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Vikki LaMotta
American model

Vikki LaMotta

Vikki LaMotta
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Intro American model
Known for Second wife of boxer Jake LaMotta
A.K.A. Beverly Thailer
Was Autobiographer Model Actor
From United States of America
Field Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender female
Birth 23 January 1930, The Bronx, USA
Death 25 January 2005, Boca Raton, USA (aged 75 years)
Star sign Aquarius
Spouse: Jake LaMotta
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Vikki LaMotta (January 23, 1930 – January 25, 2005), born Beverly Thailer, was an American model known as the second wife of champion boxer Jake LaMotta, during his peak years of success, during which time Vikki became a celebrity.

In the 1990s, she wrote an autobiography, but requested it not be released until after her death due to the information revealed in the book. After she died in 2005, Knockout!: The Sexy, Violent, Extraordinary Life of Vikki LaMotta was released.


She was born in the Bronx, the daughter of Abraham Lucien and Margaret 'Ruth' Thailer. She had several siblings, including two sisters, Phyllis and Patricia. Her paternal grandparents were immigrants from Romania.

She married LaMotta when she was 16 after they met at a community pool. It was his second marriage and Vikki's first. They divorced in 1957 after 11 years of marriage. During that time, Jake's boxing career had started to slow down, and he began taking out his anger on Vikki. He became controlling of her, and Vikki was forced to leave him though they had three small children.

They had a daughter Christi and two sons – Jake Jr. and Joe – both of whom died in 1998. Jake Jr. died of liver cancer and Joe in an airplane crash. In 1962, she married Tony Foster; they had a son, Harrison, and later divorced.

She was portrayed by actress Cathy Moriarty in the 1980 film Raging Bull. Moriarty was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Vikki. She is known for her work as a model. She later posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine in November 1981 at age 51. In her later years, she appeared in commercials for Vikki LaMotta Cosmetics. In 1992, she moved to Florida, living in Hillsboro Beach.


She died following open-heart surgery in Boca Raton, Florida on January 25, 2005, two days after her 75th birthday.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 07 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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