Yasmine Bleeth is a former actress who gained international recognition for her role as Caroline Holden on the worldwide-syndicated TV series “Baywatch,” where she starred from 1993 to 1997.
Bleeth was born on June 14, 1968, in New York City, New York to Carina and Philip Bleeth. Carina was a model, and Philip Bleeth was a businessman.
On her father’s side, she is of Russian-Jewish and German-Jewish descent. On her mother’s side, she is of French-Algerian descent.
Yasmine Bleeth’s first role was at ten months old in a Johnson & Johnson No More Tears baby shampoo commercial in 1969. Later at 6-years-old, she appeared on the television show Candid Camera. That same year, a publisher included her and her mother in a book by fashion photographer Francesco Svavullo. However, this early work wouldn’t necessarily count as her first acting role.
That first role came in 1980 when she was 12-years-old, starring opposite Buddy Hackett in the movie Hey Babe! She would take on a few other rules until tragedy resulted in her leaving the film industry for a few months: Bleeth would lose her mother to breast cancer. However, she would return to acting in the role of LeeAnn Demerest on One Life to Live, and then later, her most influential role as Caroline Holden on Baywatch.
Who did Yasmine Bleeth play on Baywatch?
Yasmine Bleeth played the character of Caroline Holden in Baywatch from 1993 to 1997. She was introduced as the sister of Alexandra Paul’s character Stephanie Holden. Caroline was new to life guarding but would train hard alongside her sister to become a reliable lifeguard on the show and was close friends with C.J., a fellow lifeguard. Caroline could sometimes be a little stubborn and self-centered but would ultimately come to the aid of friends and loved ones throughout the series.
Yasmine’s character, Caroline, was only set to appear in one episode but was so popular she would return for an additional 50 episodes.
Yasmine Bleeth was one of several beautiful and iconic women on the show Baywatch. Because of this, her measurements at the time of the series are recorded as the girls of Baywatch were renowned for certain bodily assets.
During her run on Baywatch, Yasmine Bleeth measured in at 5’5" in height and around 118 to 123 lbs in weight.
Bleeth’s co-star, Pamela Anderson, who played C.J. Parker, measured in at 5’7" tall and 125 in weight.
Alexandra Paul, who played Stephanie Holden, the younger sister of Bleeth’s Caroline Holden, measured in at 5’10" and 124 to 133 lbs in weight.
Why was she fired from Baywatch?
Baywatch producer, Douglas Schwartz, said Yasmine was fired from the show because of her drug abuse problems.
"We were dealing with Yasmine not showing up and having difficulties, again with men. That’s why we let Yasmine go off the show: because it was too difficult to deal with her after a while.”
How was her character written off the show?
Caroline would leave Baywatch for a time in season eight to pursue acting in New York. She would deal with the fallout of the death of her sister, Stephanie, but find solace in landing a role in the shows Shannon’s Hope. She would return to Baywatch again for a few weeks while her show was on hiatus but ultimately leave again.
What did she do after Baywatch?
Yasmine Bleeth’s career appeared strong following Baywatch, appearing in movies and later taking roles in the shows Nash Bridges from 1998 to 2000 and Titans from 2000 to 2001. However, issues with drugs and drug rehabilitation derailed a promising career.
During and after Baywatch, Yasmine Bleeth was a breast-cancer awareness advocate resulting from the loss of her mother to breast cancer at the age of 47. Bleeth would be the 1998 spokesperson for Lee National Denim Day, a fund-raising campaign for breast cancer awareness.
Unfortunately, as Bleeth’s career began to take off in the mid-90s, she also battled a severe cocaine addiction. In a 2003 interview with Glamour, she revealed that her addiction was triggered by a turbulent relationship with her then-boyfriend Richard Grieco. By 1999 cocaine usage had taken a severe toll on her.
She had not only fought off a potentially deadly infection resulting from heavy cocaine usage but also did a stint in rehab. That did not take, and she was later arrested in Michigan on September 12, 2001, after driving her car off a highway. She would go on probation for two years, including community service as part of her sentencing. Since then, she has seemed to keep herself clean with her current husband.
What is Yasmine Bleeth doing now?
In recent year, Yasmine has maintained a very low profile, shying away from the camera and social media and doing her best to stay clean off drugs. Yasmine has maintained such a low profile that she has only been publicly photographed a few times in the last two decades.
In November 2022, she was seen walking her dog in Los Angeles, appearing makeup-free and dressed casually. She was also spotted in June 2023 stepping out in California’s San Fernando Valley. These sightings are notable as Bleeth has largely stayed out of the public eye since leaving Hollywood 17 years ago.
Her last TV credit was in 2003’s Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. However it seems that she is ready to give Hollywood another shot as she is slated to appear in several small budget movies, including, "Air Force Z," "Kill With Me" and "Beautiful Evil."
Yasmine Bleeth has been linked to Steve Guttenberg, David Charvet, Matthew Perry, Luke Perry, and Grant Show. She was engaged with Richard Grieco from 1998 to 2000. Before her relationship with Grieco, she was with Ricky Paull Goldin.
Bleeth would marry Paul Cerrito on August 25th, 2002. They have been together since. The pair first met at a rehabilitation center, and fans can say that Paul has helped Yasmine fight addiction, even after a dangerous relapse and arrest.
Paul Cerrito was born July 14th, 1970. His parents are Paul Cerrito, Sr., and Victoria Cerrito. Paul Cerrito is an entrepreneur and business owner, though the only business known to the public is a strip club.
Yasmine Bleeth and Paul Cerrito do not have children.