill Goodacre FriendsSeason 1 Episode 7 “The one with the Blackout”

Jill Goodacre was born on Sunday March 29, 1964 in Lubbock, Texas and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Jill Goodacre’s father is “William Goodacre”, a Canada born real estate broker, was a hockey star at the Colorado College. He played NCAA league hockey for Colorado College from 1958-61 season.

Jill Goodacre’s mother is “Glenna Goodacre”, a world-renowned sculptor whose work is exhibited in more than 40 countries. The most well-known of her works include “The Vietnam Women’s Memorial” in Washington D.C and “The Sacagawea dollar coin”.

Her parents met at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs and got married right after their graduation in 1961. They setteled in Lubbock to raise their two children but later moved to Boulder around 1968 to be close to Loveland bronze foundry. Jill also has a brother Tim Goodacre”, who is also in real estate business out of Boulder. Jill’s parents got divorced in 1983.


Jill dated American singer, pianist, composer “Harry Connick Jr.” for two years before they got engaged in 1992. She and Harry Connick Jr. got married on April 16, 1994, at St. Louis Cathedral-New Orleans, two years after their engagement. They are happily married now for more than 26 years and lives in Connecticut.

Jill gave birth to their first daughter “Georgia Tatum” on April 17, 1996, their middle daughter Sarah Kate was born on September 12, 1997 and welcomed their third daughter Charlotte on June 26, 2002.

Jill Goodacre attended the Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado (Class of 1982), and was passionate about modelling since those days. After she graduated, she immediately entered the modelling industry, starting with some low-key advertisements.

Her big breakthrough came around 1984-85, when Victoria’s Secret (a relatively new company then) hired her. With her poise, charm, auburn hair and envy-enticing body, Jill quickly rose up the modelling ranks and soon recognized as one of the original Victoria’s Secret supermodel.


Jill Goodacre’s was the face of Victoria Secret’s lingerie catalogue in the 1980s and early 1990s. Victoria Secret was founded in 1977 and changed hands in 1982.

In those early days mail-order catalogues were the main source of sales and together with Stephanie Seymour and Frederique van der Wal, Jill was one of the USP of the brand, earning her the celebrity status.

During the 80s, Victoria Secret started expanding into U.S. malls and the 8 catalogues per year was still their main way of brand promotion. Jill Goodacre and Victoria Secret became a synonym of each other, such was her star power.

She was an evergreen choice for the designers and photographers alike, featuring in almost every VS Collection catalogues, from spring to summer to autumn to winter. Some of her gorgeous pics for the women’s lingerie, hosiery, swimwear, and clothing company includes:

Victoria’s Secret Christmas Treasury 1991, Victoria’s Secret 100 SPRING SPECIAL COLLECTION, Victoria’s Secret FRAGNANCE COLLECTION, Victoria’s Secret GIFT COLLECTION AUTUMN 1991, Victoria’s Secret HOLLIDAY COLLECTION 1991, Victoria’s Secret SUMMER SALE 1988, Victoria’s Secret WINTERSALE 1990.

Apart from featuring in VS Catalogues, Jill was also seen in editorials and features in world-renowned magazines like:

Vogue 1983 USA, Vogue 1987 November USA, VOGUE Italia September 1988, Cosmopolitan USA September 1984, Cosmopolitan 1986, Glamour USA November 1987, HIDDEN ATTRACTIONS – VOGUE U.S. March 1984 by Sheila Metzner, Mademoiselle U.S. April 1984 , NIGHT – MADEMOISELLE U.S. February 1987 by Paul Lange, ROYAL SILK U.S. SPECIALS 1988 catalogue, ripcosa, Cherokee, Tango Magazine, Femme Magazine and Flare Magazine.


Jill Goodacre appeared as herself in Friends Season 1 Episode 7 titled “The One with the Blackout“. The episode shows hilarious interaction of Chandler Bing (played by Matthew Perry) stuck in an ATM vestibule with ‘Victoria’s Secret’ model Jill Goodacre, during a New York City-wide power outage. The episode was aired on 11/03/94 and was watched by 23.5 million viewers in USA, holding a 16.1/24 Nielsen Ratings (Highest rated episode of season 1).

Other fun facts about this episode:

  • Matthew Perry’s all-time favourite episode ()
  • First appearance of Mr. Heckles
  • First appearance of Phoebe playing at Central Perk
  • Chandler’s account number is 7143457
  • First appearance of Paolo.


  • 1981 Play for Today – Golda (TV)
  • 1983 The Nation’s Health – Val Kane (TV)
  • 1986 Odd Jobs
  • 1987 Worlds Beyond (TV)
  • 1991 Simply Mad About the Mouse: A Musical Celebration of Imagination.
  • 1993 Harry Connick Jr.: The New York Big Band Concert (director)
  • 1993 Boxout – exercise video with Sugar Ray Leonard
  • 1994 Burke’s Law (TV) – Episode: Who Killed the Starlet? 
  • 1997 Duckman (TV) (voice)
  • 1997 The Uninvited – Rose (TV)
  • 2016-17 – Harry (TV Series)

Apart from featuring in VS Catalogues, Jill has been the photographer’s muse when it comes for brand promotion ad campaigns. Some of her most adored work in the industry can be seen in

  • Macy’s ad from 1987,
  • absolut vodka ad 1989, clairol ad,
  • baila ad -LINEA Italy (July-Aug1985) by Herb Ritts,
  • Imec advertisement – ELLE Italy (November 1988),
  • Malgari advertisement – COSMOPOLITAN Italy (October 1985),
  • SEMPLICE advertisement – VOGUE U.S. (February 1988),
  • US Vogue 87 Andrea Blanche print advertisement,
  • Valentino advertisement – GRAZIA Italy (6 October 1985),
  • Valentino Night advertisement – AMICA Italy (26 September 1985) and
  • Nicole Olivier advertisement – INTIMO PIU MARE Italy (January – March 1984)

Jill was also been the first choice to be clicked as cover girl in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Here’s the complete list of all magazines issue, which features Jill Goodacre as the cover model:

Harper Bazaar ItalyApril 1985 Issue
Cosmopolitan Magazine ItalyApril 1985 Issue
Hamptons MagazineAugust 1985 Issue
Cosmopolitan Magazine USAJune 1986 Issue
Self MagazineAugust 1986 Issue
Self MagazineFebruary 1987 Issue
Taxi Magazine ItalyMarch 1987 Issue
Bride’s Magazine USAAugust/September 1987 Issue
Self MagazineSeptember 1987 Issue
Self MagazineNovember 1987 Issue
Self MagazineMarch 1988 Issue
Self MagazineSeptember 1988 Issue
In Fashion MagazineSeptember 1988 Issue
Cosmopolitan Magazine USANovember 1988 Issue
Self MagazineFebruary 1990 Issue
Self MagazineAugust 1990 Issue
YM MagazineMay 1992 Issue
Fitness MagazineSeptember/October 1993 Issue
Vie MagazineJuly/August 1994 Premiere Issue
New Women MagazineAugust 1995 Issue
shape Magazineaugust 1990 Issue
shape MagazineFebruary 1993 Issue
style seven Magazine1987
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