Model / Spokeswoman / Actress / Ballet dancer / Fashion Designer / CEO of Jill Fitzgerald Collection
Jill Fitzgerald is an accomplished actress (Shallow Hal, Dockers’ “Nice Pants” commercial), model/spokeswoman (Estee Lauder) and ballet dancer (Morelli Ballet Company) and now she’s adding a new role to her impressive resume – fashion designer. When most women in their fifties are winding down and enjoying their “free time,” she’s embarking on a new journey in the fashion industry. With lush fabrics in sophisticated designs, Jill is ready to make a name for herself with her line of clothing called appropriately – the JILL FITZGERALD COLLECTION.
Jill has been performing for the past 30 years in theatre, television, film and dance as well as appearing in national commercials and print work. Most recently, she played the role of “Mrs. Shanahan” – the mother of Gwenyth Paltrow’s character, in the widely popular Farrelly Brothers 2001 feature film Shallow Hal. She also apear in highly successful commercial for Dockers’ “Nice Pants” campaign, featured in the humorous Bud Lite commercial (Super Bowl 2003) where a guy imagines what his girlfriend will look like in the future by checking out her mom through the door peephole – she’s beautiful, but has an enormous bottom; featured roles on The Guiding Light (CBS), Bridges to Cross (CBS), and Future Probe 2005 (BBC & PBS); spotlighted in MORE magazine’s “Ageless Beauty: Worldwide Secrets for Looking Young” issue in June/July ‘02; Varia in “The Cherry Orchard,” Nina in “The Seagull” (both performed in Moscow, Russia) and Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” plus work in voice-overs and trade shows for various national companies including Estee Lauder, JC Penny, Macy’s and The American Red Cross.
The mother of two grown sons, currently resides in New York City and enjoys staying fit through weight training, kickboxing and two forms of yoga – Ashtanga and Bikram.
“I’ve always been a very creative person – painting and sketching from an early age.Creating my own line of clothing is an organic extension of who I am.” Jill